Mean Streets – Midnight Movie – tape 1888

First on this tape is a Channel 4 showing of Scorsese’s Mean Streets. as part of their DeNiro season.

DeNiro Bust

Following Mean Streets, recording switches to the end of The King and I. Then there’s a trail for The Addams Family, then another trailer for programmes for Holiday Tuesday.

Holiday Tuesday

Then there’s a trailer for Soldiers for Peace about the UN.

Then, a Screen Two presentation of Midnight Movie, starring Jim Carter, Louise Germaine and Brian Dennehy, and written by Dennis Potter. It was the last film written by Potter before he died.

I’ve tried to like Dennis Potter’s stuff. I really have. I quite enjoyed Pennies from Heaven, but mostly because I was young at the time, and it was a bit rude. But Potter’s work always seems to boil down to middle-aged men having sex with beautiful young women. And not much else. Midnight Movie fits that mould perfectly. If movies and TV haven’t been lying to me all these years, I seem to be the only middle-aged man who doesn’t fantasize about having sex with attractive young women, so Potter’s endless bonking just bores me.

BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 26 December 1994 21.10

Following the movie, there’s a trailer for a drama starring Emma Thompson (who, coincidentally, would be one of my fantasy dinner party guests) called The Blue Boy.

Then, there’s a trailer for Thelma and Louise.

The tape eventually finishes with the start of Woody Allen’s Another Woman, one of his serious films. BBC Two England, 26 December 1994 22.50


  • BMW 3 Series
  • Holsten Pils – Jeff Goldblum
  • Midland Bank
  • I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter
  • Pepcid AC
  • Shell
  • Marmite
  • Rolo – Patrick Barlow
  • Holsten Pils – Goldblum again
  • Coke – CGI Ice Cubes
  • Ford Probe
  • Post Office
  • NutraSweet sponsors the London Marathon
  • Power Macintosh – an Apple that runs Windows and DOS software
  • Carlsberg – Angus Deayton
  • Lloyd’s Bank – Tales of the black horse, complete with trolls
  • John Smith’s – Jack Dee
  • Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum
  • Tampax
  • Kit Kat
  • Lynx
  • Lexus

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