The Larry Sanders Show – tape 2308

The tape opens with Peter Snow rounding up the newspaper headlines on Newsnight, followed by a trailer for Timewatch: Hannibal and Desert Storm. Then, a trail for the ‘new’ series of Top Gear which was really the ‘old’ series before it was cancelled (it still featured Quentin Wilson and Tiff Needell, but which looks very much like they were striving to be the new series.

Then, we have more of The Larry Sanders Show. Guests keep cancelling, and Larry believes it’s because their gift bag doesn’t match up to the other talk shows. There’s a guest appearance by Paul Willson, who’s also a bar regular in Cheers.

Paul Willson

Paula (Janeane Garofalo) is desperately trying to book Danny DeVito as a guest

BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 4 September 1996 23.15 (where they mistitle it as ‘The Lany Sanders Show’)

There’s a bit more Newsnight before the next episode, with a table discussion about the importance of manners, and whether they should be taught at school, with novelist Kathy Lette speaking for the opposition “You keep your dogs at home and send your children to high-priced kennels called Eton and Harrow.”

Kathy Lette

There’s a trailer for a programme about bicycle riders in New York called Need For Speed.

Then, more from Larry Sanders in You’re Having My Baby. Paternity claims cause problems for Larry. Once again, the whole episode would never happen if Larry were to actually tell the truth from the beginning. As with so much comedy.

BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 6 September 1996 23.15

More Newsnight, with Jeremy Paxman talking to two architects about a huge new skyscraper proposed for London – but the start of the segment isn’t recorded so I’ve no idea which building they’re discussing. BBC Two England, 9 September 1996 22.30

There’s a trailer for the documentary series Fine Cut, and one for the Mercury Music Prize.

Then, Larry’s back with Would You Do Me A Favour? Larry’s assistant Beverley is feeling unappreciated, and Larry’s father is in town. Naturally, they don’t get on.

BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 9 September 1996 23.15

Straight into the next episode, The Fourteenth Floor, where Larry makes a joke at the expense of the network executives. When Artie is upbraided by a youthful executive, Larry does a bit in the next show where he introduces a small child as the network liason – and he’s played by Haley Joel Osment off of The Sixth Sense.

Haley Joel Osment

BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 11 September 1996 23.15

Another slice of Newsnight follows, with Paxman looking at the changing face of the Boy Scouts. His description of the new badge for public relations was a little withering. “Does a new generation of Max Cliffords beckon?”

Public Relation Badge

I wonder if they’d updated the badge design in the meantime to keep up with mobile phone design trends? No, it appears they’ve gone a little more generic with the latest design.

After Newsnight, there’s a trailer for Decisive Weapons, going heavy with the Terminator theme.

Then, Larry Sanders, and The People’s Choice, where Artie is producing the People’s Choice Awards show, and he asks Larry to host. We also get to meet Larry’s agent Stevie, played by Saul from Breaking Bad.

Bob Odenkirk


There’s also a guest appearance by Elvis Costello.

Elvis Costello

And because he’s appearing with The Attractions, there’s Steve Nieve on keyboards.

Steve Nieve

BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 16 September 1996 23.15

After a very brief glimpse of a trailer for Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, we’re back to Larry Sanders, and the episode The Mr Sharon Stone Show where Larry starts dating Sharon Stone, and can’t cope with being less famous than her.

BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 18 September 1996 23.15

Kirsty Wark is in the Newsnight chair, talking about BSE. BBC Two England, 20 September 1996 22.30

There’s a trailer for Fine Cut: The Gate of Heavenly Peace, a documentary about Tiananmen Square.

Also, a trailer for a new series of Shooting Stars.

Then, Hank’s Night in the Sun. Larry gets food poisoning, and Hank is the only choice for guest host.

BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 20 September 1996 23.15

before the next episode, another short helping of Kirsty Wark on Newsnight, with the very end of a discussion on the fur trade.

Then there’s a trailer for Decisive Weapons on the Bell Huey helicopter.

Then, yet more Larry with the episode Office Romance. Larry gives Darlene a lift home late at night, so the rumour mill cranks up.

BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 23 September 1996 23.15

We’re right into the next episode – recording starts half a minute into the show, which is Like No Business I Know. Bobcat Goldthwaite is on the show, with a reputation as a difficult guest. Plus, Hank gets a tempting offer to jump ship to another talk show.

BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 25 September 1996 23.15

Following this episode, there’s a trailer for the start of Star Trek Voyager.

Then a trailer for Game On.

Then, the start of an episode of Seinfeld, this one being The Handicap Spot. The recording stops before the episode ends.


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