Mr Bean – Robert De Niro Meets Frankenstein – The South Bank Show – tape 1861

First on the tape, Mr Bean with Back To School Mr Bean. Mr Bean isn’t a particular favourite of mine. Sometimes he can be very funny, but in this one he’s quite deliberately nasty to quite a few people.

After this, recording switches to BBC1 for De Niro Meets Frankenstein. Kenneth Branagh, director of the movie, talks to Robert De Niro about his work.

Kenneth Branagh meets De Niro

There’s surprisingly little here about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein here, given that this is basically an extended promo for the film, and it concentrates much more on De Niro’s earlier work.

BBC Genome: BBC One London, 5 November 1994 0.00

And if your Frankenstein needs were not fulfilled by that programme, let’s go over to LWT where Melvyn Bragg looks at the film, plus the history of the story, on The South Bank Show. There’s archival footage of Boris Karloff being interviewed.

Boris Karloff


Contributions from some of the actors, including the lovely Richard Briers.

Richard Briers


One notable absence from this is De Niro himself. I wonder if the previous programme only happened because he was allowed to mostly talk about his older work.

End credit spot – thanks to Bryson Gore of the Royal Institution, presumably for all the electrical devices used in the show.

After this there’s a very breathless trailer for Open Fire with a very fetching looking Rupert Graves.

After this, recording switches to an episode of The Vicar of Dibley. In fact, this is the very first episode. I have an ambivalent attitude to The Vicar of Dibley. It’s often very funny, but for me, at the time, it wasn’t really ‘edgy’ enough. After The Young Ones and Blackadder it felt just a little too safe.

It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just that I think I want something different from a sit com.

BBC Genome: BBC One London, 10 November 1994 20.30

After Dibley, recording stops, and underneath there’s a fairly old film, with someone who I would swear is Boris Karloff.

Maybe Boris Karloff

A house is burning down. Who’s that on the roof? It’s Christopher Lee. Possibly.

Christopher Lee 2

Who then turns into a Blue Barbara Steele!

A Blue Barbara Steele

A google image search tells me it’s Curse of the Crimson Altar, written by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln, who also wrote the two Yeti stories for Patrick Troughton’s Doctor Who.

This was the programme immediately after De Niro Meets Frankenstein, shown as part of Dr Terror’s House of Horrors.

There’s a trailer for Saturday Night programmes. Can you detect a bonfire theme?

Then BBC1 closes down with the national anthem.



  • Friends Provident
  • Tetley Bitter
  • Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil
  • Lockets
  • KwikSave
  • Whiskas
  • Disneyland
  • trail: Cracker
  • Lloyd’s Bank
  • Daewoo
  • Shoe Express
  • fairy
  • Kit Kat
  • trail: Ellington
  • McDonalds
  • Bird’s Eye Crunchy Garlic chicken
  • Safeway
  • Homepride
  • Snow White on video
  • Arthur’s

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