The New Adventures of Superman – tape 2272

Another Saturday Night in the mid-90s, but this one is slightly special for me, as the first two programmes on this tape were recorded on the day I got married. Yes, on my wedding day, I still made sure I recorded a couple of

This tape starts with the end of Pets Win Prizes.  There’s a trailer for Men Behaving Badly and for The Hunt For Red October.

Then an episode of The New Adventures of Superman, entitled It’s a Small World After All. Lois is going to her high school reunion, but one of the other attendees appears to have shrunk two of her former schoolmates and keeps them in a cage made out of lego and pencils.

Everything is not awesome

My goodness, this is a lightweight show. At one point, Perry White demonstrates some line-dancing. The main villain is an old schoolfriend of Lois’ who never got invited to the prom, and who has developed a shrinking shampoo for her cosmetic company. It’s quite bad.

BBC Genome: BBC One London, 6 July 1996 19.05

After this, there’s a trailer for Sunday Night programmes.

Then, the National Lottery Live starts. There’s a few minutes of this before recording switches to LWT for a recording that’s not in my database. It’s an episode of Saturday Live. But not the classic 80s version, but a warmed over 90s reboot, hosted by Lee Hurst.

Lee Hurst Saturday Live

There’s an amusing opening, clearly written to tie in with the opening of Mission: Impossible in cinemas that week. Tony Hawks is ‘Mission Control’ and Leslie Grantham gives the mission to Lee.

Tony Hawks Saturday Live

What’s especially amusing is that, when Grantham points into the audience and says ‘We’ll be holding a bloke in the audience hostage during the show’, they cut to the audience, and the man bundled away by security is (I’m fairly sure) Simon Pegg. It’s Benjy, from the real Mission Impossible, undercover!

There’s music from The Divine Comedy.

The Divine Comedy

John Thompson does a sketch as a cab driver.

John Thompson Saturday Live

Stand-Up from Harry Hill.

Harry Hill

Tim Vine does some of his trademark one liners.

Tim Vine

They check in with Lee Hurst who has reached the Comedy Cafe, and the act on stage appears to be Armstrong and Miller, as The Flies.

Armstrong and Miller as The Flies

More music, this time from the Manic Street Preachers.

Manic Street Preachers

For some reason, at the end of the song, the lead singer shouts “Watch The BBC’.

There’s stand-up from Terry Alderton.

Terry Alderton

As they get close to the end of the show, Simon Pegg returns to the stage, primed to explode if Lee Hurst fails his mission.

Simon Pegg

Remember recently, on Twitter, Lee Hurst was challenging ‘lefties’ with his cunning moral conundrum.

Watch to the end of this clip, and you’ll see how Hurst himself deals with this knotty issue.

The show closes with music from Galliano


After this, recording continues, and we get the start of The Blues Brothers. The tape stops after an hour of the film.


  • trail: The Knock
  • BT
  • The People
  • IBM – Spinal Tap

  • Nissan
  • American Express
  • ITC
  • trail: The Blues Brothers
  • John Smiths – Jack Dee
  • Citroen Xantia
  • Le Shuttle
  • Burger King
  • The Cable Guy in cinemas
  • Teletext
  • Le Shuttle
  • Kingpin in cinemas
  • Fruti Pastille Lollies – Antoine De Caunes
  • Red Stripe
  • Synergie
  • Burger King
  • Oil of Ulay
  • Gillette Sensor Excel for Women
  • Blockbuster
  • trail: Elton John: Tantrums and Tiaras
  • Stena Line
  • AA
  • Blockbuster
  • The People
  • teletext
  • Ford Probe
  • John Smith’s
  • Stena Line
  • ITC
  • trail: The Knock
  • NatWest
  • Stella Artois
  • Mission: Impossible in cinemas
  • NatWest
  • Cornetto
  • Rover
  • Hellmann’s
  • NatWest
  • Babe on video
  • Budweiser
  • Golf VR6
  • Court’s Sale – Bruce Forsyth
  • Barclaycard – Rowan Atkinson
  • Pepsi – East 17
  • Kingpin in cinemas


  1. If it does not have Peter Graves (or Steven Hill), it is not the real “Mission: Impossible,” diverting though some of the movies are.

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Teri Hatcher co-wrote that episode.

    1. Perhaps, given my comment on the quality of the episode, it was kinder not to mention that. (Truth is I didn’t spot that in the credits.)

      By the way, I notice I had embedded a random video instead of the Mission Impossible show opening, so I’ve fixed that.

  2. That revamp of Saturday Live was a huge flop but they certainly had some top talent on it – Harry Hill was on every week, Tim Vine was on most weeks, Armstrong and Miller were on every week doing sketches and Simon Pegg was on quite frequently too. I watched it every week despite everything and I remember that particular episode being the best one because Lee Hurst, who was a hopeless presenter (everyone was “a great mate from the circuit”), was barely in it and Tony Hawks more or less hosts the show.

    I remember Dangerous Dave Pearce on Radio 1 talking about the Manics’ appearance on that show earlier that day because they really didn’t want to do it, because they had to interrupt a tour or something and fly back just for the show which was a massive faff, and they were desperately trying to get out of it. Hence James Dean Bradfield’s comment at the end.

    On the penultimate episode Hurst said “Join us next week for the last ever Saturday Live… er, well, maybe not the last ever”. Right first time, Lee.

  3. Thank you so much, but would you upload the last part of show where Simon returns to the stage? I’m trying to collect the early cameos of Simon Pegg.

      1. Thank you, I really appreciate the clip and the advert. I have watch the advert before, but the resolution of yours is quite amazing for the shows from the 1990s.

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