The end of the National Lottery Live show starts this tape from a mid-90s Saturday Night.
There’s a trailer for Hamish Macbeth.
Then there’s an episode of Bugs. It opens with some naval cadets tasked with retrieving some components from derelict vessels. One of them is attacked deep in the bowels of the ship by an assailant in a red diving suit, and drowned.
The episode is called Down Among the Dead Men, and is written by genre stalwart Stephen Gallagher.
Jesse Birdsall’s Beckett poses as a financial adviser to get information from an ex-navy man.
The plot involves the illegal sale of naval components, and a villain who has his own submarine.
It’s interesting to see the gaps in the production values. They clearly had full access to the interior of the submarine, so all those scenes are great. And then the villain gets out of the sub and clambers into a dinghy in a scene that’s clearly shot in a swimming pool somewhere.
It’s top-notch action, though. Beckett is trapped, handcuffed, in a submarine rapidly filling with water, while Ros chases another of the villains and is menaced at gunpoint.
BBC Genome: BBC One London, 22 April 1995 20.05
There’s a trailer for Chicago Hope after this, then the start of a news bulletin, where the big story is the arrest of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing, and the hunt for other suspects.
There’s a trailer for The Fall of Saigon. And for a 999 Special.
Then, an episode of Chicago Hope, With The Greatest of Ease. The life of a trapeze artist hangs in the balance. That’s not my joke, it’s from the continuity announcer.
BBC Genome: BBC One London, 22 April 1995 21.15
There’s a trailer for Cardiac Arrest, and one for Ben Elton – The Man From Auntie.
Then, The Lenny Henry Show.
BBC Genome: BBC One London, 22 April 1995 22.00
After this, a trailer for the Bafta Awards featuring Tony Curtis.
Then a trailer for BBC Sport.
Then, an episode of The Stand Up Show hosted by Barry Cryer.
It’s the last episode in the series. and features turns from John Maloney.
Mark Lamarr, who can’t have liked being introduced as ‘The Born-Again Terry Christian’.
BBC Genome: BBC One London, 22 April 1995 22.40
Following this, a trailer for Absolutely Fabulous.
Then the tape plays out with the first hour or so of Walter Hill’s western The Long Riders, notable for featuring three sets of acting brothers – the Quaids, the Carradines amd the Keachs.