Some vintage comedy on this tape from the Radio Active team transferred to television, and their satellite channel KYTV.
The first episode here is their Sunday morning religious programme God Alone Knows. It features such worthy and serious items as Rabbi Rabbit.
Appearing here with the much-missed Geoffrey Perkins.
Michael Fenton Stevens as Martin Brown is their version of Harry Secombe, singing in various parts of the host village, Humpingham.
Philip Pope is Scabby Danger, Heavy Metal rock star, “famous for sleeping with numerous under-age girls and taking over 100 different types of illegal narcotics.” That joke wouldn’t get past Editorial Policy today.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 24th March 1992 – 20:30
The next episode is Good Morning Calais, celebrating the opening of the Channel Tunnel.
There’s a surprising amount of nudity in this episode. More than it might have today, unless it was on HBO.
This episode has the brilliant European Quiz, where Mike Flex taunts the German, French and Italian contestants.
And the arrival of the first train through the tunnel isn’t a total success.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 31st March 1992 – 20:30
In the next episode, it’s war, in a crisis special.
Helen Atkinson Wood’s Anna Daptor reports live from the potential war zone.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 7th April 1992 – 20:30
The next episode is a change from the published programme, according to the announcer.
Sir Kenneth Yellowhammer hosts KYTV’s Speak For Yourself.
Following this, an episode of Quantum Leap. Quite a notable one – it’s The Leap Home part II: Vietnam following the first part in which Sam jumps into his own teenaged self, and has to try to prevent his brother from leaving for the war, or to prevent his death in action. Even the ‘previously On’ made me cry.
In this episode he jumps into a member of his brother Tom’s patrol. It guest stars Andrea Thompson as a reporter.
And a pre-Wayne’s World Tia Carrera as a Vietnamese fighter working with the Americans. But naturally, being a foreigner, she was a traitor. And Thompson’s last pictures showed American POWs held by the Vietcong – one of whom had a familiar face.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 14th April 1992 – 21:00
After this, an advert for BBC Select – a subscription service that showed programmes overnight for various professions. In my mind, it was mostly for osteopaths.
Then there’s the start of 40 Minutes with a documentary about the love lives of over 65s.
When this recording stops, underneath is a discussion of books with Sue Townsend and AS Byatt. Also featuring are Nigel Williams, and the presenter is AN Wilson. The tape stops before there’s any credits so I can’t pinpoint the series. It didn’t look trendily lit enough to be the Late Show.