Month: November 2015

Hammer – The Studio that Dripped Blood – Dracula Prince of Darkness – tape 298

This tape opens with Geoff Hamilton on Gardener’s World.  Then a trailer for Hong Kong – The Countdown.

Then, a documentary, Hammer – The Studio that Dripped Blood, celebrating 40 years of the studio. Luminaries interviewed include Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese

Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing

Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee 3

Producer Anthony Hinds

Anthony Hinds

Producer Michael Carreras

Michael Carreras

Screenwriter Jimmy Sangster

Jimmy Sangster

Director Don Sharp

Don Sharp

Composer James Bernard tells his story of how his themes for the movies can always be sung with the movie’s title.

James Bernard

The great Ingrid Pitt

Ingrid Pitt

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 26th June 1987 – 21:30

After this, recording switches, and we get the end of a profile of the great Spanish guitarist Segovia, in Segovia at Los Olivos.

There’s a trailer for The RKO Story – Tales from Hollywood.

Then follows Dracula Prince of Darkness, the Hammer follow-up to their very successful original Dracula. Francis Matthews and his friends are touring Eastern Europe. They are warned off visiting Karlsbad by mad priest Andrew Keir, but press on anyway, until they are dumped in the middle of nowhere by their fearful coach driver, who tells them he’ll be back in the morning if they’re still there.

Luckily, a coach and horses comes to their rescue, sans driver, and takes them, despite Francis Matthews best coachman efforts, to the mysterious castle in the distance, where creepy butler Philip Latham tells them that, despite the master of the house being dead, he left strict instructions that the house should be ready to welcome guests.

But of course, they’re only there to facilitate the butler’s gruesome ritual to bring his master, Dracula (but you guessed that already) back to life. So poor old Charles Tingwell has his throat cut to provide the blood to revive Dracula, and pretty soon Barbara Shelley is wandering around in a daze, as people are wont to do in these films. In fact, there’s an awful lot of very histrionic reactions. When Latham first appears, in shadow, he’s just a man standing in a doorway, and yet Barbara Shelley screams. These were the standard tropes of gothic horror, but I don’t think you’d be able to use them today.

Pretty soon, Barbara Shelley has met the newly reinvigorated Count Dracula (Christopher Lee, obviously) and is soon sporting her own set of fangs. Then it’s a race against time to save Matthews’ fiancee from Dracula’s clutches, and the finale plays out on a frozen moat, which is a nice change.

I wonder why they made the decision not to have Christopher Lee have any dialogue in this movie. He’s used more like a prop or special effect than an actor. It does have the effect of making him seem more like a beast than a man.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 27th June 1987 – 21:40

After this, there’s half a trailer for the very first episode of Star Cops – one of the worst trailers I ever saw.

Then recording switches to Thames, and Duran Duran in concert – the second half of their London concert. It has an odd framing sequence featuring Milo O’Shea as Duran Duran from Barbarella saying ‘No one takes the name of Duran Duran in vain”.

Milo O'Shea as Duran Duran

The show is Arena subtitled An Absurd Notion which fits it perfectly. The framing sequence actually intrudes throughout the whole show, with O’Shea trying all sorts of things to disrupt the concert – unleashing various 80s tropes like lingerie-clad roller-derby women, short people in Gilliamesque armour a la Time Bandits, and creatures on stilts, clearly inspired by The Dark Crystal.

It’s hard to know to whom this was meant to appeal. Fans of the band would probably have preferred to see the band performing – the song audio is regularly dropped in favour of the Sci Fi nonsense, and actual SF fans probably don’t care about Duran Duran either. And people who like both would probably still prefer one or the other – either a proper SF show, or a regular concert.

Director Russell Mulcahy has to take the blame for this nonsense. He’s crafted an extended Rock Video, rather than a concert film, and it just doesn’t work.

After this, there’s a bit of America’s top Ten with Casey Kasem. Most of the songs in the chart ring no bells, but the longest clip was for Kenny G and Songbird – or maybe it just seemed the longest. How is it that the Tenor Sax is one of the sexiest instruments going, but the soprano sax that Kenny G plays makes him look like a dweeb.

Or maybe it’s not the sax.

The tape thankfully ends during his solo.

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LA Law – Making of Empire of the Sun – tape 292

Back to Thames for some LA Law. Grace is under police protection – she’s still at the DA’s office, so this is before the most recent tapes I’ve watched – and she’s drinking a lot and taking tranquilizers. At one point, she says she’s going out, but she’s drunk, and Michael won’t let her. He says “You try to leave this house and I’n going to knock you down” which is a bit creepy.

Stuart and Mike are representing a man whose boat was seized by the IRS. Leland is ill. And Douglas is being sued. This episode is Oy Vey! Wilderness! (4L22)

In the next episode, Arnie is representing a woman divorcing her husband because she caught him sleeping with a pig. And Abby and Victor defend a woman who claims that post partum depression led her to smother her infant son. And Stuart and Anne get engaged.

That was the last in the present series, Pigmalion (4L23)

After this recording switches to a Making Of for Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, with an interview with writer J G Ballard.

JG Ballard

Christian Bale looks so sweet at this age.

Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun

There’s not much of this programme as I clearly caught it halfway through.

After this, recording stops, and underneath, there’s part of a News at Ten bulletin. The story involved is the Cleveland child sex abuse inquiry. There’s also reports from the Oliver North testimony. Also featured is the Jeffrey Archer libel trial. Following this is some Thames News Headlines.

Then, the start of a programme called Why Couples Break Up. The titles might give us a clue.

Presumably, couples break up because the bloke is seeing about four different women.

The whole, very dull programme is here, then the tape stops.

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The Last Resort – tape 559

First on this tape, The Last Resort, the first in a new series after a summer break.

Guests tonight are a woman who uses food as beauty products, introduced as Riquette.

Riquette

Rowland Rivron is back again as Dr Martin Scrote. Am I alone in finding Rivron mostly unfunny?

Next guest is director Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall

There’s music from Phil Collins, and some chat, as Phil promotes his film, Buster.

Phil Collins

And finally Quentin Crisp.

Quentin Crisp

The show obviously overruns a bit, because there’s not end credits, and Phil Collins doesn’t get a chance to do his closing song before the show is faded out.

Before the next episode there’s the end of Whose Line is it Anyway?.

Then, another Last Resort. We’ve skipped at least one, because in the previous episode Jonathan trailed next week coming from a viewer’s home, which I’ve already looked at on a previous tape.

In this episode, guests are Ilona Staller – aka La Cicciolina

Ilona Staller

Variety act Delores and the Snake.

Delores and the Snake

Wiliam Boyd

William Boyd

Brenda Russell in the musical guest, singing Dinner with Gershwin.

Brenda Russell

Next guest is Terry Jones – for reasons unexplained, he and Jonathan Ross disrobe during the interview.

terry Jones on The Last Resort

After this, there’s an episode of Whose Line is it Anyway featuring Tony Slattery

Tony Slattery 3

Betty Thomas from Hill Street Blues

Betty Thomas

Paul Merton

Paul Merton 2

and John Sessions

John Sessions 3

Then, more from The Last Resort. First guest is Timothy Spall.

Timothy Spall

Music from Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer the Last Resort

After their chat, Palmer gives Ross an ‘innocent’ comic boox – a Milo Manara book, which probably means it was somewhat pornographic.

Kathy Burke returns as Tina Bishop.

Kathy Burke as Tina Bishop 2

The next guest is surrealist Eileen Agar

Eileen Agar

And Jerry Hall

Jerry Hall

After this, there’s the start of an episode of Halfway to Paradise during which the tape ends.

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It’s Garry Shandling’s Show – The Last Resort – tape 309

Here’s some It’s Garry Shandling’s Show from BBC2. Garry’s suprise party for his mother gives her a heart attack and she ends up in hospital. Two of the doctors are played by Deep Space Nine’s Armin Shimerman and Babylon 5’s own doctor Richard Biggs.

Armin Shimerman & Richard Biggs

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 12th November 1987 – 22:10

After this, over to Channel 4 for The Last Resort which opens with a poorly Jonathan Ross in his dressing room reading a Star Trek comic and suffering from a nasty cold. John Benson supplies a cold remedy, but warns that he might feel sleepy. Cue a dream sequence.

Jonathan Ross reading Star Trek

This week’s show is broadcast from 100 years in the future.

LR 2087 X

Guests tonight are Marie Helvin

Marie Helvin

Continuing the fashion theme, Jean Paul Gaultier, who got into the swing of things.

Jean Paul Gaultier

There’s some amazing model work coming out of the ad break

Last Resort model work

The show’s variety act is Rex Roper

Rex Roper

Music comes from Roy Orbison – the sound is a bit off when it starts.

Roy Orbison

Also, nice use of the Data 70 font on the titles.

After this, recording switches to LWT for a show I don’t remember at all, and yet it looks like I deliberately recorded it. Off The Rack starring Ed Asner. It also features a pre-24 Dennis Haysbert.

Ed Asner and Dennis Haysbert

I have absolutely no idea why I decided to record that show. It’s the first episode, and I don’t recall even watching it. Weird.

Recording switches back to BBC 2, and more from It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. This week Garry hosts a competition winner, Jodie Jones, on the show. “I call her JoJo”.

It's Garry Shandling and Jo Jo's Show

But when Nancy’s best friend Morgan arrives, and immediately seduces Garry, JoJo is rather sidelined. But it turns out she hits on everyone on the show – including the crew.

BBC Two – 19th November 1987 – 22:10

And next – blimey, another episode of Off The Rack. What on Earth was I thinking? I mean Lou Grant was good, but this is weak stuff. The ‘sit’ is Asner is the co-owner of a clothing company. He’s very grumpy. Eileen Brennan is the widow of his former partner, who’s now the co-owner, and Ed doesn’t like her.

In this episode he tries to set her up with someone so she’ll lose interest in the business.

After this – oh dear me, yet another episode. I genuinely have no memory of this show, and yet here I was clearly recording it manually.

After this, the beginning of Night Network. I love the way Night Network doesn’t mess about with old fashioned concepts like telling the viewer what’s actually on the show, preferring instead to show a montage seemingly constructed by a concussed lemur that’s loose in the edit suite.

Presenters here are Paul Thompson and Mick Brown.

Paul Thompson and Mick Brown

Apologies – there actually is a running order after the hosts do their banter.

The tape ends during some pop videos.

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Quantum Leap – tape 580

First on this tape (after a brief flash of weather from John Kettley) is Quantum Leap, and the episode Leap of Faith. Sam Beckett leaps into the body of a priest in 1963, which reminds me of a dream I had only the other day, where I was suddenly a priest and had to say mass.

This story sees Sam trying to prevent a priest being murdered, as he’s going to be a witness in a murder trial. These are pretty tough priests, though – he teaches boxing, and when he and Sam go to confront the suspected murderer – a young man not even out of his teens – they have to defend themselves in a bar, and Sam pulls off some impressive kung fu kicks. He even takes the time to suggest to one of the boxing students that he could practice in the meat locker, like he once saw in a film…

S Stallone

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 5th May 1992 – 20:30

The next episode is One Strobe Over the Line. Sam leaps into the body of a fashion photographer. There’s a certain amount of leching from Al, and the plot revolves around a young model, Edie, amphetamines, and there’s a lion in all the photoshoots. So it’s not totally surprising that at some point the Lion gets so annoyed by the drag-crazed Edie (having been unwittingly fed too many tablets by her jealous older mentor) that he starts attacking people. I’m not sure this animal action would pass muster these days.

Lion Attack

There’s a slightly dodgy moment when Edie, strung out on speed, taunts Sam when he doesn’t have sex with her, and he carries her to the bed, then gives her a long kiss, but then leaves her alone. On balance, fairly well handled, and like the episode on Date Rape they did, the story does the right thing.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 12th May 1992 – 21:00

The next episode is The Great Spontini in which Sam becomes a struggling magician with a 12 year old daughter, whose wife returns after eight years, looking for custody, egged on by her lawyer, who’s also her lover.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 2nd June 1992 – 21:00

The final episode on this tape is Rebel Without A Clue. Sam leaps into the body of a biker. Having never seen The Wild One I can’t say if this story steals any of the plot element of that movie, but the lead biker is clearly rocking the Brando vibe.

Not Brando

Sam’s there to stop a girl being murdered by the lead biker, her abusive boyfriend, and the only way he can persuade her to leave him is to get her hero, Jack Kerouac, to talk to her.

BBC Genome:  BBC Two – 9th June 1992 – 21:00

After this episode there’s a Late Show trailer, and a trailer for an early Adam Curtis documentary, Pandora’s Box.

Then the start of an episode from the documentary series The Racing Game. Then the tape ends.

Q The Winged Serpent – tape 582

The tape opens with the end of a London Programme about sewage treatment, and the effect on beaches. It features a deeply unpleasant scene where MP Teddy Taylor drink the seawater to prove it’s safe.

Teddy Taylor drinks the water

Then, we have our main feature. When a film starts with ‘Samuel Z Arkoff Presents’ you know you’re in for some genre fun, and this is no exception.

It has a great opening. A woman working in an office high up in a skyscraper is being bothered by a creepy window cleaner who keeps waving at her and knocking on the window, when he’s suddenly attacked by something, which rips his head off.

David Carradine and Richard Roundtree are the detectives on the case, but they’re baffled, as the head is nowhere to be found. Other grisly deaths are discovered, and blood rains down from the sky onto horrified New Yorkers.

Richard Rowntree and David Carradine

Meanwhile, Michael Moriarty is Quint, a slightly down at heel petty crook, signing up as a getaway driver for some other crooks, but when the heist goes wrong (off-screen a la Reservoir Dogs) he panics and tries to find his Lawyer, who works at the top of the Chrysler building. When he finds the Lawyer’s office locked, and a security guard lurking around, he hides in the roof space, and comes across a rather large nest.

A very big egg

The strange sightings, falling body parts and victims with their skin completely flayed off continue to mount up. Carradine talks to experts in South American ancient civilisations, who used to worship flying serpents. And we keep getting grisly cutaways to actual sacrifices, although we don’t see who’s doing them.

This is great fun, and benefits enormously from Michael Moriarty’s hyper performance as the hapless Jimmy Quinn, somehow pulled into all the monster goings on and possible human sacrifices. He even plays a mean bit of jazz piano.

The effects are old-school stop motion from David Allen and Randy Cook – Cook was one of the key effects animators in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. They wisely keep the creature off screen for much of the film, using some lovely looping helicopter photography to show the monster’s point of view – for a low budget film, they got a lot of value out of that helicopter footage. But the monster is great when we do see it – in stop-motion terms at least. Younger viewers probably can’t appreciate the quality of the work, given how smooth and realistic even cheap CGI is these days, but this was clearly a labour of love.

The ending is a little bit anti-climactic, but that aside, this is worth catching up with if you’ve nothing better to do of a cold winter evening.

Following this, recording switches to an unbilled episode of The Last Resort. Guests tonight are:

Norman Lovett

Norman Lovett

Ted Polhemus – an anthropologist who studies popular culture, or, as he describes himself, a voyeur.

Ted Polhemus

A man called Chris Erachlides and his big dog, Zorba.

Chris Erachlides

Music from Mica Paris and Will Downing

Mica Paris and Will Downing

The final guest is Pia Zadora

Pia Zadora

At the start of this interview, it sounds like someone in the audience is actually wolf whistling. In fact, there’s some pans across the audience which makes it look like there’s a large contingent of ‘lads’ in the front row. Office night out?

After this, recording switches again, to an interview by Sarah Greene (dressed for a victorian seaside) with Sylvester McCoy.

Sarah Greene and Sylvester McCoy

I have to assume this was Going Live, as they are briefly interrupted by Trevor and Simon.

There are three shivering children, pulled from the pool behind them to ask some probing questions like ‘How many Doctors have there been?’. But the first telephone question, from a Nicholas Williams, has a very definite ‘JNT must go’ slant – talking about the comedy in recent stories, and would he like to see a new producer bring back the horror.

Duncan Jones (surely not that Duncan Jones) asks if he likes the costume.

After this interview, Trev and Simon look at King Arthur, or Robin Hood, or somebody historical, anyway. Pia Zadora shows her video, and is interviewed in the pool by Philip Schofield.

 

Pia Zadora and Philip Schofield

They even go down the water slide together. She’s very game.

And this bit of recording ends with part of an episode of Thundercats.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 5th November 1988 – 08:15

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Blackadder the Third – tape 304

Ah, Blackadder the Third, very possibly the best series of Blackadder ever, but it’s fairly hard to choose. Yes, this one misses a regular Miranda Richardson, but it offers us the equally wonderful Hugh Laurie’s Prince Regent, who is possibly my favourite character in the whole history.

The tape opens with Dish and Disonesty. Even the titles are wonderful – I wonder how expensive it was to have all of those custom-made book bindings, with all the punning titles.

Blackadder the Third titles

This episode concerns the efforts the new Prime Minister, William Pitt the Younger, so curb the excess spending of the Prince Regent. Naturally, Blackadder, manservant to the Prince Regent, can’t let this happen.

Pitt the Younger is played as an adolescent schoolboy, giving us a whole host of great gags. “I now call upon the Leader of the Opposition to test me on my Latin vocab.”

Pitt the Younger

An attempt to ensure the vote goes the Prince’s way fails when the MP they choose suddenly dies, leading to a by-election in which Baldrick stands for the Prince, and among the other candidates, Geoffrey McGivern plays the ‘Stading at the back dressed stupidly and looking stupid party’ candidate Ivor Biggun, dressed, as many have pointed out on Twitter, in the UKIP colours.

Geoffrey McGivern as Ivor Biggun

BBC Genome: BBC One – 17th September 1987 – 21:30

The next episode is Ink and Incapability, in which Robbie Coltrane guest stars as Samuel Johnson, whose wants the Prince’s patronage for his dictionary.

Robbie Coltrane as Doctor Johnson

Cue many lines from Edmund containing neologisms. “Might I offer my most heartfelt contrafibularities?”

Mrs Miggins’ tea shop has become a literary cafe, and the romantic poets Byron, Shelley and Coleridge, are there as fans of Doctor Johnson, and played by Steve Steen, Jim Sweeney and Lee Cornes.

The Romantic Poets

And the final punchline of the show is the reason why I cannot make reference to Doctor Johnson without shouting “Sausage? SAUSAGE?” to the eternal puzzlement of my daughter, when we’re watching quiz shows together.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 24th September 1987 – 21:30

before the next episode, a brief trailer for Fortunes of War.

Then, Nob and Nobility. Mrs Miggins has started greeting her customers in French because of the Scarlet Pimpernel’s fame.

There’s the first reference to one of my favourite running jokes in the show, Prince George’s obsession with large trousers.

The Prince Regent's Trousers

Nigel Planer and Tim McInerney play two feckless English toffs, Smedley and Topper.

Nigel Planer and Tim McInerney

Edmund is sick f the attention the Pimpernel is getting, so he hatches a plot to find a French aristocrat at Mrs Miggins’ and pretend to have rescued him from France. But his plan goes awry when the French embassy is taken over by revolutionaries (well, by Chris Barrie, mainly).

Chris Barrie as a revolutionary

Naturally, the real Pimpernel turns up, and you’d never guess who he actually is. Well, you probably would, but it’s a fun episode anyway.

BBC Genome:BBC One – 1st October 1987 – 21:30

Next, Sense and Senility. Possibly my favourite episode. The Prince falls under the spell of the Theatre, and is attacked by an anarchist, played by Ben Elton.

Ben Elton as an anarchist

There’s a guest turn by Carry On legend Kenneth Connor as one of the actors the Prince recruits to help him present Blackadder’s speech to parliament.

Kenneth Connor

“About costume, sir. Any thoughts?” “Well, enormous trousers, certainly.”

“The criminal’s vanity always makes them make one fatal mistake. Theirs was to have their entire conspiracy printed and published in plain manuscript form.”

BBC Genome: BBC One – 8th October 1987 – 21:30

Before the next episode, some weather from Bill Giles, and a trailer for Pulaski.

Next, Amy and Amiability. Baldrick is fascinated by the dashing highwayman, The Shadow. The Prince is short of cash, having lost a fortune at cards, so Blackadder decides he has to wed Amy Hardwick, the daughter of a noted industrialist. Played by Miranda Richardson.

Amy Hardwick

Her father is played by the great Warren Clarke.

Warren Clarke as Mr Hardwick

But Amy has a secret identity – The Shadow.

The Shadow

BBC Genome: BBC One – 15th October 1987 – 21:30 – interestingly, the episode is billed as Cape and Capability in the Radio Times listing.

The next episode is Duel and Duality. The Prince is challenged to a duel by the Duke of Wellington, played by Stephen Fry.

Stephen Fry as the Duke of Wellington

So another cunning plan is hatched to use Blackadder’s homicidal scottish cousin McAdder to take the place of the Prince Regent.

McAdder

Unusually, it all works out quite well for everyone involved.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 22nd October 1987 – 21:30

After this episode, recording switches to the end of an ITN news bulletin. Then, an episode of Spitting Image. Leading with the government banning reporting of Peter Wright’s Spycatcher. The US/USSR nuclear disarmament talks were also featured, as was the merger of the Liberals and the SDP.

Spitting Image

The song at the end is a fairly weak Bohemian Rhapsody parody featuring the Queen.

Then, there’s the start of The South Bank Show featuring a profile of Eric Clapton.

Eric Clapton

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