St Elsewhere – Tanner ’88 – The Giftie – The Last Resort – The South Bank Show – tape 573

I think I might have made a slight mistake with this recording. The raw MP4 file is 26GB in length, and Quicktime reports a running length of 17 hours. However, only 8 hours actually seems to have anything recording on it. I think my digitising software got a bit confused.

However, it’s definitely an 8 hour tape, so it must have been long play, and I usually only do that when I’m recording a lot of things and I’m away.

The first thing on the tape is The Giftie, a one-off comedy starring Richard O’Sullivan and John Wells. O’Sullivan works at an experimental facility, and while testing a new matter reproduction device, creates a duplicate of himself.

Two Richard O'Sulliva

It’s a decent SF story played as a cosy suburban comedy. The doppelgangers don’t get on, and there’s existential angst about which of them is the real one.

In the end, it all gets rather melancholy, before ending on a slight note of farce.

Amusingly, O’Sullivan and Wells get multiple credits.

After this, there’s an episode of St Elsewhere. Some interesting guest star names in this episode, including Alfre Woodard, Harry Groener and Tony Goldwyn.

Following this, recording continues with an episode of Hot Metal. This is episode six of the second series, which I’ve looked at on a previous tape. There’s about five minutes of this before the recording switches.

Next we get Tanner ’88, Garry Trudeau and Robert Altman’s mockumentary about the 1988 presidential primaries. This is the first episode, which establishes who Jack Tanner is, and the rather ramshackle state of his campaign at the start.

Tanner is played by Michael Murphy. I wonder if it’s coincidental that, four years later, Bill Clinton, who bears something of a similarity with Murphy, was elected?

Michael Murphy

After this, recording continues for a bit with the start of East End GPs, but then switches to another episode of The Last Resort. This is another special episode, this time from a house near Blackpool, the winners of a competition to have The Last Resort broadcast from their home.

The Last Resort from Blackpool

I have no idea if this was a real competition. The family seem realy, though.

First guest is LaToya Jackson.

LaToya Jackson

There’s a squirmy moment at the end where Jonathan calls her Janet and she obviously notices, but he recovers.

Doctor martin Scrote (Rowland Rivron) looks at safety in the kitchen.

Rowland Rivron

There’s quite a dangerous looking fire stunt at the end.

Second guest is Coronation Street’s Chris Quentin.

Chris Quentin

The next guest is Norman Johnson who can slice a cucumber in 13 seconds.

Norman Johnson

Music from Nick Hayward.

Nick Hayward

After this, there’s the start of Olympics from Seoul, anchored on Channel 4 by Barry Norman. Yes, that’s right.

Barry Norman at the Olympics

I might have mentioned this in an earlier entry, but it still seems just a bit odd.

Tony Francis is at the stadium, but having to report from outside because all reporters have been removed from the stadium while the runners prepare for the 100m. Frankly unbelievable. After a few minutes of bitching about this decision, and before any actual sport gets underway, recording switches, to the end of an ITN bulletin.

Then we get an episode of The South Bank Show – looking at the Art of Walt Disney, particularly the early animation.

It’s nice that the show clearly credits Ub Iwerks as the artist in the early Disney animations, something that’s often ignored.

The film contains contributions from a lot of people including Richard Williams, head animator on Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Richard Williams

Veteran animator Ward Kimball

Ward Kimball

Writer Brian Sibley

Brian Sibley

Animator Frank Thomas

Frank Thomas

Roy Disney Jr, Walt’s Nephew and (at that time) vice-chairman of the company.

Roy Disney Jr

Here’s Disney himself introducing the dwarves.

Disney and the Dwarves

Dick Jones, the voice of Pinocchio

Dick Jones

After this, recording switches back to Channel 4, for another episode of Tanner ’88 – For Real.

After this, recording continues with True Stories – Shahira.

And finally on this epic tape, the beginning of Return to Glennascaul. It’s a short film starring Orson Welles as himself who gives a lift to a man whose car has broken down on a deserted Irish country road. The man tells him “I’ve had trouble with the distributor.” Welles rolls his eyes and replies “I’ve had trouble with my distributor too.”

The recording stops during this film, which is a pity, as it looks like an interesting film.

Adverts:

  • Togs
  • Evening Standard Jobs
  • India
  • British Gas
  • Vax
  • Nescafé
  • trail: Nowhere to Run
  • Heat Electric
  • TWA
  • Auto Express
  • Selfridges
  • Nescafé Blend 37
  • Abbey National – Jonathan Ross
  • Grand Marnier
  • trail: The Front
  • Riva
  • Bradford & Bingley
  • Sheba – cat food ad that was perfectly parodied by French and Saunders on a previous tape
  • Mobil 1
  • Toshiba
  • Domestos
  • Pan Am
  • trail: Hot Property/A Different World/Tanner ’88
  • Dolmio
  • Mentadent P
  • Molson Canadian
  • Shell
  • Timotei
  • Shop Electric
  • trail: The Oprah Whinfrey Show
  • Strongbow
  • Lufthansa
  • Tefal Ultrabase
  • Riva
  • Nescafé
  • trail: Whose Line is it Anyway
  • Blend 37
  • Auto Express
  • trail: The New Statesman
  • The Times
  • Lufthansa
  • PG Tips
  • Whiskas
  • Riva
  • TWA
  • VO5 Hot Oil
  • Auto Express
  • Domestos
  • PG Tips
  • trail: Campaign! 40 Years of TV in American Elections
  • The Enterprise Initiative
  • Riva
  • Mobil 1
  • Lynx
  • Pan Am
  • trail: Child of Love
  • TV Times
  • trail: The Secret Policeman’s Ball/privates On Parade/Water/Bullshot/The Meaning of Life
  • Petit Filous
  • Rap Trax
  • British Telecom
  • Observer
  • Moonlighting – compilation
  • Petits Filous
  • Poltergeist III in cinemas
  • Our Price – Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden
  • Hotpoint
  • Oxy 10
  • MIM Britannia – Saint and Greavsie
  • Ikea – one of the first adverts from Ikea – Opens 9am Sept 29th
  • Pepsi
  • Apple – Overnight to Heathrow
  • Argos
  • trail: The Media Show
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  • Hotpoint
  • Renault 5
  • B&Q
  • trail: Bust
  • Lloyd’s Bank – Nigel Havers, Leo McKern
  • Federal Express
  • Volvo 340
  • American Express
  • Scottish Salmon
  • Tartan Special
  • Vauxhall Astra
  • Ikea
  • Heinz Baked Beans – Ian Botham
  • Kit Kat
  • B&Q
  • British Telecom Phonecard
  • Renault 21
  • MIM Britannia
  • Grand Marnier
  • McDonalds
  • Intercity
  • British Gas
  • Ikea
  • Mobil 1
  • trail: The Secret Policeman’s Ball/privates On Parade/Water/Bullshot/The Meaning of Life
  • Milk
  • Abbey National – David Jason
  • Uncle Ben’s
  • Creda
  • Selfridges
  • Heat Electric
  • The Enterprise Initiative
  • Flowers and Plants Association
  • Guinness
  • trail: Whose Line is it Anyway
  • Creda
  • Oxo
  • India
  • Milk
  • trail: Allegro
  • Guinness
  • Riva
  • TWA
  • Gold Blend
  • Flowers and Plants Association
  • Enterprise Initiative
  • trail: Reno’s Kids
  • Auto Express
  • Lufthansa
  • Selfridges
  • Milk
  • Oxo
  • Guinness
  • Riva
  • trail: Halfway to Paradise
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2 comments

  1. Giftie/St Elsewhere/Hot Metal – 20/09/1988.
    Tanner ’88 ep1 – 22/09/1988.
    Last Resort – 23/09/1988.
    South Bank Show – 25/09/1988.
    Tanner ’88 ep2/Shahira/Glennascaul – 29/09/1988.

    1. Oh, one more thing. The trail you list for Secret Policeman’s Ball/Privates on Parade, etc, is that part of a season for Python or Handmade? Thanks.

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