Day: December 28, 2015

Have I Got News For You – Drop the Dead Donkey – tape 2449

This tape opens with the end of an episode of The Creatives, and Absolutely produced sitcom written by Jack Docherty and Moray Hunter. Then there’s a trailer for Brothers and Sisters, a drama set in a northern gospel community. This first episode was written by Amma Asante, now a major director of Belle, but originally an actor in Grange Hill.

Then, Have I Got News For You. Angus Deayton is still in the presenter’s seat, and guests John Simpson

John Simpson

and Magnus Magnusson

Magnus Magnusson

News stories covered were General Pinochet’s migration to the UK, Richard Bacon’s drug scandal.

The guest publication is Cigar Aficionado, featuring Chuck Norris.

Cigar Aficionado

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 23rd October 1998 – 22:00

Following this, an episode of Drop The Dead Donkey. Dated Fri 30th October. Guest starring David Troughton as Royston Merchant’s son and corporate executioner

David Troughton

And Letitia Dean as a new weather girl.

Letitia Dean

There’s another episode of Drop The Dead Donkey after this, with the programme dated from 23rd November. The staff are fretting over the imminent closing down of Globelink News. Melvyn Hayes guest stars as Sally’s new boyfriend.

Melvyn Hayes

After this episode, recording switches, to LWT, for Dennis Nordern’s Laughter File.

Following this, there’s the very start of Total Recall, but recording switches to Channel 4, and after a brief Adam and Joe ident sting

There’s more from Drop The Dead Donkey. This episode is dated 30th November. Sally is horrified at a pub where all the drag queens dress up as her. And Henry is performing as the sidekick of a thinly-veiled version of Chris Evans.

Then, another episode – Drop The Dead Donkey, The Final Chapter. Globelink is definitely closing, and Gus makes one last ditch effort to change Sir Royston’s mind – Sir Royston actually appears in this episode.

Sir Royston Merchant

And Damian get adopted by an amazon tribe as their God.

After this, recording stops, and underneath there’s an older recording, with some Eurotrash. After this, another recording stop, and under that, some of Danny Kelly’s Under the Moon, before the tape ends.


  • Yellow Pages
  • Mail on Sunday
  • trail: British Comedy Awards
  • trail: Christmas 1998

  • Ford Cougar – Dennis Hopper

  • Tropicana
  • Duracell Ultra
  • Cellnet First
  • Fosters
  • Coca Cola
  • Sunday People
  • Freixenet
  • Boots
  • Heineken
  • Archers
  • trail: British Comedy Awards
  • trail: The Quick and the Dead
  • Hooch
  • Paxo
  • Thomson TV
  • national Lottery
  • L’Oreal Voluminous
  • Mail on Sunday
  • BT
  • trail: Christmas on ITV
  • Sony Vega
  • Hugo Boss
  • As Good as it Gets
  • Mail On Sunday
  • Benilyn
  • Black & Decker
  • Haze
  • Barclaycard
  • trail: Johnny meets Madonna
  • Braun
  • Black & Decker
  • Boss
  • Blackthorn
  • Citroen Xantia
  • Royal Mail
  • Exclamation
  • Andersen Consulting
  • Vodafone
  • trail: Film Four
  • HMV – Funky Divas 2
  • Royal Mail
  • Mumm Cordon Rouge
  • Amarula Cream
  • Quaker Oat So Simple
  • Murphy’s
  • Gordon’s and Tonic
  • Cellnet
  • Homebase
  • Amarula Cream
  • As Good as it Gets on video
  • PC World
  • Blackthorn
  • Yellow Pages
  • trail: anatomy of Desire
  • Ford Cougar
  • FHM
  • Intel
  • Guinness
  • FHM
  • trail: The Quick and the Dead
  • trail: Film Four
  • Hooch
  • News of the World
  • Peugeot 306
  • Sensodyne
  • Bird’s Custard Pot
  • John Smith’s
  • trail: Friends