The tape opens with a long segment of the BBC news with subtitles for the hard of hearing. One of the stories is about banning a film about Salman Rushdie.
James Ferman doesn’t like Salman Rushdie at all.
(actually he’s explaining how the character in the film doesn’t really bear comparison with the real life Rushdie)
There’s a piece about crop circles. Clearly this is early enough in the phenomenon – although the report says they’ve been appearing for 12 years – that the BBC can report with a straight face the ‘scientists’ trying desperately to prove that it’s anything other than people making them.
There’s weather from John Kettley, and a trailer for Sunday programmes.
Then, The Real Thing? Questions of Authenticity, a programme looking at the authentic performance movement that was very popular from the 90s. With contributions from Roger Norrington
Nicholas Kenyon, not yet the director of the BBC Proms
John Eliot Gardener
This is quite an entertaining programme, presented by David Owen Norris, who asks these musicians, on both sides of the argument, to articulate their positions, and they frequently disagree directly. It’s clearly a subject which elicits a lot of emotion.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 28th July 1990 – 20:30
After this, there’s the first in the second series of Have I Got News For You, with guests Sandi Toksvig
and David Thomas, editor of Punch.
This is the series where they first started using the ‘allegedly’ joke, by the way.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 4th October 1991 – 22:00
The next episode features guest appearances from (sound the Slatterywatch klaxon) Tony Slattery
and Alan Coren
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 11th October 1991 – 22:00
And there’s one more episode on this tape with guests Rory McGrath
and Tony Banks
Of interest only to me, they discussed a story about a man called Tony Finn who bought a shark from a pet shop in Hemel Hempstead. Where I live.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 18th October 1991 – 22:00
After this, Newsnight starts, leading with the announcement of new Middle-East peace talks. The tape stops after four minutes of this.