This tape opens with the end of Food and Drink and a trailer for a musical concert, From The Waterfront.
Then there’s a bespoke trailer for Friday Night Comedy Zone featuring Enn Reitel.
Then, Murder One, with an episode from the second series, shorn of the wonderful Daniel Benzali, with Anthony LaPaglia not really proving an adequate replacement. And without Stanley Tucci as Richard Cross, they’re really suffering a loss.
This is Episode 7, and it’s presented here as a 90 minute episode. I assume this means it’s actually episodes 7 and 8.
It’s the summing up of the trial of Sharon Rooney, accused of murdering the Governor. The trial concludes, but this wouldn’t be a Bochco series if the favourable verdict weren’t followed by a tragic twist.
The show shares some actors from other Bochco series. Obviously Barbara Bosson, since she was married to Bochco, but also actors like Cop Rock’s Peter Onorati, who appears here as an assistant district attorney.
The character replacing Tucci’s Richard Cross is Malcolm Dietrich, played by Ralph Waite, Pa Walton himself. It’s hard to tell if this is good casting just from this episode, as he doesn’t really feature much.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 29th April 1997 – 21:00
Before the next episode, there’s the end of From The Waterfront, with some frankly shaky horn playing in a performance of Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Aida.
This programme looks like it was running a little bit late, as there’s even time for Kiri Te Kanawa to sing some Tosca .
Once the concert has finished, there’s a trailer for a documentary about declining songbird populations, Another Silent Spring.
Then, running about 20 minutes late because of the overrunning concert, Murder One continues. The trial of Rickey Latrell gets underway – a storyline inspired by the OJ Simpson case.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 6th May 1997 – 21:30
More from Food & Drink before the next episode, plus a trailer for Tales from the River Bank.
Then, Murder One continues. I have to admit, I’ve never watched this series, despite adoring the first series. so this story is new to me. Because the season was split between several trials, I’ve missed (or not yet seen) the bulk of the first trial, but here we’ve had the whole of the trial of basketball star Rickey Latrell.
So when, after three episodes of trial, Rickey is in LaPaglia’s office, and being rehearsed through cross examination by LaPaglia and his team, I was totally not expecting him to suddenly admit that he was, in fact, guilty of the murder.
And now I wish I had the other episodes to watch right now. By the way, have a look at the BBC Genome listing – they practically blow the end of the episode in their short precis. Not good, Radio Times.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 13th May 1997 – 21:00
After this episode, there’s a trailer for Stonewall, a dramatisation of the pivotal gay rights flashpoint, recently turned into a feature film by Roland Emmerich.
Then there’s a trail for Ruby.
Then, there’s Laura Ashley: Back in Bloom – or maybe it’s called Bloom or Bust? according to the Radio Times. Sandi Toksvig narrates a programme about whether the company can reverse its recent poor performance.
The recording stops after thirty minutes of this programme.