First on this tape, a repeat of Not The Nine O’Clock News. Genome says this is a highlights package. It opens with the World Championship wearing silly trousers, and continues with a classic – Points of View. “I would willingly sell my house and all its contents to help the BBC.”
There’s the modern Creed,which contains one strange note. In amongst the litany of all the things they believe – “telepathy, flying saucers, black magic” they throw in “Gay Liberation”. It’s the only actually political thing in there, and everything else is a fringe crackpot belief. I wonder what point was being made, or if this was just the tail end of the 70s, and gay jokes are still considered OK, even in such a hip programme.
Rowan Atkinson does one of his turns interrupting Mel Smith from the audience.
There’s ‘Hey Wow’. You know, for kids.
And the famous President’s Press Officer. “Cupcakes. Crumbly candy bars.”
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 24th November 1995 – 21:00
After this, there’s a trailer for Coogan’s Run.
Then, a truncated repeat of The Day Today. This isn’t listed in the Radio Times.
This is followed by a trailer for Victoria Wood as Seen on TV and The Mrs Merton Show.
Then, an episode of Coogan’s Run. In Dearth of a Salesman he plays Gareth Cheeseman, a quite loathsome salesman for an electronics firm. It was 1995, so people are still using slide projectors for their presentations. Including the old reliable “How did that get in there” gag that you can’t really use with Powerpoint. I also liked the cut to a slide of an african tribesman with the line “Once we had an Empire.”
John Shrapnel is very good as the head of a big company.
I like the way the programme keeps some continuity between the various characters in the different episodes, as the singer at the exhibitors’ party is Mike Crystal, Tim Fleck from the Little Ottle museum has some flyers to display at the hotel, and Pauline Calf talks to the prostitute who stole Gareth’s wallet.
This episode was written by Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews, and it shows. It’s very good.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 24th November 1995 – 21:30
After this, there’s a trailer for Streetlifewith Rhys Ifans.
Also a trailer for The Thin Blue Line.
Then, Have I Got News For You featuring guests Neil Morrissey
and Theresa Gorman
The big news is the recent interview with Princess Diana. And I can’t help wondering if Theresa Gorman might have been a little bit drunk during the recording, as she’s very giggly.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 24th November 1995 – 22:00
This is followed by a trailer for Tx.
Then, recording continues with Newsnight, looking at the government plans for Rail Privatisation. Also a report from Zaire, a coutry which no longer exists, as any Pointless fan knows.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 24th November 1995 – 22:30
After this, another trailer for Streetlife and a repeat of the trailer for Victoria Wood and Mrs Merton.
Then, there’s Don’t Give Up Your Day Job. It’s a talent show but which seems to concentrate on acts with no discernible talent. It’s presented by Paul Brophy, whose catchphrase is “I’m Paul Brophy”. And guest judges are Jom Bowen, Linda Nolan and Lee Hurst.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 24th November 1995 – 23:15
After this, anothe trailer for Tx and weatherview with Michael Fish. Then a Radio 1 trailer for Tim Westwood’s Rap Show.
Then, The Best of The Real McCoy, a compilation of the best bits from the last series.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 24th November 1995 – 23:50
After this, there’s a brief reminder about the Children in Need broadcast going on on BBC 1, and another trailer for Streetlife.
Then, the tape plays out with Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage, presented as part of the Cinema 100 season.