Not The Nine O’Clock News – Coogan’s Run – Have I Got News For You – tape 2072

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.

Rowan Atkinson

There’s ‘Hey Wow’. You know, for kids.

Hwy Wow

And the famous President’s Press Officer. “Cupcakes. Crumbly candy bars.”

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.”

Gareth Cheeseman

John Shrapnel is very good as the head of a big company.

John Shrapnel

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.

Pauline Calf

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

Neil Morrissey

and Theresa Gorman

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.

Scenes from a Marriage




  1. There was quite a bit of laddish humour in Not the Nine O’clock News, a lot of which wasn’t included in those 90s compilations. There was one sketch I remember about the women’s football match with a punchline you would NEVER get these days.

  2. Ah, this brings back so many memories for me because in 1995 I’d just got my own video recorder in my bedroom so I was taping virtually everything off BBC2. So I would have recorded most of this evening.

    The Not compilations are of course now the only episodes you see rather than the original shows themselves. The interesting thing about the President’s press officer sketch is that the picture is actually reversed from the original episode, the reason being that they couldn’t show the ending to the previous sketch (Let Poland Be Poland?) because it had irremovable end credits on it, so they tagged this onto the end, but the President was looking the wrong way. Actually the edits in these compilations were bizarre, there was one where they edited two sketches together with Rowan as a schoolboy, for no reason at all, so it looked like one long sketch which changed jokes halfway through. The compilations are really bad actually.

    For some reason the compilations were only 25 minutes long (seemingly for international sales, even though much of it would appear to make little sense abroad), hence the appearance of The Day Today. Initially, having only seem them once, I assumed these were the Mini-News segments that went out the night before the original shows, with out-takes, but in fact they were something else entirely, a mix of stuff from the Mini-News and the actual episodes. They went out after most, but not all, of the Not compilations.

    I always assumed Teresa Gorman was a bit tired and emotional in that HIGNFY. HIGNFY is also responsible for the only fact I know about Teresa Gorman, in that her eyebrows are tattoos because she plucked the real ones too much. Whenever I hear of Teresa Gorman now (not that I hear about her much), I think “eyebrows”.

    And Don’t Give Up Your Day Job is a show only I remember, and because I was taping every single comedy show on telly I watched it every week. I recall it was considered a bit of a disaster, Brophy initially had a co-host in Denise “Tight Fit/Former Wife Of Sir Peter” Waterman, but she disappeared after I think two shows, and I remember the format changing quite a bit mid-run, and the producer changing as well.

    Of course, the format involved the panellists buzzing off the punters when they’d had enough, like a certain other show that’s still running on Saturday nights today. That Jim Bowen episode is presumably the one where one of the punters is the impressionist Les Gibson, who I recall did a particularly savage impression of Bowen himself that made him cry with laughter, and Brophy said “we’ve found ourselves a star!”. I then remember he appeared on Barrymore six months later, billed as “the gas fitter impressionist” (leading Private Eye to speculate quite how many impressions we needed of gas fitters), but that was the last I saw of him until a few years ago… when he turned up on Britain’s Got Talent!

    That is all anyone needs to know about Don’t Give Up Your Day Job. Sadly, I have total recall of virtually everything BBC2 showed in the latter half of the nineties because I watched it all the time.

    1. I did think DGUYDJ looked like a bit of a disaster. Something that aimed for the feeling of Fantasy Football or TFI Friday but fell woefully short of either.

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