Newman And Baddiel In Pieces – tape 1585

This tape opens with the first episode of Newman and Baddiel in Pieces. I wonder if this was before or after they started hating each other.

This series comes after The Mary Whitehouse Experience and after their sell-out Wembley gigs. They make a very strange double act, since almost none of the material features both of them at the same time.

1: A Night Like This

Here’s David Baddiel and his stunt double.

David Baddiel's Stunt Double

Thankfully, they are still doing History Today, which always appeals to my juvenile sense of humour.

History Today

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 20th September 1993 – 22:00

Before the next episode, the BBC2 continuity announcer even makes a joke.

2: And I Put Away Childish Things

There’s a brief appearance from Sean Lock

Sean Lock

Robert Smith and Mariella Frostrup do the conga at David’s funeral

Robert Smith does the Conga

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 27th September 1993 – 22:00

3: Guilty

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 4th October 1993 – 22:00

4: Nobody’s Home

There’s a cameo from Jimmy Hill.

Jimmy Hill

Simon Greenall is a regular guest actor.

Simon Greenall

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 11th October 1993 – 22:00

5: Where do I Belong?

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 18th October 1993 – 22:00

And that’s it for Newman and Baddiel, on this tape at least. For next on this tape is Boswell & Johnson’s Tour of the Western Isles, wherein John Sessions and Robbie Coltrane play the eponymous biographer and dictionarist.

John Sessions

Robbie Coltrane

Also appearing is Ian Dury.

Ian Dury

Celia Imrie makes a brief appearance.

Celia Imrie

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 27th October 1993 – 21:25

After this there’s a trailer for a new series of Performance.

Then there’s a party political broadcast by the Liberal Democrats, about crime.

Mark Lawson presents a trailer for The Late Show, then there’s the start of Newsnight with Kirsty Wark. Northern Ireland is the main story. The tape stops during this episode.


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