Alexei Sayle’s Stuff – tape 1312

This tape opens with the end of an episode of the old Top Gear. Then a trailer for Troubleshooter in Eastern Europe. Is everything on these tapes going to reference the EU this week?

Then, Alexei Sayle’s Stuff which has the classic Home Video opening including Sayles as Schwarzenegger in Beverly Hills Sponge and Things Exploding 2: Everything Explodes.

Sayle as Schwarzenegger

Also including Naked gardening (with Angus Deayton on the right)

Naked Gardening

Alexei does Mime

Monsieur Aubergine


In Hooray for British Films Alexei also does Barry Norman.

Alexei Sayle does Barry Norman

And Simon Brint does Mark Knopfler

Simon Brint as Mark Knopfler

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 3rd October 1991 – 21:00

Annoyingly, the next episode started with a joke BBC2 ident and I’ve missed most of it on this recording.

This one has the interludes with William Rees-Mogg, and a digression over the communist makeup of the BBC.

Communist BBC

Plus a guest appearance from Judith Hann

Alexei with Judith Hann

I like the Production Company Credit

Four Knob Ends

“…with our best friends Carla and Drury Lane”

Carla and Drury Lane

(Is this another one for the death watch? It’s not been long since she died.

This programme has about four different fake endings. It’s brilliant.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 10th October 1991 – 21:00

Before the next episode, another snatch of Top Gear and a glimpse of vintage Clarkson.

Sporty Clarkson

Another fake opening for the show – Oh no, I think this is real.

The BBC Studios Tour has a glimpse of Doctor Who

BBC Studio Tour Doctor Who


The titles are for ‘Agatha Christie’s Pluto’

Pluto Titles


And another Production Company credit


BBC Genome: BBC Two – 17th October 1991 – 21:00

More Top Gear before the next episode. And there’s a trailer for Friday.

Another fake opening for the show – I like this aspect of the show. They clearly had a lot of fun with all the fake trailers etc. And their production company credits are getting weirder.

Mussolini Wisdom

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 24th October 1991 – 21:00

Another glimpse of Top Gear before the next episode, along with a trailer for Not Mozart,

Stuff opens with a public information film.

Falling Dolphins can strike at any time

The show makes ample use of the front of BBC White City, a building which, I believe, is no longer used. I used to work in the newer Broadcast Centre next door.

BBC White City

“And of course the VHS videocassette versus the Betamax.”

VHS vs Betamax

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 31st October 1991 – 21:00

That’s the last of this series here. Recording continues with a trailer for Performance – Top Girls by Caryl Churchill.

Then, the start of 40 Minutes, with Autogeddon, a performance of a poem by Heathcote Williams, by Jeremy Irons. However much I might agree with his premise, this really is a lot of pretentious wank.

After about five minutes, that recording stops, and underneath there’s a bit of another 40 Minutes, about young offenders and the Short Sharp Shock theory.

There’s a repeat of an earlier trailer for Friday Night programmes, followed by Colour TV (see earlier) looking at Blue. This reminds me of the Saturday Night Armistice, and the Museum of Brown. (Or was that The Day Today?)

After this, there’s a trailer for Children of the North.


One comment

  1. Well, funnily enough, I now work in the Broadcast Centre next door to BBC White City. You’re right to say it’s no longer used, but there’s now scaffolding around it and signs proclaiming “WHITE CITY PLACE – NETWORKED FOR CREATIVE THOUGHT”. Hmm.

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