With this tape, we reach a small milestone for this blog. This is the last tape on my third 4TB hard drive of recordings. That’s 12TB of video watched wince this blog started. And there’s plenty more to come.
This tape opens with the end of an old-style Top Gear with Tony Mason looking at some bike racing, the kind of thing the programme never bothered with in its later incarnation.
There’s a trailer for We Have Ways of Making You Think, looking at Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. “Goebbels almost never tried to change the Germans’ view about anything. His secret was to reinforce previously held prejudices in an entertaining way.” Scary, given the news these days.
Then, Absolutely Fabulous, with what appears to be the first ever episode. It’s odd that the first tape and the last tape on this hard drive were both Absolutely Fabulous.
“I’m going down in history as the woman who put Princess Anne in a Vivienne Westwood basque.”
Now, it’s not that I dislike Absolutely Fabulous, but it’s not one of my favourite things, and I think that’s because it doesn’t really rely on having any plot, just lurching from one drunken scene of Patsy and Eddy to another.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 12th November 1992 – 21:00
In the next episode, Eddy is worried about her weight. We learn that Patsy is an admirer of Ivana Trump.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 19th November 1992 – 21:00
In the next episode, Eddy’s in France with Patsy, Saffy and Bubble. It’s a bit early in the series for the sit-com to take a holiday, isn’t it? They normally wait for the movie spin-off…
Geoffrey McGivern plays a customs officer.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 26th November 1992 – 21:00
Saffy has some friends around studying. They’re all desperate to pretend they’re not massively well off.
Saffy doesn’t want Eddy to go to her school open day. But when they do go, they have flashbacks.
Eddy accidentally adopts a lot of Romanian babies, but then we discover the whole episode was a dream, as Eddy was floating in an isolation tank.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 3rd December 1992 – 21:00
In the next episode, Eddy joins Patsy at her job at a magazine. Guest starring Kathy Burke as Magda the editor.
Helen Lederer also appears.
Ade Edmondson too
Eleanor Bron plays Patsy’s mum in a flashback
Dawn French plays a Morning TV presenter
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 10th December 1992 – 21:00
Next, it’s Edina’s 40th birthday and she’s not happy about it. Mo Gaffney and Christopher Ryan guest star.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 17th December 1992 – 21:00
After this episode, we switch to LWT for an episode of The New Statesman. This is The Irresistible Rise of Alan B’Stard. Alan is on an anti-Europe tear.
He persuades the party to leave the Common Market, and the Conservative party is going to split in two. Good grief, this is Brexit, except that it’s the Tories who are imploding in this one, and not Labour.
There’s even a Hillary Clinton reference to tie it further to today’s news.
And Piers’ baby is called Gervais.
Alan’s anti-Europe coalition wins a landslide. This is all seeming very familiar.
After this, recording continues. There’s a brilliant little Christmas interstitial with Enya giving us a Christmas greeting in Gaelic. Entirely in Gaelic (apart from “Hi this is Enya” at the start. She lives in a castle, and she does whatever the hell she wants.
ITV: “Hi Enya, this is ITV, we’re shooting some Christmas greetings, could you do one for us?”
Enya: “OK, but I’m doing it in Gaelic.”
ITV: “But Enya, this is for the UK, nobody speaks Irish Gaelic here.”
Enya: sings Orinoco Flow
ITV: “OK, Enya, let’s go for a take.”
Then there’s late news, leading with a prison riot. This is followed by some very christmassy weather. This broadcast was on Christmas Day 1992.
Following this, there’s the start of The Godfather, and the tape ends during the start of the film.
- Naked Gun 2 1/2 on video
- Thomson Directory
- Holsten Pils – Jeff Goldblum
- Thames Ford Dealers
- TV First – rather marvellously, they use an actual page of actual listings. Here’s the Genome page.
- Virgin Atlantic
- Tilda Rice
- trail: Late Saturday Movie
- Yellow Pages
- Renault Clio
- John Smith’s Bitter – Jack Dee
- Garuda Indonesia
- B&Q – Michael Elphick
- News of the World
- trail: The Godfather
- trail: London Tonight
- Burger King – Ben Chaplin
- Fiat – Mark Strong
- Daily Express
- trail: New Season Drama