The Simpsons – Funny Business – The New Statesman – tape 1348

We start our fourth disc of VHS rips with a mixed bag of programmes.

First is an episode of The Simpsons, Lisa The Beauty Queen.

After this, recording continues for a bit with the start of an episode of 21 Jump Street. This starts off with some vignettes of the characters as small children at school, and the first instance is actually extremely creepy. The children are supposed to be lying down and having quiet time, but two of the boys are looking up a girl’s skirt. And the camera usefully gives us a point of view shot of what they’re looking at. This feels ultra creepy.

Then recording switches to BBC2 and the end of an episode of Realms of the Russian Bear.

There’s a short programme after this, Talking Sickert in which Beryl Reid looks at the painting Little Dot Hetherington.

Then, an episode of Funny Business with Rowan Atkinson looking at visual humour. He starts his lecture from the Benjamin P Hill Memorial Library.

Rowan Atkinson

This could have been a fairly ordinary clip show, but Atkinson illustrates a large number of the programme’s ideas himself, and there’s as much original material from Atkinson as there are clips.

He’s assisted in his illustration by Felicity Montagu

Felicity Montagu and Rowan Atkinson

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 22nd November 1992 – 20:05

After this, there’s another of the Talking Sickert programmes, with painter John Wonnacott talking about The Studio: The Painter and his Model

Recording continues for a few minutes, with the start of Building Sights Europe, then switches to LWT where we get a quick weather bulletin, then another episode of The New Statesman, this one called Back from the Mort. It’s the first in this series (the episode on the previous tape being the last, usefully) and sees Alan returning from three years in a Russian prison camp.

Piers isn’t pleased to see him back, because he’s got a son, and also because Alan’s incarceration was partly his doing.

Fletcher Dervish and Son

Alan gets Piers to give up his seat for another MP, and for Piers to become a European commissioner.

Next (after another bit of ITV Weather) is H*A*S*H. There’s a vote on legislation for the legalisation of Cannabis, and Alan is tasked with making sure Piers’ speech is so ludicrous that it won’t be passed.

Tom Chadbon turns up as a dutch commissioner.

Tom Chadbon

The final episode on this tape is Speaking In Tongues. Alan takes against the translation service, and wants to replace them with a computer, invented by Christopher Ryan (again).

Christopher Ryan again

After this episode the recording stops, and underneath there’s part of the TV movie Where Angels Fear to Tread, before the tape ends.

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