Paul Merton – The Series – Clive Anderson Talks Back – tape 1574

Straight into an episode of Paul Merton – The Series – always thought that was a very lazy name.

I spotted a young Ben Miller in one of the sketches.

Ben Miller

In the next episode there’s an appearance by Bob Holness

Bob Holness

Neil Mullarkey is a regular.

Neil Mullarkey

In another episode, Simon Williams guests.

Simon Williams

The then Mrs Merton Caroline Quentin also appears in one episode.

Caroline Quentin

Another guest is Delia Smith

Delia Smith

All six episodes of the second series are here.

After the last episode, there’s the first episode in the new series of Clive Anderson Talks Back with guests Mandy Smith (ex wife of Bill Wyman)

Mandy Smith

Gore Vidal

And David Frost

In the next episode, the first guest is Ian Hislop

Ken Livingstone

Ken Livingstone

Clive does a joke about Virtual reality.

90s VR

And the last guest is Robbie Coltrane.

After this, the recording stops, and underneath there’s the end of an episode of Eurotrash.  Then, the start of a film called The Plot Against Harry, and the tape ends.


  • Thompson’s Water Seal
  • Red Mountain
  • The Sisters of Mercy
  • Sure
  • Leeds Liquid Gold
  • Adidas
  • Ruddles
  • trail: Outrageous Fortune
  • trail: Tales of the City
  • Renault Clio
  • The Kinks Greatest Hits
  • Corn Pops
  • Puma
  • Dry Blackthorn
  • trail: Equinox – Your Flight in Their Hands
  • trail: The Music Game
  • Vauxhall Astra Van
  • Ryvita
  • The Blues Collection
  • Lynx
  • One 2 One
  • Reach
  • Bodyform
  • trail: Tales of the City
  • Tampax
  • Citroen Xantia
  • Sun Pat
  • Tetley Bitter
  • trail: Equinox – Fear of Falling
  • trail: Blue
  • Red Mountain
  • Ruddles
  • British Gas
  • Red Mountain
  • B&Q
  • Milky Bar
  • Red Mountain
  • Imperial Leather – Paul Merton – I thought they used to have rules about people appearing in adverts within a certain time of their own shows
  • Polo
  • Volvo
  • Crunchie
  • Theakston’s
  • AEG
  • Virgin Airlines
  • BT
  • trail: Film on Four
  • trail: House to House
  • Flash
  • Mercury
  • Air Canada
  • Kronenbourg 1664
  • Volvo
  • trail: Equinox – Fly Navy
  • trail: Rory Bremner
  • Goodyear
  • Red Mountain
  • Ferrero Rocher
  • CD-i

  • Red Mountain
  • Esso
  • Jacob’s Club
  • trail: Rory Bremner
  • trail: Football Italia
  • Renault Clio
  • Rolo
  • McDonalds
  • CD-i
  • Tampax
  • Stella Artois
  • Lunn Poly
  • Intercity
  • De Montfort University
  • Sunkist
  • trail: Drugstore Cowboy


  1. I used to confuse the late Caroline Aherne with Caroline Quentin, mostly because they were both called Caroline and worked in the alternative comedy scene. But, as you have just pointed out, both Aherne and Quentin have also been Mrs Merton as well – Aherne in character and Quentin by marriage. I was just about to comment to say that you had made a mistake and that it was Caroline Aherne who was Mrs Merton and not Caroline Quentin, when I just realised the irony of what you put there, referring to Paul’s ex-wife.

    I remember the Imperial Leather adverts where Merton does a Roger Cook parody – interesting that he would have appeared within his own show in the advert break – perhaps Channel 4 wasn’t too careful with that ruling as much as the ITV stations were. When Carol Vorderman appeared in nearly every programme and advert on TV circa 2000, they gave ITV schedulers a headache. I complained to the ITC about such a ruling in an advert, and was surprised that it did not extend to voiceovers, rather than those who appear on screen.

  2. There was indeed a rule that nobody could appear in an advert during a programme they were in, and a couple of channels fell foul of it – indeed I think Channel Four fell foul of it once thanks to, yes, Carol Vorderman turning up in an ad break in Countdown. These days, anything goes, hence why Jeff Stelling can do the voice overs of the Gillette break bumpers on Soccer Saturday.

    I did enjoy Paul Merton’s Imperial Leather adverts, a running joke on early episodes of HIGNFY of course. Alongside his column in Family Circle.

    1. Yes, I think that rule when it came to radio rather than television, similar to voiceovers only. The Radio Authority booklet said that it allowed presenters and newsreaders to voice adverts as long as they were distinct from each other and not referred to when in their presenting role.

  3. Talks Back (Vidal/Frost)/Eurotrash/The Plot Against Harry – 15/10/1993.

    The Plot Against Harry was one of those films that was shot in the late 60s but not released until the late 80s. That’s a long time on the shelf. Part of some Made in the USA season.

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