An Actor’s Life For Me – Drop The Dead Donkey – tape 1268

Before the first episode, there’s the end of Schofield’s Europe.

I don’t really get on with An Actor’s Life For Me since he very rarely gets to do any acting, and all of his problems come from him having to lie to Gina McKee about working, rather than being honest. I realise escalating lies are part and parcel of farce, but it bugs me.

Pat Coombs makes an appearance in this episode.

Pat Coombs

BBC Genome: BBC One – 28th November 1991 – 20:30

Following the programme there’s a trailer for Noel’s House Party, then the start of the Nine O’Clock News, leading with the continued search for the killers of PC Keith Blakelock on the Broadwater Farm estate, following the appeal of the three men originally accused of his murder after their cases were overturned.

Then recording switches to Drop the Dead Donkey, Margaret has left George, and Sally has found religion.

Recording switches to BBC1 for the end of another Schofield’s Europe, then a trailer for Hearts of Gold.

Then, another An Actor’s Life for Me.

This episode, May The Farce Be With You, takes place in the dressing room before a show, and this time involves people making gross misunderstandings to hilarious effect. Rula Lenska guest stars.

Rula Lenska

BBC Genome: BBC One – 5th December 1991 – 20:30

After this, there’s a trailer for Christmas Films, then the start of the Nine O’Clock News, where the Tottenham Three is still the top story, as well as the Maxwell company going into administration.

Then recording switches to Drop The Dead Donkey where Robert Maxwell jokes are subject to a fine in the GLN office. George brings his daughter to work.

George And Daughter

Back to An Actor’s Life for Me, and an episode called Night of the Living Dead. Guest starring Ruth Madoc,

Ruth Madoc

Then, more Drop The Dead Donkey. Dave is trusted to take an important tape directly to Sir Royston, but is derailed by a dragon and a unicorn before ending up in a betting shop.

After this, recording continues for a while, into the start of Whose Line is it Anyway, during which the tape stops.


  • Cointreau
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  • trail: Prime Suspect
  • Mateus Rose
  • Asda
  • Forever
  • REM – Out Of Time
  • Sony
  • Lauda Air
  • Grolsch
  • BHS
  • Castlemaine XXXX
  • Chanel
  • Sainsbury’s
  • trail: Quizbowl/Cheers
  • Domestos
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  • Crunchy Nut Cornflakes
  • Eternity
  • trail: Comedy on 4
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  • Dune
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  • Cool Water
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  • Kenco
  • Fruit & Fibre
  • U2 – Achtung Baby
  • Obsession
  • trail: The Tin Star

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