The Trouble With Mr Bean – Stand By Me – tape 1266

First on this tape, The Trouble with Mr Bean. Mr Bean visits the dentist, played by Richard Wilson.

Richard Wilson

And gets a ticket from Caroline Quentin

Caroline Quentin

Then it’s over to Channel 4 for Stand By Me, another film from director Rob Reiner of Spinal Tap fame. It’s based on a short story by Stephen King, but it’s no horror film.

Narrated from adulthood by Richard Dreyfuss, it’s a story of childhood, and four friends who go off on an adventure to find the dead body of a boy who was reputedly hit by a train.

Wil Wheaton, later to play Wesley Crusher, currently nerd king of the internet, plays the narrator, Gordy, a young writer who’s unhappy at home.

Wil Wheaton

He’s living in the shadow of his dead older brother, played in flashback by John Cusack, and the disapproval of his father.

John Cusack

His friends are River Phoenix, known locally as a tearway, but who desperately wants to escape the life that his status seems to be handing him.

River Phoenix

Corey Feldman plays the obligatory Corey Feldman character.

Corey Feldman

And Jerry O’Connell plays ‘the fat kid’. He would go on to star in the strangely popular 90s alternate reality TV show Sliders as a ruggedly handsome grown-up.

Jerry O'Connell

The villain of the piece is Kiefer Sutherland, still sporting his Lost Boys haircut.

Kiefer Sutherland

It’s a lovely film, with strong performances from all the leads, and has an added poignancy because the whole reminiscence of the film was triggered by the untimely death of Phoenix’s character, stabbed in a bar trying to defuse an argument. Time has lent this an echo of Phoenix’s own early death.

After the film, there’s a music programme, Paul Brady Echoes and Extracts.

Then, there’s an animated film, Anijam, a film made by 22 different animators, each doing one sequence, and each having to follow from the final image in the previous animator’s sequence. They didn’t know what happened in the previous sequences or in the next ones. The only constraint is that the sequence had to begin and end with Foska, the main character of the piece.

Foska

Then there’s another animation, Garbage In Garbage Out by Terry Wozniak.

Then, Channel 4 closes down as Erica wishes us a good night.

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4 comments

  1. The Trouble with Mr Bean is delightful, probably the strongest of the lot – though I later discovered the dentist sketch was lifted, more or less joke for joke, from a sketch by an American comedian. It should still be on YouTube somewhere. A lot of the sketches cribbed off older exemplars, of course – I just remember being struck by how close the resemblance was on this occasion.

  2. Jerry O’Connell also did a series called “My Secret Identity” about a teenager who got superpowers and, oddly, had about no angst about them at all – he thought it was a blast! That would never work nowadays…

  3. When I first saw Stand By Me I was surprised they left the novella’s vomiting story in, for some reason I thought they’d leave that bit out and try to be more classy. Credit to them that they didn’t.

  4. The Trouble With Mr Bean – New Year’s Day 1992.

    Stand By Me/Paul Brady/Anijam/Garbage In Garbage Out – 05/01/1992.

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