There’s a very brief glimpse of the BBC1 Christmas ident before that old recording is replaced by the first episode of the second series of The Mary Whitehouse Experience, the often funny but slightly uneasy gluing together of two comedy double acts.
I did enjoy this show, but I have to admit that not really listening to pop music at the time did make some of the references a bit impenetrable.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 2nd March 1992 – 21:00
The next episode features the TV presenter who worries too much.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 9th March 1992 – 21:00
Next, another episode. It’s hard to really precis these episodes without just repeating the material. But this episode is the first appearance of ‘Milky Milky’.
I’m not convinced David Baddiel, a man who has spent a large proportion of his life and career analysing games of football in depth, should really be casting aspersions on adults who play video games…
There’s jokes about Virtual Reality.
Steve Punt auditions for the new Crystal Maze
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 16th March 1992 – 21:00
In the next episode, is this the first appearance of the History Today professors? Episode 4 is quite late on for something so iconic.
There’s some football humour, but from Punt and Dennis
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 23rd March 1992 – 21:00
Next episode, and there’s still some running gags, including psychologist Oliver Sacks treating Ray, the man with a sarcastic tone of voice.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 30th March 1992 – 21:00
The last episode is next, starting with Milky Milky doing a Party Election Broadcast, a slightly more topical gag than usual. And Rob Newman’s Robert Smith impression, proving over and over again that he can’t carry a happy tune.
Haha! By this time, Dr Oliver Sacks seems to have been in touch with the BBC complaining about the use of his name, as the psychologist treating Ray is now Dr Roland Fiske.
There’s even a cameo from the real Robert Smith.
David Baddiel does a remarkably convincing Marcella Detroit from Shakespear’s Sister.
Lastly I should mention Melanie Hudson, the only woman in the cast, who does sterling work throughout.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 6th April 1992 – 21:00
After the last episode there’s a trailer for programmes later in the week, and the recording stops. This was a tightly recorded tape with no real extras in between.