First on this tape, after a trailer for East, there’s an episode of Close Up on Hitchcock featuring Kim Novak, talking about what some people consider to be Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Vertigo.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 27th April 1997 – 21:10
There’s a trailer for Thursday programmes.
Then, in yet another strange coincidence, after yesterday’s programmes making jokes about the 1992 election, this tape is five years later, and the 1997 General Election.
Armando Iannucci does the first link, presumably live. Honor Blackman officially closes the 1997 General Election, and they trail the Election Night Armistice, coming later, and introduce the election night Have I Got News For You.
The guests on HIGNFY are Richard Wilson (I hope he’s recovering well after his recent heart attack).
And Nick Ross (whose health is unknown at this time)
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 1st May 1997 – 22:00
After this there’s a trailer for Bafta winning programmes.
There’s also a trailer for Season 2 of Murder One.
Then, we have something rather wonderful, The Election Night Armistice. Three hours of Armando Iannucci and friends covering the 1997 election. Among the delights on offer are:
Sally Phillips is the programme’s ‘Whore in the Air’, flying around London waiting for the first new MP, so she can dish the dirt on them and create this parliament’s first scandal.
They have a choir singing arrangements of famous news programme theme tunes. Fun Fact – the musical direcctor for this (and, I presume, the man who arranged all those themes for choir) is Mark Denza, a friend of my wife. She has occasionally sung for him on ad-hoc choirs, as she can sight-sing most music. I can’t remember, but it’s even possible I’ve sung in one of his choirs, although I most definitely can’t sight-sing. Here’s the back of his head.
David Quantick and Jane Bussmann are watching BBC1’s coverage, and keeping the programme up to date with facts.
I love that they’re captioning actual news bites over the studio antics.
Kevin Eldon plays an Anti-News candidate campaigning against Martin Bell in Tatton.
The programme isn’t without the odd broadcast glitch.
The first result of the night is very exciting.
Jenny Powell looks after the scores.
Steve Coogan plays a psephologist (one of my favourite words).
Valerie Singleton is running a bouncy House of Commons
Here’s a better picture of Mark Denza.
At risk: Malcolm Rifkind, Michael Forsyth, David Mellor and John Gummer
There’s some studio guests. Andrew Rawnsley
An almost ecstatic Tony Banks
and Jo Brand
“I’m just wondering if Peter Lilley and Michael Portillo are just going to come out.”
Another guest, Kevin Day, was aksed by the producers not to adopt a triumphalist tone.
Nicky Campbell is at Granada Studios, along with Anthony Worrall Thompson
And Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen
There’s a popular appearance from pundit Mr Tony Blair
Another guest is David Aaronovitch
There’s a shambolic gameshow about spinning politician’s statement, in which Conservative spin doctor Harvey Thomas is utterly uncontrollable.
Ian Broudie and the Lightning Seeds provide a bit of music from the Granada Studio Tour.
Mr Tony Blair has a new friend, Mr John Major
More guests – Phill Jupitus
There’s a piece from Norwich, by Alan Partridge, his first appearance for some time, interviewing a couple of colourful characters from the election including someone who looks remarkably like comedy writer Andy Riley.
There’s an exciting return to the ‘Spot the Old Woman’ feature from previous series, from Putney.
Tony Robinson does some Time Team related political humour.
A joke about the Euro Sutra gets a huge cheer because of the breaking news about David Mellor
Keith Harris and Orville split over Europe.
They send the Bus of Dianas to comfort them at Tory Central Office
Another appearance by Kevin Eldon, this time as the man moving the Blairs into Number 10.
And it all ends with indoor fireworks.
This has brought back all the positive feelings 1997 gave me, and just makes it all the more sad how UK politics has been over the last ten years or so. I don’t think I’ll ever see a programme like this again. Firstly, I don’t think the BBC would commit to it, and secondly, I don’t think the political wind is going to blow that way for a very long time, if ever.
If you’d like to relive those heady times, you’re in luck, as someone has already put it all on Youtube so I don’t need to spend hours uploading it.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 1st May 1997 – 22:30
After this, there’s a trailer for Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, then the recording stops.