Day: September 17, 2016

Close Up on Hitchcock – Have I Got News For You – The Election Night Armistice – tape 2415

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.

Kim Novak

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).

Richard Wilson

And Nick Ross (whose health is unknown at this time)

Nick Ross

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.

Sally Phillips

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.

Mark Denza Conducts

David Quantick and Jane Bussmann are watching BBC1’s coverage, and keeping the programme up to date with facts.

David Quantick and Jane Bussmann

I love that they’re captioning actual news bites over the studio antics.

Total collapse of Tory Vote

Kevin Eldon plays an Anti-News candidate campaigning against Martin Bell in Tatton.

Kevin Eldon and Martin Bell

The programme isn’t without the odd broadcast glitch.

Election Night Armistice VT board

The first result of the night is very exciting.

Labour Hold Sunderland

Jenny Powell looks after the scores.

Jenny Powell

Steve Coogan plays a psephologist (one of my favourite words).

Steve Coogan Psephologist

Valerie Singleton is running a bouncy House of Commons

Valerie Singleton

Here’s a better picture of Mark Denza.

Better Picture of Mark Denza

At risk: Malcolm Rifkind, Michael Forsyth, David Mellor and John Gummer

At Risk

There’s some studio guests. Andrew Rawnsley

Andrew Rawnsley

An almost ecstatic Tony Banks

Tony Banks

and Jo Brand

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.

Kevin Day

Nicky Campbell is at Granada Studios, along with Anthony Worrall Thompson

Nicky Campbell and Anthony Worrall Thompson

And Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen

Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen

There’s a popular appearance from pundit Mr Tony Blair

Mr Tony Blair

Another guest is David Aaronovitch

David Aaronovitch

Serena Mackesy

Serena Mackesy

There’s a shambolic gameshow about spinning politician’s statement, in which Conservative spin doctor Harvey Thomas is utterly uncontrollable.

Harvey Thomas

Ian Broudie and the Lightning Seeds provide a bit of music from the Granada Studio Tour.

Ian Broudie

Mr Tony Blair has a new friend, Mr John Major

Mr John Major

More guests – Phill Jupitus

Phill Jupitus

Mark Hirst

Mark Hirst

Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson

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.

Alan Partridge Interviews

There’s an exciting return to the ‘Spot the Old Woman’ feature from previous series, from Putney.

Spot the Old Woman

Tony Robinson does some Time Team related political humour.

Tony Robinson

A joke about the Euro Sutra gets a huge cheer because of the breaking news about David Mellor

David Mellor loses seat

Keith Harris and Orville split over Europe.

Keith Harris and Orville

They send the Bus of Dianas to comfort them at Tory Central Office

Bus of Dianas

Another appearance by Kevin Eldon, this time as the man moving the Blairs into Number 10.

The Actor Kevin Eldon

And it all ends with indoor fireworks.

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.