This tape starts with the end of Catchword, a BBC quiz programme that was likely concocted as a competitor to Countdown. It’s presented by Paul Coia, a daytime TV regular.
There’s a trailer for The Menendez Trial.
Then, a BBC2 repeat for Film 94 in which Barry Norman reviews the following films:
- The Age of Innocence
- Mrs Doubtfire – “distinguished by a superb performance by Robin Williams, and badly let down by a truly soppy performance by Robin Williams.”
I’m amused by Barry’s comments about Pierce Brosnan’s penchant for light comedy in Doubtfire. “He would have made a splendid James Bond in the Roger Moore style.”
Tom Brook talks to Julia Roberts about her ‘comeback’ movie The Pelican Brief.
There’s a brief obituary for Telly Savalas.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 25th January 1994 – 17:30
After this, we get part (not all) of an interview with Steven Spielberg in the Face to Face series, with Jeremy Isaacs. Here’s the whole thing.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 31st January 1994 – 23:15
There’s another bit of Catchword.
Then, more from Barry Norman and Film 94. “Meanwhile, and so as not to neglect the Cahiers du Cinema crowd, we have Wayne’s World 2”
There’s a location report on Shadowlands.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 1st February 1994 – 17:30
In the next episode, Barry looks at:
As part of the review of In The Name of the Father, Barry rakes director Jim Sheridan over the coals over a few fictionalised elements in the movie. This is a slightly shameful example of the kind of ‘balance’ that’s slightly nonsensical. Barry himself describes the film as not to be missed, and yet he has to ask Sheridan about two or three examples where the film chooses drama over pure fact, simply because the film clearly makes the political and judicial world look really very bad indeed.
There’s also an interview with Tom Hanks, and a look at his role in Philadelphia. It’s rather mind boggling to hear them talk about whether ‘a mainstream audience’ would watch a movie about a homosexual man with Aids.
There’s also an obituary for Joseph Cotten.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 7th February 1994 – 23:10
The next episode (we’ve missed last week’s, in which he reviews Schindler’s List) has reviews of
There’s a location report on Romeo is Bleeding.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 21st February 1994 – 23:25
Before the next episode, there’s the end of an episode of Take Me Home, followed by a trailer for the next episode. Then there’s a trailer for Twins.
Then, a special episode in which Barry talks to Robert Altman about his career and films, on the release of his new film Short Cuts.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 28th February 1994 – 23:10
Before the next episode there’s the end of another episode of Take Me Home followed by a trailer for The Detectives.
Then, another Film 94 with Barry Norman reviewing
There’s a location report from County Wicklow, of Widow’s Peak. There’s also a brief Obituary for John Candy, and for Melina Mercouri.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 7th March 1994 – 23:15
After this, there’s an extra programme, Steven Spielberg on Schindler’s List, in which he talks about his film, and we also hear from some of the survivors of the Holocaust saved by Oscar Schindler.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 8th March 1994 – 23:15
After this, there’s a trailer for Dragnet.
Then there’s the start of Spielberg’s Duel. The tape ends shortly after the film starts.