First on this tape is a widescreen presentation of Woody Allen’s Manhattan, from Sky Movies Gold. I’ve looked at this film before, so I won’t go over it again.
After this, recording switches to BBC2 for another Allen film, Radio Days. It’s one of his later, still funny ones.
It’s a meandering, episodic film, filled with appearances from Allen’s favourite actors.
Allen narrates the film as a memoir of growing up, and his younger self is played by Seth Green, with Julie Kavner and LA Law’s Michael Tucker as his parents.
Mia Farrow is a struggling actress who makes good after taking elocution lessons, and Wallace Shawn is the voice of the Masked Avanger.
Tony Roberts, from long ago, pops up as a radio host, with Dianne Wiest winning a prize thanks to her knowledge of fish.
Even Diane Keaton does a turn singing a song.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 2nd April 1994 – 19:45
There’s a trail for Programmes for Easter on BBC2, then the start of Arena Relics, with an episode called Curse of the Firebeetle. This runs for a few minutes, then recording stops, and underneath there’s a film, with Elliot Gould and George Segal that I’m guessing is Robert Altman’s California Split. How odd there’s another leading man with a damaged nose, so soon after Chinatown.
The tape ends during this film.