The Man From Auntie – tape 1703

Straight into The Man From Auntie with this tape as the cold open must have caught me slightly on the hop. It opens with a sketch about hairspray head-bobbing syndrome.

Also featured is the Ministry of Crap Design, and the problems of premature ejaculation.

I’m not quite sure about the Oprah Whinfrey parody sketch where they call the host ‘Oompah’.


Or by the reactionary ‘What Mugs We Are’ man – I thought Elton disliked Benny-Hill type objectification.

What Mugs We Are

BBC Genome: BBC One – 27th January 1994 – 22:00

Subjects in the next programme are police league tables, Tampon Addiction (poking fun at the Tampax “It’s My Life” adverts).

BBC Genome: BBC One – 3rd February 1994 – 22:00

Next, Ben tries his hand at impressions, as he does Michael Portillo on Mastermind (with an off-screen Chris Barrie doing the questions).

Ben as Michael Portillo

The lovely Geoffrey McGivern pops up as a detective without a realistic character.

Geoffrey McGivern

Ben does Tomorrow’s World

Tomorrow's World

BBC Genome: BBC One – 10th February 1994 – 22:00

There’s a Question Time skit to open the next episode.

Question Time

BBC Genome: BBC One – 24th February 1994 – 22:05

There’s a helpline for women who have to say yes.

Women who have to say yes

Geoffrey McGivern is here again, in Cash-ulty.


Radio Active regular Michael Fenton-Stevens appears in another sketch.

Michael Fenton-Stevens

BBC Genome: BBC One – 3rd March 1994 – 22:00

The final episode starts with a sketch parody of Des Lineham in How Do They Do That?

Ben as Des Lineham

You can never have enough Geoffrey McGivern. This site is in danger of becoming a McGivern fan site.

More Geoff McGivern

BBC Genome: BBC One – 10th March 1994 – 22:00

After this episode, the recording stops during a trailer for Brian Cox’s Grushko.


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