Oddly, this tape was labelled as NYPD Blue, but my database seems to have the correct contents.
First is the final 50 minutes of Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, his massive documentary about the holocaust.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 8th January 1995 – 21:00
Then, another programme in a series to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Richard Dimbleby at Belsen. It starts with an introduction by Jonathan Dimbleby, and has Richard Dimbleby’s original radio broadcast about his experience with the first British troops to enter Belsen. He was one of the first war correspondents to enter the camps and see the full extent of the holocaust.
This is followed by a Panorama report, 20 years after the liberation, when Dimbleby returns to Belsen, and to some of the survivors, now living in homes in Britain. It’s a short piece, but still harrowing.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 9th January 1995 – 22:15
Recording switches, and there’s a rather horror-inflected trailer for Joking Apart.
Then, the first episode of The Tick, the spoof superhero cartoon. It’s well regarded, and there’s a new live-action version being made with Peter Serafinowicz, but I found this to be a little dull. Not enough good jokes.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 10th January 1995 – 19:10
After this recording switches to BBC1 and the first in a series called Ghosts. Now I honestly have no idea what this is. It starts Anita Dobson, which I’m not sure is a good start, but it also has Derrick O’Connor in it, which will help. This episode is called I’ll Be Watching You and is written by Stephen Volk of Ghostwatch fame.
O’Connor is a life prisoner, a hard man. Dobson is his wife, as much a prisoner as he is, as he’s the jealous type who doesn’t like the idea of her having a life without him.
Then he’s stabbed, and while on the operating table has an out of body experience, illustrated rather literally.
As a result he starts learning about astral projection (very Doctor Strange) and actually manages it, so he returns to his house to discover that Dobson is having an affair with his own brother, played by David Hayman.
He also learns that the reason he’s in prison is because his brother engineered the situation and sent him off to kill a bunch of people to get him out of the way.
Like Poltergeist III there’s some mirror haunting.
This is all a bit grim and tawdry, as he torments Dobson and sees off his brother and his henchman, although I did smile when he turns on the radio in Dobson’s flat to ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon’.
It’s a bit grim and cheerless, but at least it’s got a slight twist at the end.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 21st January 1995 – 21:15
After this, recording continues with a trailer for next week’s episode, then a trailer for The Danny Baker Show.
Then there’s the start of Match of the Day. The recording ends after half an hour of this.