The first episode on this tape is Revenge of the Evil Leaper, from the final season of Quantum Leap. This is at the end of a short arc, and I really don’t remember the details of the previous episodes. It’s not helped by missing the prologue and the titles, starting a few minutes into the episode.
Sam has leaped with another leaper (Alia), and they’re worried about being pursued by (I think) her version of Al, so Sam hypnotises her to think she’s only the person she leaped into.
They’ve leaped into a women’s prison. They probably need to prevent one of them being hanged for the murder of another prisoner.
To complicate things, another leaper leaps into the body of the prison governor. I presume this is the evil leaper, since her shiny special effect is red, rather than blue.
Her version of Al is about as annoying as Al. And he’s new.
She’s Zoey, who used to be Alia’s hologram guide. Alia is/was the titular evil leaper from previous episodes. Zoey is played by Carolyn Seymour, who we’ve seen as Abby Grant in the first season of Survivors.
Another unusual aspect of this episode is that we get to see Al in the waiting room, with the actual people who have been replaced by Sam and Alia.
This is undoubtedly the most meta Quantum Leap got, with three leapers, two holograms, frequently in the same place, with different characters sometimes able to see each other, sometimes not. It could get deeply confusing.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 17th May 1994 – 21:00
After the episode, a trailer for Goal TV, and a trailer for Saturday Night television, featuring Jools Holland and Chrissie Hynde.
Then recording switches, and we have the end of an episode of Home Front. Trailers for Later with Jools Holland, and a trailer for Goal TV and a whole evening of football related programmes.
Then, more leaping, with The Beast Within in which Sam appears to leap into the body of a furry.
The titles are intact, and my god, the re-orchestrated title theme is absolutely horrible. I know the original was a bit cheesy, but this new arrangement is beyond awful. It sounds like something Paul Hardcastle would reject as being a bit rubbish.
In this episode, Sam has to help a Vietnam Vet with his seizures. There’s also a young boy who thinks he’s seen Bigfoot, but who probably mistook Sam.
Except at the end, where they glimpse a rather unconvincing actual bigfoot.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 24th May 1994 – 21:00
Before the next episode, there’s a Gary Rhodes cookery show just ending, including a guest appearance by the Nolans.
There’s a trailer for the Simon Mayo morning show. Then a trailer for Fine Cut about the trial of Judas Priest. Plus a trailer for Safe.
Then another Quantum Leap episode, The Leap Between the States, when Sam breaks one of the cardinal rules of the show, when he leaps way beyond his own lifespan, to 1862 and the Civil War.
He’s jumped into the body of an ancestor, a soldier in the Union army. He has to protect a local Virginian woman, her black slave, and the escaped slave family he’s keeping hidden.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 31st May 1994 – 21:00
After this, we have a Late Show special, Dennis Potter: A Life in Television. I wish I liked Dennis Potter more as a writer. I really feel like I must be missing something, but all I can see in the ones I’ve watched is an old man obsessed with younger women, and traumatised by an early sexual experience. Again and again.
Amongst the luminaries interviewed were then controller of BBC 1 Alan Yentob
Writer Alan Plater
And even some people who aren’t called Alan.
This programme went out in place of Quantum Leap, hence it being on this particular tape. So the Genome entry is actually this: BBC Two – 7th June 1994 – 21:00
There was a revised schedule for Tuesday.
There’s a trailer for Michael Frayn’s A Landing on the Sun.
Then, the start of One Foot in the Past with Kirsty Wark. Shortly into this, recording stops, and underneath it’s Kirsty Wark yet again, in Newsnight, discussing youth training, and, of course, Britain’s role in Europe.
The tape ends after fifteen minutes of this programme.