It’s Garry Shandling’s Show – Michael Moore’s TV Nation – Captain Scarlet – tape 1796

First on this tape, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. Garry announces at the top of the show that this is his last edition of the show.

He’s got a drama show playing a detective.

Force Boxman

And Red Buttons takes over his show, a comedy reference mostly lost on UK viewers.

After this, recording switches to BBC2 and Michael Moore’s TV Nation. It’s a show he made for the BBC, but focusing on US concerns mostly. Here he is introducing the show outside Television Centre.

Michael Moore at TVC

Michael tries to broker a peace deal between the Bosnian Serbs and Croats, using Pizza.

Merrill Markoe goes to Appleton Minnesota to look at their state of the art prison, which is empty because they can’t persuade other states to ship their prisoners to them. The lady from the Chamber of Commerce talks about other ideas they had. “We didn’t want a nuclear waste dump, which the federal government tried to put up here, in the Indian Reservations.” The government just loves putting unwanted, dangerous stuff in those reservations, don’t they?

Then there’s a piece on how difficult it is for a black man to hail a yellow taxi in New York City. Actor Yaphet Kotto is their subject.

Yaphet Kotto

Then Michael goes to Russia to try to find the nuclear missile pointed at his home town of Flint, Michigan. He visits a nuclear bunker, and we discover that their public address system can also play music, namely ABBA and Dancing Queen.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 22nd July 1994 – 21:30

Before the next programme, there’s a trailer for Loose Talk with Kevin Day. There’s also a trailer for Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

Then, an episode of Captain Scarlet. In The Inquisition, Captain Blue and Captain Scarlet are having a lovely meal at a restaurant when someone spikes Blue’s coffee and he disappears.

He wakes up on cloudbase, with a man asking him questions. This gives him a chance to reminisce about earlier missions, in what looks suspiciously like a clip show.

Of course, he’s been captured by Mysteron agents, wanting to get classified information from him.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 9th September 1994 – 18:00

After this, a trailer for the very start of the BBC’s run of the X Files.

And a trailer for The O Zone.

Then, recording continues with the first episode in a rerun of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) during which the recording stops.



  1. Garry Shandling was weirdly reluctant to do any work on his show once he knew it was drawing to a close. There’s one episode where the supporting cast do it all and he appears at the beginning and end in a hot tub.

    Also, I forgot Fox Mulder’s nickname was Spooky. Don’t think they used that in the recent return series. Because it sounded silly.

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