There’s an older recording just at the start of this tape. “…series about a writer caught up in a confused world of fantasy and r…” but that’s all I have. Any ideas?
This is soon overwritten by a newer recording, with the end of Robin Hood Price of Thieves.
Then there’s trailers for Dick Tracy, The Lenny Henry Christmas Show and Victoria Wood Live in your Own Home.
Then, the first in a new series of One Foot in the Grave. It’s The Man Who Blew Away.
Victor likes dunking chocolates.
Neighbour Angus Deayton takes the dog for a walk.
Victor has a sudden houseguest, played by Brian Murphy.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 25th December 1994 – 21:00
After this, there’s a trailer for a Richard Briers comedy, Down To Earth. One for the French and Saunders Christmas Special.
Then, another Christmas treat, Victoria Wood Live In Your Own Home.
I should be enjoying this, and I am, sort of, but I just can’t help being reminded that Victoria Wood is yet another of those brilliant people that 2016 has torn from us too early. I’m writing this two days after the US election, so I’m sorry if some of my despair seeps into these entries.
This is an entirely one woman show, with a few songs, some stand-up, and a couple of character monologues. Lovely stuff.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 25th December 1994 – 21:40
After this, a trailer for The Butcher’s Wife. Then for Carrott-U-Like, which I don’t remember at all.
Then, a news round-up with Jill Dando – I’m always slightly sad when I see her on programmes. A hijack of an Air France plane in Algeria is leading the report. Also a suicide bomber in Jerusalem.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 25th December 1994 – 22:30
There’s a trailer for Cold Comfort Farm. And one for The Lenny Henry Christmas Show.
Then, another treat, with a repeat of the 1971 Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show. We get plenty of compilations of their stuff, but it’s rare to get a whole single show repeated.
There’s a brief guest appearance from Dick Emery (as the punchline to a gag).
There’s music from Los Zafiros
Another musical guest is the wonderful Shirley Bassey. She gets to do two numbers, a comedy sketch around Smoke Gets in your Eyes, and then she gets to do Diamonds Are Forever.
Next guest is star conductor Andre Previn.
This is the classic sketch where Eric plays Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Sort of. Sublime.
Next it’s the turn of Glenda Jackson.
“Dame Glenda? I’m sorry Eric, it’s just plain Glenda.”
She performs in a musical number with a number of familiar faces, like Cliff Michelmore
and Robert Dougall
BBC Genome: BBC One – 25th December 1994 – 22:40
Having said that it’s nice to have a complete show repeated instead of a compilation, the end credits reveal that we didn’t actually get the whole show. Several people, including Francis Matthews and Arthur Tolcher (the harmonica player who would always be interrupted with “Not now, Arthur”) are listed, but absent from this broadcast. And checking the listing, this was a 45 minute slot, but the original broadcast (BBC One – 25th December 1971 – 20:00) had a 65 minute slot, so there was plenty missing.
I feel cheated now.
Incidentally, the film that was broadcast after the original broadcast is Arabesque – that’s the film that I kept thinking was Charade, and I would lay odds on that Christmas Day broadcast being the one I originally saw.
After this, recording switches to Channel 4 for But Seriously, a look at political stand-up, interspersed with newsreel and news footage of contemporary events.
Particularly today, it’s chilling to see the news reports, with white politicians talking about ‘negroes’, and saying “show me that you are as good as the white man and can live in his area”. And “Negroes have a right to move in under the constitution, the only thing is what kind of negro?” I had thought such open racism was long a thing of the past. Not today.
Among the many comedians featured in this programme are Mort Sahl
Richard Pryor (who, incidentally, sings in this, and has a great voice)
Not a comedian, here’s Fred Thompson, Minority Counsel in the hearings on the Watergate affair. He would go on to appear in Die Hard 2 as the head of Air Traffic Control. “Rack ’em, pack ’em and stack ’em”
Mark Russell appears to be the wannabee Tom Lehrer that the Simpsons poked fun at in the episode where Lisa goes to Washington.
Early stand-up from Whoopi Goldberg
Now we’re deep into Reagan’s tenure, here’s Bill Hicks
and Robin Williams
Dennis Miller talks about AIDS
Jimmy Tingle, a comedian whose sharp political material always seemed a bit undercut by his overly comic name.
It was rather depressing to watch, this week in particular.
After this, recording continues for a time, with the start of John Boorman’s bonkers SF fable Zardoz which, I am amused to see, co-stars John Alderton. The tape runs out after a few minutes of Sean Connery in a big nappy.
- Renault Laguna
- trail: Elvis: The King meets the President
- One Plus One
- JVC InfoCam
- VW Polo
- Lunn Poly
- trail: Simple Men