The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer – tape 1586

Some of Vic and Bob’s BBC show. I used to really like it when it was new and different. I confess it’s grown a little stale for me now. Did they really black up in 1993?

Vic and Bob

Rebecca Front does a good impression of Jilly Goolden

Rebecca Front

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 21st September 1993 – 21:00

Before the next episode, there’s the end of Wildlife Showcase.

There’s a trailer for Captain Scarlet starting on the BBC.

Then, more from R&M. Martin Clunes plays Phil Spector

Martin Clunes

Steve Coogan plays the lead singer of Go West

Steve Coogan

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 28th September 1993 – 21:00

Another episode. I quite like the Slade at home sketches, featuring Paul Whitehouse.

Paul Whitehouse

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 5th October 1993 – 21:00

All these episodes are melding into each other. Here’s Noel Edmonds and DLT.

Noel Edmonds and DLT

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 12th October 1993 – 21:00

Another episode. Here’s Patrick Allen, in vision for once doing the voiceover for the opening. “I’m the bloke who pummelled the otter with a spade in Ring of Bright Water.” (Not according to iMDb. Yes I am sad enough to have checked.)

Patrick Allen

It’s a nice cameo that looks like it’s filmed separately, but then the walls of the set fall apart, and he’s in the studio for the opening. I liked that.

Who does the illustrations for the show?


Another strange piece of synchronicity is the appearance of Fidel Castro (who died recently).

Fidel Castro

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 19th October 1993 – 21:00

Before the next episode, there’s the end of the presentation of the Booker Prize, with Roddy Doyle winning for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

Roddy Doyle

There’s a trailer for Inside Victor Lewis Smith.

Then the final episode of The Smell of Reeves & Mortimer.

There’s a Chariots of Fire skit.


BBC Genome: BBC Two – 26th October 1993 – 21:00

After this, recording switches to UK Gold, and there’s an episode of The Lenny Henry Show. Featuring a guest appearance from French and Saunders.

French and Saunders

After this, recording stops, and underneath there’s part of Cracking The Code about the flu vaccine.

Afterwards, there’s a trailer for Today’s The Day. And a trailer for Locomotion.

Then, in 10×10, Sylvester McCoy tells the story of Angus MacAskill, the biggest giant who ever lived.

Sylvester McCoy

After this, a trailer for Wild Palms and for The Late Show. Then Newsnight starts, and the tape runs out shortly after.



  1. The first series of The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer was brilliant, still my favourite thing they’ve ever done. As I always say, the Noel’s Addicts sketch is now a million times more famous than the programme they’re parodying (“It’s an old picture of you, where you look slightly different!”) and the Slade sketches are absolutely fantastic. Of course, Vic himself, an artist of some repute, did the illustrations, and in the script book they published at the time, they include Vic’s original drawings for the props department.

    The VHS releases are even better, because not only do we get extended versions of all the episodes, we also get the pair reading out the copyright warning at the beginning. None of that’s on the DVD, either.

    They didn’t do any of that for Series 2, which is one of the reasons why I think it’s far weaker than the first series. They really lavished loads of care and attention on the first series, Bob pointed out that the lighting goes from sunrise to sunset during the course of the episode. In the second series you get none of that, I think they even change suits halfway through one of them, rather spoiling the continuity.

  2. ‘In our home, in our special drawer/We keep all the items we adore…’

    Followed by a list of things. I can’t remember them all, but two of them were ladies’ handkerchiefs and ‘wasp plops’.

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