A bumper crop for fans of Angus Deayton on this tape, with two of his greatest successes.
The tape opens with the end of Gardner’s World. Quite a lot of it actually. BBC 2 was running later than scheduled because of the earlier live coverage of the Leeds International Piano Festival.
It’s the first episode in a new series of KYTV, with their prestigious new production of David Chizzlenut. There’s an all start cast, including Robin Bailey
Helen Atkinson Wood channelling Sharon Stone.
I like their Carlton TV inspired stings.
Here’s Geoffrey Perkins, more usually behind the scenes as one of the great comedy producers. Much missed.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 17th September 1993 – 22:00
The next episode sees KYTV revisting the sixties. There’s a glimpse of Trevor Cooper as the drummer of a sixties band gone slightly to seed.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 24th September 1993 – 22:00
Next, it’s a fly on the wall documentary about a family. Mark Benton makes a brief appearance as a policeman.
And it wouldn’t be a 90s BBC comedy without an appearance by the lovely Geoffrey McGivern (as an undertaker).
There’s a brilliant scene where the family are travelling to scatter the ashes of their departed grandmother, and father of the household Deayton gets angry with presenter Mike Flex because he keeps singing. The last straw is when he starts singing the Spitting Image chicken song. KYTV’s own Philip Pope wrote the music for that classic, with lyrics by Red Dwarf’s Rob Grant and Doug Naylor.
Deayton gets so cross with Flex (Perkins) that he gets out of the car while it’s still driving – which he can do because it’s being filmed on a low-loader.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 1st October 1993 – 22:00
The next episode is a look forward to the year 2000.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 8th October 1993 – 22:00
Before the next episode, there’s the end of a programme presenting opera is a ‘modern’ way. Genome says it’s Animated Arias.
Then there’s a short Poems on the Box.
Then. more KYTV, with their Crimewatch knock-off Hot Crimes.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 15th October 1993 – 22:00
And the next episode is a Holiday special.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 22nd October 1993 – 22:00
After this, there’s an episode of Have I Got News For You to continue the Angus Deayton comedy vibe.
This is the special episode dedicated to the life of Margaret Thatcher, with guests Derek Hatton
and Edwina Currie
It’s a bit uncomfortable. Hatton and Currie hate each other. Hatton tries to do some jokes, and they fall a bit flat. Currie keeps giving some inside gossip, but always in the most patronising way possible.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 29th October 1993 – 22:00
After this, there’s a trailer for Inside Victor Lewis Smith. And a trailer for The Larry Sanders Show.
Then the recording stops and underneath there’s a music show, with some jazz. The tape ends after a bit of this programme.