First on this tape, from BBC2, Seinfeld. This episode is The Ex-Girlfriend. George splits up with his girlfriend, and Jerry starts seeing her her, unsure if that’s going to upset George.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 6th October 1993 – 21:00
Next, a single drama, The Vision Thing. Richard Wilson is the Conservative Prime Minister on the eve of an election. Derek Jacobi is his trusted advisor. And things are thrown for a loop when Wilson announces that he’s been visited by God in the night.
Alastair Campbell turns up as a political reporter.
The idea of a divinely inspired Prime Minister isn’t a bad one, but here it’s thrown away almost immediately in favour of a potboiler of a story about an ambitious young politician, Nathaniel Parker, who has a meteoric rise to Foreign Secretary, and an equally rapid fall when an affair is revealed.
There’s a potentially interesting subtext about the use of surveillance and leaks as a tool of power, but it wasn’t really developed in an interesting way, the main story was so dull that you didn’t really care about the mechanics of the plot.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 6th October 1993 – 21:25
After this there is a trailer for Safe. There’s also a trailer for a repeat run of Civilisation.
Then, recording switches to another episode of Seinfeld. This one is The Pony Remark in which Jerry insults one of his old relatives accidentally by making a joke about people owning ponies.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 13th October 1993 – 21:00
After this, before the next episode there’s the end of an episode of Comedy Rules. So we’re on Sky TV now. This is so confusing.
But it’s still Seinfeld, from Season 3, The Good Samaritan in an episode directed by Jason Alexander. Jerry is driving when he sees someone hit a parked car, and follows the driver. But he chickens out of confronting the driver when he finds it’s an attractive woman. George gets into trouble at a meal when he says ‘God Bless You’ to a woman who sneezes, when her partner was saying nothing.
Plus, Kramer has seizures at the sound of Mary Hart’s voice.
The woman whose car was hit is played by Helen Slater.
Next it’s another Sky episode, The Letter. Jerry’s girlfriend is a painter, who gives Elaine and George tickets to the Yankees, where Elaine is asked to leave when she’s wearing a baseball cap for another team.
In The Parking Space, George gets into a standoff over a parking space outside Jerry’s apartment with another guy.
Before the next episode, there’s another bit of Comedy Rules.
Then, the last episode of season 3, The Keys. Kramer loses his key privileges for Jerry’s apartment. This upsets him so much he leaves for Los Angeles, where he gets a bit part on Murphy Brown.
After this, recording continues with most of an episode about Natural Born Killers, also covering SFW and Killing Zoe.
- Mr Muscle
- Talking Pages
- Vidal Sassoon Wash & Go
- Ferrero Rocher
- Fruit & Fibre
- trail: Monday on Sky
- The People
- Snow White on video
- trail: Miss World
- Fisher Price
- trail: Sky – No Turning Back
- trail: Beverly Hills 90210
- Bran Flakes
- Oil of Ulay
- trail: Gold Heart Day Telethon
- trail: Coca Cola Hit Mix
- Wash & Go
- trail: Indecent Proposal
- trail: Sunday on Sky
- trail: Alive