This tape starts with the end of an episode of Jancis Robinson’s Wine Course in which alcoholics drink to excess and pretend it’s an intellectual pursuit. Or am I being judgmental?
There’s a trail for The Ghostbusters of East Finchley which appears to be a kooky, warm-hearted comedy about the Tax Fraud office.
There’s also a trailer for Don’t Give Up The Day Job, a show that’s turned up on here once before, and was a bit rubbish.
Then, a compilation of Not The Nine O’Clock News. Always a joy. Among the highlights are the Two Ronnies sketch that apparently made the team rather unpopular with one or more Ronnie.
There’s the discussion about bad language on television. “Oh Huge Melons.”
The Gramophone sketch. “Will it play my old 78s?” The song “Gob On You”. Soccer Hooliganism. “Cut off their goolies.”
For my sisters, Gob of the Month featured “Peter Lloyd of Watford” – My memory of old Watford players isn’t good enough to remember if that’s correct or not.
There’s another Watford player featured, but this time they say it’s from Ayr United. These players would have been from 1980 or thereabouts.
Another classic sketch is “Life of Python” in which Mel plays Alexander Walker. The Swedish Chemist Sketch. And their ABBA song, Super Duper.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 10th November 1995 – 21:00
After this, there’s a lovely trail for The Mrs Merton Show and Victoria Wood featuring Mel and Sue.
There’s also a trailer for Later with Jools Holland.
Then, Shooting Stars, featuring Samantha Janus, Richard Wermerling, Noddy Holder and Chris Rea.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 10th November 1995 – 21:30
After this, trails for Don’t Give Up Your Day Job and the far better Coogan’s Run.
Then, Have I Got News for You featuring guests Melvyn Bragg
and Mike Yarwood
“You wouldn’t be Labour Luvvies would you?” asks Mike Yarwood of Ian Hislop and Melvyn Bragg.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 10th November 1995 – 22:00
After this, recording switches, and we get the end of One Foot in the Past with some geeking out over a suspension bridge.
Then, another Not The Nine O’Clock News compilation, including “Game for a Laugh”
The trendy vicar. “God’s like that. He hates poofs.”
And a reminder that neo-nazis aren’t a new thing with the song about Oswald Moseley.
Barry Manilow sings a medley of his hit.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 17th November 1995 – 21:00
After this, another trailer for The Ghostbusters of East Finchley and Jimmy McGovern’s Priest.
Then, the first episode of Coogan’s Run featuring Paul Calf and family. This is, I think, slightly better than the Paul Calf Video Diary from a few days ago, as it has more of a plot. I like the way he has some of the other characters in the series appear.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 17th November 1995 – 21:30
There’s another Mel & Sue trailer for Victoria Wood and Mrs Merton. And a trailer for The Color Purple.
Then, more Have I Got News For You with guests Alan Coren
and Terry Christian
At one point there’s a story about Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, and Ian Hislop says, of Simpson, “She looks like Madonna.” Of course, many years later, Madonna would direct a film about Wallis, although she didn’t star in it.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 17th November 1995 – 22:00
Following this episode, there’s a trailer for One Man and his Dog. Then a trailer for the documentary series Tx starting with a programme on Ricky Jay, the magician, which, according to my database, I shall be looking at in a couple of weeks, so that’s something to look forward to.
Then there’s a short programme called Grand Designs: Working Principles, about the inclined plane, and how a windy road up a mountain is easier than a straight one.
Then recording switches to Channel Four for an episode of Clive Anderson Talks Back featuring guests Joan Rivers
MP Rupert Allason
and the mighty Charlton Heston
After this episode, there’s a trailer for the Channel 4 Fright Night series of horror films. Then the recording stops.