Not The Nine O’Clock News – Shooting Stars – Have I Got News For You – tape 2075

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.

Peter Lloyd of Watford

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 Watford player

Another classic sketch is “Life of Python” in which Mel plays Alexander Walker. The Swedish Chemist Sketch. And their ABBA song, Super Duper.

Not Abba

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

Melvyn Bragg

and Mike Yarwood

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”

Game for a Laugh

The trendy vicar. “God’s like that. He hates poofs.”

Trendy Vicar

And a reminder that neo-nazis aren’t a new thing with the song about Oswald Moseley.

Baronet Oswald Ernold Moseley

Barry Manilow sings a medley of his hit.

Barry Manilow

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

Alan Coren

and Terry Christian

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

Joan Rivers

MP Rupert Allason

Rupert Allason

and the mighty Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston

After this episode, there’s a trailer for the Channel 4 Fright Night series of horror films. Then the recording stops.


One comment

  1. That would have been a very early TV appearance for Mel and Sue, eighteen months before Light Lunch. I quite like how they seem to suggest As Seen On TV is a new series.

    I’ve said this a million times on the internet but the appearance of Mike Yarwood on HIGNFY was part of something of a comeback for Yarwood. He’d done a couple of interviews and documentaries about his career and his alcoholism and everyone seemed to be pleased to see him back and liked his honesty, and the Beeb then gave him a couple of jobs. He did HIGNFY, then at Christmas hosted the comedy clips compilation All The Best For Christmas on primetime BBC1 – And then I also remember reading in the Radio Times that he was going to do a new series, and they put a call out for new impressionists to appear on it. But it never happened, and that was the end of that, and Mike went back into semi-retirement. It was nice to see him in the Bob Monkhouse doc on BBC4 at Christmas. A shame he’ll probably have to die before we see any of his shows again.

    As ever with a Friday night in 1995, I remember all this stuff intimately because I recorded all of it and watched it again and again. I also know exactly what I was doing on 10th November 1995 because it was the day I went to London with my A-level media class, and I brought with me a copy of Select magazine to impress a cool indie chick I’d taken a shine to, and indeed we talked earnestly about all the bands we liked. Funnily enough, nothing ever came of this.

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