Michael Moore’s TV Nation – Film 95 – The Thin Blue Line – Amazing Stories – tape 2097

This tape opens with the end of an episode of The X Files, a trailer for the Friday Night Comedy Zone, and for Kicking and Screaming.

Then, an episode of Michael Moore’s TV Nation. Michael meets Dr Jack Kevorkian and finds out what he likes to do on his day off.

Jack Kevorkian and Michael Moore

There’s a piece on a gated community near Chicago.

Louis Theroux finds out about Cops for Christ.

Louis Theroux and Bob Erler

There’s a report on using smells to improve workspace and productivity. And a piece comparing Healthcare in the US, Canada and Cuba that Moore would eventually remake as a feature documentary, Sicko.

There’s the weatherman who was fired because he wouldn’t give a (false) good forecast for the day the town was hosting a Rush Limbaugh picnic.

And it wraps up with some clips from previous shows.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 9th October 1995 – 21:45

After this, recording switches to an episode of Film 95, wherein Barry Norman passes judgement on:

Tom Brook has a report on To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. Lots of questions about “Did it worry you playing a drag queen?” Patrick Swayze actually says “We’re not asking the world to fall in love with drag queens, we’re asking the world to fall in love with the human spirit.”

There’s also a look back at 1982 as part of the Century of Cinema.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 9th October 1995 – 23:30

After this, recording switches and we get the end of Omnibus on Gore Vidal. There’s a very ebullient trailer for Roughnecks.

Then, back to Film 95, where Barry Norman looks at the following films:

There’s a location report on Goldeneye.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 16th October 1995 – 23:35

After this episode, recording switches again, and there’s the end of Eastenders. A trail for Due South. Then a trailer for The Vicar of Dibley.

Then, The Thin Blue Line and an episode called The Queen’s Birthday Present.

There’s a guest appearance by Stephen Moore.

Stephen Moore

Good grief. It’s 1995 and Ben Elton, of all people, writes a whole scene about how Rowan Atkinson’s wife is unable to cook breakfast. Or, indeed, make a cup of coffee.

And James Dreyfuss, in an attempt to look cool, tells off a young black man for ‘jaywalking’ which isn’t even an offence in this country.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 13th November 1995 – 20:30

After this, there’s a trailer for Children In Need and their Smellovision scratch & Sniff promotion.

There’s also a trailer for Panorama on divorce.

Then there’s the start of the Nine O’Clock News leading with a major bomb attack on an American base in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Recording then switches to the end of Omnibus on Norman Foster.

There’s a trailer for Roughnecks.

Then, Film 95 and reviews of:

There’s an interview with Kenneth Branagh about In The Bleak Midwinter.

There’s also a tribute to the late Robert Stephens.

Then, Barry looks back at 1977 – the year of Star Wars. Nice to have a clip of Carrie Fisher.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 13th November 1995 – 23:30

After this, a trailer for Due South.

Then, an episode of Amazing Stories. in The Eternal Mind Jeffrey Jones is doing experiments on a monkey. They’re trying to tap into the mind of the monkey and visualise its memories.

Jeffrey Jones

When the projecct timescale is compressed, he decides to use himself as the subject of a full brain transfer. He’s dying, so he wants his mind to live on, So it’s basically the plot of Transcendence.

The next part is Go To The Head of the Class starring Christopher Lloyd as a teacher. It’s directed by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale and Mick Garris are writers.

Two of Lloyd’s pupils decide to use the instructions they’ve found by playing a heavy metal record backwards to cast a spell on him.

It goes a bit wrong, and he spends the rest of the story running after them with his head off his shoulders.

Christopher Lloyd's Head

It’s really not very interesting.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 14th November 1995 – 00:00

After this, there’s a trailer for Roughnecks, and a 999 Special on drinking and driving.

There’s a weather forecast, then a public information film, with ominous music, about looking out for old neighbours when it’s cold. Then BBC1 closes down, with Patrick Walker wishing us a very good night.


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