A bit of Saturday Night entertainment from 1995 today. This tape opens with this disconcerting sight.
It’s Steve Wright on his Steve Wright’s People Show. They were cutting edge on this show, they were even on the Internet.
Note that the BBC was already using @bbc.co.uk for email, but had still to launch a website on the URL. According to the wayback machine, this is the earliest homepage on http://www.bbc.co.uk. It’s from December 1996.
The show closes with music from EMF and Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer doing ‘I’m a Believer’
During the titles they show clips from the show, which also included D:Ream. Now, I don’t want to sound like a Brian Cox Denier, but I keep seeing bits and pieces of D:Ream on various programmes, and I don’t think I’ve seen the Professor on keyboards once. Did he only play on the record, and not do public appearances? Either that or in this show he’s wearing a frizzy blond wig.
After this, there’s a lovely advert for Simon Mayo’s morning show.
There’s a trailer for programmes on Sunday.
Then, The New Adventures of Superman and an episode called Target: Jimmy Olsen. Was it common to have files in a filing cabinet arranged from side to side instead of front to back? Or was this set up this way just to get the right angle for the shot?
They’re looking for information about the Valhalla project, one subject of which was Jimmy Olsen.
God preserve us from musclebound heavies with unfeasibly long, perfectly coiffed hair. They were all over 90s TV like a rash.
Talking of rashes (I swear I wrote that line before this) Jimmy has a strange rash that reappears every year. And his doctor has been murdered. They find another of his patients, a woman born on the same army base as Jimmy, at the same time. Who also has a strange rash.
Charles Napier turns up in a small role.
Project Valhalla was an attempt to create programmed assassins, and Jimmy is one of the subjects, as is the young psychology student they met, who is now staying with Lois and psychoanalyzing her for fun.
Things take a surprisingly dark turn when the third subject of the experiment turns up with a high power rifle, shooting at the windows of the Daily Planet and at any police cars that approached him. This show is so fluffy and lightweight that this feels strangely out of place.
I’m not convinced that having the subjects activated by such a common word as ‘warrior’ is a good idea. As we discover when Jimmy is almost accidentally triggered by Perry.
This episode actually has some genuine jeopardy, despite being hampered by dull villain characters. The fact that it’s Jimmy being used as an assassin adds an extra edge.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 1st July 1995 – 19:10
After this there’s a trailer for Ruby’s Health Quest. And a trailer for Barnardo’s Children.
Then there’s the start of the National Lottery Live. I never used to watch this, so I’ve missed that they used the spots on the side of the TVC wall as lottery balls. I’m a sucker for TVC appearing in TV shows.
After a bit of this, recording switches to BBC2 later in the evening, catching the end of Rock Family Trees.
There’s a trailer for Live Aid 10th Anniversary. And for It’s Marty Resurrected: Some of the Best of Marty Feldman.
Then, The Saturday Night Armistice. Hugh Grant is in the news, so David Schneider is wearing “That Jacket”.
Mr Tony Blair went to Eurodisney.
Rebecca Front plays ‘Period Drama Woman’ on her day off.
Relate have a video game called Custody Warrior
Hunt The Old Woman starts.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 1st July 1995 – 21:50
After this, there’s a trailer for the Friday Night Comedy Zone, and for the John Wayne movie Rio Lobo.
Then, an episode of Seinfeld, The Pez Dispenser.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 1st July 1995 – 22:25
After this, recording switches, to the end of Pets Win Prizes. Good Grief.
There’s a trailer for Eureka and for 2Point4 Children.
Then, The New Adventures of Superman. In Individual Responsibilities Bruce Campbell plays the boss of Intergang, who has discovered some Red Kryptonite.
The Red Kryptonite makes Superman not care about saving people, so Lois sends him to a therapist, played by Barbara Bosson.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 8th July 1995 – 18:30
After this, there’s a trailer for Sunday Night Programmes. And one for How Do They Do That?
Then, the start of The Steve Wright People Show. It features Edwyn Collins, the second time we’ve seen him in recent tapes.
After a few minutes of this, including Joan Rivers, recording switches to BBC2 and quite a bit of the end of Rock Family Trees about Deep Purple.
The reason there’s so much of Rock Family Trees is that programmes are running later than billed, due to Wimbledon coverage overrunning. Here’s the revised schedule.
There’s a trailer for Thursday Night programmes.
Then, another Saturday Night Armistice. The Jeremy Hanley Fan Club weren’t happy with his expulsion from the cabinet.
Ben Moor plays a tennis umpire explaining how he umps with a set of index cards.
Mr Tony Blair went to Moscow
Peter Baynham steals an usherette’s uniform to get into a west end show at the urging of a critic.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 8th July 1995 – 21:50
After this there’s a trailer for the Friday Night Comedy Zone.
Then, the tape ends with the start of Today At Wimbledon featuring the women’s final between Steffi Graf and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.