Joking Apart – Saturday Zoo – tape 1456

We head a little bit back in time from our recent tapes with this one, and some episodes from Steven Moffat’s Joking Apart, the sitcom which documents his own divorce, and therefore doesn’t paint him in the best light. Although I suspect some of it is made up.

In the first episode, Mark turns up at Tracy and Robert’s house on the wrong night, when they’re supposed to be hosting a dinner party for Becky and her new man.

Unexpected arrival

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 21st January 1993 – 21:00

In the next episode, we flash back to when Mark and Becky were still together. Tracy overhears Mark and Becky in bed.

Tracy on Hold

Mark gets some advice from Geoffrey McGivern

Advice from Geoffrey McGivern

And from Robert Llewellyn

Robert Llewellyn

Mark is leaving a message on Becky’s answering machine, when the woman he slept with the night before comes in to say goodbye. Cue another farcical situation.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 28th January 1993 – 21:00

Before the next episode, there’s the end of Notes and Queries. Sort of a precursor to QI.

There’s a trailer for French and Saunders doing Misery.

Then, more breakup angst in another Joking Apart. This one features a mobile phone – Moffat once again using new technology to craft new modes of farce.

Mobile Phone

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 4th February 1993 – 21:00

The last episode here is the last in the series. Tracy comes over to Mark’s because Robert’s thrown her out. But Mark has another, very drunk woman in the flat already.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 11th February 1993 – 21:00

After this, recording switches to an episode of Saturday Zoo, Jonathan Ross’s Saturday Night variety show that was a bit hit and miss, and never really established itself as a big hit. It had a lot of good people on it, though.

There’s music from the B 52s.

The B 52s

Angus Deayton is a guest.

Angus Deayton and Jonathan Ross

Paul Calf is already a regular.

Paul Calf

Stand-up from Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

A guest appearance from Anthony Head

Anthony Head

Music from kd lang

kd lang

Showbiz gossip from Bruce and Larry

kd lang

After this, recording switches to a programme not on my database – it’s an episode of Tomorrow’s World, always a delight to find these.

It’s a report on the possibilites of Interactive TV.

There’s a report on a complex sign in Times Square. And a look at whether the premise of the forthcoming Jurassic Park is remotely possible. I don’t think much of the BBC’s graphics department’s attempt at a CGI dinosaur.

Dinosaur Graphics

There’s also an interesting piece about digital radio, which talks about a revolutionary technique that can reduce the size of digital sound – MP3 was first released that year.

There’s also a report on Morphing on home computers, and the use of CG in adverts.

And there’s a report on Pal Plus, a way of transmitting a widescreen picture, but with extra picture information that widescreen TVs can use to make the blown up picture clearer. Those were the days. I remember visiting a local retailer with a friend of mine, and getting into a huge argument with the salesman about how widescreen and pal plus worked. They were showing the picture stretched out wide, but not stretched up, so it still had black bars at the top and bottom, and the salesman assured us that this is what makes it a widescreen picture.

BBC Genome:  BBC One – 17th February 1993 – 19:30

The tape ends right after this.


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