Ellen – Friends – Frazier – Clive Anderson Calls Back – tape 2101

Here’s another one of those Friday Night Channel Four tapes. It opens with the end of Brookside.

Then, an episode of Ellen. It still has the original Friends-like title sequence. Ellen goes to a class reunion. The background music on this episode must have caused problems with any DVD release – lots of very famous hits that would probably cost a fortune to license.

Class of 79

Next, Friends and The One Where Rachel Finds Out. At Rachel’s Birthday, Chandler accidentally lets slip that Ross is in love with Rachel. But Ross is on his way to China for a research trip.

Joey and Chandler

When Ross returns, he returns with a new girlfriend, leaving the show with a cliffhanger.

Next, Frasier. In You Scratch My Book… Frasier starts dating Dr Honey Snow, the writer of banal self-help books that he despises.

Dr Honey Snow

Following this there’s an episode of Clive Anderson Talks Back. The guests are Barry Humphries as Sir Les Paterson.

Sir Les Paterson

Geoff Boycott

Geoff Boycott

And Barry Humpries is back as Dame Edna Everage.

Dame Edna Everage

I’ve noticed something interesting about Clive Anderson’s shows. I’ve put up a number of his interviews on YouTube, and the most consistent reaction to them is that Clive is annoying and rude to the guests. It’s weird, because that’s the main reason we used to watch his shows, but shorn of that cultural context, viewers coming in cold (and they are usually fans of the interview subject) see him as hostile and badgering. How quickly our collective memory fades.

After this, recording continues, and there’s another episode of Passengers. Notorious BIG is the ‘diarist’ on this episode, which also includes a piece on Burning Man, the achingly hip festival in the Nevada desert. Judging by the clips selected for this piece, the frequent nudity on display is the main attraction for this programme.

Burning Man

There’s also a piece on Romper Stomper, the movie that established Russell Crowe as an actor to watch and which, according to this programme, established director Geoffrey Wright as “one of the most controversial filmmakers of our time.” Crowe’s career took off rather spectacularly. Wright’s, not so much.

Geoffrey Wright

On the basis of this interview, which they desperately try to make look interesting by shooting the interview footage off a CRT screen, with scan lines included. It doesn’t help.

It’s still a terrible programme.

After this, there’s another short animation in the Beastly Behaviour series, Garter Snake.

Then the tape runs out during Project A, a Jackie Chan movie.

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5 comments

  1. Maybe the Clive Anderson commenters are Bee Gees sympathisers? Didn’t he interview Jeffrey Archer? Surely no one would object to Clive’s sarky demeanour there (although I found him more cheeky)?

  2. Oh, and Geoffrey Wright’s follow up to Romper Stomper was called Metal Skin, and it was absolutely dreadful, a sour raspberry of nastiness that tries to be cool thanks to its thundering nihilism. So don’t watch that.

      1. His last (or most recent) film was an adaptation of Macbeth set in the Australian gangster underworld, using the original dialogue. If you’re really stuck for a version of that play to watch, I suppose it would do.

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