Day: March 8, 2017

Nelson’s Column – Nine O’Clock News – Quantum Leap – tape 2016

The label on this tape only said Quantum Leap so I was a bit surprised when the first programme on it wasn’t that. Not sure why it was mislabelled – the database entry was incomplete too.

But in fact it starts on BBC1, with the end of Eastenders. Then a trailer for Barnardo’s Children. Then for Castles.

Then an episode of Nelson’s Column, starring John Gordon Sinclair, and written by Paul Mayhew Archer.

It’s always lovely to see Damaris Hayman.

Damaris Hayman

And here’s Camilla Coduri.

Camille Coduri

The plot revolves around Coduri’s attempts to join the staff of the paper Sinclair works at, and his attempts to dissuade her. It all comes across as quite mean spirited, especially since she appears to be fairly good at it, and not feckless and lazy like he is.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 3rd July 1995 – 20:30

There’s a trailer for Ruby’s Health Quest, and one for Panorama on the Tory Leadership battle illustrated by the weediest arm wrestlers you’ve ever seen.

Arm Wrestling

Then, a whole edition of the Nine O’Clock News, with the release of Private Lee Clegg and the Tory Leadership election being the top stories. There’s also a story about a racist article in Wisden magazine. I don’t often have full bulletins like this, so here it is, if you like that sort of thing.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 3rd July 1995 – 21:00

After the news, another trailer for Barnardo’s Children, then the start of a special Panorama, on the Tory Leadership Election. In the studio, challenger John Redwood, and ‘a spokesman for John Major’. That’s weapons grade shade thrown at Redwood, a man who always looks like he’d rather be anywhere else than wherever he is. Perhaps he’s rather be anyone else.

John Redwood

After a few minutes of this, recording switches to Sky One, and an episode of Quantum Leap. In The Boogieman, Sam leaps into the body of a writer, who’s getting ready for Halloween. And all around him, people keep dying. Is there a malevolent force stalking him?

Then, after finding the sheriff dead in his car, he goes back home to find the sheriff waiting. But when he confronts him, suddenly, the sheriff is Al.

Evil Al

Evil Al is the devil, and tries to kill Sam but then, in an incredible twist, Sam wakes up. Yes, it was all a dream. But at least they get a gag out of the local boy who’s helping them set up their Halloween house is a young Stephen King, complete with a St Bernard called Cujo.

Stevie King

After this, recording continues for a while with an episode of Law & Order, and the tape runs out during this programme.


  • Too Good to be True
  • Drinking and Driving
  • trail: Sky Sports
  • trail: Tomorrow on Sky
  • Dry Blackthorn Cider
  • Pepsi Max
  • Cadbury’s Caramel
  • Family Channel
  • Ford Escort
  • trail: Voyage
  • trail: Space Precinct
  • Lilt
  • Proton
  • Crunchy Nut Cornflakes
  • Tetley
  • Themes and Dreams
  • Anadin
  • trail: Tombstone
  • trail: Law & Order
  • Dry Blackthorn Cider
  • M&Ms
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
  • Oasis
  • Simple
  • Peugeot 106
  • trail: The Shining
  • trail: Copa America
  • trail: Deep Space Nine/Renegade
  • Lilt
  • Pedigree Chum
  • Boots
  • Opal Fruits Ice Cream
  • Dairylea
  • Weetabix
  • trail: Carlito’s Way
  • trail: Tomorrow on Sky
  • Nescafe
  • Solero
  • Alka-Seltzer
  • Bran Flakes
  • Family Channel
  • Anadin Extra
  • trail: The Shining
  • trail: Copa America
  • trail: Voyage
  • Orangina
  • Domestos
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
  • Lenor
  • Pantene
  • Dove
  • trail: Sky News