This tape opens with the end of Consuming Passions. There’s a young Gary Lineker in a trailer for Dreaming of Ajax.
Then “Sci Fi adventures from Gerry Anderson now, with no strings attached” Ho ho, I bet there were high fives in the BBC presentation office when they came up with that one.
It’s more Space Precinct. I have to say that visually, Space Precinct holds up slightly better than other low budget SF shows of the 90s. The model work is beautiful, and the photography is rich and colourful. Much as I like Babylon 5 for example, its CGI really locks it down to a very particular time. I think Space Precinct looks better.
This episode is Predator and Prey. Oh good, it opens with a nightclub scene, my favourite setting in all of TV.
Not really. This is how I usually look in a nightclub.
This nice guy kills a police officer, undercover as a dancer in the nightclub.
He’s an urban legend, who killed a string of women 100 years ago. He’s the Space Precinct version of Slenderman.
He’s hiding in the body of the policeman who’s hunting him, and when he dies, he moves into Brogan’s body, so he has to get zapped by the police robot, so that Slenderman leaps into the robot’s neural net, and can then be deleted.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 9th October 1995 – 18:00
There’s a trailer for the Friday Night Comedy Zone, and for the football documentary Kicking and Screaming.
Then, the start of The O Zone. Following our last glimpse of this show, with a Blur special, they’re sticking closely to the mid 90s britpop narrative with an Oasis special. I wasn’t paying any attention to the pop charts at all at this time, so Blur v Oasis completely passed me by, but on the basis of these short glimpses, I think I’d probably have preferred Blur, on the basis that Damon Albarn seemd to be able to complete a sentence.
I’m such a snob.
Recording switches to later in the evening, and the end of The Travel Show with Arthur Smith cycling around Ibiza.
There’s a trailer for Delia Smith’s Winter Collection.
Then, The X Files and an episode called 3. Scully is missing, so we’re stuck with boring old Mulder on his own. He investigates a murder in LA which resembles an X File, and involves people who think they are (or might actually be) vampires.
Obviously, at one point, a possibly vampire possibly wannabe meets Mulder, and of course he has to have a sexy shave with her.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 9th October 1995 – 21:00
There’s another trailer for Kicking and Screaming before the next programme.
Which is more from Space Precinct in an episode called Body & Soul. This one looked familiar, and sure enough I’ve got it on a previous tape.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 16th October 1995 – 18:00
There’s a trail for Sunday on 2.
Then, another bit of The O Zone. This one features a profile of Eternal. Plus the start of an interview with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, at which point recording switches.
It’s Film 95 with Barry Norman, and why not? As he reviews the following films:
I’ll briefly note that Apollo 13 is the number one film at the box office this week, and note that as I write this, it’s mere days since the great Bill Paxton died suddenly. I definitely cannot shirk my responsibility on this one, as Apollo 13 came up in the recent Films of the Year. The blog’s Death Watch continues, and I’m very upset.
There’s an interview with Hugh Grant about Nine Months. He also talks about forthcoming projects, including Sense & Sensibility.
There’s also a report on the Children’s Film Foundation.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 16th October 1995 – 23:35
After this, recording switches to the end of Omnibuson John Keats.
There’s a trailer for The Final Cut.
Then, Film 95 and a look at some of the films at the 39th London Film Festival, including:
- Strange Days
- Mighty Aphrodite
- Devil in a Blue Dress
- Leaving Las Vegas
- Mute Witness
- Boston Kickout
- A Close Shave
- Unstrung Heroes
- Shanghai Triad
- The Sound of Music
- Doctor Zhivago
In the absence of any clips, there’s footage of Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone talking about the closing film, Casino.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 30th October 1995 – 23:30
After this, there’s a trailer for Madonna appearing on Top of the Pops.
Then, there’s the start of an episode of Amazing Stories featuring two stories. The first is Thanksgiving, starring David Carradine and Kyra Sedgewick. He’s an abusive pig, She’s his step-daughter, and they’re living on a dirt farm. But when a deep hole opens up in the well he’s digging, and they bring up some solid gold on the end of a rope, along with a note in a strange language, he thinks his fortunes have changed. While he’s gone to get the gold appraised, she starts communicating with whoever is deep in the hole. She sends down some ham in a bag, and gets a payment back, along with a note in English.
She tries again with chicken, and gets more back, but then Carradine returns with a boxful of cheap torches – because originally they sent a torch down to gauge the depth of the hole, he thinks it’s torches that they want, but they send them back destroyed.
So obviously, he suits up in camoflage and lowers himself down with a shotgun, to have it out with the people in the hole.
When she pulls him back up, he’s gone and the clothes are filled with gold and jewels. The note says “Thanks for the turkey. What else do you have?”
Silly but fun.
The second story, directed by Martin Scorsese, is Mirror Mirror and stars Sam Waterston as a writer.
The tape ends before the story ends.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 31st October 1995 – 00:00