Proms 2000 – tape 2482

This tape starts part of the way into the programme, unfortunately. It’s the First Night of the Proms 2000, and we join it during Leopold Stokowski’s arrangement of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, arranged for Disney’s Fantasia, or at least, that’s where I first heard it.

The conductor is Andrew Davis, as was normal for Proms at this time as he was the principal conductor for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

After this, Evgeny Kissin plays Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. Always beautiful.

He plays two encores, two Rachmaninov preludes, one of which is so familiar to me. I wonder if it’s one of the pieces my father used to play on the piano.

After this, during the interval, there’s a music quiz, Full House, presented by Francine Stock

With panellists Simon Callow

Marie McLaughlin

John Sessions

and Thomas Allen

There’s a ‘before they were famous’ section which featured, among others, a very young Joshua Bell, pictured here mostly for the female members of my family.

The teams on this are incredibly competitive, John Sessions in particular.

After the interval, there’s a performance of Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass. Not a piece I’m familiar with. It’s a mix of very modern, atonal stuff, with some rather more tuneful music. Not sure it would become a favourite.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 14th July 2000 – 19:30

After the programme, recording continues with a short programme called Blooming Lovely. It’s about flowers.

There’s a trailer for I Love the 1970s.

Then, a trailer for Lamarr’s Attacks.

Then recording continues with an episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Joining Mark Lamarr, Phill Jupitus and Sean Hughes (we’ve seen him quite a lot over the last few tapes, haven’t we? I hope he’s OK.) are Lauren Laverne (billed as ‘former lead singer of Kenickie’ at this stage)

Matt Priest

Tom Robinson

and Jeff Green

Dean Friedman is in the identity parade.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 14th July 2000 – 22:00

After this, something quite sad (to me). A trailer for Liquid News, the entertainment news show on BBC Choice (which would eventually become BBC3) presented by the wonderful Christopher Price. He died tragically young of a rare condition brought on by an ear infection, and if he hadn’t, I suspect he would today be one of our most beloved broadcasters. Such a huge loss. I wish I had some Liquid News in my collection.

There’s a trailer for News from Number Ten. Remember when we had a Labour government that people trusted?

This is followed by Newsnight reporting on huge damages awarded against American tobacco companies. The whole programme is on this tape.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 14th July 2000 – 22:30

After this, there’s Weather from Darren Bett, a trailer for Brain Story presented by Susan Greenfield. A trailer for a programme about people who make firework displays, Masterblasters, and a trail for Grandstand.

Then, the tape runs out with a bit of Davis Cup Tennis.



  1. Watch out mentioning Dean Friedman, or he’ll be all over this comments section.

    I sometimes remember the great Christopher Price when Eurovision comes around (like this week), because he would have been a perfect host for the BBC coverage. He did seem to love the occasion, as far as I could tell.

    1. Dean Friedman would be welcome any time. ‘Lydia’ is one of my favourite singles. I used to play the introduction on the piano. I even liked ‘Lucky Stars’.

      1. Has to be Rocking Chair for me. I don’t know if he still does it, but Mr Friedman used to search for mentions of himself online and invite those mentioning him to go and see his concerts.

    2. I’m trying to remember which comedy series had an episode where they like Dean Friedman ‘ironically’ and he thinks they’re huge fans and wants to hang out with them. Any ideas? Dean?

    3. Indeed, it was his life’s ambition, and he presented Song for Europe a few weeks before he died. He was very much a rising star at the time, the story always was that he was being courted by Channel Four to present the replacement for The Big Breakfast.

      Happy memories of the early days of Buzzcocks, especially the presence of seemingly permanent panellist Math Priest who, alongside Richard Fairbrass, was on virtually every week in the early years, as he was considered such a character in the world of pop for being quite funny and wearing a hat. Indeed, I remember at the time reading that Mark Lamarr was being lined up for a chat show where he would introduce fashionable and contemporary guests, and Math Priest was cited as the kind of person they’d be booking. Never happened, though.

      If anything illustrates the rise of stand-up in recent years it would surely be the career of Jeff Green, who was considered something of a heart throb at the time. These days he would definitely be on primetime like Michael McIntyre, but in those days all stand-ups could look to achieve was some panel show jobs and maybe your VHS being shown on Channel Four late at night.

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