The Absence of War – NYPD Blue – tape 2027

First on this tape, from BBC2, The Absence of War. The title made me think of a different film, Errol Morris’ The Fog of War. This one is a political drama by David Hare, directed by Richard Eyre, starring John Thaw as Labour Leader George Jones.

This was made in 1995, so New Labour was building towards their election victory in 1997, but not there yet.

“This is the Labour Party, we all have to say the same thing.”

Clare Higgins plays his new political consultant.

“They only vote Labour when they think they can afford to.”

I can’t resist a scene inside Television Centre.

Martin Jarvis plays a television interviewer.

This is definitely more in the Kinnock 1992 era Labour. Thaw is shown as a bit of a blowhard, fumbling easy chances against a weak Prime Minister. And really stumbling in a big rally at the end of the campaign.

It’s very depressing, but I guess you expect that from David Hare.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 18th May 1995 – 21:00

Recording switches to Channel 4, and the end of an episode of The Wild West.

Then, an episode of NYPD Blue. Joe Pantoliano guest stars.

After this, recording continues with an episode of Cinefile featuring William Boyd. There’s a typewriter where QWERTY appears to be QWERTZ. Is that a European variant, or is that an older layout? Edit: Thanks to Alistair for identifying it as German layout.

Boyd talks about the relationship between the writer and movies.

After this, recording continues with quite a bit of Baby Doll, a film based on a Tennessee Williams play. The tape ends during it.

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