The Net – The Outer Limits – The Music Biz – Film 95 – tape 2024

This tape opens with a trail for Wednesday’s Programmes on BBC2, and for Cardiff Singer of the World.

Then. The Net, which this week looks at efforts to bring the idea of cash to the internet. Some of the early businesses on the web are interesting. Here’s Sainsburys Wine Direct. Order on-line. Pay by phone.

(Another illustrated service was Tesco Wine Direct. Were there a lot of drunks on the Internet in 1995?)

Credit Cards were available (obviously) but according to this episode, that’s too expensive. I guess debit cards weren’t widely used at this time – if they existed. So the search was on for an internet equivalent of Cash.

Do you remember Mondex? Piloted by Nat West and Midland Bank, I’m not sure it ever became a public thing. But they market tested it offline in Swindon. As explained by CEO Tim Jones, it’s a smart card onto which you can ‘load’ money in various ways, when use it like you would a credit card.

It actually did make it out of the pilot, and was rolled out in a few territories, after it was sold to Mastercard, but only really lasted a few years.

Another digital money wannabe was digicash.

Digicash was going to be used by Pipex, a large ISP (in fact, they were my first ISP). Here’s Peter Dawes to tell us.

The untraceability of electronic cash was a much touted advantage (and one that Bitcoin pushes) leading one commentator to suggest that it will be the ultimate back pocket economy. Might this explain why none of these solutions have really taken off?

Benjamin Woolley looks at interactive movies, along with some nice scenes inside Television Centre.

Paddy Ashdown gives us some links. Check out the Lib Dems’ homepage – on compulink, no less.

Ashdown seems particularly interested in Hammered Dulcimers.

Manchester cyberpunk author Jeff Noon talks about his work, with more than a touch of Garth Marenghi.

I’ve just realised why I don’t like this series nearly as much as I love Micro Live, and it’s simply the overwhelming pretension of the production, and almost everybody involved. This segment sums it up. Five minutes of virtually nothing.

And finally, in the most futile of endeavours for the internet, Heath Bunting is creating a database of public telephone boxes.

Here’s the whole show.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 5th June 1995 – 20:00

After this, recording continues with a trail for Public Eye. And for The Outer Limits.

Then there’s the start of Perpetual Motion, looking at the Ford Transit.

Recording switches to the end of this same programme, then there’s trails for The 1st Test and for Bliss.

Then, The Outer Limits and an episode called The Second Soul. Humanity has made first contact with an alien race called the Natal. Looks photoshopped to me.

The Natal are refugees, coming to Earth for help. “Your dead. Give us your dead.”

It features Mykelti Williamson as a doctor who’s helping the Natal process the dead.

Also appearing, Rae Dawn Chong.

The moral dilemma comes when Chong dies, and Williamson is begged to revive her by her husband, his friend. He stalks her a bit, wating to see his wife again, but then becomes convinced the aliens are up to something. Perhaps they’re planning to wipe out a huge number of humans to speed up the transfer of their life into alien bodies.

No, in fact, they were building a museum to their former world, because having taken human hosts, they have effectively become human, and their next generation would be entirely human.

A surprising happy twist ending for this show.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 5th June 1995 – 21:00

After this, a trailer for The All New Alexei Sayle Show 2. Plus a trailer for The Vibe.

Then, The Music Biz looks at The Image. Phil Alexander could only edit Kerrang! Magazine.

“I’m not a poster child” says Jon Bon Jovi

Tom Watkins talks about his new band, 2WOTHIRD3.

Marketed using Mercurycards.

There’s some behind the scenes of Going Live as the bands fight to promote their records.

Brent Hansen is president of MTV Europe

Matt Johnson of The The

Michael Hutchence of INXS

The narration, usually excellent, trips up in a discussion of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, referring to the director as “Star Wars’ John Landis”

Here’s Deborah Harry

Bruce Springsteen

Once again, another excellent entry in this always interesting series.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 5th June 1995 – 21:40

After this, recording continues with a trailer for The Living Dead, another Adam Curtis documentary.

Then, recording switches to BBC1 for the end of Hospitalwatch.

There’s another trailer for Castles. And for Men Behaving Badly.

Then, we have an episode of Film 95 with Barry Norman’s reviews of the following films:

There’s a location report for Haunted.

There’s also a tribute to critic Dilys Powell, who died recently.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 5th June 1995 – 22:40

After this, there’s a trailer for Bliss.

Then, we return to Hospitalwatch for a ten minute profile of an NHS manager.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 5th June 1995 – 23:10

There’s a trailer for Out of the Blue, a drama with John Hannah and John Duttine.

Then, the tape ends with about an hour of a movie, Hostile Witness.

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