This tape opens with a trailer for Not The Nine O’Clock News.
Then, Space Precinct, with an episode called Deadline.
There’s a bit of a Blade Runner homage at the start with an advertising dirigible extolling the virtues of moving off planet.
A capsule containing a dead body is flying towards an apartment building, so Brogan and Haldane have to knock it out of the sky.
The body is missing some organs, so they investigate transplant surgeons, ending up with Steven Berkoff who, let’s face it, should probably be locked up in his first scene in any story, just to save time.
He uses a robotic surgeon, a bit like that one in Prometheus, but slightly less icky.
It’s amusing to see that in this future, someone still needs to find a public telephone to call for help.
Officer Castle goes undercover to get more information from Berkoff.
Why does Brogan’s wife call him ‘Brogan’?
He’s captured by the organ harvesters. Will they find him in time?
Of course they will. And Berkoff even has a slight change of heart at the end, refusing to kill Brogan and instead turning on the aliens who were supplying his organs.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 23rd October 1995 – 18:00
After this, there’s a trailer for Have I Got News For You.
And for Saturday Night programmes. Exhibit A.
Then there’s the start of The O-Zone. “What do you do with a band that have been everywhere and done everything?” asks Jamie Theakston. The band in question is Let Loose. I have never heard of this band, and cannot name a single one of their songs. Even as clips from their songs are being played, they are slipping from my memory.
The interview is so Spinal Tap it hurts. “You’ve just compared yourselves to Blur and Oasis, a lot of people look at you and think of bands like Boyzone.” “Show me a comparison.” “Just one comparison.” “I’ll give you a fiver.”
I like the programme not taking them seriously. Theakston’s parting shot. “Good luck to Let Loose with the new single which you might have seen previewed… on Blue Peter.”
There’s Sports News, as Newcastle’s top singing sensation Jimmy Nail joins the Newcastle United training session.
After this excitement, recording switches to the end of Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland.
There’s a trailer for Mad Max II, and for Film 95.
Then, Omnibus looks at Jane Austen. It’s an interesting look at her life, narrated by a host of Austen enthusiasts.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 23rd October 1995 – 22:40
There’s a trailer for Test Tube Bodies. And a trailer for Paul Gambaccini on Radio 3.
Then, Film 95 in which Barry Norman casts his eye upon the following movies.
He also talks to Crimson Tide director Tony Scott about the film, and his and brother Ridley Scott’s plans for Shepperton Studio.
As part of the celebrations for the centenary of the cinema, Barry looks at 1959.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 23rd October 1995 – 23:30
After this another trailer for Mad Max II.
Then the tape continues with snooker, and David Vine. James Wattana vs Fergal O’Brien in the Skoda Grand Prix. The whole programme is here. I didn’t watch it.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 24th October 1995 – 00:00
There’s a trailer for Backup after this, then John Kettley gives us the weather, and BBC1 closes down with the national anthem.