Proms 95 – The Outer Limits – tape 2047

This tape opens with the end of Natural Born Footballers on Paul Gascoigne.

There’s a trailer for African Footsteps. And for The Royal Tournament.

Then, Proms 95 beings us a live performance from the Royal Albert Hall, with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

The first piece is Concert Music for Brass and Strings by Paul Hindemith. It’s not a piece I know, and it’s modern (ish) so it could be awful.

It’s not awful, but it didn’t particularly make me want to listen to it again. It sounds like soundtrack filler, mostly.

The next piece is Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto, played by Leif Ove Andsnes.

This is much more my kind of thing. Although my tastes run more to the late romantics (Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov) than the late classical of Beethoven, he can write a good tune.

For the interval, there’s a look at the orchestra, and their residency in Paris. Basically, an extended segment from Wish your were Here?

For the second half, and talking of great tunes, it’s Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The slow middle variation, Nimrod, is the most famous part, but the whole thing is lovely.

Conductor Leonard Slatkin gives the audience an introduction to the piece.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 24th July 1995 – 19:00

After this, there’s a trailer for Africa’s Big Game.

Then, an episode of The Outer Limits starring Leonard Nimoy.

In the teaser, a scientist is killed by the robot he’s working with.

There’s a nod in the name of the company to the origin of the word Robot – a play called Rossum’s Universal Robots.

This story is called I Robot, but if you’re expecting an Asimov story you’ll be disappointed, as this is based on a short story by Eando Binder. It’s directed by Adam Nimoy, son of Leonard.

The robot, Adam, might have to be dismantled, but the daughter of the dead scientist wants Nimoy, a retired lawyer, to defend him. She grew up with Adam, and doesn’t believe he’s dangerous. Nimoy has to prove in court that Adam is sentient and deserves an actual trial.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 24th July 1995 – 21:15

Recording switches, and we get the end of a very depressing programme about the likelihood of a nuclear attack from terrorists. It’s called Lucky People.

Nuclear War is in vogue, as there’s a trailer for The Moscow Criterion, and main goal of the British nuclear program was to build a weapon that could destroy Moscow.

There’s also a trail for Pulp Fictions.

Then, more Outer Limits, this one starring Rebecca de Mornay, who also directed it.

Frank Whaley plays a man who’s been sacked, so he’s stewing at the bar in his building. DeMornay picks him up, and they go to his office Christmas party, where he shoots several people before being shot himself. DeMornay disappears as if she was an illusion.

He flees, seems unsure quite why he did what he did. The policeman in charge of the case wonders why all three victims of the shooting don’t appear to have names.

Whaley ends up at a bar. He meets John Savage, who appears to know who he is. The episode then turns into an inverted It’s A Wonderful Life. Savage is an alien who gives people second chances. The people Whaley shot were fake people put there by Savage. And in the end he gets a chance to change for the better.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 31st July 1995 – 21:00

After this, trailers for the Richard Gere Breathless and One Foot in the Past.

Then, the start of an episode of Shopping looking at catalogues. The tape ends during this.

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