This tape opens with the end of Pets Win Prizes. This looks like a parody.
There’s a trailer for Eureka, a science programme presented by Matthew Kelly, which I don’t remember ever seeing.
There’s also a trailer for Steve Wright’s People Show.
Then, The New Adventures of Superman, and an episode called Tempus Fugitive. Lois and Clark are visited by HG Wells, who has travelled back from the future in his time machine, with a visitor from the future.
The visitor is Tempus, and he’s not a very nice man as the first thing he does is mug a man who’s just been mugged.
He wants to go back to when Superman was a baby and kill him. They’ve made an effort with the Time machine, which has echoes of the one from George Pal’s movie.
Lois and Clark of course have to go back to stop them, which first takes them to the old west, and, Back to the Future style, they meet Clark’s great grandparents.
Tempus tells Lois that Clark is Superman, and she’s therefore very upset. I wonder if she’ll still remember by the end of the episode.
Tempus and Wells go forward to 1966, where they find the infant’s Kal-El’s spaceship, and the baby inside.
Naturally, they foil Tempus’ stupid plan, and just as naturally, Lois ends the show with no memory of Clark’s identity. This really isn’t a very good show, is it?
BBC Genome: BBC One – 24th June 1995 – 18:30
There’s a trailer for Due South which looks like it features a young Mark Ruffalo.
There’s also a trailer for Summer Holiday.
Then the start of Steve Wright’s People Show. First guest is Richard Wilson.
There’s not much of this interview before recording switches to later in the evening, and the end of the news. Top story is the Conservative leadership contest.
There’s a trailer for Out of the Blue. And one for The Vet. All these mid-budget dramas, and I wonder who remembers them? I’m sure they have their fans.
Then, Chicago Hope. It’s an episode called Great White Hope. Nothing like using references to notorious racist history.
A fifteen year old boxer dies of a heart attack from use of steroids. Adam Arkin finds out his secretary has been misusing funds to buy the janitors health insurance, and Peter MacNicol ends up holding the baby.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 24th June 1995 – 21:05
Recording switches, and there’s the end of Pets Win Prizes again.
There’s a trailer for Paul Daniels’ quiz show Wipeout. And for Junior Masterchef.
Then, more from Lois and Clark. In Whine, Whine, Whine, there’s a Daily Planet garden fete or something, and Perry White is telling fortunes.
Superman saves guitarist Jason Carter (off of Babylon 5) from being crushed by a falling speaker stack, but hurts his hand in the process. And because he’s a whiny manbaby he decides to sue Superman.
Lois is seeing therapist Barbara Bosson.
For reasons that are eluding me, everyone in this episode is watching Martin Mull on TV talking about wildlife and insects.
There’s quite a few famous faces here, including Kay Lenz as the only honest lawyer in Metropolis.
Adam West plays a Jerry Springer type – but we only see him on a crappy handheld TV. Seems like a waste.
Bruce Campbell makes a brief appearance as the head of Intergang.
The Riddler himself, Frank Gorshin, is another sleazy lawyer.
Ben Stein is another one.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 15th July 1995 – 18:30
After this, there’s a trailer for Bob Monkhouse On The Spot. And a trailer for Auntie’s Sporting Bloomers.
Then, recording just continues for the rest of the tape, so we’re treated to a whole episode of Steve Wright’s People Show.
Now, I used to enjoy listening to Steve Wright in the Afternoon, when I was younger and he was on Radio 1. So in theory I might enjoy this.
The first thing I’d say is the sound is terrible. The opening theme sounds really thin and tinny, like it’s been played down a phone. And the voiceover that accompanies it (on this episode at least) sounds like it’s been recorded from the audience mics, not taken from his actual microphone. It just sounds bad.
But, it looks like there’s some interesting guests on, so let’s see.
First guest is Kermit the Frog. He does a joke about Hugh Grant getting arrested. Nice wholesome Saturday Night family entertainment.
Next it’s the ‘two tough guys from Newcastle’ PJ and Duncan, aka Ant and Dec.
I think they did the right thing letting their music career go in favour of presenting.
There’s a comedy bit, where Steve tells someone what to do by remote control. I always hate this stuff.
Another guest is Rory Underwood.
There’s a quiz, which also involves the contestant running through the corridors of TVC up to the programme’s gallery, which is always exciting.
Kylie Minogue is the final guest.
Voiceover man does a joke. “Just last night I was up Gary Glitter’s. Who’s your most famous friend?” And most of Steve’s questions are about her posing naked for magazines.
At least she does a song.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 15th July 1995 – 19:20
There’s a trailer for programmes on Sunday.
Then a trailer for the forthcoming episode of Casualty.
Then, the National Lottery live draw, presented by Anthea Turner.
She’s joined by Terry Wogan.
The machine selection was by Clare Buckfield of 2point4 Children.
There’s a bit where Anthea is doing another introduction as the camera moves round, and you can see Terry in the background hesitate as he realises he’ll be on camera if he crosses between the two set pieces, then figures ‘blow it’ and walks across anyway.
There’s a strange running gag where Terry is trying to find Alan Dedicoat, the ‘voice of the balls’ for reasons associated with his radio show which are never adequately explained.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 15th July 1995 – 20:00
There’s a trailer for Preston Front. And for HMS Brilliant.
Then, there’s the start of Casualty, during which the tape ends.