Month: June 2018

Moving Pictures – tape 1679

This tape opens with a few minutes of the end of Picasso in Concrete.

There’s a trailer for Screen 2.

Then. Moving Pictures, presented by Howard Schuman. This episode looks at the art of the storyboard.

There’s a report about African filmmaker Souleymane Cissé shooting his new film in the Sahara desert.

Finally, three European filmmakers talk about Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. Claude Lanzmann, director of Shoah, disapproves of even attempting to represent the Holocaust. His film used only interviews with survivors and Nazis, and didn’t use any archive film of the time. He asserts that the Holocaust is ‘unrepresentable’.

Edit: I sadly learned that Claude Lanzmann died today (5th July). Less than a week after this entry was published. I’m so very sorry.

Roman Polanski escaped the Jewish Ghettoes of Krakow as a small child. He would have shot the film in colour, as his memories are in colour.

Jon Blair directed a 1983 documentary about Schindler, and advised Spielberg when he was preparing the film.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 13th February 1994 – 20:55

The next episode looks at Philadelphia, Hollywood’s first mainstream film about Aids. It talks to director Jonathan Demme.

Screenwriter Ron Nyswaner.

There’s a report on ultra low budget filmmakers, including Vadim Jean, maker of Leon the Pig Farmer.

Ngozi Onwurah, director of Welcome to the Terrordome.

Charles Teton, director of Dark Summer.

Then there’s a report about a film about the civil war in Macedonia.

The programme ends with a look at Colin Aldiss, who runs the smallest cinema in the UK, in a converted garage.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 20th February 1994 – 22:35

Recording switches, and at first I thought it was a sports programme I’d accidentally recorded, because the BBC Sport ident played.

But I’m assuming this was the end of Olympic Grandstand. This is followed by a trailer for The Naked Gun, and a trailer for Bookmark: John Cheever and Family.

Then, Jon Blair’s documentary Schindler, which tells the story of Oskar Schindler, with testimony of many of the survivors, told in such a matter of fact manner, but describing such brutality.

Schindler’s wife was rather resigned to his womanising, and had him pegged completely.

Amon Goethe’s mistress, at the time of the interview dying of Emphysema, defended the commandant of the concentration camp. “He was not brutal. He didn’t hate Jews.”

One of the Jewish prisoners who worked as one of his maids tells a different story.

It’s a chilling story, one of the few from that time that has a remotely hopeful ending.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 27th February 1994 – 20:30

After this, there’s a trailer for Laurel Avenue.

Then, another episode of Moving Pictures. It starts with a look at how Raymond Carver’s short stories were adapted for the cinema for Robert Altman’s Short Cuts. Tim Robbins reads from the story that contained his character.

So does Frances McDormand

Frank Barhydt is the film’s co-writer.

The next segment looks at the MIFED film market, through the eyes of producer Jeremy Bolt, there to seell Paul WS Anderson’s film Shopping.

After this, there’s a segment on serial killers in the movies. There’s a short bit of Alfred Hitchcock talking about filming Frenzy.

A young Chris Jones, of Guerilla Filmmaker’s Handbook fame, talks about White Angel.

Along with his GFH co-writer and producer Genevieve Joliffe

Colin Wilson wrote the book on the subject

Peter Ransley wrote The Hawk in which Helen Mirren suspects her husband is a killer.

Ray Brady directed Boy Meets Girl which I’m not familiar with.

Brian Masters wrote Killing for Company, about Dennis Nilsen.

Leo Marks wrote Michael Powell’s classic Peeping Tom.

Closing the programme is a brief tribute to Derek Jarman, who died recently.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 27th February 1994 – 21:50

After this, there’s a trailer for Genghis Cohn.

Then, the start of Something Wild, and the tape ends after a few minutes of this.



Film 94 – Captain Scarlet – tape 1675

Here’s another tape of mostly Film 94, with the first episode having reviews of the following films:

There’s a report about why it’s so difficult to find arthouse movies outside of London.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 28th March 1994 – 23:25

In the next episode, there’s Barry’s reviews to:

There’s a report on how Film Posters are created.

There’s a also a segment where Barry talks about possible new legislation on video certification – I don’t think it happened

BBC Genome: BBC One – 18th April 1994 – 23:10

Before the next episode, there’s about ten minutes of Ben Elton’s Stark.

There’s a trailer for Harry Enfield’s Television Programme.

Then, more Film 94, with reviews of the following movies:

There’s a report about actor Robert Rietti, who dubs other actors.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 16th May 1994 – 23:05

Before the next episode there’s the end of Golf coverage. Then a trailer for Rhodes Around Britain.

Then, Barry Norman is at the Cannes Film Festival for Film 94.

He talks to Quentin Tarantino and Bruce Willis about Pulp Fiction.

Mike Figgis talks about The Browning Version.

As does Greta Scacchi

The Coen brothers talk about the Hudsucker Proxy

So does Tim Robbins

And Jennifer Jason Leigh

Alan Rudolph talks about Leigh’s other movie in the festival, Dorothy Parker and the Vicious Circle.

Ben Kingsley is there to promote Death and the Maiden

As is Sigourney Weaver.

Hal Hartley is promoting Amateur.

Kryzysztof Kieslowski talks about his Three Colours trilogy.

Shekhar Kapur talks about Bandit Queen

Terence Stamp is there to talk about The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Anthony Hopkins is promoting his directorial debut, August.

Bruce Willis is touting his ridiculous thriller Color of Night.

John Waters is talking about Serial Mom

BBC Genome: BBC One – 26th May 1994 – 22:30

Recording switches, and there’s a trailer for Goal TV an entire night devoted to programmes about football. Nothing like these days.

Then, another episode of Captain Scarlet. Symphony Angel crashes in the desert. This episode is Attack on Cloudbase.

There’s a surprisingly unconvincing spacecraft, which blows up Rhapsody Angel.

Cloudbase really is coming under attack.

Captain Scarlet goes out to fight off the UFOs, and crashes. The doctor’s assistant says that he’s dead, permanently. I don’t trust him.

It’s all looking very bleak, as Cloudbase is plummeting from the sky, but Colonel White intends to go down with the ship.

But it was all a dream.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 27th May 1994 – 18:00

Then, back to Film 94 for reviews of the following films:

There’s a report on the funding of films in Ireland. And in the movie news, there’s news about a new studio, then unnamed, which would be Dreamworks.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 17th October 1994 – 22:40

The final episode here has reviews of the following films:

In his review of Frankenstein, Barry mentions the cast, including “an almost unrecognisable John Cleese”. He’s not joking. I saw this film in the Odeon Leicester Square, with my friend Sean. We’d bought tickets from a couple outside the cinema who told us they couldn’t use theirs. And I suspect they’d sold tickets to the older couple who sat close to us. Unfortunately, I got the impression this couple weren’t regular cinemagoers, as they talked frequently, and when the ‘unrecognisable John Cleese’ turns up, they had a loud discussing about it. “That looks like John Cleese.” “Is john Cleese in this?” “I’m sure that’s John Cleese.” “Tell me that’s not John Cleese” Until I couldn’t take any more, and I turned round and said, very loudly, “It is John Cleese. Could you be quiet please?” They were quieter after that.

There’s a preview of the London Film Festival, including a special intro produced by Aardman Animation.

Tom Brook reports from the set of Little Odessa. And Barry talks to Ang Lee about Eat Drink Man Woman.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 31st October 1994 – 22:40

After this, there’s a trailer for The Untouchables and for The Full Wax.

Then the tape ends.

Captain Scarlet – tape 1677

This tape opens with a bit of Quentin Willson’s smug face on Top Gear, followed by a trailer for From A to B: Tales of Modern Motoring, and a trailer for The Exploratory, a series of science debates.

Then, Captain Scarlet, one of the bleakest children’s shows ever made. This episode is Dangerous Rendezvous.

Dr Kurnitz believes he has found a way to communicate with the Mysterons.

The Mysterons announce that they will destroy Cloudbase. Colonel White sends a message trying to apologise for Earth’s preemptive attack on the Mysteron Base on Mars, and we get a flashback.

We also get a huge amount of exposition, as Dr Kurnitz basically asks Colonel White to explain all the show’s gimmicks, like their communication system. “And his epaulettes flash white.”

The Mysterons reply, and ask for a single member of Spectrum to travel to an uninhabited island, alone and unarmed. Of course, Captain Scarlet is chosen.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 18th March 1994 – 18:00

There’s another slice of Top Gear before the next episode, followed by a trailer for Arena: Trouble Man, and a trailer for Live and Kickingfeaturing Superman himself, Dean Cain.

Then, more Captain Scarlet and an episode called Noose of Ice. The Mysterons are targeting an Arctic mine.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 25th March 1994 – 18:00

A little more Top Gear before the next episode, followed by a trailer for The Net.

Then an episode called Treble Cross. Another human is killed and replaced by the Mysterons, while they threaten to destroy the world capital Futura City.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 8th April 1994 – 18:00

There’s trailers for The Music Machine and Brewster’s Millions.

Then, back to Cloudbase for another adventure, called Flight 104. Scarlet and Blue are babysitting a doctor, and we learn that Captain Blue likes singing opera while he’s bathing.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 22nd April 1994 – 18:00

There’s some snooker before the next episode. As a result, the programmes overrun because Steve and Steve can’t pot a green ball to save their lives. David Vine even reassures Captain Scarlet fans that he’s coming up.

Then it’s straight in to more Captain Scarlet. This episode is called Place of Angels. Someone is sciencing. “It looks so harmless.” “There’s enough K14 to kill 10 million people.”

Nice to see presentation making sure viewers are informed about the overrunning programmes.

Good grief, it takes the Cloudbase command staff a painfully long time to realise that when the Mysterons promise to attack the ‘Place of the Angels’, it’s Los Angeles that is the target. Well, in fact the climax takes place on the Boulder Dam.

And Captain Scarlet basically lucks out because the Mysteron woman agent gets her heel stuck in a grate and falls over the dam, but drops the vial of germs on a ledge just within reach.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 29th April 1994 – 18:00

More sport, this time some golf, before the next episode. There’s a trailer for La Difference, and for Later with Jools Holland.

Then, more supermarionation adventures, in an episode called Expo 2068. I love the way that they’ve got these really sophisticated helicopter transports, but the crates they use are still made of wood.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 6th May 1994 – 18:00

There’s another bit of Top Gear, then a trailer for Moviedrome.

Then, another Captain Scarlet called The Launching. The Mysterons promise to destroy President Roberts.

A journalist is travelling to see the President, and in this time, journalists fly their own private jets. He’s soon taken over by the Mysterons.

But the real target isn’t President Roberts, it’s a new Atomic Liner about to be named after President Roberts.

They intend to blow up the ship with a deadly bottle of champagne. So there’s endless cutaways to the dangerous vessel.

And in a tense climax, the agent almost manages to destroy the ship, but the bottle doesn’t quite connect with the launching ship.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 13th May 1994 – 18:00

This is the last episode here, so recording continues. There’s a trailer for Captain Calypso about England cricket captain Mike Atherton.

Then there’s a trailer for a new writers initiative called Double Exposure, featuring Jane Horrocks.

Then there’s quite a bit of an episode of The Man From Uncle. It guest stars Michael Rennie.

After about half an hour, that recording stops, and underneath, there’s a few minutes of Delia Smith’s Summer Collection. The tape ends during this programme.

The New Adventures Of Superman – tape 1657

Over to Saturday Nights on BBC1 in 1994, and some episodes of The New Adventures of Superman.

There’s a heatwave in Metropolis in the middle of winter, and Mayor Sonny Bono is trying to reassure the sweaty reporters.

Lex Luthor is offering an additional source of power to run the city’s traffic lights and air conditioners.

But Dr Saxon thinks that it’s Superman who’s causing the heatwave because his powers come from the sun.

I spotted Miguel Sandoval as one of the Daily Planet reporters (on the right)

I really like Judge Angela Diggs, played by Rosalind Cash.

Superman agrees to an injunction against using his powers, which he breaks almost immediately, stopping a gunman in the court. So he’s sent to jail.

His mugshots are popular.

Of course, Luthor is behind the heatup, due to a leak in his nuclear power plant.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 5th March 1994 – 18:00

Before the next episode, there’s a bit of Song For Europe Preview as Francis Ruffelle sings two of the songs shortlisted for the 1994 Eurovision song contest. The song here is actually the winner, Lonely Symphony.

Terry is looking comfortable.

There’s a trailer for Men of the World starring David Threlfall and John Simm.

There’s also a trailer for the upcoming Noel’s House Party.

Then, another New Adventures of Superman, called Pheromone, My Lovely.

Morgan Fairchild plays Miranda, researching into using animal pheromone to perfume.

Naturally, the perfume works rather too well, and soon everyone’s throwing themselves at everyone else.

For some reason, Lois dresses up as a belly dancer to entice Clark, who is immune to the perfume. And being Superman, he tells her he won’t take advantage of her.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 12th March 1994 – 17:45

The next episode is Witness. Elliot Gould plays Vincent Winninger. He’s murdered after he tells Lois he has proof that Barbara Trevino, soon to be head of the Rainforest Consortium, will destroy the environment. So Lois becomes a witness and has many attempts on her life.

The man trying to kill her is a master of disguise. At one point he’s disguised as Babu from Seinfeld (Brian George).

BBC Genome: BBC One – 19th March 1994 – 17:45

Next it’s Honeymoon in Metropolis. Lois spends a night in a honeymoon suite, and spots some politicians doing shady deals, so Perry gets Lois and Clark to spend a few nights undercover in the honeymoon suite. Hilarity ensues.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 26th March 1994 – 17:30

The next episode is Illusions of Grandeur. There’s a spate of children being kidnapped. A lead suggests there might be a connection with stage magic. Ben Vereen plays a hypnotist, Andre Novak.

Actual magician Penn Jillette plays an actual magician.

He tells a story of appearing in this episode, his admitted terrible delivery of the line “Superman! The others!” and how he annoyed Dean Cain by getting his line wrong when Cain was carrying him.

Lois gets trapped in a water tank.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 2nd April 1994 – 18:15

After this, recording switches, and there’s a bit of an episode of You Bet with Henry Kelly and Gloria Hunniford. It’s a challenge about a Star Trek expert, Jackie Allen, who says she can name any episode of the classic series, and the stardate it took place on, from a short clip. Which she does successfully, naming all six episodes chosen at random from all 79 in the series (and all clips supposedly played off VHS, although I wonder if that was just a bit of stagecraft, and the clips were played in from the gallery).

The tape ends after this short excerpt.

Absolutely Fabulous – tape 1680

Here’s a very short tape. The only thing on it is an episode of Absolutely Fabulous.

Patsy burns down the kitchen. “I nodded off.”

“Do you have an aspirin? Or one of those homophobic remedies?”

There’s a flashback to Edina’s birth, with Eleanor Bron as her mother.

And a flashback to Saffy’s birth, featuring Patsy in full Purdey from The Avengers costume.

And there’s no credit, but I swear the nurse in this scene is Claire Skinner, my old schoolfriend.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 10th March 1994 – 21:30

The tape ends right after the programme. It was the last episode in this series, so there’s nothing else on it. And it somehow feels like a waste of all that free tape.

Between The Lines – tape 1658

The first episode on this tape is missing the very start. It’s Nothing Personal,

A man dies in custody, apparently a suicide, but was he beaten up? John Hannah is one of the policemen involved in the investigation.

As is Steven Mackintosh

There’s also a brief appearance by Jerome Flynn.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 26th March 1994 – 22:25

The next episode is Nobody’s Fireproof. Stephen Moore, a prominent policeman, is arrested for picking up a prostitute.

Larry Lamb is somehow involved in the grand conspiracy that the team have been investigating.

Clark’s girlfriend, who’s deep in the cover-up, kills herself by jumping off a Thames party boat.

Tom Georgeson breaks the news to Clark. Great work from Neil Pearson.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 2nd April 1994 – 22:30

The next episode is the last in the series, The Chill Factor. The investigation is closing in on Deputy Chief Constable Dunning, played by John Shrapnel.

Clark confronts Jerome Flynn as to why he persuaded girlfriend Jenny to kill herself. He reveals that it wasn’t him who had seen Jenny last.

Flynn tells Clark that the last person to talk to Jenny was Clark’s own boss Deakin.

So Clark now thinks that Dunning (Shrapnel) is being framed by his boss Deakin. To get the necessary evidence against Deakin, Clark has to trust his team members, Harry (Tom Georgeson) and Mo (Siobhan Redmond).

Harry goes to Deakins and tells him that Clark is going after him. He tells him that Clark has a tape of Deakin talking to Jenny at home. But it’s part of the sting operation to draw Deakins out.

There’s a tense surveillance sequence as they follow a burglar who has found the ‘evidence’ to his rendezvous with Deakin aboard the HMS Belfast, and when he realises he’s been followed, he tries to barge his way through a group of schoolchildren, many of whom, for no very good reason apart from he’s being very rude, grab him to keep him from getting away.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 4th April 1994 – 21:00

After this, there’s a brief trailer for Cadillac Man. Then the tape ends.

Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl – Frost in the Air – tape 1488

Over to Sky Movies Gold, for Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl.

It’s slightly shocking to hear the N-word in ‘Never Be Rude to an Arab’ even in context.

Also “Are they too Jewish? I made Judas the most Jewish.” in the Michelangelo sketch

Nice to see Neil Innes doing ‘Urban Spaceman’

With some choreography from Carol Cleveland

Did they use some of the stuff made for the German Python programmes as the film sequences? Here’s footballing philosophers.

After this, recording switches to a programme in progress, Frost On Air, which has clips of David Frost interviewing the great and good, like John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Thatcher defends the sinking of the Belgrano.

He interviews Heart Transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard about transplants in general, worrying about going in to hospital for a minor ailment and having organs harvested. It shows, I guess, that the idea of transplants was new once. Frost is surprised that Barnard doesn’t know the name of a donor, or how the heart came to be available.

Truman Capote. “Have you ever been in love?”

Stephen Fry talks about celibacy.

Billy Graham defines success.

Inevitably, the show can’t ignore Frost’s greatest coup, the Nixon interview.

With Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett, he really does start with “Is there a problem with women being funny?”

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 4th September 1993 – 20:55

After this, recording continues briefly with a trailer for Video Nation. Then, a trailer for 10×10.

The recording stops after this.