Space 1999 – The House – The Larry Sanders Show – Seinfeld – tape 2335

We’re starting to get tapes a little later than before now, as we’re moving into a chuck of tapes from 1996.

Not that this means brand new shows, as we’re on Bravo now for an episode of Space 1999 from 1977.

This episode is called The Immunity Syndrome, another episode which stole a title from an old Star Trek episode. Although not from a Season 3 episode, when the producer was Fred Freiberger, who also produced season 2 of Space 1999. So he wasn’t even cribbing from himself. Cheeky.

The moon is approaching another Earth-type planet, and there’s a survey team checking it out. I still really want a comlock. They actually had a working TV screen in them.

A survey team member is menaced by that most Space 1999 of all threats, a very bright light.

The team member attacks Tony, who fights him off, and kills him. Then Tony is affected by the bright light, and goes a bit mad, running off, and crushing his comlock. This scene almost made me cry.

Obligatory Eagle taking off shot.

I couldn’t work out why, all of a sudden, Koenig is holding his comlock like this, from the bottom. He usually holds it with his hand wrapped round the top.

Then this happened. His hand would have been badly burned had he held it the usual way. Good thing he did it differently this particular time.

More exciting Eagle action as Koenig and Carter pilot a burning Eagle back to the surface.

The planet, which seemed like a utopia, is now corroding all the metal they have.

The survey team make it into the only structure on the planet, and they discover a holographic record from Nadim Sawhala, father of Julia.

He explains that all the bad things are happening because of the only lifeform on the planet, and if you look at it you go mad, then die. So Koening goes to find it, dressed in a suit that prevents him seeing anything, in the hope that they can communicate.

It’s not a terrible episode, and there’s loads of great miniature work, which is what I mostly enjoy about this show.

Recording continues after this, for a few minutes, and we get the start of an episode of Alien Nation.

Then, the recording switches, indicating this must have been a timer recording, and there’s the end of an episode of Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?

There’s a trailer for Just A Minute featuring Paul Merton (on radio).

There’s a trailer for Three Colours Cézanne.

Then, an episode of The House, the documentary that looks at the running of the Royal Opera House, under its new director Jeremy Isaacs. It starts with a look backstage of Tosca as our heroine leaps from the battlements. It probably looks more impressive from the audience.

There’s a protest at the first night of Harrison Birtwhistle;s opera of Gawain and the Green Knight, protesting about the modernity of the music.

There’s a heated debate outside between supporters of modern music, and those who prefer their opera to have a few tunes in it.

I like the honesty of this documentary, when it shows things like the orchestra complaining to the artistic director about the quality of some of their conductors.

Conductor Bernard Haitink is discussing a new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Another conductor, conducting a lesser known opera, is also admired by the orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky. I had to check Wikipedia to make sure I spelled his name correctly, and I discover that he died less than three weeks ago (as I write this). Because of course he did. I’m so very sorry.

But he falls out with the director of the production, and walks off. The replacement, Mario Bernardi, one of the only conductors to have conducted this particular show, only had 65 minutes to catch a flight from Canada, when asked to step in. He had so little time, he only packed one shoe.

Talking to members of the chorus, “Do you find people are flirtatious here?” “Flirtatious? They’re disgusting!”

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 13th February 1996 – 21:30

After this recording switches immediately, catching the end of Newsnight with Kirsty Wark. Covering the important stories as always.

There’s a trailer for a Screen Two special Half The Picture.

There’s also a trailer for Top Gear.

Then, an episode of The Larry Sanders Show. Featuring guest George Segal. I’m amused to notice that when he’s asked about his recent projects, he talks about his actual projects, rather than talk about fake stuff.

Larry is tired of the same old guests, so he books gay performance artist Tim Miller. He’s a little more gay than they were expecting.

After Larry drops the piece from the show, Roseanne is a guest, and takes him to task for censoring another comic. Strange to see Roseanne as the voice of progressive politics.

Also strange to see her still with Tom Arnold.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 13th February 1996 – 23:15

There’s a trailer for the Comedy Zone, including Red Dwarf and Fist of Fun.

That’s a lot of comedy.


Then, an episode of Seinfeld with a really long ‘previously on’ section. This is The Watch. George has rejected the offer from the network, and the head of the network cancels the pilot. George panics.

He goes to see the president of NBC, played by Bob Balaban.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 13th February 1996 – 23:40

Recording switches to the end of Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman. A 25 year old squatter is questioning Lady Olga Maitland. She once came to our school, in her role as a pro nuclear weapons spokeperson for the right wing ‘Women and Families for Defence’ organisation. She was one of the most patronising speakers we ever had, and at one point she actually said, to one of the students asking questions, “If you like Russia so much why don’t you live there?” Awful woman.

There’s a trailer for A Man’s World.

Then, another episode of The Larry Sanders Show. In Hank’s Wedding, Hank is getting married.

Adam Sandler is a guest at the beginning.

There’s a creepy moment, that probably didn’t seem creepy at the time, when Hank comes into Larry’s office, and he grabs Larry’s assistant Beverley.

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek presides over the wedding.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 27th February 1996 – 23:15

After this, recording continues, with a trailer for The Fast Show. Also, a trailer for Murder One, new on BBC2.

Then, a short programme in the Trouble with Men season, a wife talks about her husband’s hyperchondria.

There’s a trailer for Shooting Blanks, a documentary about male infertility.

Then, Monty Don visits Tunisia in another short programme, Holiday Outings.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 27th February 1996 – 23:45

After this there’s a trailer for Modern Times. Then weather from Michael Fish.

There’s a trailer for Bookmark featuring an interview with Muriel Spark. Also a trailer for Assignment Special.

Then, there’s the start of The Midnight Hour, a politics discussion programme.

After a few minutes of this, that recording stops, and underneath, there’s some Open University programme about assessing the quality of doctors.

This woman has my favourite name of all time. She’s like a character from The Day Today.

Poetry. The tape ends during this programme.


  • The Queen Mother Coin
  • Family Channel
  • trail: Boyz Toyz
  • trail: Fear Fright & Frenzy
  • Weekly World news
  • Fisherman’s Friend
  • Listerine
  • Crunchy Nut Cornflakes
  • Beechams Flu Plus
  • Burning Heart
  • trail: Alien Nation
  • trail: Fear Fright & Frenzy
  • Allied Dunbar
  • Bendicks
  • Kleenex
  • Sun Life
  • trail: Alien Nation
  • trail: Planet of the Apes
  • The TImes
  • Fairy Liquid
  • Mr Muscle
  • Kays Catalogue
  • trail: American Pie
  • trail: Azimuth
  • Family Channel
  • trail: Fear Fright & Frenzy

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