Skipping forwards a little in time for this tape, which opens with the end of Gardener’s World.
There’s a trailer for Red Dwarf VI which I’ve uploaded before, although this one says “In half an hour” instead of “Next Friday”.
Then, The Fast Show. This is a new series, although for someone like me who is an occasional viewer rather than a fan, it’s hard to identify by series.
Unlucky Alf gets assaulted by the National Lottery.
I think of this sketch every time I see Nick Park being interviewed. Was this filmed at Aardman? The Gromit is accurate. “Just a tiny amount…”
Ted & Ralph really is beautifully written and performed.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 16th February 1996 – 21:00
After this, there’s a trailer for The Fast Show.
Then there’s the start of Red Dwarf VI, a repeat run of the show. After a few minutes, recording switches to the end.
There’s a trailer for Later Presents Paul Weller in Concert.
Then, the first episode of series 2 of Fist of Fun, the other comedy duo consisting of a floppy haired intellectual, and his slightly more laddish partner (after Newman and Baddiel a few days ago). I don’t like the new set. “Like Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor Who, the new Fist of Fun is brief excitement followed by disappointment, shame and regret.”
There’s a bit of a dig at programmes like The Girly Show, featuring Sally Phillips.
Simon Quinlank, King of Hobbies, appears. His weak lemon drink gets a cheer.
There’s a guest appearance by Rod Hull. Yes, he’s the real Rod Hull. “I AM HIM!”
As always, loads of flash frames, mostly at the end of the show, and yes, I’m sad enough to capture them all.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 16th February 1996 – 22:00
Another episode of The Fast Show follows. I like the fast forwarding through the trailers at the start of a crappy home video featuring films like Cat and Dog.
There’s a cheeky bit where they’re fast forwarding through a Porkys style ‘raunchy comedy’ and there’s a glimpse of some girls topless in the shower, but when they pause and rewind they’re all wearing towels. I’m not saying that’s a shared experience, but it might be.
I do love the Bob Fleming sketches. You always know where they’re going, but there’s a joy in seeing quite how they get there.
I like the childish businessmen too. A simple joke, but funny, and slightly reminiscent of a Fry and Laurie sketch.
Another lovely Ted and Ralph sketch, this one with no dialogue at all.
Guest star Steve Davis plays Shaft at snooker.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 23rd February 1996 – 21:00
I’ve cut off the start of the episode of Fist of Fun here. I was probably too slow swapping tapes after recording ed Dwarf.
Rich loves Pancake Tuesday.
But his pancake routine is disrupted by Jarvis Cocker, fresh from his stage invasion at the Brit Awards. (As played by Alistair McGowan).
The Shrewsbury Pie Pie Festival is great.
Rebecca Front plays an EU bureaucrat who wants to abolish the tradition because people keep dying from food poisoning. “Some particles in the Pie Pie Pie could be up to 500 years old.” I love that her name is Uderzo.
This is all such a metaphor for Brexit. “I have the right to poison myself. Up Yours Delors.”
The parable of the prodigal son features Sally Phillips as a menstruating woman.
Ian News is both very very stupid and very clever.
Flash Frames for this episode
Genome: BBC Two – 23rd February 1996 – 22:00
There’s another brief clip of Gardener’s World before the next episode. There’s a trailer for Modern Times.
Then, another Fast Show. The off-roaders are going Paintballing.
“That looks nothing like the man who attacked me.” “No, it’s Jesus.”
“I’ll Get Me Clothes”
They’ve got Oasis to a tee.
“He knows what he wants!”
Forrest Gump gets an oscar.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 1st March 1996 – 21:00
After this there’s a strange trailer for Clive Anderson – Our Man In… with Clive playing Anne Robinson. Also a trailer for Fist of Fun.
Then there’s the start of Red Dwarf, and the end of the same episode.
There’s a trailer for Our Friends in the North.
Also a trailer for Murder One.
Then, more from Fist of Fun.
Simon Quinlank is angry.
Rich suggests doing ‘The F Files’ because the X Files has finished on the BBC. Stew talks about David Frost’s Beyond Belief.
York City are Magic.
Sally Phillips reports on this
Following on from that, Stew interviews Paul Daniels’ assistant, who tearfully admits that Paul Daniels isn’t really magic, and it’s all done with tricks.
“Rod Hull has a false arm?”
Seahand and Zemquitt, stupid Hollywood Producers
And all the show flash frames. See if you can spot the reference to Jimmy Saville buried amongst them.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 1st March 1996 – 22:00
We skip a few episodes, which I hope are on another tape.
There’s another bit of Gardener’s World, with Geoff Hamilton wishing us a ‘great pruning weekend’.
There’s a trailer for Reputations, about Alfred Kinsey.
Also a trailer for This Life.
Then, more from the Fast Show.
I like Denzil Dexter too.
“Cough Medicine? What will they think of next?”
Pan Pipes comes to Jazz Club
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 29th March 1996 – 21:00
After this, there’s a trailer for Murder One. And one for Fantasy Football League.
Then, there;s the start of Angus Deayton’s documentary about British Sex Comedies, Doing Rude Things. There’s a few minutes of this before the recording stops, and switches to the end of Newsnight. It’s interesting to watch the end credits of things like Newsnight, because you often spot names of people who would go on to be fairly important. This edition featured George Entwhistle, the future Director General who had to resign over the Jimmy Saville, Operation Yewtree fiasco. And Jay Hunt who would go on to be the controller of BBC One, the head of Channel 5, and most recently the Chief Creative Officer of Channel 4.
There’s another trail for Clive Anderson ‘Our Man In… The Bronx’.
Then the tape runs out during an episode of The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer.