Month: October 2018

Room 101 – tape 1764

First on this tape, Room 101, the Nick Hancock iteration, featuring guest Bob Monkhouse. His pet hates include Cilla Black’s singing voice, his own show The Golden Shot and The French.

Rather edgy, even for 1994, is a clip from the Black and White Minstrel Show.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 4th July 1994 – 22:00

The next episode is missing the start, so the recording starts with Nick Hancock and Ian Hislop sitting down. Ian’s choices include Robert Kilroy Silk, Postman Pat and Hello Magazine.

I really can’t endorse his choice of Men With Beards, though.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 11th July 1994 – 22:00

The next episode sees Jo Brand consign The Mona Lisa, The Renault 25 advert and Footballers spitting.

Putting The Magic Roundabout into Room 101 was deeply unpopular with the audience.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 18th July 1994 – 22:00

Recording continues with a trail for Woodstock Diaries.

Then there’s a short programme, The Jupiter Collision, talking about the structure of Jupiter’s atmosphere, to coincide with the Shoemaker Levy comet colliding with the planet.

Then recording switches, and another episode of Room 101 already in progress, with Peter Cook choosing Rabbits, A Nationwide Advert and Gracie Fields.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 25th July 1994 – 22:00

We’re missing a couple of episodes, which were on a tape I looked at way back in 2015, featuring David Baddiel and Tony Slattery.

The next episode features Maureen Lipman, who chooses Tom Jones, her own film A Smashing Bird I Used To Know, Leggings and The Word. She didn’t think much of Terry Christian’s interview technique. “Ooh, I’ve crapped meself.”

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 15th August 1994 – 22:00

After this, recording switches to the end of Shirley Valentine. There’s a trailer for Coming To America and for Chef.

Then, on BBC1, which I don’t remember, Space 1999. Radio Times tells me this was shown as part of a season of ATV programmes. Moonbase is being menaced by Mark 9 Hawks. I had a model kit of one of these. I loved it.

The base comes under attack – there’s some great slow-motion stunts, including this shot of someone being sucked into space. Very effective, and quite simple, as (I’m guessing) the set is constructed at 90 degrees, so the camera is actually shooting from the top down, and the stuntman just has to let go and fall. Really clever.

The usual lush alien planet.

Obligatory Eagle Landing shot.

Anthony Valentine is an alien testing the Moonbase crew. He tells Koenig and Russell that humans are a ‘contaminating organism, a fatal virus, a plague of fear’. Koenig’s counterargument isn’t good. “What I do have is an absolute faith in the strength of the human spirit. And the belief that someone or something is looking after us. God, if you like.”

Koenig’s answer is to start smashing up their equipment. They stun him, and trap Helena in a box.

Koenig escapes and orders the Alphans to leave moonbase and head to the planet. Professor Bergman leaves an emotional message on Alpha for future visitors to the Moon.

Look at all those Eagles

Koenig and Carter have to eject from an Eagle, although we don’t see the exact mechanism by which this was done.

In the end, it all looks bleak, then we rewind time to the start of the attack, and this time, for no real reason, Koenig tells the armed Eagles not to fire, and Moonbase is allowed to pass by unharmed.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 30th August 1994 – 23:15

Recording continues, with a trailer for Final Justice, and one for Terminator 2.

Then the tape plays out with the start of a film called Cold Turkey, starring Bob Newhart and Dick Van Dyke about

an offer from a tobacco company to donate $25 million to a city if it can give up smoking for a month. Newhart pushes the idea with the reassurance that no town would be able to do that. Dick Van Dyke is a local priest who’d rather be in a more prosperous town that the one he’s in, and sees the prize as his way out.

I’m slightly annoyed I don’t have the whole film here, as the start suggests it’s quite a black comedy.

The tape ends during this film.

Captain Scarlet – Home Improvement – Roseanne – Doctor Who – tape 1749

This is one of those scrappy tapes that only had one thing marked in the database (Captain Scarlet) but actually had a bunch of random recordings after it. None of which look terrifically exciting, I have to admit.

The tape opens with the end of some Showjumping, followed by a trailer for Goal TV, and Danny Baker’s Bygones.

Then, Captain Scarlet with an episode called Codename Europa. I love this award.

Trigger Warning. Captain Black is on the prowl.

The Triumvirate of Europe are in jeopardy from the latest Mysteron threat.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 20th May 1994 – 18:00

After this, there’s a trailer for Later with Jools Holland featuring Jools and Chrissie Hynde. There’s also a trailer for Goal TV.

Then, the start of The Man From UNCLE.

After a few minutes of this, recording switches to Channel 4, and the end of Garden Club.

Then, Home Improvement. Tim doesn’t know what to get for his wife for her birthday. Some scuzzy fat jokes in there too.

Next, an episode of Roseanne where Dan gets angry that Darlene lied about living with David. More fat jokes in this one, which is weird. John Goodman is quite scary when he’s mad.

Recording switches to UK Gold. There’s one episode of the Doctor Who story Meglos. We’ve already looked at that one.

Then, a film called The Brain Eaters, featuring a very young Leonard Nimoy (credited as Leonard Nemoy). Yes, that is him.

Then, Video Bites, with Marcella Detroit and Elton John performing Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing. Also, Aretha Franklin sings Ready to Forgive, The Time Frequency performing Such a Phantasy, Gloworm and Carry Me Home, Eternal and Just a Step from Heaven, Deep Forest singing Deep Forest, Sheep on Drugs singing Let the Good Times Roll, all the hits, basically.

This is followed by the start of one of those informercials, this one about a gardening product called Crystal Spring. The tape ends during this.



Quantum Leap – The Outer Limits – Film 95 – tape 1747

More from Quantum Leap, postponed from last week according to the announcement.

This episode is Memphis Melody, and sees Sam leaping into Elvis himself.

There’s a nice joke during a talent contest, when one of the acts is playing saxophone very badly, then the host says it was “Little Billy C from Hope Arkansas” as a little boy comes offstage.

Gregory Itzin plays the man who’s supposed to discover Elvis.

This is the penultimate episode, and it seems like they really wanted to make the most of Scott Bakula’s singing voice, as he gets to perform several numbers here, and has a ball doing it.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 7th June 1994 – 21:00

The next episode is the last ever, Mirror Image. Sam leaps into a bar, and the face he sees in the mirror is his own.

He learns that he leaped into this body at the precise moment he was born. And the owner of the bar has a familiar name.

Sam even has his current driver’s licence. I think the production team were a bit optimistic about the possibility of holographic headshots in 1998.

Meanwhile, Al and Gushy are in the waiting room, and there’s nobody there, so they deduce he’s somehow leaped into himself.

Sam keeps meeting people that’s he’s met in previous leaps, although here they are different people. Richard Herd, who played Captain Galaxy, plays a miner called Ziggy.

Al, the owner of the bar, is played by Bruce McGill.

Another old miner is played by W Morgan Sheppard.

Sam finally leaps when he realises he has to go back and save Al’s marriage, which he was unable to do in a previous episode. He leaps, tells Al’s wife, Beth, that Al is alive, and coming home, so she never remarries. Then he leaps, and we fade to black. This is the end of the whole series.

Fuck you, Donald P Bellisario.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 14th June 1994 – 21:00

After this, recording switches to the end of a documentary in the States of Mind season.

In the same season, there’s a trailer for Family Therapy. Not part of the season, a trailer for Friday Night Comedy including Rab C Nesbitt, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer and Have I Got News For You.

There’s an episode of The Outer Limits which I’ve looked at when it appeared on SkyBlood Brothers, featuring Martin Kemp.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 1st May 1995 – 21:00

After this, there’s a trailer for The Music Business then recording switches to BBC1.

There’s an episode of Film 95 that I didn’t know I had, so that’s always a treat for me. The films under scrutiny from Barry Norman are:

In his review of ID, there’s a fleeting mention of Claire Skinner, so I felt I should mention my old schoolfriend.

There’s a location report on the Richard E Grant movie Jack and Sarah. Tm Brook talks to Nic Cage and Shirley Maclaine about Guarding Tess.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 1st May 1995 – 23:50

There’s a trailer for The Hanging Gale following this, and one for Cardiac Arrest. Then there’s a glimpse of a film, Brothers in Arms, before the recording stops, and underneath there’s an older recording. It’s the end of Prime Suspect: The Lost Child which I’ve got fully recorded elsewhere.

Then there’s an ITN news bulletin, leading with conservative attacks on new Labour leader Tony Blair.

Then there’s the start of The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission, during which the tape ends.


  • Rover
  • Vision Express
  • Essilor Varilux
  • Finish – Helen Lederer
  • Renault Laguna
  • Lloyd’s Bank
  • L’Oreal Perfection
  • Imodium
  • Renault Clio
  • Yellow Pages
  • VW
  • Finish – Helen Lederer
  • trail: The Chief
  • trail: World In Action
  • trail: GMTV
  • Renault Laguna
  • Dulux
  • American Express
  • Pepsi Challenge
  • Royal Mail Stamps – Peace and Freedom
  • Texas
  • Werther’s Original
  • Renault Clio
  • LWT Action
  • trail: The Chief

Doctor Who – tape 1751

As the UK Gold continuity announcer informs us, here is the first serial that Peter Davison filmed as Doctor Who, although it wasn’t the first one broadcast. It’s Four To Doomsday, written by Terence Dudley, who also wrote K9 and Company, and some episodes of Survivors.

The Doctor is trying to get Tegan back to Heathrow, but they land on a spaceship. The opening scene is awash with technobabble, leavened with the occasional quip. “Doesn’t look much like Heathrow to me” “Last time I was there they were doing strange things to Terminal 3.” It’s not really Belly Laugh stuff, though.

For possibly the first time, when the Doctor goes out to explore, he wears a helmet because the atmosphere is toxic. These didn’t catch on.

God, the Tardis crew are really annoying. Tegan is given nothing but whining, and Adric is an enormous chauvinist. “That’s the trouble with women. Mindless, impatient and bossy.” I think this kind of thing is why I never completely warmed to this era of the show. There’s very little warmth there.

Exploring the ship, the Doctor and Tegan meet its commander, Monarch, played under green blobby makeup by Stratford Johns.

Elsewhere, Nyssa meets another human, and when the Doctor joins her, they meet more. The first is from ancient athens, another is an aboriginal man from Australia. Tegan can speak his language, which is odd because I would have expected the Tardis to have translated.

Villagra is a Mayan from South America, but she has vowed not to speak until she is reunited with her people. Saves having to research the Mayan language, I suppose.

And I could almost have predicted that the next human they meet would be Burt Kwouk. He plays Lin Futu.

Episode two sees the Doctor and friends trying to discover more about why the humans are aboard the ship, and what Monarch’s mission really is.

There’s more humans, enjoying some folk dancing.

This episode seems to feature a lot of ‘entertainment’.

See what I mean.

There’s quite an effective stabbing scene with these fighters. Just a very brief insert, but fairly shocking for Who.

The entertainment continues.

The Doctor wonders how humans can survive the thousands of years on the ship that each journey takes. Bigon, the Athenian, demonstrates how.

I like the effect used when he raises up his face. Rather than try to get a realistic mask, they use a video wipe to cover the face lifting up. You can see it happen, but it’s a good try at replicating the Westworld robot face.

Adric is really being annoying in this story. He’s sucking up to Monarch, telling him all about the Doctor, and generally being a bit of a lickspittle.

Monarch’s plan is to replace the Earth’s population with his own kind. Not very nice. Tegan gets back to the Tardis, and operates it on her own, hoping to return to Earth and warn people.

The episode ends with the Doctor in imminent danger of death. This seemed a popular cliffhanger at this time.

In the next episode, after execution is stayed, the Doctor empties his pockets. Asked what a cricket ball is, he says “A memento. I used to bowl a very good chinaman.” Oh dear. Oh very dear.

Tegan has moved the Tardis into space, so the Doctor has to do a spacewalk in order to get to it.

But all is well by the end, and Monarch is defeated.

After this, recording switches to another Doctor Who episode in progress, but it’s one we’ve already watchedKinda.

After Kinda, there’s the start of Arsenic and Old Lace. Then that recording stops, and underneath there’s an older one, a film called Look for the Silver Lining. The tape ends during this.


  • Nat West
  • Beverly Hills Cop III in cinemas
  • The Times
  • Cadbury’s Caramel
  • Lucozade
  • Weetabix
  • Ariel Ultra
  • Drinking and Driving
  • Heineken Export – Stephen Fry
  • Imperial Leather – Paul Merton
  • Renault Clio
  • British Beef
  • Robinson’s
  • Orbit/Extra
  • 1001 Stain Remover
  • Beverly Hills Cop III in cinemas
  • trail: Colin’s Sandwich
  • trail: Break of Dawn
  • trail: Arsenic and Old Lace
  • trail: Blake’s 7
  • JVC
  • Carling Black Label
  • Asda
  • McVities
  • The Ultimate 80s
  • Pedigree Chum
  • Impulse
  • JVC
  • Holsten Pils – Jeff Goldblum
  • The Times
  • Gillette Gel
  • Imperial Leather – Paul Merton
  • The Ultimate 80s
  • Kodak Fun Camera
  • Somerfield/Gateway
  • Orbit/Extra
  • Boots
  • trail: Doctor Who/Blake’s 7
  • Lucozade
  • Mars Ice Cream
  • Dolmio
  • Rimmel Silks
  • Salon Selectives
  • Gillette Gel
  • Persil Power
  • Flash
  • JVC
  • Seat
  • Gillette Gel
  • Vidal Sassoon
  • Kodak Fun Camera
  • Flash
  • 1001 Stain Remover
  • JVC

Quantum Leap – tape 1708

This tape is a bit shorter than normal. It starts with the end of Food & Drink, then has the full version of the ‘Broadcasting at its Best’ advert that I mentioned on another recent tape. It’s rather star studded – Eastenders, casualty, Between The Lines, Noel’s House Party, even a tiny cameo by Simon Mayo.

Then, an episode of Quantum Leap. It’s called Promised Land. It’s got the really hyped-up dance version of the theme tune. I don’t like it.

Sam leaps into an armed robbery at a bank. He’s part of a family of brothers who are robbing the bank to pay back the bank, and stop their farm going under. Isn’t this the same plot as Hell Or High Water.

There’s an emotional beat right at the end, when Sam meets his own father – Also played by Scott Bakula under a lot of makeup.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 15th March 1994 – 21:00

There’s a trailer for From A to B: Tales of Modern Motoring.

Then, an episode of 40 minutes, A Case of Corporate Murder, which tells the Freddie Laker story.

Laker launched a low-cost airline, and was soon very successful. Until the big airlines, principally British Airways, started to cut their prices to way below their cost to match Laker’s prices, in a deliberate attempt to put him out of business. Despite Thatcher’s boasting that competition is better for everyone, BA were using predatory pricing to kill Laker. As BA executive Roy Watts says flatly, “Competition is about eliminating competitors, it’s not about competition. That’s what business is about. It’s about elimination of competitors.” So much for the customers.

It’s a pretty disgusting demonstration that, for all their posturing about the power of markets, the tories were just about propping up their own interests at the expense of anyone else.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 15th March 1994 – 21:45

There’s a trailer for Screen Two: All Things Bright and Beautiful. And Sarah Dunant does a trail for The Late Show.

There’s a short programme, Sarajevo: A street Under Siege.

Then, Newsnight. “In Brussells, Britain, the country that was once seen as the most enthusiastic champion of Europe’s enlargement is tonight being charged with trying to sabotage it.” Bloody Hell, it’s like the news never changes.

The tape ends during this programme.

The New Adventures Of Superman – Morecambe And Wise – Fine Cut: Dream Deceivers – tape 1759

This tape opens with the end of Pop Quiz, presented by Chris Tarrant.

The teams are Danii Minogue, Bruce Dickinson and Edwin Starr

versus Aaron Poole, Mark King and Kym Mazelle

There’s a trailer for The Dream Team. And for Morecambe and Wise.

Then, The New Adventures of Superman with The House of Luthor. It’s the series finale. The Daily Planet has been blown up, Clark and Perry are twiddling their thumbs, and Lois is marrying Lex Luthor. The episode opens with Lex doing a bit of Virtual Reality.

The show actually demonstrates how Superman shaves, something the comics have talked about for ages.

Luthor traps Superman in a kryptonite cage.

James Earl Jones plays Franklin Stern, media mogul.

Lois isn’t looking forward to her wedding.

And after his criminal schemes are uncovered, and he’s about to be arrested, Lex throws himself from the top of his building. Clark is too weak from the kryptonite to save him.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 4th June 1994 – 19:00

There’s a trailer for Clockwise.

Then, a compilation of some of the best sketches from The Morecambe and Wise Show. Highlights include Shirley Bassey.

Another guest is Keith Michell

BBC Genome: BBC One – 4th June 1994 – 19:45

Following this, the recording continues for a time – this was clearly a timer recording. There’s a trailer for Love on a Branch Line. And a trailer for We’ll Meet Again to commemorate D-Day.

Then, there’s the start of an episode of That’s Life. It seems odd to see this show on a Saturday Night. There’s an amusing photograph which reminded me of Jordan Peterson.

After a few minutes, recording changes to BBC2 and the end of Seinfeld.

There’s a trailer for Moviedrome: Coogan’s Bluff. And one for Later with Jools Holland.

Then, a documentary, Fine Cut: Dream Deceivers. This is a really interesting documentary. It looks at the case of two young boys who attempted suicide, one of whom survived with awful injuries, and their parents sued the band Judas Priest, claiming that subliminal messages in their music ‘mesmerised’ the boys and led them to suicide.

In the court case, the judge states at the start that nothing in the music, lyrics or performance is actionable, because it’s protected under the first amendment. So what’s at issue is the parents’ contention that there are subliminal messages in the music.

It always makes me smile when Rob Halford starts talking, with his rich Brummy accent. That accent, to me, just sounds a little friendly, maybe slightly dim (although I realise what a snob that makes me). It’s just not a threatening accent at all.

The parents’ case seems based entirely on tiny backwards clips from one of their songs, that their ‘expert’ asserts contains the words ‘do it’.

The surviving boy’s father seems like a sweetie. He had a history of abuse, and proudly tells the camera of the time when he beat up his son after he suspected he was smoking marijuana.

The band defend against the claims by going through their records and finding lots of ridiculous backwards lyrics. Unlike the barely perceptible ‘do it’ the family claims is there, Rob Halford plays a clip which, when played backwards says “I asked for a peppermint. I asked for her to get one.”

It doesn’t have a particularly happy ending. James Vance, the surviving teen, hospitalized himself for depression three years after the shootings. “While under treatment he died of a medication overdose. The cause is still unknown.”

And the judge ruled in favour of the band.

Someone has posted the whole documentary to YouTube.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 4th June 1994 – 21:25

There’s a trailer for next week’s Fine Cut. And for Screen Two: A Landing On The Sun.

Then, most of an episode of Later With Jools Holland. Featuring Bonnie Raitt

Jimmy Vaughn

Jah Wobble and guest vocalist Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries.

G Love and Special Sauce

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 4th June 1994 – 22:25

The tape ends before this programme finishes.

It’s Garry Shandling’s Show – Heretic – tape 1763

It’s over to Bravo now for some episodes of It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. This is only the second episode of the series, Grant Gets Broken. “Where is Garry?” “He’s standing over there, where he always stands when we’re talking about him.”

Garry is babysitting his neighbour’s boy Grant, Something bad is definitely going to happen.

The next episode is Garry Throws a Surprise Party.

For his mother. Who has a heart attack.

I’ve actually looked at this episode before, but I’ll point out that two of the doctors were played by Armin Shimerman and Richard Biggs off of Babylon 5.

I’m still puzzled about Father Guido Sarducci.

After this episode, recording continues for a few minutes, with the start of Richard Franklin’s Link. Then recording switches to BBC2 and the end of One Foot in the Past.

There’s a trailer for The State of the Ark.

Then, Heretic, a programme looking a scientists who opposed the scientific orthodoxy. This episode is about Jacques Benveniste, the man who claimed to have discovered a mechanism for homeopathy.

John Maddox, editor of Nature, wasn’t impressed by his findings. “I forget whether it was then or later that he compared himself to Gallileo”.

Nature sent a team to Benveniste’s lab, including magician James Randi, who were expecting to find fraud of some kind, and they decided that the controls on Benveniste’s experiments were very poor, and the results were unconsciously being biased by the researchers. There’s video of some of the investigation.

For his part, Benveniste claims it was a ‘witch hunt’. He calls the French scientific community ‘ayatollahs’.

I get the feeling this programme was slightly more on the side of Benveniste, unsurprising, I guess, when they’ve got access to him as an interview subject. But the frequent references to Gallileo really are a dead giveaway.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 5th July 1994 – 22:00

Back to Garry Shandling, and in Foul Ball Garry is looking forward to a trip to the baseball with Pete and his son Grant, and the cub scouts. Garry shows his baseball card collection over the credits. I really don’t get the American obsession with baseball, but then, pretty much all sports leave me cold.

While he’s out at the ball game, the audience hang out in Garry’s apartment.

We also meet Leonard Smith for the first time.

The next episode is The Graduate. The network announces that the show is renewed for 12 episodes, and Garry is introduced to Mrs Robertson, who seduces him. I totally didn’t recognise Bibi Besch as Mrs Robertson.

I will never get tired of Garry’s car.

They double down on the car gag when Garry takes Mrs Robertson’s daughter for a date.

There’s a guest appearance from Norman Fell, famous to American viewers as Mr Roper in Three’s Company (the US version of Man About the House). He’s there because he was also in The Graduate, as a landlord. A guest appearance that’s lost on UK viewers, as we never really got to see Three’s Company.

The next episode is another one on that previous tape, but it’s a great episode, It’s Garry’s Problem, But It’s Jo-Jo’s Show. Garry has a guest, Jodie Jones, who won a competition to appear on the show.

There’s another baffling cameo – Norm Crosby.

The next episode is Garry Met a Girl Named Maria. Garry discovers that Maria, one of the crew, is being deported to Guatemala.

The last episode on this tape is Sarah. An old girlfriend returns, and there’s another baffling cameo, this time from someone called Ed Ames.

After this, recording continues for a while with Nancy Sinatra singing These Boots are Made for Walking, followed by the start of an old film called Terror of the Bloodhunters. The tape ends during this.


  • trail: SOS Titanic
  • trail: Thunder in Carolina
  • trail: Bravo Timetable
  • trail: The Beastmaster
  • trail: Police Woman
  • trail: The Fantastic Journey
  • BT – Bob Hoskins
  • Special K
  • Kit e Kat
  • Sure
  • Fairy Dishwasher – Joanna Lumley
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  • VW Golf
  • Quavers
  • Ariel Ultra
  • trail: Atomic Bombs
  • trail: Roger Corman Season
  • trail: Terror of the Bloodhunters
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  • VW Polo
  • Maverick in cinemas
  • Autoglass
  • Fairy Dishwasher – Joanna Lumley
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  • trail: The Awakening
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One Small Step – Rudolph Cartier – A Television Pioneer – Nineteen Eighty-Four – tape 1761

This tape opens with one of those star-studded ‘BBC At Its Best’ trailers, although it’s incomplete here. Featuring, among many others, Ian Richardson and Julie Walters.

Then there’s a trailer for the later programmes on Rudolph Cartier, and Nineteen Eighty Four.

Then, After One Small Step talks to the moonwalkers. They start with Buzz Aldrin.

His interview is interesting, as he concentrates on the problems he’s had since the mission. He talks about his problems with clinical depression and alcoholism. But at this point he’s in a better place, along with his then fairly new wife Lois.

Slightly happier in his retirement is Pete Conrad, who rides a motorcycle, and is involved in efforts to make commercial spaceflight happen.

Alan Bean is now a keen artist.

His pictures of astronauts are a lot of fun. This one was painted as a fantasy, representing their command module pilot on the moon surface with Bean and Conrad.

Edgar Mitchell is a bit of a problem. Since his return from the moon, and possibly before, he’s been a keen proponent of lots of pseudoscience, including Uri Geller’s spoonbending nonsense. He also believes in UFOs. It’s all a bit embarrassing,

Charlie Duke is the last astronaut interviewed. His segment is entirely about how he wasn’t a great husband until he found Jesus.

The programme ends with one of the astronauts driving, and switching radio channels, and each time there’s a different moon-themed song. Slightly unfortunately, the one they settle on, for the credits, is ‘Everyone’s Gone to the Moon’. By Jonathan King.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 1st July 1994 – 21:30

There’s a trailer for State of the Ark. And a trailer for Heretic, about the Benveniste Homeopathy affair.

Next, a Late Show special about TV Pioneer Rudolph Cartier. This looks like an updated version of a profile from The Late Show in 1990, as the Cartier interviews are dated 1990.

Nigel Kneale, creator of Quatermass and writer of Cartier’s landmark adaptation of Orwell’s 1984, talks about working with Cartier.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 1st July 1994 – 22:10

Just after this episode, and rather appropriately, there’s the start of a trail for Room 101, but that’s cut off by the next recording, which is Nigel Kneale’s aforementioned 1984. It opens with a matte painting of Westminster, partially demolished, dominated by the pyramid of the Ministry of Truth.

This is a film recording of a live broadcast from 1954. Peter Cushing plays Winston Smith, the man who spends his days redrafting news stories to ‘correct the record’ when something Big Brother said in the past turned out not to be true. Sort of a print version of Sarah Sanders.

Is this a preview of Brexit? Feels like it.

Donald Pleasance plays Syme, who explains the latest changes to Newspeak.

Are these the No Go areas Americans are always talking about>

Wilfred Brambell plays an old man. He was 42 when this was broadcast.

Leonard Sachs plays an antiques dealer.

The story imagines the use of machines to generate pornography for the proles.

Yvonne Mitchell plays Julia, with whom Winston falls in love (or ‘sexcrime’ as Newspeak has it).

Andre Morell plays O’Brien, the ruthless interrogator who entraps Winston and Julia, and tortures Winston.

Including the infamous Room 101, with the rat mask, the mere threat of which breaks Winston.

I have to say, the difference between Winston at the start and after the torture is remarkable for a live production. Although some sequences were pre-filmed, so I wonder if this one was one of those.

The thing that struck me while rewatching this is how it’s so clearly based on the ideological insanity of Communist Russia, that you do wonder how shocked Orwell would be at seeing how things are today, not with a communist regime, but under unfettered capitalism.

But this production really does work. Despite the blurry, archive nature of the picture and sound, the simplicity of the production tells the story, and Cushing has rarely been better.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 1st July 1994 – 23:15

After this, a full trailer for Room 101. Then a trailer for Fly Me To The Moon along with a special BBC2 logo.

There’s weather from Bill Giles. Then Sally Lawrence wishes us a good night, as BBC2 closes down.

The tape ends here.



The Changes – tape 1757

This tape opens with the end of an episode of Blake’s 7.

Then there are some episodes of the BBC’s adaptation of Peter Dickinson’s The Changes. I think the first episode here is the second, so we’ve missed all the chaos as people started smashing up machinery, and this episode starts with young Nicky, waiting at home for her parents, who never come.

Vicky Williams has such a posh voice that it’s hard to remember that’s how people usually sounded. Now it seems odd, but then it was the norm. And it’s not like there aren’t plenty of regional accents among the adults here.

Vicky meets a group of Sikhs, travelling through the town, and warns them off going into the centre, because she’s been told there’s a lot of disease there, and she ends up travelling with them.

This show made something of an impression on me. The Sikhs are presented entirely sympathetically, and the show is happy to have the older members of the group speaking Punjabi. I’m not sure Sikhs had been portrayed like this on TV before – more often, someone in a turban would be the punchline of a joke. But in this show, by dint of them not being affected by the madness that has turned the rest of the country against machines, they seem like the most reasonable people. Even Nicky finds this out, when she steals from an abandoned house, and they come close to telling her she can’t stay with them, because they don’t think she’s setting the correct example to their children.

And the show is quite comfortable showing the overt racism that they face. Walking past a pub, one of the men there just decides to throw a stone at them, hitting a young girl. But that’s as far as the violence goes, because the racists aren’t up for a fight when the Sikh men, all carrying staffs, step up to face them.

Nicky finds an abandoned house, and takes some things from it, some as gifts for the older women in the group, and there’s a scene where the head of the group takes Vicky aside and tells her the perhaps she should leave them when they pass a community that’s friendly. Partly they are worried that she’ll be hurt if they are attacked, but also, they don’t like that she’s basically stolen from the abandoned house, and she’s a bad influence on their own children. I loved that it’s the ‘outsider’ group who are holding to the higher standards, and it’s the English girl who’s getting it all wrong.

The episode ends with an image that I still remember, as they leave the village, then Nicky starts sensing something, tells them to stop, there’s an ominous sound on the soundtrack, and the last shot of the episode is the electrical pylons, and the wires crossing the road they’re on.

I’m not the only one this made an impression on, either, as someone mentioned it on Twitter recently in response to the question ‘what’s the first thing that really scared you?’

The next episode sees the Sikhs settling at an abandoned farm, where they set up a forge. Nicky helps to barter with the local village, swapping repairs of hand tools for grain and food. The village is ruled by Mr Barnard, a blowhard whose sole claim to being in charge is that he’s got a big sword. The show is happy to make it clear what an idiot he is, when he’s arbitrating a dispute, and says outright that a woman will always be less than a man, so he’s ruling in favour of the man.

He’s shown a garden fork that was repaired by the Sikhs, as an example of the work they can do, and he tries so hard to break the mend that he ends up shattering the handle. So he can’t really fault the repair, but insists all dealings with the sikhs go through him.

There’s another slice of Blake’s 7 before the next episode.

In the next episode, things seem to be settling down, and the Sikhs are doing a good trade in repairs. But things get a lot worse when a gang of robbers arrive, and decide they are going to take over. You can tell they’re evil because they all dress in black, and to keep the villagers in line, they kidnap all their children and keep them locked up in a barn, threatening to set fire to it if there’s trouble.

The chief robber is played by Edward Brayshaw, who we saw a while back in Moonbase 3, and who (I had forgotten) played Mr Meaker in Rentaghost.

So it’s up to the Sikhs to sort out the robbers. Nicky and Ajeet are tasked with keeping the children in the barn safe while the fighting is going on, so Ajeet tells them a traditional Sikh story.

Outside, the Sikhs and the Robbers are fighting a pitched battle, and there’s some spirited swordplay, some of it on horseback.

The Sikhs are winning, although not without fatalities on both sides, so Nicky and Ajeet take the children out and back to the village, where they are reunited with their parents, themselves on their way to the house, having seen the barn burning.

There’s an amusing speech by one of the villagers. “They’re safe because this girl and her friends, them we call The Devil’s Children, rescued them.” I half expected him to continue “We’re going to help them fight, but before we go, we have to think of a less offensive nickname for them.”

The next episode starts with the last of the fighting. Things look like they’re going back to normal. Then the head Sikh Chacha (Rafiq Anwar) has a heart to heart with Nicky, and asks her if she’s happy. A small aside – I was delighted to learn, while looking up the cast, as I often do, that Rafiq Anwar is the father of film editor Tariq Anwar, a name I see quite regularly on programmes.

He tells her that perhaps now it;s time for her to try to find her aunt in the Cotswolds, so she leaves on a cart with another man. This seems like an abrupt change, but it’s because the books this series is based on don’t have a continuous cast, and mostly feature a different set of characters in each book, but here they’re using Nicky as a character who hangs the books together.

The cart throws a wheel, and Nicky falls off knocked unconscious. She wakes up while her driver has gone for help, and wanders into Shipton, the town they avoided (“mean savage lot, they are”). She falls asleep next to a tractor, then wakes up next morning, and accidentally releases the brake on the tractor, letting the local witchfinder know she’s in there. And because she was able to sleep next to ‘that wickedness’ he declares she must be a witch.

The witchfinder, Davy Gordon, is played by David Garfield, and makes an excellent villain.

The great Jack Watson plays a local farmer, a bit in thrall to Gordon but (so his family say) a good man underneath.

There’s a trial that’s barely a trial, and Nicky is voted to be a witch. These public votes never end well.

The next episode sees Nicky locked in the local school so preparations can be made for her stoning. Jack Watson’s children, Jonathan and Margaret, decide they need to rescue Nicky and help her escape.

Jonathan loved machinery, so the effects of the changes haven’t really lasted on him. He’s able to start a tractor in a nearby field, so the men guarding Nicky are distracted, and they can escape. Jonathan sets the school on fire so it will look like Nicky died.

The plan is to get to a boat, the Heartsease, and get away, but Gordon and his men discover that Nicky wasn’t in the school, and Watson is shocked when his son’s penknife is found at the scene.

That’s the last episode of the series on this tape. The rest of the series was on a tape I looked at in 2015.

After this, there’s an unmarked programme, an episode of Doomwatch. This episode is Invasion. John Ridge is helping the search for some boys who went missing while exploring caves. Their search leads them to Wensdale House, which is heavily guarded by the Army, and they can’t get close to it. The army is commanded by Geoffrey Palmer, looking scarily like Denholm Reynholm from The IT Crowd.

The tape ends after this episode.


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  • trail: Gangsters
  • TV Licensing
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  • Wall’s Cornetto
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  • Talking Pages
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  • Boots
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  • Gillette Sensor Excel
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NYPD Blue – Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush – BAFTA Creative awards 1994 – tape 1758

First on this tape, back in time a bit from the last couple, it’s an episode from the first season of NYPD BlueAbandando Abandoned.

It opens with a detective appearing at the door of a co-worker announcing he’s left his wife and moved out, because of ‘the feelings I have for you’. It’s a Steven Bochco show, so you can bet he’s an older, shlubby guy, and she’s a younger, more attractive woman. I’m really sick of this trope of his.

Bradley Whitford plays a scummy TV reporter who’s making a report on the arrest of a man who, earlier in the day, shot the husband of a detective who had just started in the precinct. He really did always play scummy characters before The West Wing.

After this, recording continues with Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush. This is how Chris Evans opens the show.

It’s because of this requirement from special guest Lulu’s management.

And Lulu is indeed there to perform.

The audience member with the worst car is given a chance to win a brand new jeep, but has to play against the person with the most expensive car, and it’s quite stressful because you really don’t want her to lose. Which she doesn’t (phew).

After this, recording continues again, for The Film and Television Awards From Bafta. I’m assuming this is what’s usually called the Craft Awards.

It’s presented by Sheena McDonald

She’s helped in this task by Tom Stoppard.

The first award is for Best Short Film, and it’s won by Doctor Who himself, Peter Capaldi, for Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life.

Best Adapted Screenplay is won by Steven Zaillian for Schindler’s List.

Nick Park wins Best Short film for The Wrong Trousers.

Michael Kahn wins for Best Editing for Schindlers List

Brian Glover presents the Michael Balcon Award

Ken Loach is the recipient

The Alan Clarke award is presented by Lindsay Anderson

And given to Stephen Frears

A special award goes to Patrice Barrat for Sarajevo stories.

Ted Childs presents the Best Foreign TV programme

It’s presented to Oprah Whinfrey

After this programme, the recording continues with some of Late Licence presented by Jack Dee and Jeremy Hardy.

The tape runs out during the first programme of the night, The Posse: Armed and Dangerous, comedy and sketches.

In the ad breaks, and shortly after they stopped using the old BBC2 idents, there’s a Pizza Hut advert which makes brilliant use of three variants, and also features David Schneider for extra fun.


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