Earth 2 – Cybill – Roseanne – Jo Brand Through The Cakehole – The Girlie Show – tape 2151

First on this tape, an episode of Earth 2. Judging by the weird, narrated opening, this might be the second of a two parter. Sure enough, it’s part 2 of Better Living Through Morganite and I looked at the previous episode here.

Yale, who has been having flashbacks to his memory-wiped past, discovers that the reason he was wiped was he was a policeman who killed another policeman rather than let him murder some unarmed people asking for sanctuary.

After this, recording switches to an episode of Cybill. Even as I’m watching it, the plot is slipping from my memory. There’s a visit to Vegas.

Which ends with some skydiving. Is this the plot of Honeymoon in Vegas? They’re not dressed as Elvis, though.

After this episode, there’s a Channel 4 news report about a bombing in ‘the East End of London.’ This was the 1996 Canary Wharf bombing.

Then there’s the start of an episode of Rising DampGreat Expectations, and it took me a second to recognise Andrew Sachs there.

Then, recording switches to later, and a Halloween episode of Roseanne.

This episode is directed by Roseanne, you’ll notice.

There’s an appearance by Sarah Chalke, not playing Becky today, but playing a neighbour bringing her kids for Trick or Treat. “I wish I had a daughter as sweet as her.”

Cameo by Ed McMahon.

Roseanne has a baby in the end.

The end titles play out with Roseanne answering audience questions.

Recording continues, and there’s an episode of Jo Brand Through the Cakehole.

Morwenna Banks appears, playing Jo’s mother.

Jim Carter plays her father.

Felix Dexter makes an appearance

Alan Davies also appears.

After this, recording continues, with a full episode of The Girlie Show. The hosts come rollerskating on to Dr Alban’s ‘It’s My Life’ as the advertising of feminine hygiene products is one of the items on the show.

They’ve received some hate mail. “The Angry Male Backlash Is Coming” they write, as if that’s something new.

There’s a strange piece on ‘giantessophiles’ – men who fantasize about being dominated by hundred foot women. For a show aimed at an audience of women, a rather pathetic male fantasy involving literally non-existent women seems like an odd choice.

Slightly better is the look at tampon and sanitary towel adverts.

Special guest is Patsy Kensit.

Honestly, this is not good at all. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by a programme produced by Rapido TV, but this is woeful, shallow stuff. The entire point seems to be to suggest that women are just as sex-obsessed and single-track minded as men are supposed to be.

And talking of single-track minds, following this is the beginning of the very first episode of TFI Friday. I’ve actually got this recorded on another tape, so I’ll direct you to that tape, but I’ll mention that the opening sketch has a small dig at the Girlie Show.

The tape ends during this episode.

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2 comments

  1. “The Girlie Show” was absolutely ghastly wasn’t it? Be nice to know if Sara Cox et al are embarrassed about it now.

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