The Net – Film 94 – Amazing Stories – tape 1750

First on this tape, The Net, a sort of Micro Live  for hipsters.

Ben Woolley looks at video on computers. Look! It’s a Risc PC.

There’s a report on why women aren’t entering the computer industry, and how they were edged out by men when computing became important. Including a contribution from SF writer Pat Cadigan.

Games reviewer Jules reviews the megadrive game Virtua Racing. The most shocking thing about this review is that the game, in 1994, cost £70.

A report on nanotechnology, featuring Marvin Minsky.

Then a piece on the use of simulation in warfare. There’s a prescient line in there about “One day, the person making the decisions might not even be on the battlefield”.

Here’s the whole programme.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 8th June 1994 – 20:00

Before the next episode, then end of an episode of Open Space.

There’s a trailer for Tracks.

Then, another edition of The Net. There’s a story about whether there’s really an epidemic of porn available to children on computers.

There’s a look at the use of computers in designing art galleries. Their ray tracing looks about as fast as Blender is on my computer. I thought things had improved.

Jules reviews Theme Park. I always think these segments are a middle aged man’s idea of what youth TV is like.

There’s a segment on different computer interfaces, including ‘Eager’ from Apple that looks like nothing less than an Apple precursor to Clippy.

There’s a coda to the programme, looking at an actual cybercafe in Soho, which features an appearance by Rolf Harris for no reason I can fathom, since he doesn’t say anything.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 15th June 1994 – 20:00

The last episode in this series sees Benjamin Woolley using AutoCAD to create ‘a virtual world’.

Tony Collins reports on the outsourcing of Inland Revenue data processing to a commercial company, EDS. The report opens with a piece of music that sounds weirdly familiar, then I realised, based on the jeep he’s driving, it’s probably supposed to be the Prisoner theme music, but they obviously couldn’t license it, so they’ve used a knock-off instead.

And Bruce Sterling talks about the possibilities of wearable technology. There’s one part where he uses a white apron to demonstrate what wearable technology might enable in the future. It’s a masterpiece of bullshit which reminded me of Not The Nine O’Clock News doing paper folding.

“And of course the ultimate computer application, Virtual Reality.”

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 23rd June 1994 – 20:30

After this, recording switches, and there’s a trailer for GLR. There’s also a trailer for Paramedics.

Then, at 7pm in the evening, Film 94 sees Barry Norman in Los Angeles looking forward to a Summer of movies. He looks at the following films:

Tom Hanks talks about Forrest Gump.

Tom Brook looks at the premiere of The Lion King.

There’s a man who built a motel and a Drive-In so you can watch the movie from your room.

There’s an interview with some producers, including Kathleen Kennedy, now in charge of Lucasfilm at Disney.

Tom Brook interviews Julia Roberts about I Love Trouble

Barry interviews Kevin Costner and Lawrence Kasdan about Wyatt Earp.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 12th July 1994 – 19:00

After this, recording switches to an episode of Amazing Stories. It’s Go to the Head of the Class, which I watched on another tape, and wasn’t very impressed with. My opinion hasn’t changed. It’s directed by Robert Zemeckis, so by rights it ought to be good, but the story is by Mick Garris, which might be where the problem lies.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 20th July 1994 – 23:05

After this, there’s a trailer for The Terminator.

Then, the rest of the tape has most of the film Harem with Nastassja Kinski and Ben Kingsley. The announcer describes it as a romantic movie. It’s called Harem. Nastassja Kinski and Ben Kingsley. How fucking romantic does that sound?

I did not watch it.

The tape ends before the film ends.



  1. In fairness to Cerben Kingsley (© Jessica Alba, who joked that she thought Cerben was his first name due his ( apparent) insistence on only ever being called “Sir Ben” on the set of “The Love Guru”), he’s not the creepiest partner Nastassja Kinski had onscreen or offscreen….

  2. Hey, Harem was the only 80s movie to stand up for the plight of Arab billionaires who keep a couple of dozen naked women in a swimming pool stranded in his desert castle. To think no one would make a film like that now! It’s PC gorn mad.

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