Day: April 3, 2019

The Wonder Years – Jeeves And Wooster – Soap – The Fall Of The House Of Usher – Stephen King’s World Of Horror – Evening Standard British Film Awards – tape 1025

Strap in, friends, this is a long one. Mostly recorded in LP, possibly while I was on holiday or something, this tape clocks in at 7 hours 18 minutes. So without further ado, let’s crack on with some even blurrier than usual screengrabs.

First, an episode of The Wonder Years. It’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Is this really the young Fred Savage?

Kevin and Paul have both been dumped. So he writes a valentine to her, but of course it gets to the wrong girl.

I’m a sucker for a Wizard of Oz musical reference.

After this, recording continues with the start of Fragile Earth.

Then it switches to ITV and an episode of Jeeves And Wooster called The Hunger Strike. Bertie tries to help Gussie Fink-Nottle with his infatuation by sending him to Brinkley Hall in his place.

Has Bertie joined the Bullingdon Club?

There’s a big cliffhanger at the end.

After this, recording continues for a time, with an ITN bulletin. In a story about extradition laws in the Republic of Ireland, there’s a comment from Ian Gow MP. He was mentioned on a recent tape in another news bulletin because, in July 1990 he was murdered by the IRA.

Recording switches to later on LWT, and an episode of Soap. I knew this was likely to happen, and as I write this it’s a bit less than a month since the lovely Katherine Helmond died, which made this inevitable. I’m so very sorry. I loved her as Jessica.

Jodie is getting married.

After this, there’s the start of Whitbread Round the World Race 1989.

Then, recording switches again to the end of Horizon.

There’s a trailer for Present Imperfect.

Then, The Curse of Corman, a short programme to introduce a film from Roger Corman. This looks at his sequence of films based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe.

This is followed by one of Corman’s Poe movies, The Fall Of The House Of Usher featuring Vincent Price as a blonde.

Look at this brilliant example of pan & scan.

I confess, I don’t think I’ve been able to watch one of these films properly. I tend to have them on in the background while I’m doing other things, and they just tend to wash over me. It’s an old-fashioned style of story that doesn’t really interest me.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 14th May 1990 – 21:00

After this, there’s the start of Newsnight, as Jeremy Paxman talks about the changes in East Germany, and how things are changing between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. The picture quality at this point it pretty poor.

After a few minutes of this, recording switches to a stand-up performance at the Comedy Store – I feel like I should recognise this performer.

Sally McLaren shows off the lovely ITV Telethon sweatshirt.

Next, an episode of Stephen King’s World Of Horror. These always seemed to me to be dreadfully cheap programmes, using a tiny amount of footage of Stephen King to link a bunch of EPK material from old movies.

This episode has a feature on Dead Heat, featuring Joe Piscopo, who I only know from this, a mention in The Simpsons, and an appearance in Star Trek The Next Generation.

Also interviewed is Linnea Quigley, an actress who frequented a lot of low budget horror films.

After this, recording switches to an SP recording, so this would have been at a later date, and it’s Evening Standard British Film Awards. Introduced by Sir John Mills.

It’s hosted by Muriel Gray.

Billie Whitelaw presents the Best Screenplay award.

The winner is Michael Eaton for Fellow Traveller.

Cherie Lunghi and Gerard Depardieu present the Most Promising Newcomer award

It goes to Philip Ridley for The Krays. I thought he was Pat Kane from Hue and Cry for a moment.

The Peter Sellers award for Comedy is presented by Jenny Agutter

Robbie Coltrane wins for Nuns on the Run.

Nigel Havers presents the Technical Achievement award.

It goes to cinematographer David Watkin.

Lynn Redgrave presents the Best Actor award.

It’s received by a ridiculously young looking Iain Glen.

Best Actress is presented by Dirk Bogarde

It’s won by Natasha Richardson.

Best Film is presented by Sir John Mills, and won by The Krays, accepted by director Peter Medak.

Alan Bates presents a special award.

Jeremy Thomas is the recipient.

After this, recording stops, and underneath there’s an ITN bulletin, featuring the American report on the Lockerbie bombing, critical of Pan-Am, and the growing BSE health crisis.

Then, Thames hands over to TV AM for Good Morning Britain. Some familiar morning faces, including Ulrika Jonsson.

Dr Hilary Jones talks about nappy rash.

Lizzie Webb does some sitting down exercises. Why am I reminded of A Bit of Fry and Laurie. “And rest.”

After 7am, Mike Morris takes over as presenter.

The tape ends, eventually, during this.

There’s some choice adverts on this tape.

A great Spitting Image trailer.


  • Brannigan’s
  • Schweppes Tonic Water – John Cleese
  • Red Star
  • BT – Maureen Lipman Miriam Margolyes
  • LA Gear
  • trail: The Manageress/Star!
  • trail: The Media Show
  • Coca Cola – Soccaball
  • N&P
  • BT – Maureen Lipman Miriam Margolyes
  • Red Star
  • Harvester
  • First Direct
  • LA Gear
  • trail: The Television Village
  • Skillball
  • Shredded Wheat
  • N&P
  • Yellow Pages – JR Hartley
  • Castlemaine XXXX
  • trail: Spitting Image
  • Finesse
  • ICI
  • Schweppes Tonic Water – John Cleese
  • Barclays
  • Legal & General
  • Harvester
  • UPS
  • Daily Mail
  • Rover Metro
  • trail: 6 O’Clock Live
  • Skillball
  • Daily Express Millionaires’ Club
  • Black & Decker
  • Esso World Cup Coin Collection
  • TWA
  • trail: Spitting Image
  • Barclays
  • Keep Britain Tidy
  • Capital Radio
  • ITV Telethon
  • Kit Kat
  • Holsten Export
  • Capital Radio
  • trail: World Cup Plus
  • OBAS
  • chat line
  • Brannigan’s
  • Drugs
  • BT – Maureen Lipman Miriam Margolyes
  • OBAS
  • Capital Radio
  • trail: Movies are Free on ITV
  • Millicom
  • Kenco
  • Applause
  • Optrex
  • Ariel Liquid
  • Chatback
  • Dimension
  • Tracker
  • Chatterbox
  • Impulse
  • Bird’s Eye Snackshots
  • Plax
  • trail: Shrinks
  • Bird’s Eye Potato Waffles
  • The Sun
  • Mr Muscle
  • British Gas
  • Pond’s
  • Twix
  • Wash & Go – Take Two Bottles into the Shower?
  • Dairylea
  • chat line
  • Bird’s Eye Snackshots
  • Daz Ultra
  • Give Blood
  • Bird’s Eye Snackshots
  • Yardley
  • Ragu
  • Drum
  • trail: A Fair Cop
  • Ghostbusters II on video
  • Daz Ultra
  • Ford Escort
  • Plumrose Pate
  • NutraSweet
  • Daily Express Millionaires’ Club
  • Phostrogen
  • Ghostbusters II on video