Month: May 2019

French And Saunders – tape 823

After we saw the first series a little while ago, we skip forward now to watch their third series. And while I really enjoyed the first series, it’s possible that this was their best series.

It opens with a Sound of Music parody. The Climb Every Mountain bit where Dawn keeps wanting to sing, and Jennifer keeps having to say ‘”Just Me” is funny enough.

But then Dawn breaks into I Have Confidence, doing the number through London streets, which is just objectively funny. I love that they picked one of the more obscure songs from the film to do.

Then, their living room set, but instead of Dawn and Jennifer, it’s Jerry Hall and Marie Helvin. Including the lovely moment when Jerry has the line ‘Take that look off your face’ and when I first saw it, my mind immediately followed it with the next line from the Marti Webb song, ‘I can see through your smile’ – which is exactly what they’re doing. Which makes it even funnier for me.

Sonia does Star Test.

The ‘Stuff and Nonsense’ old women are back.

Dawn is a Royal Expert on Breakfast TV

The Abba parody ‘C’Est La Vie’ is so good. Everything about it is spot-on. From the music, the lyrics and even the particular soft focus photography in some of the scenes is absolutely right. It’s masterful.

There’s music from Kirsty MacColl. I still get a bit sad thinking about her.

Star Pets is a long sketch with some great moments, and a particularly good performance from Dawn French. The moment where she sniffs, then tastes the trowel she had just been using to examine some dog poo is particularly funny and awful.

The closing number is a pastiche of ‘Sixteen Going On Seventeen’ but with the lyrics replaced by the French and Saunders theme tune lyrics.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 15th March 1990 – 21:00

The next episode does the same trick in the opening pastiche of ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?’

Mac Macdonald appears.

Bros take the Star Test

Dawn is a financial expert.

Kirsty MacColl and Simon Brint perform ‘Something Stupid’. Now I’m even sadder, remembering that they’re both gone now.

The Women’s Magazine editors sketch is one that I love. “Jean’s Easter Joy.” It’s also the first time Jane Asher is mentioned.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 22nd March 1990 – 21:00

In the next episode, they’re doing the Exorcist.

Jennifer is Lynn Faulds Wood, investigating Lookee-Likeys.

Dawn plays a woman who is a Lookee-Likey of Maggie Philbin.

The real Maggie Philbin confronts her.

And then the real Lynn Faulds Wood busts them all.

Dawn had to marry a Keith Chegwin lookee-likey – it’s Ron Tarr.

Kathy Burke plays the woman who runs Lookee-likeys.

The young rappers sketch is good.

Dawn is a Hollywood expert this week.

More music from Kirsty MacColl

“Your mother’s a biology teacher in Cheshire.”

Dawn is an author discussing her book ‘Rock Stars and their Toilet Seats’ with her editor Jennifer.

She proposes a pop-up (“plop-up”) book, with her mock-up featuring Jane Asher.

The Exorcist makeup is pretty good.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 29th March 1990 – 21:00

Next it’s Gone with the Wind. I love the Pan & Scan joke.

I like that Dawn hasn’t blacked up. They even mention it in the dialogue.

I do like the reversal in this prison sketch

Wendy James from Transvision Vamp is on Star Test.

I love that Duane Bishop of Raw Sex is underlining programmes to watch in Radio Times. Grange Hill in this case.

Their performance of Cinderella Rockefeller features Kathy Burke on tape. That’s the second sketch she’s featured in without really appearing.

Another song from Kirsty MacColl

A lovely sketch about two housekeepers. “Did you know sugar kills you now?”

I love the ending of the titles, when Dawn breaks out into ‘It’s Raining Men’.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 5th April 1990 – 21:00

The next episode does Dangerous Liasons.

Dawn’s Tanita Tikaram looks scarily like Stephen Woolley.

The writing and Jen’s performance in this radio interview sketch are sublime.

This week, we’re not sure what kind of expert Dawn is.

Joan Bakewell presents The Late Show.

Nigel Planer makes a good Andy Warhol

Eleanor Bron also appears.

Presented without comment.

For some reason, this Birds of a Feather sketch has remained with me. “I’m finding it hard to keep my wedding vaaaaaaaaaaas”

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 12th April 1990 – 21:00

We’ve skipped an episode, so this next one is the last in the series. Courtney Pine plays jazz.

They’re going all in with Jane Asher now.

Another great sketch with them playing young girls. “Is he looking at me now?”

The centrepiece of this episode isn’t a movie parody, it’s Opera Classics.

Featuring Patrick Barlow as the producer, with Simon Brint as the Engineer.

Conductor Carl Davis

Dawn is Lucia Poop. “Air conditioning is our enemy.”

Jen is Renata von Trapp. “How many cats have you got now, Renata?” “Just the 32.”

Special guest soloist is Sarah Walker. She’s really funny, helped by the girls giving her some great snarky lines.

This is such a great sketch. It’s one of my all time favourites. All through it, they rehearse little bits of the music, but never enough to really guess which song they’re actually doing, until they actually do a proper take, and we realise it’s ‘I Should Be So Lucky’. And they do the whole song, and it’s just sublime. Dawn in particular was born to play a diva, and her performance in the song is a masterclass.

Jane Asher finally appears, and she isn’t happy with Dawn and Jen.

Strangely, the titles for this episode play over a reprise of ‘C’Est La Vie’ from the first episode rather than something new. I wonder if the episode was running short, or if they just couldn’t think of anything else.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 26th April 1990 – 21:00

After this, there’s a trailer for Video Diaries.

Then the start of 40 Minutesabout people selling their kidneys.

After a few minutes of this, that recording stops, and underneath, there’s Weatherview with Michael Fish.

The tape ends just as the Open University starts.

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Ben Elton – The Man From Auntie – tape 820

This tape opens with the end of Newsroom Southeast and weather from Bill Giles.

There’s a trailer for Whicker’s World from Hong Kong.

Then, the first episode of Ben Elton – The Man From Auntie. After his success on Channel 4 with Saturday Live, Ben gets his own comedy show.

I was never convinced by these little chin-based inserts.

“On an Escalator With Margaret Thatcher”

Andy de la Tour makes an appearance in a bit about people from the planet Boring.

The credits are a little tricky to read…

Here’s the episode (two parts)

BBC Genome: BBC One – 15th February 1990 – 21:30

Straight into the next episode, and there’s a Donald Trump joke right at the start. Just mentioning that. No reason.

Thank You British Rail Guard

I’d forgotten about the Clive Sinclair Awards about bad technology predictions.

On An Escalator with Jive Bunny

Gabrielle Glaister reads the financial news

They’ve obviously noticed it was impossible to read the credits from the first episode, because they’ve changed the way they’re displayed so it’s actually possible to read them.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 22nd February 1990 – 21:30

In the next episode, there’s talking washing up which felt like a callback to The Young Ones.

The Top of the Stupid Old Gits section, where he reads out the appalling things judges have said in rape and abuse cases is a bit weird, with the raucous studio laughter not really fitting with the awful things he was talking about, but given the presentation it’s the only response.

There’s the famous expanding bin bag sketch.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 1st March 1990 – 21:30

The next episode contains a piece about cabinet reshuffles. “A suit full of bugger all”. It’s this sketch that means I always get a good score in Pointless when it’s a question about UK Home Secretaries, because he did David Waddington. It’s also amusing to hear Ben talk about how nobody knows who John Major is.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 8th March 1990 – 21:30

The last episode on this tape features the Farties Guide to Trains.

Kenny Baker plays Ben’s Invisible Demon.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 15th March 1990 – 21:30

After this, there’s a trailer for Whicker’s World, and the tape ends.

Film 90 – tape 828

On this tape, a few episodes of Film 90. Firstly, Barry Norman reviews the following new releases:

There’s a report on cinema sound. The two experts talking about Star Wars and THX seem to have a poor grasp of dates. One says that Star Wars was released in 1975 (it was 1977) and the other talks about THX being developed in the late 70s, after Return of the Jedi (which was 1983). But there’s a nice sequence replicating the dubbing process for Licence to Kill.

There’s also a tribute to Michael Powell, who died recently.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 20th February 1990 – 22:20

It’s straight into the next episode, which sees Barry looking at the following films:

BBC Genome: BBC One – 27th February 1990 – 22:20

The next episode is a special edition, dedicated to an interview with Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment. Here’s the programme, shorn of any clips. It’s a really good interview.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 13th March 1990 – 22:20

The next episode is back to the usual format, with reviews of the following films:

There’s a report on how the end of the Cold War is affecting movies.

There’s also a clip from the Alien Director’s Cut, which, at the time, was unbelievably exciting.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 20th March 1990 – 23:20

The next episode looks at the following films:

There’s a report on the Oscars, and another on the premiere of To The Limit, a new IMAX film, when that was an unusual thing.

There’s also a report on Sullivan Bluth animation studios, in Dublin.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 27th March 1990 – 23:35

After this, there’s a trailer for Lawrence of Arabia. Then the recording stops, and underneath there’s an older recording from Channel 4, a film called My Mama Done Told Me. The tape ends during this.

Adverts:

  • Bupa
  • Plax
  • Chatback
  • Wash & Go – Take Two Bottles into the Shower?
  • Red Mountain

 

The New Statesman – CinemAttractions – tape 862

This tape opens with The New StatesmanWho Shot Alan B’Stard? This is a special, double length episode following the shock ending of the last series seeing Alan B’Stard shot in the street.

The episode opens with a dream sequence, virtually a mini horror film in itself, with some great direction from Geoffrey Sax.

I see Steve Nallon is playing Thatcher, but only in long shot.

After his ‘shooting’ Alan is the casting vote to bring back the death penalty.

Peter Blake plays an Australian talk show host, Kerry Grout, who exposes Alan’s CASH charity scams.

The truth about Alan’s shooting is revealed, as he pays off the assassin who shot him.

In trying to demonstrate how Alan’s shooting was faked, Piers manages to shoot Kerry Grout.

There’s some terrible picture problems here – hard to tell if they were transmission problems or VCR problems.

Alan is on trial, so he decides an insanity plea is the way out.

Janine Duvitski plays a translator.

Dickie Davies is the presenter for Live Hanging on ITV.

Alan is saved by the gallows being made of balsa wood, because his company cut corners.

After this, there’s an episode of CinemAttractions, with reports and trailers covering the following films:

Before the next episode there’s an ITN bulletin. One of the stories was the agreement by more than 70 countries to stop using CFCs, to try to stop the destruction of the Ozone Layer. Remember that, kids? When grown-ups listened to scientists telling them there was an environmental catastrophe looming, and choosing to make significant changes in products and manufacturing to avoid this problem. Ah, great days.

There’s also a story about Prince Charles falling off a horse.

Then, more from CinemAttractions, and trailers or EPK material from the following films:

It ends with music from The Adventures of Ford Fairlane with Andrew Dice Clay. Racist, Misogynist, Homophobic. I wonder why he’s not made a comeback recently. He always made me feel slightly ill, what little I saw of his stuff.

Before the next episode, there’s the end of some Wrestling programme.

There’s another ITN bulletin, leading with news from Nato, and protests in Albania.

Then, CinemAttractions runs down the following films:

After this, there’s the start of an episode of Unsolved Mysteries. The tape ends during this programme.

Adverts:

  • Barclaycard – Alan Whicker
  • Britain’s Railway
  • Duracell
  • Car Care – Robin Askwith
  • Super Shuttle Drive
  • Daily Star
  • Vauxhall Astra
  • Centerparcs
  • AA Relay Plus
  • Golden Churn
  • Improve your Golf
  • Castlemaine XXXX
  • Young Einstein/Say Anything/The Dream Team on video
  • Nat West – Jennifer Saunders, Harry Enfield
  • Crimestoppers
  • Capital Gold – Kenny Everett
  • Beats International – Let Them Eat Bingo
  • Tennent’s Pilsner
  • Powergen
  • Shape
  • Philadelphia
  • Nat West – Jennifer Saunders, Harry Enfield, Peter Cook
  • Naughty Jokeline
  • Carling Black Label – Dambusters
  • Deep Heat 7
  • Nat West – Jennifer Saunders, Harry Enfield
  • County Sound First Gold
  • Deep Heat 7
  • Naughty Jokeline
  • Our Generation
  • County Sound Premier
  • Oracle
  • trail: Sunday on ITV
  • British Telecom
  • Citroen AX
  • Raffaello
  • Spectrum Radio
  • Just for Men
  • Barry Manilow – The Songs
  • Labatt’s – Tony Slattery
  • Vitalite
  • Intercity
  • TV Times
  • Fiat Uno
  • Carling Black Label – Squirrel
  • Deep Heat 7
  • Naughty Jokeline
  • British Telecom
  • Intercity
  • TV Times
  • County Sound First Gold
  • Appletise
  • Raffaello
  • Naughty Jokeline
  • County Sound Premier

Cheers – tape 826

Here’s some episode of Cheers, from Season 8.

First, Death Takes a Holiday On Ice, and Carla is hitting on a local Hockey player, Darryl Mead, played by Kevin Conroy, who is the voice of Batman in all the animated shows, and most of the video games.

Carla gets a phone call from the ice show telling her that husband Eddie has died, saving a fellow penguin from being crushed by the ice cleaning machine,

At the funeral, when the priest asks Mrs Eddie LeBeq to say a few words, there’s a shocking revelation.

At the end of the episode, after Carla thinks that Eddie must have loved his new wife more than her, A teammate of Eddies, the one he saved from death, arrives with a letter for Carla. He’s played by Thomas Haden Church.

The next episode is Two Girls for Every Boyd. Woody is cast in a production of Our Town. He has a problem in a scene where he has to tell his co-star Emily he loves her. Emily is played by Lisa Kudrow, who I completely didn’t recognise at first.

There’s a beard growing contest at the bar.

Cliff isn’t doing well.

Until the day of the judging, when he’s suddenly sprouted a full chin.

Cliff wins, but his phone call to the makers of an all purpose adhesive suggests that perhaps his beard isn’t all real. “Just for the sake of argument, suppose it did come in contact with human skin. And could they do that on an out patient basis?”

The next episode is The Art of the Steal. I’ll just mention that this is a Donald Trump reference. You know, just because.

Rebecca is getting frustrated that Robin hasn’t called recently, so she decides to wait for him at his apartment, naked. When Sam gets a call from Robin saying he’ll be three hour late, naturally he goes to Robin’s apartment to tell Rebecca in person. Sam was such a creep that it’s a tribute to Ted Danson’s charm that we didn’t always hate him.

In the bar, the gang play Monopoly.

Sam and Rebecca try to call the elevator to leave Robin’s apartment, but accidentally activate the defence system.

There’s a joke at the end that’s a bit rapey, though. Rebecca: “I’d like to thank you for being such a gentleman.” Sam: “I’d like to thank you for being such a sound sleeper.”

The next episode is Feeble Attraction. Norm has to fire his secretary, because his painting business isn’t doing well since he stopped working. But when he shows her his letter of recommendation, she reads it as a declaration of love.

The next episode is Sam Ahoy. Sam offers to race Robin Colcord’s yacht in a race, to raise money so he can buy back the bar, but they find the boat has a bomb on board because someone is trying to kill Robin.

After this, the recording stops, and underneath there’s part of an episode of Roseanne where Jackie goes off to join the police.

Then, there’s the start of Clive Anderson Talks Back which I covered in full on another tape.

The tape ends during this programme.

There’s a start studded advert for Perrier, when it was coming back on sale after being withdrawn for contamination with benzene.

Adverts:

  • Sealink
  • Milk
  • Nat West
  • Amstrad PC2286
  • Carlton LA
  • Batman on video
  • Ladybird/Woolworths
  • trail: Roseanne
  • First Direct
  • She
  • Canada
  • Commodore Business Machines
  • Tennent’s Pilsner
  • Volvo 460
  • Carling Black Label
  • Black & Decker
  • Seven Seas
  • Dulux
  • First Direct
  • trail: Clive Anderson Talks Back
  • trail: Rosanne
  • Barclaycard – Alan Whicker
  • Hamlet – Gregor Fisher
  • Black & Decker
  • Perrier – Helleau Again
  • First Direct
  • John Smith’s
  • Buster on Video
  • ADT
  • Dulux Once
  • First Direct
  • trail: Just For Laughs
  • Natrel Plus
  • Duckhams
  • LA Gear
  • Carling Black Label
  • Schwarzkopf Neutral Line
  • AA
  • Nissan 200 SX
  • Mail on Sunday
  • Martini
  • Suzanne Vega – Days of Open Hand
  • Hair’s How magazine
  • Qualcast
  • Castlemaine XXXX
  • Chessington World of Adventures
  • First Direct
  • Fisons
  • trail: The Manageress
  • Heineken
  • Petits Filous
  • ADT
  • Qualcast
  • Tia Maria
  • Ski
  • Esso World Cup Coin Collection
  • LA Gear
  • First Direct
  • trail: Songs for ‘Drella/But the People are Beautiful
  • Chat
  • The Mortgage Corporation – Barry Norman
  • Hamlet – Gregor Fisher
  • Mail on Sunday
  • Halifax – Andrew Sachs
  • First Direct
  • LA Gear
  • trail: Brass
  • Carling Black Label – Treasure Hunt
  • Rover 400
  • Fanta
  • Air UK
  • Dimension
  • Golden Fishies
  • First Direct
  • The Four Seasons
  • ICI
  • LA Gear
  • Cher – Heart of Stone

The Tall Guy – tape 949

The only thing on this tape is The Tall Guy, and I’m afraid I don’t have anything to add since I last looked at it, so take a look at that if you want to know. Spoiler – I still love this movie.

So in lieu of any new wisdom, here’s all the ads and trailers around the movie. Notice that the director of the movie, Mel Smith, appears in one of the adverts. Almost certainly an accident.

Adverts:

  • Telford
  • The Guardian
  • Milk
  • Canon Epoca
  • trail: Sunday on LWT
  • Heineken
  • Wispa – Peter Cook Mel Smith
  • Bisto
  • Today – Ruby Wax
  • Halifax
  • Finesse
  • Allied – Jan Leeming
  • trail: Ruth Rendell Mysteries
  • KP Frisps
  • Electricity Companies Share Offer
  • Norwich Union Healthcare
  • British Telecom
  • Amstrad Fax Machine
  • Royal Mail Stamps
  • The Observer
  • Canon Epoca
  • Barclays
  • trail: Close to Home
  • Nat West
  • General Accident
  • Persil Washing Up Liquid – Robbie Coltrane
  • Burger King
  • Sunday Correspondent
  • Heat Electric – Creature Comforts
  • trail: London’s Burning
  • trail: London’s Burning
  • Sellotape
  • Anchor Butter

French And Saunders – tape 241

This tape opens with the end of Horizon looking at how Police officers can handle stress.

Then, the first episode of French And Saunders. I liked the early CGI for the titles.

There’s a lot of little TV jokes here, like the slightly rough CSO for Dawn in this shot.

Regular blog readers will be unsurprised that I’m happy to see Television Centre appear quite centrally to this show.

One aspect of this first season I wasn’t as keen on is Betty Marsden’s Hot Hoofers, the dance troupe in the studio segments. Having something that’s deliberately shambolic is a dangerous thing with comedy. If there’s no jokes to go with it, it’s just people not being very good. That’s not enough of a joke on its own. Acorn Antiques worked because there was plenty of comedy amongst the ineptness, but I don’t think this part of the series often rose above the level of ‘it’s funny because they’re bad’.

Having said that, Dawn French coming up into frame in front of Jennifer and telling her she’s looking at the wrong camera has always amused me.

I’ve probably mentioned before my general disinterest in Rowland Rivron in most of what he does, but Raw Sex is one of the exceptions, possibly because Simon Brint is there to deadpan, play all the music and generally be a great foil. I remember their part in the French and Saunders Live Tour being very funny, and they’re usually great here.

I like the conceit that Dawn is working for Jennifer on a ‘Comedy YOP scheme’ (YOP being a ‘Youth Opportunities Programme’ which was another word for young people working for free, otherwise they wouldn’t get unemployment benefit).

There’s remarkably few actual sketches in this programme. The schoolgirls one is well performed. “Miss, this is strawberry Lip-Solve”

There is a brilliant microphone gag at the start of this bit, as the mic is over Dawn, so we hear her saying “27, that’s 28 days so I should be quite safe, then.” as Jennifer is starting her speech, then the mic moves to Jennifer to pick up the end of her speech.

There’s some good physical comedy with Dawn’s hands telling the story.

They’re worried that guest Alison Moyet is late, so they look for her around the TVC corridors.

There’s a couple of tiny sketches featuring two of the backstage departments, first it’s makeup, where they all speaking with exaggeratedly high, ‘girly’ voices.

Then Wardrobe, where a thick cloud of smoke wafts out of the door. I’m presuming that these characters might be based in part on real aspects of these departments, but I was never privy to TV production, so I couldn’t say for sure.

Alison Moyet is still not there, so Dawn has to take her place. Then Moyet turns up, as Dawn had sent her to BBC Manchester. “It takes four hours to get to Manchester on a moped. I had to leave my backing singers there.” This is a joke format straight out of Morecambe and Wise, and that’s not a bad thing.

She does get to perform ‘Ordinary Girl’ which is a song of hers I’d forgotten about, but it’s really good.

There’s a great Sports Report sketch, featuring what I presume is the first appearance of their Background Character Artists, who can always be relied on for laughs. “I’m going to use my phone. Well I would, wouldn’t I?” With a guest appearance from Steve Ryder.

There’s something to notice about the end credits roll, in that whatever system they used for the graphics (I’m assuming something from Quantel) couldn’t generate a scroll that filled the entire video frame, so it cuts off before the top of the picture. Even given that a lot of TVs mask off a portion around the screen (the whole image that’s captured by the digitising process always has an area around the edge that would typically be outside the viewable image for most TVs) But even at the time, this top gap was so large that you could see it at the time, it’s not just because these are digitised. I wonder how many top level technical meetings there were about this ‘feature’ of what was probably a hugely expensive piece of equipment, and how long it took to find a fix for it.

After the credits, there’s some spoof trailers. Eastenders, with the noticeable voice of Harry Enfield.

This one for Ramba looks like it was expensive. Loads of fire and pyro, plus rain for a 30 second sketch, but it looks fabulous.

Even Dawn Dares needed an animatronic cow’s bum, which couldn’t have been cheap.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 9th March 1987 – 21:00

Straight into another episode of French And Saunders. After a dramatic entrance goes badly, Dawn and Jen are in their dressing room. I love the bit where they’re listening to ‘The Longest Time’ by Billy Joel, and singing along, without knowing most of the words, except ‘For the Longest Time’ at the end. That joke will never not be funny.

The kids show ‘It’s Great’ is spot on.

I can’t work out if the alien in the background of the shot is a Sea Devil from Doctor Who.

Jon Glover appears as a commercial director for ‘Hibernian Girls’ featuring the Background Artists. Ricky Gervais ripped all this off for Extras, you know.

There’s a brilliant punchline. “We brought them from home.”

A guest appearance from Roy Castle

There’s a rather brilliant Avengers sketch featuring Oscar Quitak as ‘Dr Fennell’. I wonder if he was cast because he was in The New Avengers (which episode I looked at a few months ago) or just because he looks right?

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 16th March 1987 – 21:00

Before the next episode, there’s the end of Horizon.

There’s a trailer for Mediterranean Cookery.

Then, another helping of French And Saunders.

There’s a guest appearance from Julie T Wallace, mistakenly booked in place of Julie Walters.

It’s the first appearance of the sex-obsessed fat blokes. “You know who wants to ban it don’t you? Only queers and lebanons.”

The Star’s dressing room caravan is in the centre of TVC.

There’s a sketch about a spirit medium.

I love the title of her autobiography ‘Eeek! It’s Behind Me and it Smells Like Burning Flesh”

There’s a sketch about synchronised swimming, featuring Allan Hargreaves and Sharron Davies.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 23rd March 1987 – 21:00

Straight into the next episode, where Dawn and Jen try being Northern comedians doing golfing jokes and sexism. “Eeeh, Ratfans.”

They’re worrying about their ratings. Cue more TVC interiors – here’s the stage door reception.

There’s a Juliet Bravo sketch featuring two Juliets Bravo.

There’s an appearance from Michael Grade (at the time, I think he was Director of Programmes) as they try to make the ratings for the show look better.

The Background Actors are in Carmen as Cigarette Girls.

I’ve only just noticed that in the wings for the main stage, the running order is taped over the Six O’Clock News logo. Brilliant.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 30th March 1987 – 21:00

The last episode here has been cancelled because of industrial action.

The Hot Hoofers have walked out.

More TVC exteriors.

Locked out of the French and Saunders studio, they take over the Blue Peter Studio.

Pamela Armstrong presents a sketch about fashion

Dawn and Jen are playing analogues to Marie Helvin and Jerry Hall.

They get a shock when they open the Blue Peter Stock Cupboard

Rik Mayall makes a brief appearance in some homemade porn.

There’s a sketch about young girls discussing puberty.

Jools Holland plays some Boogie Woogie piano, sounding a lot like a later theme tune for A Bit of Fry and Laurie.

The Background Actors are in a wartime drama. This one has always stuck with me, because the big star who’s bandaged up might be Madonna, so they keep trying to get a reaction from her. “Madonna! Madonna!” And to this day, I can’t hear Madonna’s name without saying it in the same way.

There’s another glimpse of Dawn’s porn tape with Rik Mayall.

Nina Myskov makes an appearance at the end. “French & Saunders? More like Fatty and S-yawn-ders.”

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 6th April 1987 – 21:00

After this, there’s a trailer for Mediterranean Cookery.

Then, the start of an episode of Moonlighting – it’s Atomic Shakespeare, one of the more famous episodes, which I’ve looked at on another tape. Twice, in fact.

The tape ends during this episode.