This tape opens with the end of Gardener’s World.
There’s a trailer for The Precious Blood.
Then, an episode of Murder Most Horrid – The Body Politic.
Dawn French plays a teacher whose husband is possibly going to be the next Prime Minister.
Hugh Grant is her husband.
Paul Mark Elliott is his political advisor.
Henry Naylor, off of the Barclaycard adverts, and that Footlights documentary, plays their policeman guarding the house.
When they find three dead bodies under their kitchen floor as they are refurbishing, she tells him they can’t report it, as it would destroy his election chances, so she decides to get rid of the bodies. But then, having left the bin bags containing them at the bottom of the garden, they’re collected by the local vicar because she said she’d leave out some jumble.
Then, a mysterious man phones her, and he knows about the bodies, so she panics, and she’s got a crossbow ready when he arrives. But she’s not very good and accidentally shoots the dog. (It’s still alive at the end. don’t worry.)
Then the mysterious man arrives, and he knows all about the bodies. He’s played by John Bennett.
She threatens him with the crossbow, which goes off, ricochets past the man and somehow hits constable Eric at the front door, in the head. Then the mysterious man steps on a ball and falls down the stairs. And to complete the story, the vicar turns up to reveal he used to live in the house, and it was he who had murdered the people under the kitchen. He tries to strangle her but she stabs him with a crossbow bolt.
So they end up with three bodies under the kitchen floor again.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 31st May 1996 – 21:00
The next episode is Confess. Dawn plays a police officer.
Clive Russell plays the DCS in charge of a case of a murdered policeman.
Minnie Driver is another sergeant, and Dawn’s competition.
Roger Lloyd Pack plays their prime suspect, whom the two sergeants grill to try to get a confession.
Amusingly, there’s a conversation about Jagged Edge, where Pack gets the identity of the killer wrong, and I wonder if that’s because he has the same problem I do with killers unmasked when they’re dead.
George Costigan plays the copper who was murdered.
There’s a very brief appearance by a young James Callis, a future Baltar in Battlestar Galactica, as a young officer.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 7th June 1996 – 21:00
Before the next episode, there’s the end of Gardener’s World.
There’s a trailer for Video Diaries.
Then, the last in this series of Murder Most Horrid – Dead on Time. It’s written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. This week, Dawn French plays Death.
I like her transport.
Danny Webb plays a man who should have killed his wife, had Dawn not rung the doorbell too early. So she has to try and get the woman to kill herself. He also produces the annoying advertising inserts in magazines and newspapers, so is obviously Satan himself.
He’s having an affair with Sophie Okonedo
Brian Capron is his boss.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 14th June 1996 – 21:00
After this, recording continues for a while. There’s a trailer for Dancing in the Street.
Then there’s the start of Fantasy Football League European Championship Special. It even has St George – Charlie George. It’s St George’s day as I write this (although it wasn’t when this was broadcast.)
I have an ambivalent attitude to this show. I like both leads, Frank Skinner and David Baddiel, but I know nothing about football, so all the reference humour completely passes me by. But I enjoy the enthusiasm.
After a couple of minutes, the recording switches to the end of the same episode.
There’s a trailer for The Indian Runner.
Then, an episode of The Friday Night Armistice. It’s the first in a new series. Even they are doing football material, about men who frequent seedy London joints, looking for a Lap Footballer.
God’s popularity is waning.
An appearance from Al Murray and Sue Perkins.
The team demonstrate how tricky the Northern Ireland peace talks are, with all the demands from the various factions, is solved by the Ikea Peace Table or Paas Tabel.
They try to remove the Tory government’s majority of one by bankrupting an MP. Theresa Gorman gets a parcel sent with £2 postage due.
Roy Thomason MP seems particularly miserable. I don’t remember him at all.
They try to frighten Sir Trevor Skeet to death by bursting balloons behind him.
This last stunt, with ‘Southan Lilley’ is, I suspect, just an actor. Nice pyros though.
OJ SImpson is in the country so Armando gets his autograph.
On a signed confession
OJ even gets to meet Mr Tony Blair
Who didn’t come out of the encounter unscathed.
In an attempt to improve the image of British Beef across the world after the BSE scandal, the Department of Agriculture is being replaced by a Boy Band called Topside.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 14th June 1996 – 22:00
There’s another bit of Fantasy Football League before the next episode. Uri Geller was one of the guests.
There’s a trailer for Euro 96.
Then, more from The Friday Night Armistice.
There’s an early appearance from Omid Djalili as the man who does the ‘duff duffs’ at the end of an episode of Eastenders.
There’s a Marriage bootcamp, run by Reverend Ricky Grover
With Sue Perkins as Sister Ignatius.
There’s an appearance by the busful of Princess Dianas.
I do love Hunt the Old Woman. In Last of the Summer Wine.
And on The Big Breakfast
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 21st June 1996 – 22:00
After this, recording continues with a trailer for Just a Minute on Radio 4.
Then, the BBC Design Awards, with the nominations and telephone numbers to vote.
There’s a trailer for The Big Picnic.
Then, an episode of Newsnight, leading with Britain’s attempts to get European agreement to let them sell British Beef again.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 21st June 1996 – 22:30
After this, a trailer for a cricket document, Clash of the Titans.
Then the tape ends during coverage of Test Match Cricket.