One nice thing about One Hour with Jonathan Ross is that it dates itself. Literally. I like to know when these tapes came from, and for shows not on the BBC it’s harder to find out. I am usually reliant on regular commenter Kapo for accurate dating of ITV and C4 shows (it’s appreciated, Kapo) but this show has the broadcast date right in the titles. So this went out on the 9th February 1990. It’s the second series, going out at 10:30 on a Friday night – I think the first series was a teatime programme, but I could be wrong.
The first guest is Sadie Nine, a singer who’s very big in Russia, despite hailing from Camberwell.
Music from Lloyd Cole, who sings ‘Little Sister’.
Photographer Herb Ritts
Speciality act Sheik Michael puts needles through his skin.
Writer of Tales of the City Armistead Maupin. It’s interesting to hear him talk about the possibility of a TV version. “I’ve been teased by Channel 4” he says, but then calls Hollywood the most homophobic place on Earth. The TV version would be made three years later, and it’s just had a new version made recently.
John Lydon is the last guest.
The show has overrun, and there’s no time for a musical guest, Queen B.
The show closes with another song from Lloyd Cole.
The next episode, from the 16th February, starts with a joke about Spangles.
Guest Billy Boy has a new doll out to compete with Barbie.
Returning from last week to perform, Queen B.
Professor Tom Dardis has written a book about writers and alcoholism.
The next guest is actor Peter Elliott, who regularly performs as apes in films like Greystoke and Gorillas in the Mist.
Music from Julee Cruise
The final guest is Rick Moranis. At one point he says “I know what’s wrong, I’m on the wrong side.” Because all chat shows in the US have the guest on stage left, but for this show (and Clive Anderson) the guest is stage right.
The tape ends after this episode – it’s a short tape today.
In the ads – one for Ross Microwave meals. It features Ken Russell, but I don’t know if it was actually directed by him, as it implies.
P.S. Sorry for the late upload on this one – I usually have a backlog of posts ready to go, but I haven’t quite caught up.
- Mail on Sunday
- First Direct
- Ross Micro Cook – Ken Russell
- Sea of Love
- Ruby Turner – Paradise
- Intercity Sleeper
- First Direct
- trail: Rock Steady
- Our Price – Rock of America
- Trebor Extra Strong Mints – Stephen Fry