Some documentary, followed by some comedy on this tape starting with Equinox – The Real Jurassic Park.
This is a nice programme, and has some good behind the scenes footage of shooting the movie, as well as interviews with paleontologists about the feasibility of the science.
I like Micharl Crichton’s honesty. “How you go from DNA to an embryo is extremely unclear at this point, and so my procedure in writing the book was simply to skip that.” That’s why he’s a genius.
Also featured are paleontologist Jack Horner, one of the advisers on the movie.
“And then my teacher told me about this other book by this guy named Bakker…” from the movie, and here’s the man in question, Robert Bakker. (He’s called Bob Bakker in the video below.)
Here’s a different version of the programme, which features most of the footage on this recording, but presented slightly differently.
Recording switches to BBC2 for the end of Open Space about the safety (or otherwise) of car ferries.
There’s a trailer for Video Diaries and Rotten to the Core. Programmes about the Glasgow Ice Cream Wars – presumably the inspiration for Comfort and Joy.
There’s also a trailer for First Sight about hospital closures.
Then, Bookmark – The Vampire’s Life. It’s a programme about Interview with the Vampire author Anne Rice. Her real name is Howard, presumably because her parents are monsters.
What the actual fuck are they doing with the photography in this? Is that enough filters for you? Surely they could smear a bit of vaseline on the lens to mist it up a bit more. It’s the kind of shooting style that only happens when a big Hollywood star needs to be lit flatteringly. I wonder why they’re doing it here? It’s all over the film.
They’re even doing it to her husband Stan.
I’ll say one thing for her. She types like a demon. No wonder her books are so long.
Full disclosure: I tried to read Interview with the Vampire, but I couldn’t get through it. At the time, I wondered if it was the typeface used in the book, which was a slightly unusual one. But I suspect I just didn’t care for the characters or story much. I’m Team Buffy all the way.
Guess who wrote the music for this documentary: Yes, it was Barrington Pheloung. I was almost prepared to let the Inspector Morse appearance slide, as I’ve got plenty of those (there’s another one coming up soon) but on this? And two tapes in a row. I’m so very, very sorry.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 20th October 1993 – 20:00
After this, something I have no memory of at all. It’s a one-off comedy written by Ruby Wax, and starring Joan Collins called Mama’s Back. Even Joan doesn’t get as much soft focus as Anne Rice.
Kevin McNally plays the director of this not very good film she’s making.
Returning to her home in England, she’s reunited with her daughters. “Isn’t it amazing. They’ve all aged and I haven’t”
Rupert Everett plays her assistant.
Michael Gambon plays her husband.
Obligatory TVC fountain scene.
Clive James plays himself
Samantha Janus plays a young star.
Here’s someone else’s upload, sadly in the wrong aspect ratio.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 6th December 1993 – 20:30
Recording switches to ITV for The Curse of Mr Bean. Still funny, although I have looked at this on another tape.
After this, the recording stops, and underneath, there’s ESPN water skiing. The tape ends during this programme.
In the ad breaks, a trail for Screaming Reels about fishing, featuring Paul Whitehouse.
- trail: American Football
- Wilkinson Sword Protector
- McCain Micro Chips
- trail: Classic Motorcycles/Screaming Reels
- Malaysia Airlines
- Down To Earth
- Citroen Xantia
- Air Canada
- Amstrad Pen Pad
- Milky Bar
- Register to Vote
- Brooke Bond Choicest Blend
- trail: Danielle Steel’s Jewels
- Halfway to Paradise
- TV Times