On this tape, a few episodes of Clive Anderson Talks Back, and something more unusual at the end.
I’ve probably mentioned before on the blog, but I’m quite surprised by how much people seem to hate Clive Anderson and his interviewing style. All the videos I’ve put up on YouTube attract comments that suggest that almost everybody is really irritated by his style. It’s weird, since I’ve always quite enjoyed it, but I guess I’ve always been used to it.
The first guest on the first episode is Michael Heseltine.
Lenny Henry has come in his pyjamas. It’s interesting when he’s talking about Richard Pryor, and he’s talking in the present tense. For some reason, in my head, Richard Pryor died in the 80s/90s, but he didn’t die until 2005, so somehow I think I’ve conflated him (and his famous near-death experience with drugs) with John Belushi. Or maybe Bill Hicks. The memory is a strange thing.
In the next episode, Clive’s first guest is ‘Rael’ who claims to have met and spoken to aliens.
Slight more seriously, the second guest is Denis Healey.
The next episode, the last in this series, features Tony Slattery as his first guest (sound the klaxon) on there to promote This is David Harper.
The next guest is Gary Lineker, from a time when he was a quite nervous footballer, and not the broadcasting legend he is now. This would have predated They Think It’s All Over by a few years.
His final guest is “actress, comedian and telephonist” Maureen Lipman – a reference to her British Telecom ads.
After this, recording switches, and we get the end of an episode of New West, which was trailed on yesterday’s tape after Your Cheatin’ Heart. Stop trying to make Country Music cool.
There’s a trail for Saturday Night programmes.
Then, something a little more unusual. AK is a documentary film, made by Chris Marker, whose short film La Jetee formed the basis for Twelve Monkeys.
This is a documentary about Akira Kurosawa, during the filming of Ran.
It’s very lyrical and doesn’t really delve much into process or technique, aside from mention that Kurosawa rehearses his actors for so long that when he shoots, he doesn’t often require more than one take. I guess that makes editing easier.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 26th October 1990 – 23:55
After this, there’s a trailer for 283 useful ideas from Japan and another look at programmes for Saturday.
Then David Allen wishes us a good night as BBC 2 closes down.
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