Nutcracker – Robot Wars – The Count of Monte Cristo – tape 2771

Here’s another tape of mixed nuts. FIrst, Nutcracker, which I’ve already recorded and looked at a short while ago. This is a recording from the previous year, and it’s a big improvement on the later recording because the soundtrack doesn’t have the terrible buzz on it.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 30th December 2000 – 15:25

After this, there’s a trailer for Outdoors on Friday.

Then the recording continues with some nuts and bolts, and an episode of Robot Wars. Love the BBC 2 Logo.

Nice to see and early work-in-progress version of Napoleon Dynamite on one of the teams.

This guy totally thinks presenter Julia Reed fancies him. I 100% guarantee it. He also thinks he’s 100% cooler than all the other team members. He’s 100% wrong. God I miss The Great Egg Race.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 30th December 2000 – 17:05

After this, a trailer for Two Thousand Acres of Sky.

Then, an episode of The Count of Monte Cristo starring Gerard Depardieu. Sort of an up-market The Flashing Blade, I suppose. Note also it features characters called Danglars and Morcerf. I also note that the cast contains two other people with the surname Depardieu.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 30th December 2000 – 17:50

There’s another trailer for Outdoors on Friday.

Then, the tape ends during an episode of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I’ve watched this more than once, and I’ve watched the movie from a few years ago, and yet this random episode (episode five if you’re counting) still makes no sense to me. And my goodness aren’t hotel rooms just a bit depressing. Nothing ever changes.

The tape ends during this programme.


  1. The Count of Monte Cristo is a great book, read it when I was a kid. In retrospect I get it mixed up with The Prisoner of Zenda, though.

    Presumably one of the other Depardieus is Guillaume, Gerard’s son who died not long afterwards.

  2. Didn’t Lee Boardman do a running commentary for Robot Wars? He’ll always be dastardly Coronation Street drug dealer Jez Quigley to me.

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