Day: December 24, 2022

Have I Got News For You – Chef! – Scrubs – dvd 79

It’s Christmas Eve! I hope you’re not all rushing around the shops finding last minute presents.

Today, another of the DVDs I unearthed recently, and this one is mostly programmes from tapes that I wasn’t able to find, so I’m filling in another couple of gaps today.

I think the first six programmes were probably off one tape. It’s some episodes from the third series of Have I Got News For You.

On Ian’s team is John Wells.

On Paul’s team (sound the klaxon) it’s Tony Slattery.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 24th April 1992 – 22:00

The guests on the next episode are, on Ian’s team, Donna McPhail.

And on Paul’s team, the great Joan Bakewell.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 1st May 1992 – 22:00

The next episode sees Ian joined by Jan Ravens

And on Paul’s team, Charles Kennedy

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 8th May 1992 – 22:00

Next, on Ian’s team it’s Rory McGrath

On Paul’s team, Ken Livingstone

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 22nd May 1992 – 22:00

In the next episode, Ian is joined by Danny Baker

Steve Steen is on Paul’s team

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 29th May 1992 – 22:00

The last HIGNFY episode on this disc has Anne Robinson joining Ian – cue lots of jokes about Robert Maxwell.

Paul is joined by Griff Rhys Jones.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 5th June 1992 – 22:00

Next, slightly randomly, is the first episode of the second series of Chef!A River Runs Thru It.

Things are getting fraught in the kitchen. Gareth Blackstock fires one of his chefs, when, as his sous chef tells him, he needs more cooks.

While leafing through CVs, he’s reminded of a great chef whose food he once sampled, and he finds out he’s got a small restaurant nearby, so they visit. Gustave Laroche turns out to be a man called Gary who had to pretend he was French in order to be taken seriously. He’s played by Ian McNeice. He’s a bit rough and ready, but his food is divine, so they hire him.

Gareth leaves the kitchen in Gustave’s hands and has a holiday, going fishing.

It’s not his natural habitat.

Back at the restaurant, it looks like Gustave is a drunk.

It looks like Janice is rather better at fishing than Gareth.

Some of the kitchen staff would prefer Gustave to be fired, until they taste his cooking, at which point they agree to help sober him up.

To make matters worse, there’s a health inspection.

The episode ends with Gareth and co going along to Gustave’s Alcoholics Anonymous to support him.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 8th September 1994 – 21:30

Finally on this disc, a newer recording. It’s an episode of ScrubsMy Nickname.

Turk’s favourite bench is also Dr Kelso’s favourite, so it’s rather spoiled.


  • Mini
  • Gap
  • Stuntman
  • UK Gold
  • Wrigley’s Extra
  • Strongbow
  • The Bourne Identity in cinemas
  • KFC
  • trail: Friends/Will & Grace
  • trail: Meet Ricky Gervais
  • Iceland
  • The Very Best of Pure R&B
  • Clairol Nice ‘n Easy
  • Pantene
  • Toyota Corolla