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Star Trek – Deep Space Nine – tape 1745

Here’s some more second season episodes of Deep Space Nine. In Sanctuary, a group of aliens beam aboard after their ship develops problems, and the universal translator has trouble translating. There’s a nice scene where their leader is speaking, and gradually, English words start springing up in her alien language.

She’s asking for sanctuary for her people, 3 million of them, on the other side of the wormhole, and the episode turns into a story about refugees and immigration. Crowds of these aliens visit the station, as a possible settling place is researched, but unfortunately, the aliens are looking for their ancient homeworld, and they believe Bajor is it. It’s never established why or how (unless I missed it).

Bajor is still suffering from the results of the Cardassian occupation, so their government refuses to allow the aliens to settle there. There’s a bit of drama with one of the young aliens stealing a ship, and eventually getting blown up, none of which we see on screen. I get the feeling this was a cheaper episode, or perhaps all the budget went on the large crowds of new aliens.

In the end, the aliens reluctantly go to the planet that can support them, but they’re bitter that Bajor wouldn’t welcome them.

It’s a strangely timely subject, even if the story doesn’t really address much of the nuances of the situation.

The next episode is Rivals. Chris Sarandon plays an alien who can get people to confide in him, and exploits them as a con man. Odo arrests him after a couple make a complaint. In the cell, there’s another alien playing with a strange toy, who drops dead, so Sarandon takes the device.

O’Brien and Bashir are playing space squash. Bashir is just as insufferable as usual.

Barbara Bosson turns up as an alien selling her store after her husband dies. Sarandon helps her reopen as a casino, with larger versions of the alien toy.

After a spate of strange accidents, they discover that the alien devices are changing the laws of probability. And Sarandon ends up arrested anyway, but not before he was also scammed by a woman he was talking to at the start.

The next episode is The Alternate. Dr Mora Pol, the scientist who first encountered Odo, arrives with news that they’ve discovered DNA similar to Odo’s on a planet.

There’s an obelisk there which is obviously important, but rather than studying it in situ, they decide to beam it up to their ship, which triggers Earth tremors and gas. Why they didn’t just sent a survey team to examine it in situ I don’t understand.

The gas affects Odo, making him behave strangely and without any memories of what he’s doing.

Skipping Armageddon Game (on a recent tape) the next episode is Whispers. It’s another O’Brien story, so that’s all for the good. “I don’t know if I’ll be alive by the time this log is recovered” he says. He’s recorded a log about the last couple of days, so we flashback to his return to the station after a mission.

He wakes up, and Keiko is a bit distant, and his daughter Molly tells him to go away. I nice performance from the very small actor playing Molly.

I like this type of episode. The ‘body snatchers’ trope can be really fun. Paranoia is a great way for generating and maintaining tension.

There’s a scene here that I can’t help thinking was written without any understanding of computers. O’Brien wants to search through station logs to find any reference to why people are acting oddly around him. He’s offered a choice of transcribed or audio, then he chooses audio, and we have a montage of him listening to hours of dull log entries. But I think O’Brien would just have done a textual search through the transcriptions, and discovered almost immediately what he discovers here, that the logs from the day he returned were blocked.

O’Brien even gets to be an action hero.

The truth is revealed when O’Brien reaches the planet he’d had his mission on, to set up security for peace talks. The runabout pursuing him transported some crew to the planet, so he follows to find Sisko and Kira talking to rebels. O’Brien is shot by one of the aliens, then the real O’Brien emerges from another room. The O’Brien we’ve been watching the whole time is a replicant, sent back to the station as some kind of Manchurian Candidate-style assassin, while the real O’Brien was held prisoner.

I really like this episode. It’s one I remember watching, so the twist wasn’t a surprise this time, but it really works. And an episode heavily featuring Colm Meaney is always worth watching. I yes, the moment that the replicant, as it was dying, tells the real Miles “Tell Keiko I love her” made me cry.

The final episode on this tape is Paradise. Sisko and O’Brien are surveying nearby star systems. Really? The commander and chief engineer of DS9? Surely they can delegate. They find human lifesigns on a planet but don’t have any record of a human colony, and on the surface they find a community of people who landed there years ago, but found that a ‘duonetic field’ on the planet stopped all their technology from working, so they’ve lived there without the benefit of their modern technology. I’m already getting culty, Amish vibes from them, so I have a hunch where the story will go.

Sure enough, in this idyllic paradise, the punishment for stealing a candle is being locked in a metal box, in the sun, for a day.

After O’Brien is found trying to modify his communicator to use the duonetic field, as his commanding officer, Sisko is put into the torture box for a day. When he gets out, the colony leader, Alixus, lectures him. “This is painful for me too. I want so much to give you water, to let you lie down, to sleep, but I can’t, not without your help.” At this point I would be punching her repeatedly in the face, but that just shows how much better a man Sisko is. He just gets bak in the box. I think the writers had watched Bridge on the River Kwai.

O’Brien isn’t giving up, and he’s made a device to try to detect the source of the duonetic field.

Pretty soon he finds it, a field generator buried in the woods. It was put there by Alixus, as she deliberately caused their ship to fail and land on the planet, so her theories about the perfect society without technology could be enacted. And is it a coincidence that Alixus’ voice has a bit of a Theresa May twang to hit, that slight breaking of the voice that tells us she’s very sincere about everything she says.

So, now his phaser works again, O’Brien gets Sisko out of the box and tells the community just what Alixus has done. But the community have now been there for 10 years, and despite the several people who have died of easily curable diseases, they still seem to think it’s worth staying. It’s the power of fake news. This episode couldn’t be more of a Brexit metaphor if it were written today. And I’m not sure of the original intentions of the makers of this episode, but the very last shot of the episode, as Sisko and O’Brien have taken Alixus and her son away to answer for her behaviour, the villagers drift away, leaving two children, who were presumably born there, looking at the place where Sisko and O’Brien had beamed away, and I read that as these children coming to terms with their potential future that’s been stolen from them by the older people. Like I said, everything looks like Brexit these days.

Another rather excellent episode. It’s like a perfect representation of the Star Trek model of using an SF setting to tell a story about how people behave. And this one was particularly good because I felt like everything about this episode rang true. Some episodes are set up in such a contrived way (I’m thinking of episodes like Justice from early in TNG’s run) that the unlikely setting undermines the points being made. I bought every single beat of this story, even the ending where the community, lied to for ten years and forced into a way of life that’s hard, just because of one person’s political beliefs, don’t immediately rush to leave. By now they’ve become invested in the lie so much it would be hard for them to accept it was a lie at all. So they stick with the sunlit uplands.

It’s surprisingly relevant.

The tape ends right after this episode.

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Those Glory Glory Days – A Night at the Opera – tape 1729

Here’s something from the very early days of Channel 4. Those Glory, Glory Days opens with Julia, a journalist going her first match report on a football game at Tottenham. She’s loved football all her life but she can’t even get the use of a phone to file her story. She’s not helped by the likes of Richard Wilson patronising her.

The main story is about Julia as a child, in her very suburban life, where she’s played by Zoe Nathenson.

Julia McKenzie plays her mother.

Peter Tilbury plays her father, who’s having an affair at work.

There’s an awful lot of famous faces in the cast. Elizabeth Spriggs plays a teacher, here sentencing Julia to two hours of needlework.

This might be Frances Barber, but it’s hard to be sure because she’s credited as ‘woman’.

Bob Goody used to be Mel Smith’s comedy partner.

And as part of the wrapper story, the grown up Julie is given a lift to the Daily Express by the real Danny Blanchflower, the captain of the 1961 FA Cup winning Tottenham Hotspur, whose season winning the Double forms the background for the main story.

This is a fun film, a Fever Pitch but with 14 year old girls instead of miserable men.

After this, recording switches to A Night at the Opera, and I’ve looked at that on a previous tape.

Then the tape runs out during some of the home shopping What’s In Store adverts. These are ones with dual languages on the soundtracks which makes them no fun to listen to.

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The Vicar Of Dibley – The Late Show – The Plant – tape 1740

There’s a remnant of an older recording right at the start of this tape – something from Carlton, it looks like judging by the trail for 99-1.

Then, an episode of The Vicar of Dibley. The BBC want to film Songs of Praise at the church, so Geraldine recruits a choirmaster in the form of Simon McBurney, who I think I recognised from Mission Impossible Rogue Nation.

The man from the BBC is played by Peter Capaldi in full foppish mode.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 17th November 1994 – 20:30

Recording switches to the end of Newsnight. There’s a trailer for Situation Vacant.

Then, The Late Show looks at the refusal by the BBFC to issue a certificate for Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant, with a report by Mark Kermode, here played by Jesse Birdsall, it looks like, and it looks like Harvey Keitel is sitting next to him, silently judging him. Maybe he’s about to sell him some insurance.

Interviewed for the piece are author Tom Dewe Mathews

Director of the BBFC James Ferman

Director of the film Bad Lieutenant, Abel Ferrara

Corinne Sweet, a psychologist and expert on addiction.

The eminent film critic Nigel Floyd

Philip Dodd, editor of Sight and Sound magazine.

BBC Genome (for the clip): BBC Two – 18th January 1995 – 23:15

After this, recording switches to The Plant. I haven’t got a clue what this is, and as it starts, I’m none the wiser, as a grand piano is craned into a suburban garden.

It seems to involve a live TV broadcast from this set of houses, for a live gardening show. Nick Wilton plays the TV director.

Tim Preece, from Reggie Perrin, is one of the gardeners.

There’s a meal at the house of a Japanese couple where the man tells the heartwarming story of how he was a kamikaze pilot in the war, but when he flew his mission he found a note stuffed down the back of his neck telling him to fly away, because his commander was his fiancee’s father. Bless!

After this story, Max, who lives alone with his cat, and who has no idea if he snores, finds a not stuffed down the back of his shirt. “To find out if you snore first get an Aids test.” WHAT THE ACTUAL?

The note evidently came from Connie, a researcher on the gardening show. A couple of weeks later, he invites her in to see his large space rocket. “But it’s so heavy” “Built with all the real materials”

Then, they exchange letters from their doctors with the results of their Aids tests. This is so romantic.

After some rumpy pumpy, next morning, she notices a strange tube sticking down from the ceiling above his bed, and is worried that he was filming them. But don’t worry, it’s not creepy at all. It’s a Camera Obscura, a set of mirrors and lenses that lets him project the image of the outside onto his bedsheet. There is zero chance that the writer of this film hasn’t seen A Matter of Life and Death, where one of the characters had exactly the same setup in his house.

All this insufferable whimsy was starting to get a bit cloying, so thank goodness that one of the gardeners has dug up what looks like a body.

Arabella Weir plays a lawyer for the TV station

And Guy Henry (on the right) plays a PR man. Slight confession – for a long time I thought Guy Henry was actually Jon Plowman.

The suspect, from whose garden the body was exhumed, is concert pianist Tom.

But when he turns up clean, there’s another suspect – Connie – who used to live in the road as a young girl, and there’s a potential link to a much older murder, which we only learn about during a very strange montage of the police questioning her, showing her photos and fingerprints and newspaper front pages, all the while with strange jungle noises on the soundtrack.

Her mother tells her about her grandfather, who was hanged for murder.

But Connie isn’t a credible suspect either. Then, at night, Max’s model spaceship is lighting up in a strange way.

Later in the garden, they close the show with a shot from a small camera attached to the model railway in one of the gardens. Which collides with another body that just pops out of the ground. And the dialogue says there are three more in other gardens.

Then, when playing with an old printing press in Max’s house, Connie discovers that Max forged the Aids test letter from his doctor. Which at least explains why that was in the programme at all.

The forensic pathologist has some news. “These aren’t the dead bodies of grown people, but the growing bodies of people not yet alive.”

The police start spraying the gardens with poison, which seems like a terrible idea.

And when Connie goes to find Max in his house, he’s not himself.

His model spaceship is gone, with him in it. He leaves a letter explaining that he comes from ‘the 11th planet in our solar system’ which begs the question what’s the 10th. The other bodies were host bodies for the rest of his crew, but they’re obviously dead now. But he gets to say goodbye to Connie through his telescope. They spared no expense with these effects.

This is one of the strangest films. So twee and suburban that the science fiction element just doesn’t fit in. I guess it might have been categorised as magic realism. And a surprising amount of nudity. Most odd. And the dialog all sounded looped (re-recorded in a studio) giving it yet another layer of artifice.

I like the slightly elliptical storytelling it has – you have to infer an awful lot at the start, and as it goes on, and I hope it’s deliberate, and not just bad story editing.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 20th January 1995 – 21:30

There’s a trailer for Needle, a Jimmy McGovern drama.

Then, The European Union of Rugby. I didn’t watch this.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 20th January 1995 – 22:55

After this, there’s a trailer for Black Rain.

Then, pretty much the entirety of Psycho III, but since the end credits are cut off, I won’t watch this now, and I’ll wait until it comes up on another tape (which it will in just over a year).

BBC Genome: BBC One – 20th January 1995 – 23:20

 

Doctor Who – tape 1736

on this tape, The Sunmakers, written by Robert Holmes. The episode opens with a man getting the news of his father’s death. There’s some interesting design stuff going on here.

He has to pay the taxes on his father’s death, and he can’t afford the rates, as they’ve risen recently. Received fan wisdom is that Robert Holmes wrote this story after receiving a particularly large tax bill.

The Doctor and Leela land on the top of the 1000m high building, and find the man about to jump off, as he cannot afford the taxes. They head underground, into what looks like a London Underground tunnel.

They meet the people who are living underground in the dark. There’s no dark on the surface (they’re on Pluto) because of the artificial suns in the sky. One of them is Michael Keating, Vila from Blake’s 7.

The underground people get The Doctor to take a credit box up to the upper levels and use it to get money. They can’t do it because they don’t look right. But the cash machine is booby trapped. I understand the government are looking to replicate this experience for poor people who try to go overdrawn.

I wonder if they had an legal issues with the colour scheme of the ‘Consumcard’.

Before episode 2, there’s a clip from Top of the Pops – it’s another performance by Kate Bush of Wuthering Heights, although it’s missing the beginning.

Then, episode two of The Sunmakers. We visit the office of the Collector, seemingly the ultimate authority there. Is that an integrated circuit layout in the background?

The Collector is played by Henry Woolf, the kind of actor that you know really well, but can’t really remember a lot of his roles.

Leela’s great in this story too. She tries to rally the undergrounders to rescue the Doctor, but they’re all too scared.

“Don’t leave it in too long it goes frizzy”

In the next episode Leela gets to drive, but can’t work the gears. I hope this isn’t a ‘woman driver’ joke.

The Doctor tries to rouse the undergrounders to rise up, and destroy the chemicals in the atmosphere that’s keeping the population scared and pliant.

Leela doesn’t look comfortable, being held for execution.

OK, those background graphic designs are definitely IC layouts. This one is even marked AMD.

The cliffhanger for this episode is excellent, as Leela is put in the steamer, and the undergrounders are trying to hold back the steam so the Doctor can rescue her.

Before the next episode, there’s another snatch of Top of the Pops, featuring Chris Rea doing the Theme from Joking Apart (aka Fool if you Think it’s Over)

This is yet another DLT episode – all these episodes seem to be him. The Number One is John Travolta and Olivia Newton John and Summer Loving. Let’s all laugh at the toxic masculinity. “Did she put up a fight?” The only good thing about this is Stockard Channing. “Cos it sounds like a drag.”

Then, the final episode of The Sunmakers. After the Doctor rescues Leela, the revolution is gathering pace. I spotted a familiar face here in the guard. I thought, at first it was Talfryn Thomas from Suvivors, but then realised it was Stuart Fell, a regular stuntman on the show. I’ve always thought his name was a lovely example of nominative determinism.

The Tax Gatherer doesn’t fare well when he confronts revolutionaries on the roof.

And the Collector doesn’t last much longer after the Doctor has spoken to him to discover his origins and the history of his control over the humans. He’s a Usurian, which seems a little on the nose. And when the Doctor feeds a 2% growth tax into the computers, which blows up the economy, he can’t cope and reverts to his original form, “seaweed with eyes”.

After this, recording switches to a German TV channel, and a German dialogue version of The Best of Both Worlds from Star Trek The Next Generation. For reasons that escape me. I probably thought it was funny.

After this, recording continues with the start of an episode of Dark Justice, also in German. The tape ends during this.

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NYPD Blue – Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush – tape 1731

First on this tape, NYPD Blue. It’s called Emission Accomplished and sees Kelly wear a wire to get a confession out of a corrupt cop who has been forcing people out of a building, and who caused an 80yo resident to fall to his death.

ER’s Sherry Stringfield plays an assistant District Attorney,

Robert Costanzo plays a mob witness.

After this, there’s the first episode of Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush with special musical guest Sandie Shaw.

The first ‘game’ features a young woman, dubbed ‘the dirty smuggler’ because her bag had a snake in it. Then she gets the chance to win some money, but she has to have a boyfriend. But her boyfriend had just dumped her, two days previously, so she has to choose between three choices. A random frenchman.

Her boss.

And an old boyfriend (named as Alex Shandor) who dumped her four years ago.

She does not look happy about this.

It’s telling that, rather than choose either of the people she actually knows, she picked the random frenchman. The old boyfriend doesn’t look happy now, and there’s a bit of finger pointing going on.

And this is the moment when Chris Evans tells her that, to win £1000, she has to snog her new boyfriend full on the lips for 30 seconds. And if she doesn’t manage it, all the money will go to her ex boyfriend.

At this point, it would be nice if she was able to tell them to stuff their game, but it’s all set up so she has to kiss this stranger. So I guess there’s small comfort that she’s blown that guy off. But everything about this segment is awful.

There’s the regular features – the super fan, and the quiz for the holiday at the end, and the only other stunt in this episode is a rather weak one where they bring out the dogs of a woman in the audience so she can say goodbye to them for a week if she wins. But she wasn’t even chosen so that’s a bit pointless. Quite a weak item.

Recording switches, and before the next programme, there’s a possibly live trail for Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush.

Then, another episode of NYPD Blue. Kelly is playing basketball with some friends, and one of them is getting angry, mostly directed towards the only black man in the group. He keep shoving him until he snaps and takes a swing at him, and the angry white guy keels over dead. So Kelly has to arrest him.

Another case sees a man driving with his wife when his wife was shot by another driver. Something about the case sits wrong with Sipowicz, he doesn’t trust the husband, feels he’s hiding something. He puts some pressure on him, and finally the husband admits that he cut up another driver multiple times in a road rage incident, and the other driver shot his wife.

Clarence Felder appears as a corrections officer. It took me a while to place him, but he was a regular on another Bochco show, Hooperman.

Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris plays a priest friend of Kelly.

These earlier episodes I’m finding a lot more enjoyable than some of the later ones I’ve watched. There’s less continuing story, more single episode stories, so it feels a bit more contained. Plus, we’re not getting too much emotional angst from the regulars so far.

After this, recording continues with another episode of Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush.

It starts off with another awkward item, where he asks the couple in the audience if they’ve made love in the last 24 hours, then whittles them down to find the couple who’ve made love furthest into the past, and then sends them off to a hotel room. I guess humiliation is the key in most of the items in this show, but it’s grating a bit.

Musical hero is Tony Hadley.

After another creepy ‘when did you last make love’ item there’s a slightly better item, where they bring someone’s actual front door on stage. They’ve also got three of her bills from home, and to get the bills paid off, she has to guess how much they add up to. Her technique of just reducing from her original guess shows that she’s obviously never used a binary chop algorithm.

Tony Hadley meets his superfan.

Then they get to the quiz for the holiday, and the selected finalist appears to be there on his own, and he asks a random woman to go with him. Very strange.

The tape ends just after this episode finishes.

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Beam & DaSilva – Quantum Leap – tape 1727

First on this tape, here’s another one of those shows where my memory has let me down.

If I asked you what Beam & daSilva was about, what would you say?

When I saw the name on my list of upcoming tapes, I was thinking about a sassy, streetwise detective show, possibly with two women in the lead roles. Basically, I’m thinking of something very like South of the Border.

What it actually is, is a consumer investigation show, along the lines of Roger Cook, featuring two investigators, Roger Beam and Denise DaSilva. They investigate stuff, and take it very seriously.

This episode is investigating a company that’s selling entries in an online business database to local traders, but the database is a fake.

It’s very serious, but there’s an element of Alan Partridge about it. They’ve got an incident board and everything.

They bring their concerns to MP Emma Nicholson. She always has the weirdest way of speaking, as if English isn’t her first language, or she has been taking elocution lessons with a mouthful of marbles, and forgotten to take them out. Commenter billysmart informs me that she is deaf, which not only explains why she speaks in that way, but also exposes my rampant class hatred. Thanks for that.

So, I’m watching this show. It’s definitely not the type of show I record, and I don’t have any other episodes, so why on Earth did I record this one? Then I spotted the reason. In the background of a couple of the shots when they are talking to the scammers in their own fake office, I saw a familiar face in the background. The guy in the background of this shot is a friend of mine, who is a computer journalist, and he’s here as the programme’s expert on online stuff, since he used to run Micronet 800. So that’s why I would have recorded this.

Here’s the whole programme.

After this, recording continues for a bit, with the start of an episode of The Bill, then recording switches to later in the evening, and the end of Food & Drink.

Then, an episode of Quantum Leap. It’s called Leaping of the Shrew, so you can guess what it’s going to be about. Sam is shipwrecked with Brooke Shields, playing a spoiled socialite.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 4th January 1994 – 21:00

The next episode is Nowhere to Run. Sam leaps into the body of a vietnam vet with no legs. A young Jennifer Aniston co-stars as Kiki Wilson.

In order to save his roommate from drowning, he has to stand up – Sam has his regular body, it seems, so he can do that, although everyone there sees someone with no legs.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 11th January 1994 – 21:00

There’s more Food and Drink when recording switches, and a trailer for the Steve Wright Breakfast Show. There’s also a trailer for Fantasy Football League.

Then, another Quantum Leap entitled Killin’ Time. Sam leaps into the body of a man holding a family hostage. And in a twist, the man he’s replaced is in the waiting room with Al, with a gun. Not sure how that even works, and I’m not sure the show is going to bother to explain.

However, when the subject escapes from the waiting room, Al has to go after him. It’s a nice expansion of the show’s format.

It’s nice to see the show pushing electric cars. Given the Quantum Leap project was supposed to be in the late 90s, they were a little optimistic.

The show’s present/future design is rather heavy on the neon. They’re about as good at casual futurewear was Star Trek The Next Generation was.

Oh shit, Al gets shot by the bad guy.

Thank goodness he’s wearing a bulletproof vest.

This was a fun episode, doing something a little different.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 18th January 1994 – 21:00

The next episode is Star Light Star Bright. Sam leaps into the body of a grandfather who’s seen a flying saucer, and whose son wants to have him committed. His grandson is played by Morgan Weisser, off of Space Above and Beyond.

There’s a line in there about how the grandfather came over from Ireland when he was a teenager “to escape the potato famine”. I checked the dates. The potato famine was from 1845 and 1852. So let’s say he was 13 in 1852. That would still make him 127 years old in 1966 when this episode is set. I think that’s not quite right.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 25th January 1994 – 21:00

After this, recording continues and there’s a Day Today MiniNews episode.

There’s a trailer for Moving Pictures. Then this recording stops, and underneath there’s part of an episode of Newsnight talking about the formation of Police Authorities. It’s stirring stuff, featuring another politician who sounds like he doesn’t quite know how to speak English, Michael Howard.

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Moving Pictures – Cinefile – Sunday Night Clive – tape 1669

This tape opens with the end of The Money Programme looking at British Aerospace working with Europe.

There’s a trailer for Broken Lives and for Murder Most Horrid.

Then, an episode of Moving Pictures. There’s a profile of Wayne Wang, talking about his films, including the new film The Joy Luck Club.

There’s an interesting look at the making of Shallow Grave with particular interest in the production design.

Note: When I scrubbed through this episode initially, I was worried that there would be a profile of Bernardo Bertolucci, who died a few days ago as I write this. But he didn’t feature in a profile, so I thought I’d be fine.

Then Danny Boyle talks about influences, and his first choice is Bertolucci’s The Conformist. I don’t think I can really dodge responsibility for this one. I’m so very sorry.

Finally, a profile of Krzysztof Kieslowski and his Three Colours trilogy. I’ve tried to remember how to spell his name, but I have to copy it out letter by letter. Just too many unlikely consonants.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 6th March 1994 – 19:40

After this, recording continues for a while with a trailer for Sister Wendy’s Grand Tour.

Then there’s about 10 minutes of Broken Lives looking at divorce in the 1800s.

Then recording switches to Channel 4 for Cinefile. It’s a profile of Robert de Niro, by Quentin Tarantino, and at first I thought I’d messed up in my digitising of this tape.

But it wasn’t me, it’s Channel 4. And it wasn’t just someone needed to flip a switch. When the Temporary Fault caption appears, the colour fades quite slowly from the blue, through mostly monochrome, back to the correct colours, so someone in presentation was twisting a knob somewhere.

Oh dear, Tarantino mentions Bertolucci. That’s twice on this tape. Sorry again.

After this, recording continues a bit, and there’s the very start of The Deer Hunter before recording switches.

We’re back to BBC1 for the end of the news.

There’s a trailer for Panorama. Some weather from Rob McElwee. Then trailers for The Detectives and Sportsnight.

Then, an episode of Sunday Night Clive.

His first guest is Paul Merton.

From Edinburgh, Billy Connolly.

Clive looks at Dionne Warwick and the Psychic Friends Network.

And David Attenborough.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 6th March 1994 – 22:20

After this, the recording continues with Here and Now featuring Roy Castle and his Cancer.

Then, Heart of the Matter looks at the blasphemy laws, including an interview with Nigel Wingrove, who made Visions of Ecstasy, a porny video featuring religious imagery that was refused a certificate by the BBFC. Frankly, it looks like softcore porn with O Levels. And not even the clever O Levels. Probably sociology O Level.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 6th March 1994 – 23:05

After this, there’s a trailer for Priests for our Time. A programme about the ordination of the first women priests.

Then, a programme called Channel Hopping, a look at job opportunities for UK citizens in France. My VHS collection is now trolling me.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 6th March 1994 – 23:40

There’s a trailer for Do The Right Thing – not the Spike Lee movie but a Terry Wogan hosted panel show about moral conundrums.

Then, the start of The Sky at Night. The tape ends after a few minutes of this.

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