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ER – tape 2153

Over to Channel 4 for some season 2 ER episodes.

First, Home. Dr Carter seems to do nothing but pursue young women. In this episode it’s another young doctor.

Adam Goldberg, Chandler’s scary roommate in Friends, plays a young man with mental issues.

Piper Laurie makes an appearance as Dr Ross’s mother.

Dr Green’s wife and daughter are in a traffic accident in Milwaukee, so he rushes to see them, and learns that his wife is in love with a man she met there.

The next episode, skipping a couple, is The Right Thing.

James Farentino turns up as Dr Ross’ estranged father.

CCH Pounder plays Dr Hicks

Red Buttons plays a man who lost his wife.

There’s a tiny appearance from a pre-Phantom Menace Jake Lloyd

Ving Rhames plays Benton’s brother in law.

The next episode is Baby Shower. A lot of babies are being born in the ER. Lindsay Crouse plays a doctor who postponed her chemotherapy for breast cancer when she discovered she was pregnant.

The final episode here is called The Healers. There’s some nice fire stunts when a building catches fire.

Gregory Itzin makes a small appearance as a burns specialist.

Kathleen Wilhoite reappears as Dr Lewis’ sister, just as she’s preparing to finalise the adoption of her daughter.

After this, recording continues briefly, and there’s a news report on an explosion in Earl’s Court. I think that would place this broadcast at Thursday 18th April 1996.

The recording ends just after this.

Adverts:

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  • Lloyd’s Bank
  • The Times
  • Walker’s – Win Disneyland Paris tickets
  • Toy Story in cinemas
  • Frosties
  • Vauxhall Corsa – Ruby Wax
  • Hulsta
  • Tetley
  • Hellmann’s
  • Radio Rentals
  • Fiat Punto – Neil Stuke
  • Sgt Bilko in cinemas
  • General Accident
  • trail: The Gaby Roslin Show
  • Audi A8
  • The X-Files on video
  • Cellnet
  • Orbit/Extra
  • The Equitable Life
  • Tampax
  • KFC
  • Mitsubishi
  • AA Insurance
  • Bacardi
  • Kodak Fun Camera
  • British Gas
  • trail: NYPD Blue
  • Roysters
  • Revlon Colorstay
  • TGI Friday’s
  • Peperami Hot
  • Peugeot 306
  • Legends of the Fall on video
  • Organics
  • Alex Lawrie
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  • L’Oreal Colour Endure
  • Cheltenham & Gloucester
  • Nissan
  • Johnson’s Baby Bath
  • Johnson’s pH 5.5
  • trail: Near Dark
  • Diet Coke
  • British Gas – Mrs Merton
  • Carling No 1
  • Sun Alliance
  • Rennie
  • National Lottery Instants
  • trail: The Gaby Roslin Show
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The X Files – tape 2147

It’s another short tape today, with a single episode of The X Files on it. The Blessing Way, the first episode of the third season. Mulder is presumed dead, after being trapped in a buried, burning train car with the alien bodies.

But his body is discovered by the native Americans he was working with, and they do an ancient ritual with him, which appears to involve him being visited by dead people – here’s Jerry Hardin as Deep Throat.

The FBI is so convinced Mulder is dead, they have a funeral.

John Neville is part of the grand conspiracy. He tells Scully that ‘they’ are going to try to kill her, and they might send someone she trusts to do the job.

It ends on a cliffhanger, with Scully visited by her boss Skinner, and ending in a standoff with both of them pointing guns at each other.

After this, recording continues very briefly with the start of Star Trek The Next Generation, and right at the end of the recording, it switches to a couple of seconds of Newsnight before stopping.

As this is a short tape, here’s an extra for you – all the adverts and trails from around this episode, if you like that sort of thing.

Adverts:

  • trail: The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Kit Kat
  • Alton Towers Hotel
  • trail: Star Trek The Next Generation
  • trail: Boxing – Bruno v Tyson
  • Strepsils
  • IBM
  • Bird’s Eye Panflair
  • Predictor
  • Ladybird/Woolworths
  • Wrigley’s Doublemint Gum
  • Live & Kicking
  • trail: Color of Night
  • trail: Space: Above and Beyond
  • Martini
  • Terry’s Chocolate Orange Siesta
  • Star Trek Voyager on video
  • Wash & Go
  • trail: City Slickers II
  • trail: Boxing – Bruno v Tyson
  • Direct Line
  • Vanish in-wash
  • Safeway
  • Lockets
  • VW Golf
  • trail: The Commish
  • trail: Cricket
  • trail: The X Files
  • Cadbury’s Dairy Milk – Dexter Fletcher
  • Ragu
  • Crunchy Nut Cornflakes
  • trail: Clear and Present Danger

Star Trek – Voyager – The Simpsons – Seinfeld – tape 2149

First on this tape, Star Trek Voyager and an episode called Non Sequitur. Harry Kim wakes up in San Fransisco, not on Voyager at all.

You’ll note this tape has a bit of damage. It gets better as the tape goes on, but it’s there through most of the tape.

This ought to be an interesting episode, given that it’s an alternate reality story, but when it’s given to the least interesting character on the ship, it never really takes flight. Also, given that this is genuinely a different timeline, it’s hard to know why Harry wants to leave. He’s back on Earth, engaged to the love of his life, and doing interesting work, so why he wants to go back to Voyager, where he might never get back home, isn’t entirely clear.

So this one counts in the smaller set of alternate universe episodes that aren’t the best episodes of the series.

After this, recording continues with The Simpsons. In Two Bad Neighbours, George and Barbara Bush move in across the road from Homer and Marge.

Then recording switches to an episode of SeinfeldThe Cigar Store Indian. Jerry buys a cigar store Indian figure for Elaine, without realising that Elaine’s friend is Native American. There’s a fair amount of “I’m not racist but” jokes in this that haven’t aged well. It now sounds too much like a sweaty gammon complaining about political correctness gone mad.

After this, for no reason I can fathom, the recording switches to BBC1 and a public information film about old people dying of clothing fires. Then Peter Offer wishes us a good night, and BBC1 closes down with the National Anthem. From the mention that the Oscars are live on BBC2, I suspect this was early Tuesday Morning March 26th 1996.

I have no idea why I would have that tiny fragment recorded. It doesn’t look like something I recorded over, as there’s not the telltale static roll that VHS overrecording has. Very weird. And a short tape today.

Adverts:

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  • Sanatogen
  • Rice Krispies
  • Daily Mirror
  • No7
  • Uncle Ben’s
  • Hovis
  • trail: The Simpsons
  • Walker’s Tazos
  • Daily Mirror
  • Gillette
  • Solpadeine
  • Chicken Tonight
  • Get Shorty in cinemas
  • Boots
  • Quitline
  • Snickers
  • trail: Boxing
  • trail: Beverly Hills 90210
  • trail: New Eden
  • Car Shop
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Daily Mirror
  • Kit e Kat
  • Car Shop
  • trail: Boxing
  • trail: Space: Above and Beyond
  • Pantene
  • Nationwide
  • Domestos
  • Huggies
  • Phillips Milk of Magnesia
  • Wrigley’s Doublemint Gum
  • trail: The Mask
  • trail: Clear and Present Danger
  • Snickers
  • Cover Girl
  • Allied Dunbar
  • Andrex – Lee Hurst
  • Andrex Ultra
  • Lynx Atlantis
  • trail: Beverly Hills 90210
  • trail: Boxing – Bruno v Tyson
  • Johnson’s Baby Bath
  • Terry’s Chocolate Orange Siesta
  • Nat West
  • Chicken Tonight
  • Alton Towers Hotel
  • trail: Space: Above and Beyond
  • trail: The X Files
  • Lion Bar
  • Tetley
  • Jif
  • Corn Flakes
  • T-Gel
  • Burger King
  • Daily Mirror
  • Lion Bar
  • trail: Robocop 3
  • No7
  • Andrex – Lee Hurst
  • Andrex Ultra
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Oil of Ulay
  • Chicken Tonight
  • trail: Boxing – Bruno v Tyson
  • trail: Sky One Prime Time
  • Bacardi Spice
  • Persil
  • Cadbury’s Dairy Milk – Dexter Fletcher
  • Daily Mirror
  • Flora
  • Solpadeine
  • trail: Football

Last Night of the Proms 1995 – tape 2145

This tape opens with the end of some weather with Michael Fish. There’s a trailer for The Boss.

Also a trailer for The African Prom.

Then, the first part of The Last Night of the Proms. It’s presented by Richard Baker, and it’s his last time as presenter, the end of an era.

Conducted by the lovely Andrew Davis.

Tasmin Little plays The Lark Ascending.

Catherine Wyn-Rogers sings some Mahler.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 16th September 1995 – 19:30

After this there’s an incredible three minute trailer for Pride and Prejudice that seems to give away almost the entire plot. But I love Pride and Prejudice so much I can hardly complain.

There’s also a trailer for Love Bites: Go Now.

Then, there’s the start of a repeat of The Young Ones. Still brilliant. I was thinking the other day how great the comedy was when I was growing up. The Young Ones was a bit later, but when I was 12 I had comedies like The Fall and Rise of Reginald PerrinFawlty Towers too. And then I look at my 12 year old daughter, and realise that her favourite comedy show is The Good Place, and I think we’re going to be OK.

The recording switches to BBC1, and a trailer for Backup. There’s also a trailer for island Race.

Then, the second half of Last Night of the Proms. It starts with a nice fanfare by Paul Dukas, but then has one of the worst pieces of music they’ve ever had at a Last Night. It’s Harrison Birtwhistle’s Panic, a piece for percussion, wind, and solo saxophone and drums. John Harle is the saxophonist, and puts a lot of effort into it, but this really is the worst kind of modern drivel. Not a single tune in the whole thing, most of it sounding like everyone’s just playing notes at random. I know my musical tastes are fairly traditional, but this is garbage of the highest order.

After this, there’s a pause while the stage is reset for the full orchestra, and Richard Baker looks back on his time presenting the proms in a lovely little sequence.

The rest of the concert is more traditional music, including another appearance by Tasmin Little, this time playing Rondo Cappricioso by Saint Saens.

Then we’re into the traditional part of the programme, with Land of Hope and Glory, Britten’s Fantasia on British Sea Songs, and Catherine Wyn-Rogers returns to sing Rule Britannia.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 16th September 1995 – 21:15

After this, recording continues, with a trailer for Omnibus, and The Think It’s All Over.

Then the tape ends during an episode of Match of the Day.

Cybill – Roseanne – The Mark Thomas Comedy Product – TFI Friday – tape 2150

I have an awful lot of episodes of Cybill for a show I barely watched when it was on. Oh well. Here’s another one. Cybill is upset when Maryann gets a new boyfriend who takes up her time.

After this, recording continues with the start of Rising Damp.

Then, an episode of Roseanne. It’s Thanksgiving. DJ begs his parents not to attend his Thanksgiving pageant.

This is surprisingly progressive, considering how Roseanne has turned out in the last twenty years. I wonder what happened.

Although the Friendship Dance at the end does feel just a touch patronising.

After this, recording continues with an episode of The Mark Thomas Comedy Product.

He tries to find someone in government to advise him how he can sell his ice cream van to Iraq, in the wake of the Scott report.

He also torments a local McDonalds drive-through.

After this, recording continues with the start of The Girlie Show. In a blow for women everywhere, Wanker of the Week is Hillary Clinton. Yeah, not helping.

Recording switches to an episode of TFI Friday. Opening with music from Bon Jovi

Hughie Green makes an appearance.

Music from Supergrass

Sean Bean is there to promote When Saturday Comes

Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi do Mrs Robinson.

At Home with Chris and Cher.

Dean Sullivan, who plays Jimmy Corkhill in Brookside.

Sean Bean headbutts Danny Baker

The Lightning Seeds play music.

Chris interviews Jon Bon Jovi

After this, recording continues with an episode of Beavis and Butthead. I like other stuff Mike Judge has done, but B&B doesn’t appeal at all.

Then the tape plays out with Twelve O’Clock High starring Gregory Peck.

In the adverts, there’s this absolutely amazing TV Spot for the Nick Cage grimfest Leaving Las Vegas that makes it look like a jolly, life-affirming romcom.

Adverts:

  • Tetley
  • Walker’s Tazos
  • Scandinavian Seaways
  • Nurofen
  • trail: The Big Breakfast
  • trail: The Girlie Show
  • Sea World
  • Carte Noire
  • Wrigley’s Doublemint Gum
  • Direct Debit
  • Wrigley’s Doublemint Gum
  • Waterworld on video
  • Biactol
  • Renault Laguna
  • trail: The Mark Thomas Comedy Product
  • Sunday Express
  • Saab
  • trail: Eleven Men Against Eleven
  • trail: 12:01
  • Asda
  • Daewoo
  • trail: Eleven Men Against Eleven
  • trail: The Mark Thomas Comedy Product
  • Status Quo – Don’t Stop
  • Burger King
  • No7
  • Hyundai
  • Coca Cola
  • Ambient Moods
  • Leaving Las Vegas in cinemas
  • Carte Noire
  • trail: The Girlie Show
  • Disneyland Paris – Space Mountain
  • Lemon Tango
  • Classic Pink Floyd
  • Waterworld on video
  • Peugeot 406
  • Aero
  • trail: Who is The Greatest?
  • trail: 12:01
  • Coca Cola
  • Homepride
  • The Times
  • No7
  • VW Golf
  • Halls Soothers
  • Modern Apprenticeships
  • trail: Eleven Men Against Eleven
  • trail: Without Walls
  • Citroen Xantia
  • Classic Pink Floyd
  • Wrangler
  • Strepsils
  • Peperami Wideboy
  • The Usual Suspects on video
  • Rolo Caramel Egg
  • Nationwide
  • BT – Brian Walden
  • trail: The Big Breakfast
  • Saab
  • Iceland
  • trail: Eleven Men Against Eleven
  • trail: 12:01
  • Halifax
  • Peugeot 406
  • Orbit/Extra
  • Future Funk
  • Leaving Las Vegas in cinemas
  • Esso
  • The Usual Suspects on video
  • Boots
  • The Times
  • Saab
  • In the Mix 96
  • Wrangler
  • trail: The Big Breakfast
  • Paco
  • Esso
  • Disneyland Paris – Space Mountain
  • Adidas
  • Folic Acid
  • Paco
  • The Usual Suspects on video
  • Scottish Widows
  • Paco
  • Always
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  • trail: Who is The Greatest?
  • trail: Board Stupid
  • This is the 80s
  • Direct Debit
  • Wrigley’s Doublemint Gum
  • Nike
  • Peperami
  • Tyson Uncaged on video
  • Citroen Xantia
  • Future Funk
  • The Usual Suspects on video
  • trail: 12:01
  • Biactol
  • Polo
  • trail: Blue Light Zone
  • Nat West
  • Chatback
  • Future Funk
  • Leaving Las Vegas in cinemas
  • Citroen Xantia
  • Bodyform
  • Wrigley’s Doublemint Gum
  • BT – Brian Walden
  • Greece
  • Nat West

 

The Fast Show – Fist of Fun – tape 2152

This tape opens with the end of Gardener’s World. There’s a trailer for the concluding episode of Our Friends in the North.

Then an episode of The Fast Show. Sometimes the joke is almost done with the opening shot.

I do love Denzil Dexter

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 8th March 1996 – 21:00

Recording continues with a trailer for Murder One. Also another trailer for Clive Anderson Our Man In… Lagos.

Then, the start of Red Dwarf VI: Emohawk Polymorph II.

After a couple of minutes, recording switches to the end of the same programme (recorded elsewhere in my collection). There’s a trailer for Court TV covering Joan Collins lawsuit against her publisher. Or maybe the other way round.

There’s also a trailer for This Life.

Then, Fist of Fun. Peter does the Lambada.

A young Daniel Mays in a sketch about teachers.

Simon Quinlank turns up at the studio. I thought it was TVC, but Fist of Fun was made in Manchester, I think.

And on the set.

Ah – correction. It was TVC as this flash frame admits.

With the usual flash frames.

 

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 8th March 1996 – 22:00

Recording switches to the end of Gardener’s World. There’s a trailer for Clive Anderson Our Man In…

Then, another Fast Show. Unlucky Alf keeps trying to visit his ladyfriend, but keeps getting dirty on the way.

Ted and Ralph get close.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 15th March 1996 – 21:00

After this, there’s a trailer for The Champions.

Then, the start of Red Dwarf VI: Out of Time. This is the last in the series, but it replaced the scheduled episode, Rimmerworld which was postponed “due to the week’s events”. Digging into wikipedia tells me that’s because of the Dunblane massacre, where a man killed 16 children at a school in Scotland.

After a minute or two, recording switches to the end of the episode. This is followed by a trailer for This Life.

Then, more from Fist of Fun. This episode has a line that became something of a catchphrase to me and my colleagues at the time. In talking about what the latest Kinder Egg toys were, Rich corrects Stu when he talks about the Crazy Crocos. “It’s the Sharkybabas now, Grandad.”

I like the manic driving instructor Peter Dibdin, here berating poor Sally Phillips.

Kevin Eldon plays ‘The Tenth Beatle’.

Plus the flash frames, including “Linehan’s Dance”

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 15th March 1996 – 22:00

There’s another bit of Gardener’s World before the next episode, plus a trailer for Modern Times: Beautiful Men and for Murder One.

Then, another Fast Show. Introducing Monkfish MD.

Monkfish the Vet

and Prime Monkfish

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 22nd March 1996 – 21:00

After this, recording switches to the end of Red Dwarf. Not the postponed Rimmerworld repeat you might expect, but a much earlier episode, Dimension Jump.

There’s trailers for The X Files and Murder One.

Then, the last episode of Fist of Fun. The show is opened by Rod Hull (“I AM HIM”).

Rich actually gets Stew the Moon on a Stick.

Simon Quinlank’s flask of weak lemon drink gets the biggest cheer of the whole series.

Peter has a girlfriend.

This really is paying off everything from the series, as the truth about Rod Hull is revealed, and the real Rod Hull appears. And he’s so lovely, playing along with the whole thing.

Even his last line, “Is there another series of Fist of Fun in the pipeline” is a payoff to previous episodes. Just brilliant.

More flash frames to finish.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 22nd March 1996 – 22:00

There’s a trailer for Modern Times.

Then, Video Nation featuring another pleb from a council estate banging on about nothing. This week it’s (checks notes) The Duke of Devonshire, from the Chatsworth estate in Derbyshire, talking about which radio stations he likes listening to.

Then, the tape runs out during Newsnight, leading with the BSE crisis, asking whether the British public are going to stop eating beef. Their graphics are a bit scary.

The tape ends during this episode.

The Critic – Absolutely Fabulous – Men Behaving Badly – tape 1988

First on this tape, an episode of The Critic. This is the first episode, and features Jennifer Lien as an actress who Jay falls for,

I didn’t warm to this. Jay is a bit too much of a loser, and the movie parodies aren’t the greatest gags in the world.

But the credits do include both Brad Bird, who would go on to much better things, and Judd Apatow.

After this, recording continues briefly with Madman of the People. I notice it’s directed by John Ratzenberger off of Cheers.

Then recording switches to the end of News 45, a news report reporting the news from 50 years ago, VE Day.

There’s a trailer for programmes on Saturday.

Then, Absolutely Fabulous, and an episode called Fear. Eddie visits Saffy at college to get her to open a tin. I recognise Regent’s College from the Guerilla Filmmaker’s Workshops.

Lulu makes a guest appearance, wanting to leave Eddie’s agency.

Kathy Burke plays editor Magda

BBC Genome: BBC One – 4th May 1995 – 21:45

There’s a trailer for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Then, Men Behaving Badlyand an episode called Cleaning Lady. Gary gets a cleaning lady, and spends all his time leching over her. This is vile.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 4th May 1995 – 22:15

There’s another Men Behaving Badly. It starts with a wedding, so you can bet someone’s dreaming. This episode is Babies and is the first in the fourth series.

Deb gives Tony the key to her flat so he can let in the plumber. So naturally he wanders around in a dressing gown, puts her knickers on his head and reads her diary. This is still vile.

Dorothy decides she doesn’t want to have children with Gary when she looks at the contents of his briefcase.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 25th May 1995 – 21:30

Next, Infidelity. Gary thinks Dorothy is having an affair.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 1st June 1995 – 21:30

Before the next episode, there’s the end of Newsroom South East, plus weather from Peter Cockroft.

There’s a trailer for Inside Story. And a trailer for Due South.

Then, the last MBB here, Pornography. It ends with a poor rendition of The Wanker’s Song.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 8th June 1995 – 21:30

The recording continues with a trailer for Sunday Night Programmes.

Then, Inside Story looking at PTSD.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 8th June 1995 – 22:00

After this, there’s a trailer for Thatcher – The Path to Power and Beyond. And one for Out of the Blue.

Then the tape runs out with the start of International Match of the Day.

In the ad breaks there’s a nice trailer for Rasputin the Mad Monk presented by Christopher Lee.

Adverts:

  • Cornhill Direct
  • Discovery Channel
  • trail: Rasputin The Mad Monk
  • trail: Twin Peaks
  • Boddington’s
  • American Express
  • Danish
  • Blockbuster Video
  • Bacardi Breezer
  • Ministry of Sound
  • Virgin Cola
  • Doritos – Judge Reinhold
  • trail: Madman of the People
  • trail: Madman of the People
  • trail: Rasputin The Mad Monk
  • Enigma
  • Sunkist
  • AA Insurance
  • trail: The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • trail: Man in a Suitcase
  • trail: The Zoo Gang
  • trail: The Romantic Englishwoman