This tape opens with the end of Rab C Nesbitt.
There’s trailers for Rock Family Trees and Grace Under Fire.
Then, The All New Alexei Sayle Show 2. We’ve seen a couple of excellent trailers for this series, so here’s some episodes.
“Jim Davidson isn’t a nasty, racist comedian, he’s just ‘differently funnied.'”
I do like the abusive press photographer character. Drawn from life?
Here’s Tessa Peake Jones
I’m trying to get my politically correct brain around the politically correct Tonto sketch with Sayle playing a native American.
I have similar reservations over the old Japanese soldiers still running a prison camp in a suburban house. At least the two other Japanese soldiers who aren’t Sayle look Japanese.
But I already love the Time Tunnel sketch where the heroes are two drunken Englishmen, just from the perfect opening.
Then I see that Peter Capaldi is playing one of the drunks
The titles are perfect.
Oh God, there’s Alfred Marks as Whit Bissell
And Jenny Agutter as Lee Meriwether, complete with the gratuitous keylight in her eyes.
And Jim Carter as the Emperor Hadrian
Stephen Lewis has a small cameo as Bobby Chariot’s writer.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 7th July 1995 – 21:30
Before the next episode, the end of Rab C Nesbitt.
There’s a trailer for the British Grand Prix.
Then, another episode of The All New Alexei Sayle Show 2. There’s a sketch about audiences thinking comedy shows use canned laughter – these shows are co-written by Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews, and Linehan is forever having to explain that audience based sitcoms and sketch shows don’t use pre-recorded laugh tracks at all. And here he is, in 1995, already having to explain it.
I like Bobby Chariot’s number plate.
Jim Carter plays Genghis Khan in another Drunk in Time sketch.
“We’re Lesbians!” Arabella Weir there, who doesn’t appear in the credits.
Is that James Dreyfuss in the Waiting for Godot sketch?
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 14th July 1995 – 21:30
There’s another bit of Rad C Nesbitt before the next episode.
A trailer for Shadow Makers, Roland Joffe’s drama about the Manhattan Project which I always think of by its original title Fat Man and Little Boy.
There’s also a trailer for Nagasaki Journey, so the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs is clearly here.
Then, the last in this series of The All New Alexei Sayle Show 2. The show predicted the coming of portrait mode on mobile phones with the new film format, Periscope.
Impressive exploding milk float
Bobby Chariot’s RRRRunabout is brutal.
More Drunk in Time with Jim Carter as Herod this time.
It’s curtains for Bobby Chariot
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 28th July 1995 – 21:30
After this, recording switches to the end of Rock Family Trees. Look, here’s Manfred Mann.
There’s a trailer for The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos.
And for Monday night on BBC 2
Then, The Saturday Night Armistice. I really wish they were still doing this.
Armando is joined by a fourteen year old work experience boy.
The news starts with the Conservatives not doing well in an election, specifically a by-election, which is appropriate for the time of writing, still only a few days since the General Election. I still find it freaky how little the news seems to change.
Paddy Ashdown is working on appealing to the under 12s with his new game show.
Mr Tony Blair has a motorcade.
The ‘Let’s Kick Violence in the Face’ campaign gets animated.
The Jack Straw supporters aren’t nearly as good (or funny) as the Jeremy Hanley fan club. But meeting Roy Hattersley was funny.
And Straw himself joins in the fun.
It looks more intimidating than the Jeremy Hanley fan club.
He even shakes hands with Mr Tony Blair
I still love Hunt The Old Woman.
Sally Phillips is part of the Bristol Old Vic lottery machine selection.
And here’s the whole show.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 29th July 1995 – 21:55
After this, there’s a trailer for Fourteen Days on May. And a trailer for a season of Summer Dance.
Then, Seinfeld and an episode called The Limo. I started watching this episode on Amazon Prime rather than my rubbish VHS copy, and noticed that the establishing shot of the airport featured two Trump jets. Here’s a screengrab from Amazon Prime.
Usually, I take my grabs directly from the VHS rips, as I feel this is all about the authentic VHS experience, and screengrabbing Amazon or Netflix (or DVD for that matter) would be a cheat, so I looked at that scene on my VHS rip, and this is what I found.
You’ll notice that the Trump logos have been removed from the planes. I wonder if this was done by the BBC, or by the US broadcaster for overseas sales.
Jerry is coming back from Chicago, and George’s car has broken down, so they decide to take the limo for someone called O’Brien Jerry knows was bumped from the flight.
Things get awkward when the driver goes to pick up the other two members of their party, a man and a woman. She’s a big fan of O’Brien’s newsletter.
I love the way this episode builds, until they find out the whole truth – that O’Brien is a Neo-Nazi. And, surprise, the other two people in the car look exactly like Trump’s entourage.
George ends up on TV.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 29th July 1995 – 22:30
There’s a trailer for Timewatch Special.
Then African Political Broadcast with Kenneth Kaunda, former president of Zambia.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 29th July 1995 – 22:55
A trailer for The Great Rift follows, then recording continues with African Sanctus Revisited. An updated version of a programme shown 20 years ago.
My wife, who was born in Zambia and grew up in Liberia and Saudi Arabia, was listening to this, and getting crosser and crosser with the composer. She felt that he had no idea what the African music he was using represented for them, nor particularly cared, and just wanted them to fit within his idea of the Latin Mass, and his idea of what he would find in Africa. Particularly disturbing is his co-opting of music from Islamic worship for his Christian mass.
The soloist in the performance of the Sanctus is Wilhelminia Fernandez, also the star of the French Opera Thriller Diva.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 29th July 1995 – 23:00
After this, another trail for Nagasaki Journey.
Then, the tape runs out during a film, Le Cri du Coeur.