Now this tape is interesting to me for a very specific reason. This episode of The Media Show looked at videotape collectors, and I saw an advert for them looking for possible interview subjects. My collection was already fairly large at the time, so I wrote to them giving them some details on what I had.
I got called back by a researcher, asking me a bit more about the collections, and she was trying to get me to characterise what my collection was about – what was its theme. In the end, they weren’t interested, because “Telly I like” isn’t much of a story for them.
In the event, watching the end result, I wonder if I dodged a bullet.
Les Warren collects episodes of Lost in Space. See, he’s kooky because he loves a kid’s show.
John Watson records old theatrical cartoons. See, he’s kooky because he likes cartoons.
Carole Gardiner records news bulletins. See, she’s kooky because she records the news. Nobody records the news.
Michael Laney and Patricia Davis record the musical numbers from Hollywood musicals. See, they’re kooky because… No, they’re definitely kooky.
To be honest, Les Warren is fairly odd. He keeps a log of what happens in every episode and cuts out the TV Times listing for each of them. Wait, that’s what I’m doing here. OK so I link to the Radio Times Genome archive, but if I could link to a scan of the listing yoou know I would. And I accept it’s fairly odd behaviour on my part.
Les also rates all the episodes, and most of them are 10 out of 10. The lowest score he’s ever given is 6.
I wonder if Carole is still going? Her news archive would probably be quite interesting today, even though she restricted her collection to items about Eastern Europe.
There’s a short piece about adverts on pre-recorded videotape, including this advert for Schweppes featuring John Cleese, that went out on A Fish Called Wanda.
The next item is a look at the Reporting Ban on Sinn Fein after a year.
Then there’s an interview with producer Gale Anne Hurd on being a woman and a producer of action movies, tying in with the release of The Abyss.
Some of the questions are typical. “Why don’t you make women’s films instead of action films” presupposes that action movies can’t be women’s movies.
The final piece looks at the changes in the Polish media since the legalisation of the Solidarity trade union, and free elections.
Then recording continues a bit with the start of Hitchcock’s The Wrong Man, and then it switches to ITV with the end of an episode of Hale and Pace.
Then it’s The South Bank Show. And it’s a weird one, as it’s Ken Russell’s film autobiography, A British Picture.
It’s a lot of fun, as his life story is reenacted by a young boy (possibly a grandson or nephew?) Here he is projecting Metropolis on his living room wall.
Russell himself appears as various authority figures in his life.
There are clips from some of his BBC documentaries, including his famous film about Delius, which inspired a song by Kate Bush.
He tells the story of a film he made about Richard Strauss, and it’s shown accompanied by music from Johann Strauss. He says that Strauss’ son objected to the film and withdrew permission to use his music, so Russell just replaced it with Johann’s music.
When he was sued for a million dollars, supposedly for walking off Moll Flanders, he could barely afford representation, until Richard Golub (sp?) the singing lawyer, struck a deal, and Russell directed a video for his latest single.
After this, recording continues. There’s a fascinating programme called World of Golf looking at golfing holidays on the Algarve.
Then, The ITV Chart Show, There’s Eric and the Good Good Feeling, Chris Rea doing Road to Hell, and Oh Well performing Oh Well. No, me neither. By the way, did Chris Rea wrote Road To Hell before, during or after his Driving Home for Christmas.
There’s also a song by Living on a Box. Love these pop facts.
Other acts on the show are Martika, the Perri Sisters and Constant City. The tape ends during an ad break.
During the ad breaks, there’s one for Tennent’s Extra which appears to predict the use of drones for photography and paparazzi.
- John Smith’s
- Water Share Offer
- trail: The Wrong Man
- Evening Standard
- Tennents Extra – Drones
- The Observer
- Harvey’s Bristol Cream
- trail: Japan Live Performance
- trail: The Late Late Show
- Shredded Wheat
- Heinz Weightwatchers
- Working Girl/The Dead Pool/Scrooged on video
- trail: Dial M For Murder
- trail: Next Friday on ITV
- trail: Eyewitness
- Amstrad PCW9512
- trail: Crime Monthly
- Guardian Royal Exchange
- Cathay Pacific
- Amstrad PC2286
- London Talkback Radio
- trail: Beauty and the Beast
- Renault 21 – The Prisoner
- Royal Mail Stamps
- Invicta FM
- trail: The Match
- Working Girl/The Dead Pool/Scrooged on video
- trail: The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
- Gale’s Honey
- Capital Radio