Aspel and Company – Paramount City – tape 918

First on this tape, part of an episode of Aspel and Company featuring Robin Day, Ben Elton and, for this segment, Warren Mitchell.

This is followed by an episode of Paramount City. Opening with US stand up Rhonda Hansome

Julian Clary sings country. No really, he has a remarkably low bass voice.

A little bit of politics from Mark Steel

Jo Brand

Another bit of politcs, this time from the US and Will Durst.

The show closes with music from Oleta Adams

BBC Genome: BBC One – 28th April 1990 – 22:40

Before the next episode, there’s the end of a news broadcast (mostly sport) and a trailer for On The Record. Then some weather from Bernard Davey, and a trailer for Single Voices – Royal Enclosure.

The next episode starts with am introduction by Steve Coogan as Terry Wogan, introducing the Eurovision Song Contest.

Then Doon Mackichan and Arthur Smith perform a spoof Eurovision song.

Mickey Hutton does some regional humour

Music from the Hothouse Flowers

Some poetry from Curtis and Ishmael

Some proper comedy (well, impressions) from Steve Coogan

Jon Manfrellotti

A rare TV appearance from John Hegley

And closing music from Adamski. Well, it’s Seal really, but for some reason the pasty faced nobody pressing a few buttons gets the credit for this one. So here’s a picture of Seal instead.

I notice in the credits that The Mini Pops featured in this episode, which I admit I missed, so here they are, as part of the Eurovision song. Are these the same Mini Pops from the infamous Channel 4 programme? Unlikely, since that was 1983 and this is 1990.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 5th May 1990 – 23:05

After this, there’s an advert for some BBC Radio recordings, then The Awakening starts, at which point this tape ends. It’s a short tape today.

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Donovan’s Brain – Thirtysomething – tape 954

As part of Channel 4’s Future Features, here’s Donovan’s Brain, a title that’s very familiar, taken from a novel by Curt Siodmak, but which I can’t recall if I’ve ever seen.

Scientists who happen to be experimenting on keeping monkey brains alive are asked to help save the life of a millionaire, Donovan, who was in a plane crash. When they fail to save his life, they decide to try keeping the brain alive.

During the ad break, there’s an apology for poor reception in the Anglia region “due to the unusually warm weather conditions we’re enjoying.”

They keep the brain functioning, and want to try to communicate with it. After learning as much as they can about his life, they wonder if telepathy would help.

The brain starts controlling the scientist, and under Donovan’s control he starts visiting banks, and basically being a bit of a corrupt businessman. He’s trying to create a place to keep his brain alive.

Along the way, he gets a reporter to kill himself, and the scientist tries to make plans to destroy the brain, which they eventually do during a thunderstorm.

It’s a bit of a potboiler, if I’m honest.

After this, a random episode of Thirtysomething. It’s a season finale, and Michael and Elliot are plotting to help in a takeover of the advertising agency from under the nose of tyrannical box Miles Drentell (the great David Clennon).

Michael is the worst plotter ever, skulking around the office, trying to look at stuff in Miles’ office. And Elliot (Timothy Busfield) is no better, turning up undercover to scope out a potential ‘white knight’.

While all this is happening, Michael is having his bathroom remodelled by a young woman. It’s a nice piece of casting that pays off later.

Drentell almost starts interviewing his people with a lie detector, but Michael talks him out of it quite cleverly, a rare bit of competence in this cloak and dagger business.

In the end, Miles manages to get control of a controlling share of the company, meaning the takeover can’t happen. And when Michael goes into the office on Monday Morning, he meets someone familiar leaving, who offers ‘no hard feelings’.

Yes, she was a plant, put there by Drentell. Who then surprises Michael by not firing him, and insisting that he needs him to stay at the company. Michael even gets Elliot his job back.

After this, there’s some coverage of the Tour of Britain.

Then, the start of a film, with Nickolas Grace as Federico Garcia Lorca in Lorca Death of a Poet. The tape ends during this film.

A couple of notable adverts here. First, a Schweppes advert with John Cleese, which is the punchline to a series of far less elaborate ads in which Cleese was trying to determine what aspect of Schweppes tonic most appealed to people, arriving at the answer ‘Citric Bite’.

Then, this advert appears.

I thought it was quite funny at the time.

Then, there’s a star studded Nat West advert.

Adverts:

  • McDonalds
  • Clairol Finale
  • Woolworth’s
  • Polo
  • Kaliber – Billy Connolly
  • Sunday Express
  • Wild Orchid in cinemas
  • Our Price – The Summer of Love
  • Metropolitan Police Recruitment
  • Burger King
  • Total Recall in cinemas
  • Copperhead Cider
  • Tower Records – The Wild One
  • Schweppes Tonic Water – John Cleese
  • Carlsberg
  • Levi 501
  • Sunday Express
  • Chessington World of Adventures
  • trail: American Football
  • trail: The Muscle Market
  • Petits Filous
  • Lanson
  • Cadbury’s Boost
  • Sunday Express
  • Asti Spumante
  • Nat West
  • Tampax
  • Schweppes Tonic Water – John Cleese
  • Rice Krispies
  • Red Rock Cider – Leslie Nielsen
  • trail: Hollywood Legends: Cary Grant
  • trail: The Muscle Market
  • Clairol Finale
  • Asti Spumante
  • Diet Pepsi
  • Polo
  • L’Oreal Nouriance
  • Gaymer’s Olde English
  • Sunday Telegraph
  • Total Recall in cinemas
  • trail: Power in the Pacific
  • trail: American Football
  • Nat West
  • Copperhead Cider
  • Total Recall in cinemas
  • Chessington World of Adventures
  • Perrier
  • trail: Equinox
  • Clairol Finale
  • Tennents Extra
  • Days of Thunder in cinemas
  • Nat West – Jennifer Saunders, Harry Enfield, Peter Cook
  • Walker’s Crisps
  • Sunday Telegraph
  • Kit Kat
  • Thorpe Park
  • trail: The Muscle Market

Monty Python’s Flying Circus – tape 906

On this tape, episodes from the very first series of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. It’s to celebrate the 20th anniversary. We’ve looked at the first two of these episodes from a later repeat, on this tape.

First episode BBC Genome: BBC Two – 30th November 1989 – 21:00

Second episode: BBC Genome: BBC Two – 7th December 1989 – 21:00

Before the next episode there’s the end of an episode of Bed, Chair, Table, Lamp.

There’s an advert for the Radio Times, in those days when the BBC was allowed to run full adverts for it.

Then the next episode of Monty Python. Including Bicycle Repairman.

And the classic ‘dirty fork’ sketch.

Also, the Nudge Nudge sketch which, in context of the whole show, is actually introduced by name, in the previous sketch where the team are being interviewed as small boys about their tree identifying skills. This kind of framing gets lost with all the compilations and anniversary programmes, so it’s always interesting to see these bits which are virtually forgotten.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 14th December 1989 – 21:00

The next episode features How to Defend yourself against Fruit.

There’s a bookshop sketch which starts off a bit like a rough draft of the Cheese shop sketch.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 21st December 1989 – 21:00

The next episode sees a slight change in the titles, with John Cleese’s regular intoning of the programme’s title replaced by Cleese doing a funny voice.

This sketch is interesting. It looks, to me, as if the picture on the screen is a back projected film shot – it definitely doesn’t look like it’s CSO. So presumably the shot behind would have to have been filmed at least a day previously, on the same set, in order for it to have been processed and ready for the rear projection. I might be totally wrong, of course, as I’m not an expert, but that’s how it looks to me.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 28th December 1989 – 20:00

Following this episode, there’s a trailer for The Emerald Forest.  Then this recording ends, and underneath there’s what looks like an episode of The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos.

Then, the start of an episode of Newsnight with Donald McCormick. You can tell it’s Christmas, as the news is quite slight, so they even have to have a news story about US vice president Dan Quayle.

The tape ends during this episode.

His Girl Friday – tape 963

On this tape, a classic from director Howard Hawks. His Girl Friday is based on The Front Page, which has been made more than once as a film. This film has more or less the same plot, but because Howard Hawks was such an SJW this version is gender-swapped. Hildy Johnson, a man in the original story, is here played by Rosalind Russell, a hard-bitten newspaper reporter who’s had enough of the cut-throat newspaper business, and is getting married and settling down.

She’s marrying Ralph Bellamy, a very boring insurance salesman.

But her editor, and her ex husband, Walter Burns (Cary Grant), isn’t happy about this development, and tries everything he can to put a spanner in the works.

The big story of the day is the impending execution of a murderer, Earl Williams, at the local penitentiary. Burns wants Hildy to interview Williams, and when he promises to buy a big insurance policy from Bellamy, she agrees.

But the story, inevitably, becomes ridiculously convoluted. Williams manages to escape from custody, and finds his way to the press room, where Hildy is writing her story, so she agrees to help him escape if they get an exclusive, so there follows a high speed farce as people hide, lie, bluff and generally talk very loudly and very fast. It is the kind of fast-talking film that nobody seems to make any more, and all the principals are great.

There’s also a nice strain of in-joke in the dialogue. At one point, Burns gets a call-girl to accost Bellamy and get him arrested, and when she asks how she’ll recognise him, he says “You know, like that actor, Ralph Bellamy.” In a later scene, he makes reference to somebody called Archie Leach, which is Grant’s real name.

There’s a little bit of period racism, with a joke about ‘picanninnies’ but on the whole this is great fun, helped a lot by Grant’s Walter Burns being the worst possible person at every turn, and yet, probably because it’s Cary Grant, you don’t ever hate him for it.

After this, the tape continues with a film from the Cinema from 3 Continents, and Indian film called Tarang.

A couple of notable adverts. A Heinz Beans advert featuring Jonathan Ross with (allegedly) his family watching an old film he was in.

And an advert for Today newspaper featuring an interview with Donald Trump. If he drops dead of a heart attack on a golf course in the next couple of weeks, as a result of the blog’s curse, I wouldn’t be too upset.

Adverts:

  • London Zoo – Aardman animations
  • Uniroyal
  • Carlsberg
  • Heinz Baked Beans – Jonathan Ross
  • The Real McCoys
  • Today – Donald Trump
  • AA Insurance
  • Kia Ora – Too Orangey for Crows
  • Petits Filous
  • Prudential
  • Gaymer’s Olde English
  • Yellow Pages
  • Asti Spumante
  • Coca Cola
  • Piermont
  • Castrol GTX
  • Nat West
  • The Sun
  • Domestos
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Swan Light
  • trail: Rock Hudson Weekend
  • Yellow Pages
  • Carlsberg
  • Kit Kat
  • Nat West
  • Clairol Finale
  • The Sun
  • Uniroyal
  • Network SouthEast
  • Sunkist
  • Tilda
  • British Gas
  • XXX Extra Strong Mint
  • Tennents Extra
  • Our Price – Knebworth
  • The Twelve Regional Electricity Companies
  • Sunkist
  • Total Recall in cinemas
  • Castlemaine XXXX
  • Today – Donald Trump
  • VW Polo

Nice Work – tape 809

OK, here’s another four part adaptation of a novel, of which there are the first three episodes here, and the fourth episode is quite a way away in the queue.

The first episode has just started as the tape starts. This is an adaptation of the novel by David Lodge, with which I’m not familiar.

Haydn Gwynne plays an English lecturer at the fictional East Midlands University of Rummidge. Times are tough, and we first meet her, after saying goodbye to her husband, whom she only sees at weekends because of their respective jobs, as she joins a picket line at the University protesting cuts.

The cuts are affecting her too. She’s told that, after her three year temporary appointment they won’t be keeping her on. And then, to compound the hurt, she’s told that she has to shadow someone working in industry.

The man she’s assigned to shadow is Warren Clarke, manager of a factory making machine parts.

What we get is the almost inevitable clash of the liberal, left wing college professor Gwynne versus the no-nonsense, sexist and racist factory management. But whilst I should be entirely on Gwynne’s side, she seems ludicrously ignorant of what a factory is like, and terribly condescending about the reality of what such a place would be like.

In a management meeting, she hears a discussion about one of their workers whose work isn’t up to scratch, and the suggestion that, because they need a paper trail to fire him, they should start putting him under pressure so he’ll make mistakes, and they can report on those, until they’ve got grounds to fire him. She’s horrified at this injustice, and seeks out the man to warn him, triggering a mass walkout.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 4th October 1989 – 21:25

The next episode sees Gwynne having to apologise for her ‘misunderstanding’, and the company tell the man that in fact he’s getting additional training, during which he’s be paid his regular salary.

There’s a rather lengthy sequence in which we see Gwynne and her husband, and Clarke and his wife, and their respective sex lives. Gwynne and hubby practice ‘non-penetrative sex’ but he’d prefer some old-fashioned sex instead. And Clarke’s wife wonders why they haven’t had sex for a long time.

As is almost mandatory in this kind of drama, Clarke is starting to fall for Gwynne, dreaming about her frolicking in an idyllic pond with nymphs (as they are credited).

We also meet Gwynne’s brother, who’s some kind of money trader in London, along with his girlfriend Debbie (Zoe Nathenson), another trader, but who’s presented here as ‘common’ because she has a regional accent and doesn’t have a degree. Gwynne’s partner is clearly taken with her, probably under the assumption that she’ll not have even heard of non-penetrative sex.

Clarke, wanting to improve his relationship with Gwynne after the rocky start, invites her to Sunday dinner. He even insists on them having a starter. Avocado and vinaigrette. Much to the consternation of his family.

Naturally, he’s embarrassed by his family, but Gwynne maintains her general air of condescension, so I’m mostly on their side.

Clarke and Gwynne go for a walk, including the nearby University halls of residence. This show was filmed around the University of Birmingham, so some of it is a bit familiar to me, as I went there for a year, before dropping out and getting a job writing software for the BBC Micro. This fact might be significant later. The University gets its own credit.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 11th October 1989 – 21:25

The next episode opens with Clarke driving past the university, and there’s a nice aerial shot, including the huge clock tower.

The university legend had it that if you walked under the clock tower when the clock was striking the hour, you’d either get a first, or you’d fail. I can supply one data point that would confirm that – I happened to walk under it while it was striking, and I ended up dropping out after the first year.

I should give a mention to the great David Calder, who plays Clarke’s ultimate boss. Clarke wants to invest in some new equipment, and Calder keeps equivocating.

Clarke, at Gwynne’s prompting, decides to give a talk to his workforce, but he’s undermined by a stunt arranged by his sales manager, who has spent the last two episodes trying to persuade him to make a ‘sexy calendar’ to promote the company, featuring the daughter of Clarke’s secretary. Clarke’s speech is interrupted by a kissogram, whom Gwynne recognises as one of her students.

Over a drink in a crooked pub later, she mentions that next week is her last week, and he tells her he’s going to Dusseldorf to buy a new core blower, and insists she goes with him.

Later, she’s doing some writing, and I’m delighted to see that not only does she use a BBC Micro for her word processing, but the software she’s using is Wordwise. Remember I said I dropped out of Birmingham University to write software for the BBC Micro? The company I joined was Computer Concepts, and the first product I worked on when I joined was Wordwise Plus, their new version of Wordwise. Given that this programme was made in 1989, it’s entirely possible that it’s running code that I wrote – it was almost complete when I joined, but I did do maintenance and bug fixes for a while, as well as a bit of work on the original release, the bulk of which had been written by the owner of the company, Charles Moir.

That’s not a very high word count, by the way. Almost as if there’s only a short piece of text there, and not a whole chapter. Wordwise was limited to files that could fit into the memory of the BBC Micro, so only about 24K in total.

Sorry, just got distracted by 80s computing. Back to the story.

Gwynne is visited by her brother who suspects that his girlfrend Debbie has been sleeping with Gwynne’s partner, a suspicion that’s all but confirmed when Gwynne receives a phone call from her partner telling him he wouldn’t be around that weekend, so she asks him flat out if he was sleeping with Debbie.

Given this turn of events, Gwynne is only too happy to go to Dusseldorf with Clarke, and, using her stealth German skills, they manage to get a good deal for the equipment, and Gwynne is having so much fun she and Clarke have sex. Which means a lot more to Clarke than it does to Gwynne.

He tells her that he wants to marry her, seemingly unconcerned that he’s already married, dismissing his current marriage as ‘dead for years’. Gwynne once again treats him like a naughty schoolboy, since it never meant that much to her, and asks him to leave her alone.

The end of the episode, following another of his dreams of Gwynne frolicking, takes us to the art gallery, and a painting of Artemis, the source of his dream, which puts him as Acteon, who was punished by Artemis for looking at her as she was bathing by turning him into a stag and having him hunted to death by dogs.

So it turns out his pervy dream was actually a clever classical allusion. Awfully clever, these English Literature types.

I’m afraid I don’t have much patience with stories like this, which I tend to view as wish fulfillment by middle-aged writers, as they always seem to have a middle-aged man falling for a younger woman. At least in this one it isn’t the man who’s the university lecturer.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 18th October 1989 – 21:25

After this, recording continues with the very start of Building Sights, then the tape ends.

Never Come Back – tape 833

Here’s a wartime drama starring Nathaniel Parker. Remember when he was going to be the biggest star? Well, that’s my memory of the time when this show was being promoted.

The show opens with him almost being poisoned by a bottle of milk. It has a hint of the 39 Steps.

He’s the kind of dreadful man who believes in ‘free love’ and wants ‘an exchange of equals’ but no commitment.

Perhaps inevitably, he’s being stalked by the fiancee of a woman he slept with.

He meets Anna Raven (Suzanna Hamilton) at a boxing match, and to his surprise, she’s exactly what he’s been talking about – a woman happy to sleep with him, but with no need of a relationship. The irony, of course, being that it’s he who becomes like a faithful dog, returning to her flat the next day.

But someone is definitely out to get him. He’s sent an open razor in the post, and chased by a man with a knife.

Things get a bit odd when the police talk to him, and he learns that the man who he thought had tried to poison him is now dead, an apparent suicide.

And Anna is getting ready to leave town, without telling him. He visits her, and while there he finds her diary, which is full of inconsequential social occasions, and doesn’t mention him at all. So naturally he gets offended and upset by this. Refreshingly, she assuages his anger by attacking him with a switchblade, something I think would improve a lot of romances.

But during the struggle, he stabs and kills her, and then has to try to cover up that he was there. This is definitely Richard Hannay territory.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 21st March 1990 – 21:25

In the next episode, he manages to escape from the flat without being caught, but he’s definitely a wanted man.

His editor (he writes for a magazine) assigned him to write about the murder, which is awkward.

He meets James Fox at a film studio. “Hitchcock shot the 39 Steps here” he says, tipping the programme’s hand. Fox has read his writing, and offers to set up a meeting with a publisher. But we already know that Fox also knew Anna Raven, from the previous episode, so I’m expecting this is all part of the inevitable conspiracy.

Sure enough, Fox introduces him to his friend, Martin Clunes, who has been searching Parker’s flat, and pretty soon Parker is tied to a chair being interrogated by Fox. He needs to know how Anna died, and what happened to the “Message from the Future” referring to Raven’s diary.

After a bit of light torture, Parker manages to escape, and finds sanctuary at the house of two women, one of whom is Ingrid Lacey, Helen from Drop the Dead Donkey.

“You can go to London from Berkhamstead” he’s told, so this must all be happening in my neck of the woods. I’m always unduly excited by having local towns namechecked on TV. I remember Ronnie Barker using Hemel Hempstead as a funny place name on more than one occasion.

Lacey gives him up to Fox when he comes round, but Parker evades them and finds the train. Then, Lacey happens to be on the same train, and Parker tries to persuade her that he’s not the mental patient that Fox claims he is. She suggests he come to her hospital and talk to the doctor she works with.

When Parker goes to the hospital where she works, he’s again set upon by dozens of policemen. This really is all Richard Hannay all the time.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 28th March 1990 – 21:25

In episode 3, Lacey gets her doctor to examine Parker. The doctor is played by Nigel Pegram, off of Robert’s Robots, and it’s always nice to see him.

He almost gets away again, but Fox turns up masquerading as his doctor, and once again he’s locked up in the same suburban house as before. But he’s a resourceful chap, and breaks out again, where he is almost run over by a passing motorist, who gives him a lift away. And wouldn’t you know it, this motorist is actually part of the security forces, who has been watching Fox and his conspirators, and knows all about Parker’s predicament. He asks if Parker has the diary, so he takes him to where he’s buried it, at which point Fox is there too, as they’re all working together.

Then there’s a lot of ferrying him around blindfold, into darkened rooms with shadowy occupants who pronounce verdict on the diary.

And then, rather than having him shot, Fox deposits him back at home, telling him that he can’t tell anyone about anything because he’s a murderer.

He returns to his former life a rather broken man, with people around him assuming he’s had a nervous breakdown. But then he happens to be listening to the BBC when he hears a familiar voice, the voice of the man who assessed the diary in the darkened room, giving an address to the nation. He finds the BBC studio and accosts the man in the gentleman’s toilet, to find out where Fox can be found.

Then, he finally confronts Fox, who is clearing out of the house he was living in. And he gets to explain the whole plot, which is that he worked for the Duke of Windsor (the nazi royal) and was making plans for if the Germans invaded Britain, and put him back on the throne. The diary was simply a list of people that they thought they could trust to ‘keep things running’. Collaborators, in other words.

And after another brief scuffle, Parker escapes, and intends to join the army to fight for the right side.

In the end, this was entertaining enough. Even the fact that Parker’s character was a fantasist was a core part of the plot, and he’s called on it multiple times. It never appears to treat him as a pure hero. There’s a bit too much getting captured and escaping for my liking, but that’s definitely all part of the John Buchan/Richard Hannay feel. Hannay gets yet another namecheck in this episode.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 4th April 1990 – 21:25

After this, there’s a trailer for A Very Peculiar Practice. Then the tape ends.

The Wonder Years – Rear Window – tape 807

An episode of The Wonder Years opens this tape. Young Kevin is getting in a little Netflix and Chill. They’re even watching a brand new Star Trek episode – Spock’s Brain.

I’m slightly creeped out at the excessive sexualisation of (let’s face it) really young children. I used to think it was cute. I guess that was before i had children.

The show almost pulls it back with some Star Trek Cosplay

But then gets all creepy again, with the girls’ costumes.

After this episode, recording continues for a short time with the start of an episode of Equinox – Robotopia.

It’s all rather desperately Cyberpunk. A Japanese man tattoos a barcode on another man’s forehead using what looks like an AMX Mouse.

Shortly into the programme, recording switches to the end of a stop-motion animation.

This is followed by a true classic, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. James Stewart plays a photographer, stuck in his apartment with his leg in a cast after an accident, whose only entertainment is watching the lives of his neighbours he can see across the courtyard of his building.

Stewart’s girlfriend is Grace Kelly, a beautiful society girl whom Stewart frankly doesn’t appreciate.

Virtually the entire movie plays out from the viewpoint of Stewart’s wheelchair, and we get to know all his neighbours. There’s the lady who lowers her little dog into the garden in a basket.

The dancer who’s often hanging washing in her underwear, and has a coterie of interested men.

The songwriter agonising over a new composition

The single woman who’s lonely, and we see her playacting having a visitor.

Most importantly, the man and his unwell wife, who form the spine of the story.

Stewart becomes suspicious of the man, leaving the house at strange times with a large case, and more so when his wife is suddenly not there. He asks his policeman friend to look into it, and they’re told that the wife has gone to stay with her sister,. but lots of things don’t add up. There’s tension when Kelly goes to explore his apartment, and Stewart is stuck watching her, wondering if she’ll be caught, and the ending, where she does get caught, and is in real danger, we only get to see from Stewart’s vantage point. Hitchcock never breaks the point of view, we never leave Stewart’s apartment as a viewer, until he himself leaves at the climax. Through the window.

It’s still a classic, and I love the way that all the different people he’s been looking at get their own little stories with beginnings, middles and endings. Very nice.

There’s a trailer for Norbert Smith: A Life after this

Then there’s the start of some American Footballwith another appearance by Mick Luckhurst, who sports the stunning lack of charisma that so many sports broadcasters suffer from. The tape ends during this.

In the ad breaks, there’s an advert for paying the Poll Tax by direct debit. What’s interesting is that, although the advert does call it The Community Charge, they do also refer to it as the Poll Tax because by that time, the branding war had been won by the resistance to the tax. I imagine the advert makers having to persuade the government that they had to at least use the words ‘poll tax’ otherwise people just didn’t understand what the advert was about.

Another ad on here – Zone Phone. For a proto-mobile phone that you could only use around hot spots, and couldn’t receive calls. A bit like the equally ill-fated Rabbit phone, I guess.

There’s an advert for Kate Bush’s new album.

And the most incomprehensible Harvey’s Bristol Cream advert. This makes no sense at all, unless it’s supposed to be a reference to the James Stewart movie Harvey, where he has an invisible rabbit as a friend. It’s baffling.

Adverts:

  • Carlsberg
  • trail: Snakes & Ladders
  • Van Heusen
  • Vauxhall
  • Tower Records – Rock City Nights
  • Heinz Baked Beans
  • Comet
  • trail: St Elsewhere
  • Freedom Life Insurance
  • Rover 200 – Graduate rip off
  • Crime Together We’ll Crack It
  • trail: St Elsewhere
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit on video
  • Allied
  • Babycham
  • Community Charge Direct Debit
  • Kronenbourg 1664
  • The Times – Mel Smith
  • Woolmark
  • John Carpenter’s They Live on video
  • Evening Standard
  • Barclaycard – Alan Whicker
  • Prudential
  • Tia Maria
  • British Gas
  • Mail on Sunday
  • Legal & General
  • Schweppes video rental – A Fish called Wanda
  • Cher – Heart of Stone – featuring If I Could Turn Back Time
  • Cook Electric
  • Granada Advertising
  • Friends Provident – Louise Jameson
  • Milka
  • Zone Phone – Peter Vaughan
  • Walker’s Crisps before foil packaging
  • Radion
  • Heinz Baked Beans – Ian Botham
  • trail: Snakes & Ladders
  • trail: Norbert Smith A Life
  • Barclaycard – Alan Whicker
  • Van Heusen
  • Ovaltine’s Options
  • Zone Phone – Peter Vaughan
  • Kate Bush – The Sensual World
  • Harvey’s Bristol Cream
  • trail: St Elsewhere
  • Evening Standard
  • The Best of Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes and Teddy Pendergrass
  • Citroen XM