Jumping forward quite a bit now, to 1998, and a tape that opens with the end of Have I Got News For You featuring Greg Dyke
and Jack Docherty.
After this, there’s a bumper trailer for comedy and entertainment programmes, including Never Minds the Buzzcocks, How Do You Want Me, Goodness Gracious Me and If I Ruled the World.
Then, the first episode of The Entertainment Biz, Oscar Day/Oscar Night.
This is in the same vein as The Music Biz, and has plenty of celebrity interviews. Strap in, there are tons of pictures in this one. So many famous people. Here’s Quentin Tarantino
James Woods talks about hearing about being nominated.
The lovely Brenda Blethyn had to wait to hear about her nomination on camera.
Billy Bob Thornton
Cuba Gooding Jr
Samuel L Jackson
Marianne Jean-Baptiste talks about being offered yellow diamonds to wear on the night. “I haven’t even seen a yellow diamond.”
Mike Leigh looking like he’d rather be anywhere else.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 15th February 1998 – 21:30
There’s a trailer for Trouble at the Top about Gerald Ratner.
Then a trailer for Late Night Fridays, featuring Is It Bill Bailey? the awkwardly billed Lee and Herring In This Morning With Richard Not Judy, Comedy Nation and Later with Jools Holland.
Then there’s the start of The Friday Night Armistice. I’m really hoping I recorded these on their initial broadcast, because otherwise this episode turning off after a minute or two is painful.
Recording switches to the end of an ITN news report, with a bunch of people sounding very unimpressed at the installation of the Angel of the North.
There’s a South Bank Show on Nigel Kennedy.
Very interesting, even if Bragg doesn’t push him on his fabricated ‘man of the people’ accent.
Then recording switches to BBC2. There’s a trailer for new comedy show If I Ruled The World.
There’s also a trailer for Our Mutual Friend.
Then, another episode of The Entertainment Biz called One Night Stand-Up. As you might have guessed, it’s looking at the world of Stand Up Comedy. Contributions this time from Greg Proops
The programme specifically follows three comedians – Proops, US megastar Jackie Mason
and ‘Irish newcomer’ Ed Byrne.
Here’s Hattie Hayridge.
There’s some other famous names on that booking screen – Al Murray, Andrew Maxwell, Andre Vincent, Dave Spikey, Jim Tavare.
Here’s Donna McPhail
And Robin Williams talks about the time he followed Lenny Henry at a small comedy club, and totally died.
BBC Genome:BBC Two – 22nd February 1998 – 21:30
Recording switches to the end of If I Ruled The World featuring Tony Hawks
and host Clive Anderson
Richard Osman was creating TV formats even back then.
After this, there’s a trailer for the Dylan Moran comedy How Do You Want Me?
There’s also a trailer for a Michael Caine night.
Then, more from the Entertainment Biz with Celebrity. It shares with previous episodes many interview subjects, but here are some of the new faces.
A Paparazzi agent sounds exactly as vile you’d expect her to sound. “You wouldn’t believe the shots we get with our long lenses.”
Winona Ryder, on being told about an open casting call the programme filmed, looking for Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder types for a new John Hughes film. “I didn’t know they were looking for a new me. Already.”
Matt Dillon is emphatic that there could only be one Matt Dillon. I’d offer that maybe that’s too many.
In a segment about young actors being compared to stars of old, Ed Norton
and Viggo Mortensen
Richard E Grant
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 1st March 1998 – 21:30
After this, there’s a trailer for a season of four films, Obsessions.
Then, the tape plays out with the start of a Moviedrome presentation of Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows with an introduction from Mark Cousins.
The tape ends shortly into the film.
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