This tape starts with the end of a Moviedrome film. I have to say, I feel quite proud when I guessed the film just from the final credit that’s the first frame of the tape. Answer at the end of the blog.
There’s a trailer for the Albert Finney sort-of horror The Green Man.
Then an episode of Kolchak The Night Stalker. Something is stalking people in an area of the city populated mostly by old people. It guest stars Phil Silvers, Sgt Bilko himself.
Credit spot: This episode is written by Jimmy Sangster, writer of many classic Hammer films.
The old people are being killed by something that appears to them as something safe, like a Rabbi or a policeman. Phil Silvers thinks it’s the owner of the local Indian restaurant because he’s a hindu, and he’s seen him painting swastikas all over the neighbourhood.
The real killer is an ancient Hindu myth called a Rakshasa, who always appears as the person you most trust. So there’s a lovely climax where Kolchak, armed with the crossbow that can kill it, is slowly approached by the old lady, Emily, who works in his office, and wondering whether he can really bring himself to shoot her with the crossbow. Spoiler: He does.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 15th June 1992 – 00:05
Before the next episode there’s a trailer for Colin’s Sandwich and The Best of Saturday Night Clive.
Then, another episode of The Night Stalker called MR R.I.N.G. A robot kills its designer and goes on a rampage.
Mr R.I.N.G. is played by Craig Baxley, a stuntman who also directed the Dolph Lundgren actioner Dark Angel. I don’t know why I remember that.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 20th July 1992 – 01:05
The next episode is The Ripper. A murderer is killing women in Chicago. Kolchak thinks he’s a ripper. Perhaps the ripper. He’s up against another reporter, played by Beatrice Colen.
When the Ripper tries to attack an undercover cop, there’s a huge police effort to catch him. The stunts in this scene are quite something, with the Ripper jumping around like an acrobat. The scene is really effective.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 23rd August 1992 – 23:15
The last episode here is Demon in Lace. A female demon is stalking attractive young men.
Kristina Holland plays a young reporter.
It’s quite fun watching them try to track down which attractive man is the next victim. “He has to be an eight. Well, imagine Mick Jagger is the only nine, and Quasimodo is a two.”
It all ties in to an ancient clay tablet that’s summoning a succubus.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 5th October 1992 – 00:35
After this there’s a trail for Blackadder Goes Forth. Then BBC2 closes down, and Michaela Saunders wishes us a good night.
I’ve kept a bit of the post-closedown, because although BBC2 is not transmitting, there’s some stray broadcast from another channel.
It’s Channel 4, and a foreign language film I’ve never heard of.
The tape ends after almost 50 minutes of this riveting stuff.
Answer: That film at the start of the tape was The Serpent and the Rainbow.