A 4 hour tape of odds and ends, some recorded and kept intentionally plus some fragments and time-shifts:
- The Darling Buds of May
- Scarfe on…
- Classic Cars
- Without Walls: The Avengers
- Nature Watch
- Genesis “I Can’t Dance” video
- Wish You Were Here?
- Election ’92
I think what you’d call an eclectic mix.
The Darling Buds of May: Part 2. (IMDB)
We must have enjoyed the first episode so much we decided to record and keep the second one(?). Broadcast 14th April 1991.
Scarfe on… (Genome)
The caricaturist Gerald Scarfe (local lad and husband of Jane Asher) in the company of a puppet snake and a rhinoceros, embarks on a mission to determine if the BBC’s guidelines need updating.
Broadcast 2 May 1991, one of a number of programmes by Scarfe in the genre that Louis Theroux later made his own.
Classic Cars – Autojumble (BFI)
The first episode of a Channel 4 series called Classic Cars covered the “The world’s largest autojumble sale at Beaulieu, England”. Broadcast 1 Sept 1991
Without Walls: The Avengers (IMDB)
This is a 30 minute segment from Channel 4’s arts series Without Walls.
“A film tribute to the long-running cult 1960’s spy adventure series, starring Patrick Macnee. With contributions from its stars and creators.”
Being the original broadcast, on 14 Jan 1992, it contains a contribution from writer Leonard White which was removed at his request from the later DVD release.
Some lingering temporary recordings, mostly TVS, including a continuity caption for snooker and half an episode of Home and Away.
Nature Watch – All For The Elephant
I can’t find out much about this Julian Pettifer fronted series, made by Central and shown on Channel 4. This particular episode focuses on the work of artist David Shepherd as he attempts to raise £1million for elephant conservation. His painting “The Ivory is Theirs” raised a great deal of that amount through the sale of prints, one of which has hung on my living room since the time of this programme.
Genesis – I Can’t Dance
The video for Genesis’s 1991 hit.
Wish You Were Here?
Nick Owen in Corfu, recorded and kept for no better reason than I had been there.
…and finally. The tape is filled with late night coverage of the 1992 election, with its twists and turns (well some of them). Familiar faces, some looking a lot younger and others now gone (where is John Cole these days?). The recording is mostly BBC but switches occasionally to ITV.
Jon Snow in charge of driving the graphics, of course. A particularly ironic comment from Chris Patten early in the proceedings, clearly not anticipating losing his own seat.
As mentioned, a 4 hour tape: