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Month: December 2009

Doing the BBC’s work for them

Doing the BBC’s work for them

While programmes of dubious merit get trailed to death, I’ve seen nothing to promote BBC4’s repeat of the Faces’ 1972 Sounds for Saturday performance. It’s on tomorrow – New Year’s Day – at 22.50, and having seen clips on various things, I can’t wait to see it all the way through. The following cover of ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ is from the show and it’s just jaw-droppingly fantastic. I love Macca’s original, but this tears the song a new arse. Lovely…

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Same procedure as last year?

Same procedure as last year?

Well, it’s New Year’s Eve, or as the Germans call it ‘Silvester’. A rather endearing Silvester ritual is the tendency of their TV networks to put out a strange little English music hall sketch called Dinner for One (see left for its stranglehold over the New Year’s Eve schedules on the regional German stations). I’ve explained the phenomenon before and offered the whole thing as an XviD AVI file for viewing in the comfort of your own home. As the…

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Present tense

Present tense

Merry festivus everyone. I hope the season brought you everything you desired. Personally, I can’t complain. My main presents from Mrs Cheeseford were the Palin diaries volume 2 and Seasonal Suicide Notes by Roger Lewis (the latter of which has just provoked several laughter-fuelled coughing fits in the bath – his footnoted ruminations on the size and purpose of Billie Piper’s mouth were particularly joyous) , with the rest of my gift haul being perishable. And that’s the way I…

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And so we come to the last day of Advent, and the last window on our calendar. A couple of people have wondered aloud whether it is possible to top yesterday’s entry, a view with which I have some sympathy. Vincent Price predicting Keith Floyd 15 years before his rise to fame is something to savour. However, while the Vincent Price thing is funny, the clip that follows is funny, utterly adorable and just the thing to spread very welcome…

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Nearly there, and to help us to day 24, we have Vincent Price in comedy mode on the 1970 LWT Christmas spectacular Holiday Startime. Your hostess is Australian person Maggie Fitzgibbon. No, me neither.

With barely a couple of minutes of day 22 left, it’s time to open another window. Through this aperture we are whisked back to the late 1980s and Top of the Pops, but not as we know it. Using a library piece that sounds enough like Paul Hardcastle’s ‘The Wizard’ to get the point across, while at the same time sounding absolutely nothing like it at all, this is the opening of the British Gas Video Unit’s attempt to create…

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Apologies for the delay. Here are the contents of yesterday’s window back-dated. It’s the Peddlers with an organ shuffle thing called Southern Woman. How does one move like a mustang, exactly? Still, smashing groove. PS Have this to make up for the delay.

Day 20, and a clip with a personal connection, taken from the 21 February 2001 edition of BBC Breakfast. Tiger Tim Waterstone was threatening to launch a takeover bid for his old company, and, desperate for someone with a bit of book trade nous to fill in the background, reporter Brian Milligan (no relation to Spike, but brother of Stephen) called the offices of Publishing News and asked to speak to chairman and all-round grumpy old sod Fred Newman. Milligan…

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A double-yolker for day 19, as a result of YouTube’s 10-minute limit. From the 23 December 1986 edition of Des O’Connor Tonight, here’s a bit of Burly Chassis. Clip 1 is her opening song. Clip 2 is a brief interview segment, then her second song. The interview takes place at a bar, from behind which pops fellow guest…well, just watch it. The plan was obviously to create one of those unpredictable moments that people talk about years later (doubtless this…

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Day 18: at some point over the festivities, Two Way Stretch will be watched, as recorded at some point during Christmas 1994. Never mind your Carry Ons or your Ealing comedies, this is the apex of the British comedy film, and it was a favourite of mine and my mate Stephen Evens during our shared drab suburban adolescence. Even if the plot and script weren’t absolutely first-rate, which they are, the presence of Bernard Cribbins, Beryl Reid, Liz Fraser, Irene…

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