More Eastenders action from the actual tenth anniversary itself, or as close as they could get on an Eastenders day (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the time): 21st February. Yes, the repeats went on for a month.
First! We're coming out of Holiday (Holiday 95, if you like, although they gave up that pointless tradition after 91), and Paul Hardcastle's smooth-jazz ! The travel show, and indeed probably most breeds of magazine show, was rendered obsolete by the Internet, and the demise of Holiday was particularly undignified as the show desperately fragmented into about 86 spin-offs (Holiday on a Shoestring, Holiday: Fasten Your Seatbelt, Holiday: You Call the Shots, Holiday: Jeremy Spake Sits In A Barrel Full Of Wolves) around the turn of the century before finally giving up the ghost. Andy Cartledge (again) would also like to remind you that the BBC have a magazine about holidays that you can read if you like OTHER TRAVEL MAGAZINES ARE AVAILABLE.
Then a brief trailer for This Is Your Life, which is on tomorrow. As is immutable tradition, we don't find out whose life it is until the nanosecond Aspel smacks them on the head with the big red book. It's not even in the Radio Times.
Now on BBC2, a documentary about the Fred Perry shirt. Perry of course being the last British winner of Wimbledon, and indeed any Grand Slam, until Andy Murray. Post-playing career he also licensed his name to a clothing label to charge you 75 quid for a white polo shirt. He'd died a couple of weeks earlier, and not long after the label was sold by his grandson to some Japanese people. So it goes.
You're watching BBC1! Here's one of their grabbers depicting the Fluted 1 logo as a looming presence, in this case apparently made of brick and being christened with a bottle of wine. Or more accurately made of highly crude CGI, although it looked good at the time, and it's not as if these things were meant to last.
Anyway it's promoting the official Eastenders tenthennial extravaganza, right after your regularly scheduled episode! And it's doing it with tongue in cheek: a faux-Dallas voiceover and gravel-voiced Canadian Bill Mitchell, who made a career out of standing in for Don La Fontaine on dozens of British adverts and the like, asking deliberately silly questions. Including plenty of the late Leslie Grantham, always a big draw even after he'd been shot by some flowers in 1989. Which is why they brought him back from the dead. That and desperation.
But first, a regular episode. Here's the beginning of the titles and the entire credits, featuring the still relatively new green river and addition of the drum solo to the titles, which was brought in after they dropped the monumentally shit smooth jazz version of the theme after a couple of months.
After that: an attempt at getting women to watch a comic-book adaptation. Which is what the whole show was, really, right down to giving it the stultifyingly bland title of "Lois and Clark" (although since the pun was lost on us over here we just had the subtitle anyway). Superman is also on the cover of the Radio Times if you want to buy that and read it OTHER LISTINGS MAGAZINES ARE AVAILABLE (but they're all shit)
Also on Saturday, the second and as it turned out last series of Harry, starring Michael Elphick as an alcoholic git maverick tabloid journalist. Probably quite good, but no bugger watched it and it died on its arse. Most notable now for featuring a bit role as a motorcycle thug for Declan Donnelly. No, this year wasn't the first time he appeared without Ant.
But now on BBC1, it's that nostalgic look back at a decade of Eastenders we keep going on about! Starting with the very first shot and lines of the show, Leslie Grantham's boot kicking in a door and then his face complaining about the smell (which turned out to be a rotting corpse). Cut to the end credits threatening more.
Over on BBC2 shortly, Food and Drink, in which Chris Kelly eats a South African lamb curry. That's entertainment.
Now there are a lot of forgotten 90s BBC drama series, but this one must be one of the most obscure. Even I don't remember it. Apparently an ensemble drama series about, well, take a guess. You can catch glimpses of David Daker, Tom Chadbon (hidden by the logo) and Ben Thomas, who's genuinely frightening if, like me, you remember him as a utility clown on various pre-school CBBC shows.
And then: even more football. Chelsea vs FC Bruges in the quarter final of the Cup Winners Cup. There was something oddly comforting about European football on the BBC of a Wednesday night in the 90s. Perhaps it was that British teams went further in the UEFA and CW Cups than they ever did in the European Cup over on ITV (until 1998 or so). Or maybe it was just Motson and Davies talking about the likes of Jeff Kenna and Erland Johnsen.
Now on BBC1: A Question of Sport. Along about the end of the Beaumont era when it wasn't trying to be funny and no-one cared enough to hate it.
It was Howard Keel.