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|Title||The Max Headroom Show|
|US Air Date||12 Sep 1986|
|UK Air Date||27 Jan 1987|
|Crew||Talk Show Crew|
|Matt Frewer||Max Headroom|
The MaxRchives contain complete recordings of both the US and UK broadcasts of this episode.
Videos & Segments
- Max appears among a blur of technical and video faults. (In the UK version, a distorted and shattered "4" logo appears; in the US version, those are replaced by the "Cinemax Presents" slide, which briefly appears upside down.)
- Max apologizes - it's the pressure of being a star, and the guys around him are idle.
- Max plays a concerto on a grand piano, but battles with the rest of the orchestra coming in too soon.
- Max does a cockney huckster riff to the "ladies," throwing in one thing (a video) after another (an interview) for free, even though it's costing him.
- Video: The Smiths, "Panic"
- Max riffs about his early days as an actor in an old Englishman's accent.
- Brief black and white clip of a comedian singing "Figaro."
- And this week we're in... America!
- Tracey Ullman: "Breakaway"
- Peter Gabriel: "Sledgehammer"
- Max and his guest Tracey Ullman talk about:
- Not being a Cockney
- Her daughter's name Mabel
- How golf gets on her tits
- Plans for her first show in America (which actually happened a year later)
- Being married to a millionaire
- Her music career
- Max's coke ads in America
Notes & Commentary
tap, tap... Is this thing on?
Quotes & Caps
(Max's speech in this season finally stops using the extreme stuttering and repetition, probably as much for technical, audience and production reasons as because it was getting tiresome. I am still trimming such repetitions to minimum indicators here in the transcriptions.)
- Max: "Ha... I'm sorry. It's the pressure of being a star. You know how it is. Oh... you don't. But I do. From time to time I get a little bit... temperamental with the guys around me. You see, I'm the idol of millions, and, well, that's the trouble. They're idle... and I earn millions."
- Max: "Well, where am I... (whistles first notes of 'The Star Spangled Banner') Yep, you guessed it. Give me an A for Anglo-Saxons, an M for Mexicans, an E for Europeans, R for Russians, I for Italians, give me a C for Costa Ricans, an A for Africans, and what have you got... besides a lot of letters? America, America... Yes, what a mixed bag of a country this is - home of the Chevrolet, home of the home run and don't forget, home of the brave."
- Max: " "
- Max: " "