Episode CH4.3.5

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Episode CH4.3.5
Title The Max Headroom Show
UK Air Date 3 Feb 1987
US Air Date 26 Sep 1986
Length 30 minutes
Guests Rutger Hauer
Crew Talk Show Crew
Matt Frewer Max Headroom
The fifth episode of the second Channel Four season of the Max Headroom talk show featured actor Rutger Hauer.

The MaxRchives contains a complete recording of the UK broadcast of this episode. Hauer's web page contains a dozen photos of the show. Charles McGrew's page contains a number of audio clips that precede the Hauer interview.

Videos & Segments

  • Max appears from the hairline up and has a long argument with the stage crew - "Yeah, well it's been the right height for every other show!"
    • The crew puts a box under his chair, with some difficulties in positioning. It's still not tall enough; we see Max from the nose up. He tries to start, then complains again.
    • They put another box under the chair. He's almost tall enough... and then falls off the stack. ("Holy shit...!")
    • The show titles begin but are inverted and black-and-white with murky audio.
    • We cut to Max spinning on a vectorscope display. There's a rewind scrape, then Max appears normally. He mutters threats at the crew ("...put them all up against the wall and shoot them... that'd teach 'em a lesson").
    • The normal show opening rolls.
  • Max gives a giggly introduction to the show but notes that they have so many things, they might have to cut things like this (shows a credit slide) or this (shows a clip of Tina Turner's video) or even this (shows a clip of the Rutger Hauer interview).
  • Video: The Housemartins, "Happy Hour"
    • Max interrupts: "Let me play you something really, really good."
      • Plays some birdsong clips, with commentary.
      • Record scratch ends the bird sounds; Max rages.
  • Mac McDonald comedy clip, sticking bread all over his head to protect when "the bomb" goes off.

  • Tina Turner: "Typical Male"
  • Martini Ranch: "How Can the Labouring Man Find Time for Self-Culture?"
  • This show's country theme: Scandinavia (one of Max's best riffs)
  • Max and his guest Rutger Hauer talk about:
    • Being introduced by Max as "Rootbeer Hauer"
    • His Blade Runner character being a bit like Max
    • Being physical
    • Golf
    • Blade Runner again

Notes & Commentary

Mac McDonald appears as a comedian in this show. Fans of the film "Fifth Element" will recognize him as the older cop who ends up with a full lap of McDonald's soda ("Whoa!")

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: "