Episode CH4.3.6

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Episode CH4.3.6
Title The Max Headroom Show
UK Air Date 10 Feb 1987
US Air Date 10 Oct 1986
Length 30 minutes
Guests David Byrne
Crew Talk Show Crew
Matt Frewer Max Headroom
The sixth episode of the second Channel Four season of the Max Headroom talk show featured a figure who was probably most like Max's real-life counterpart, Talking Heads singer David Byrne.

The MaxRchives contain a complete recording of the UK broadcast of this episode. The complete interview segment is available on YouTube. Charles McGrew's page contains a number of audio clips that precede the Byrne interview.

Videos & Segments

  • We open on a brief clip of an ad for "Lyrill," with its irritating theme. There will be more.
  • Max appears in fast rewind for a few moments, then bounces giddily around the screen while talking about what a wild time he and the crew have, such as staying up talking until quarter to eleven while eating toast. It's just non-stop!
  • Video: Curiousity Killed the Cat, "Misfit"
  • Max on why Pope John Paul II is the happiest man in the world.
    • Lyrill ad pops in again.
  • Max talks about what a wonderful show is in store.
    • We're interrupted by a news flash: an important message from the Albanian embassy is played in full. (It's all in Albanian, except for 'giant gorilla' near the end.")
  • Max, in his green plaid suit, tells the audience this is the last show in the current series, and thanks them for all their cards and letters as the end credits roll. "Damn you... God bless... I love you... bye..." The credits end. "What do you mean it's not the last show? How many more? Aw, Jesus Chri..." (the sequence rewinds to the beginning and the regular opening credits roll).
    • The credits are interrupted by a second news flash that corrects the first's sentence containing "giant gorilla."
    • The credits resume, only to slow to half speed, then pause on the "neon green bar" placeholder slide.
      • The placeholder card is itself interrupted by a very brief clip of a young woman on a horse.
    • The opening credits conclude more or less normally.
  • We open on the studio audience to the irritating jingle that tells us...
  • Once again, it's time to play 'Quiz!'... and the jingle plays again. (Max: "Squash 'em.")

  • Gene Loves Jezebel: "Heartache"
  • Talking Heads: "Wild Wild Life"
  • Max and his guest David Byrne (on his own TV!) talk about:
    • The fun of cleaning out his refrigerator
    • His stage persona is sillier than himself in real life
    • "As one talking head to another": Fan expectations
    • Style of his clothes vs. Max's
    • His film "True Stories" (during which they switch monitors)
    • Megalomania
    • Whether Max's show would work in Belgium
    • How David is the most famous talking head besides Max

(No golf, and no country theme?)

Notes & Commentary

Hello? Hello? Is th-th-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: "