Episode CMX.0.1: The Extended Origin Telefilm

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When the origin telefilm was shown on the US Cinemax channel, it was extended by almost a half hour of additional videos and a few extended scenes.

This page is an appendix to the main telefilm page and lists only the changes between the two versions.

The extended version was apparently created and edited to run as four weekly episodes on Cinemax, running in parallel with the later episodes of the UK-import Max Talking Headroom Show. There may or may not be any "official" full length edit of this version, and fan-made single edits in circulation may have variations. Whoever made the extended version had access to original footage shot for the first version, as several scenes not in the original appear in this version.

Timeline of Changes

A complete summary of the changed and added material is as follows (times are approximate):

  • 00:00 - "Cinemax Presents" credit.
  • 44:37 - Added scene (right before Carter and Theora fix Carter's camera): Theora serves Carter tea and then herself (16s).
  • 47:09 - Added scene (right after Dominique says Max could have his own show): Max introduces himself, with interference from Reg, and finally gets someone to run the video "Is That Love" by Squeeze (3m 20s).
  • 50:30 - Added scene (immediately follows Squeeze video): Max riffs on "Dallas" and "Dynasty" being Russian plots, then shows the video "Do You Dream in Colour" by Bill Nelson (3m 48s).
  • 54:18 - Added scene (immediately follows the Nelson video): Max riffs on the Iran-Iraq war, then shows the video "Radio Ga Ga" by Queen (3m 44s).
  • 58:02 - Added scene (immediate follows the Queen video: Max riffs about starting a band, then shows the video "Walking to the Beat" by Yakihiro Takahashi (2m 23s).
  • 60:25 - Edited scene (immediately follows Takahashi video: After Reg says "Go for it, Max, you son of a bitch!" the snip of Max asking, "I beg your pardon?" is repeated, then Reg's line "Go for it."
  • 61:45 - Added scene (when Bryce says "explain this"): Max riffs on Mozart, then shows the video "Aikea Quinea" by the Cocteau Twins (2m 34s).
  • 64:04 - Added scene (immediately follows Cocteau video): Max tells a joke about a sexual complaint, then shows the video "Turning Japanese" by The Vapours(1m 50s).
  • 68:25 - Added scene (after Reg says "How come he's got a sense of humor?"): Max shows the video "Making Plans for Nigel" by XTC (2m 45s).
  • 72:25 - Changed/added scene (as the Network 23 board notices Big Time TV's rapid ratings climb): Max's interaction with the board is replaced by other material, intercut with repeated reaction shots of the board from the original sequence. Max does a riff on flip-flops, then shows the video "Free Yourself" by the Untouchables. He then riffs on nuclear pollution, and on the "funny lines" behind him. (4m 12s).
  • 81:38 - Added scene (immediately after final credits): A voiceover leads into a final Max riff introducing his new show, and his first interview with Sting. (50s).

A great deal of this material seems to be re-purposed from the earlier versions of the Channel Four and Cinemax talk/video shows. A complete review of this summary is forthcoming now that most of those shows are available on YouTube or in the MaxRchives.