1995: Rare LIVE BBC TV Interview!

This was for me the most unexpected Madonna TV recording I ever made - a full unscheduled sit-down interview with Madonna - her only ever UK TV interview which was broadcast live!

It was Monday March 27th 1995 and the 67th Annual Academy Awards were taking place that evening. Madonna was not scheduled to attend, but it had already been announced that she would appear on tape during the ceremony, hosted by David Letterman, in a comic sketch about a toy monkey!

So for that reason alone, I set my VCR to record the entire live UK broadcast of the Oscars. In the UK that year, the show was aired (during the small hours of the morning of Tuesday March 28th) on BBC TV - the official state broadcaster which does not air commercials.

Since the live Oscars telecast in USA does include ad breaks, the BBC has to fill these slots with something else - and in 1995 they chose their movie critic Barry Norman to fill the ad breaks by presenting live commentary on the awards from inside an unofficial Oscars party where celebrities who were not attending the actual event, were gathered to eat, drink and watch the show on TV screens.

So it's now the day after the show and I sit down to scan through my tape of the live broadcast to find the Madonna "Monkey" sketch - and as I am fast-forwarding through all of it I see something which makes me stop - it's MADONNA! But this is not the "Monkey" sketch, she's sitting beside Alan Parker - and Barry Norman is talking!


Yes - Madonna was at that party where the BBC were broadcasting and she was with Alan Parker - and this was just 2 weeks after she had officially confirmed that at last she would by playing Evita, directed by Parker. She was wearing the same pink Versace dress which she had worn 3 weeks earlier at the San Remo Festival in Italy to perform "Take a Bow" and she was slightly drunk!

Here it is - it's funny, she's tipsy, it's LIVE on the BBC and it appears that this was never recorded or stored by them (it was never shown again and is no longer in their archives).

(BBC UK, March 1995)