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When Wagon Wheels Were Bigger

When Wagon Wheels Were Bigger is a weekly podcast that watches kids' TV from the eighties and casts a more cynical eye on the shows we used to love. Sometimes funny, usually disappointing, join your hosts Mark and Martyn and ruin a small part of your childhood week by week.
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May 16, 2022

Where does a dracula buy a goldfish, or a frankingstein find a hamster? Would you sell a cat to a werewolf? Dr Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop is less interesting that all of these questions.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

May 9, 2022

Every now and then, we watch something genuinely good like Paddington Bear, the incredibly labour-intensive stop-motion animation from Ivor Wood. Don't worry though, I'm sure there will be some willy jokes in here somewhere, and Mark definitely says "boobie."

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

May 2, 2022

A bunch of kids live in a wasteland where the only entertainment is the most boring of all fairground rides. I'd probably talk to snails as well.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Apr 25, 2022

"What do kids like?"
"Cartoons?"
"Of course."
"Action and adventure?"
"Obviously."
"News and current affairs?"
"For the last time John, get out of this meeting."

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Apr 18, 2022

Watch out, Beadle's About! this is not a drill, repeat, this is not a drill!

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Apr 11, 2022

Bill and Ben are made of flower pots, or wear flower pots, or just resemble flower pots for some reason...? Anyway, they live in your garden and they come alive at night. Sleep well.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Apr 4, 2022

With a title like this the jokes will write themselves, so I'm not going to bother. Also, Adam West is there, so something something Burt Ward.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Mar 28, 2022

Lassie's owners are constantly being shot at, set on fire, lost in the wilderness, trapped down wells and being caught in the current of fast-flowing rivers. Exactly the kind of people Battersea would probably deem unfit to care for an animal.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Mar 21, 2022

In the 1970s, teenagers were almost indistinguishable from middle-aged adults. Maybe it's because they were all time travellers, or whatever the Tomorrow People are, we don't know, it's confusing.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Mar 14, 2022

Christopher Biggins hosts On Safari whilst looking like Timmy Mallett if he'd eaten Elton John. Also some kids and their parents play games to try and win a telescope or something.  

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Mar 7, 2022

The best thing we can say about Shane Richie on Run The Risk is that at least he isn't Bobby Davro.  

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Feb 28, 2022

Junior Kickstart is about men standing around in the woods watching kids fall off motorbikes. And our mums used to wish we'd spend more time outside for some reason.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Feb 14, 2022

We finally get to the end of the worst thing the royal family has ever done. Forget all the other bad things. Especially that one you're still thinking about. 

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Feb 7, 2022

We're not saying George R R Martin was inspired by It's A Royal Knockout, but there's an evil prince and most of the main players are dead. SHAME! SHAME! SHAME! 

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Jan 31, 2022

A special episode deserves a special subject, a royal subject, the subject of an investigation perhaps? It's A Royal Knockout is like a massive fever dream, minus breaking into a sweat of course.     

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Jan 24, 2022
We watch more vintage adverts to give toys and games from the past some free publicity. If any of the toy companies involved want to go back in time and give our younger selves some free stuff in exchange, please consider using your time machine for something more useful.     

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Jan 17, 2022

What's more annoying - adverts that you can't skip, or podcasts about middle-aged men's opinions? Luckily, you don't have to choose.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Jan 10, 2022

Christmas is over, we've all had enough of chocolate and sweets, so we've decided to watch some adverts. For chocolate and sweets.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Jan 3, 2022

We're off to Button Moon...again, to celebrate Mark's birthday with a bunch of fever dream characters made out of household utensils and kitchen waste. *party popper sound*

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Dec 20, 2021

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Dec 13, 2021

Bullseye Christmas specials make a mockery of the format of the game, as professional darts players get good scores, and celebrities answer all the questions correctly in the name of giving to charity. We'll never say no to watching an episode of Bullseye though. Apart from the one with Daphne from Eggheads on it.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Dec 6, 2021

Who doesn't love obnoxious shouty presenters swallowing the camera and being nice to Dave Perry? Everyone? Oh well, sorry Dexter Fletcher, GamesMaster isn't for you. Better go and be an incredibly successful movie director instead.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Nov 29, 2021

The Blunders was a cartoon family sitcom that probably didn't exist and we don't remember it. Do you remember it? NO YOU DON'T YOU LIAR!

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Nov 22, 2021

Take a parody of Grange Hill, add some two-dimensional caricatures of the British Royal family, and you've got Palace Hill. Subversive? Yes. A bit rubbish? Apparently. Did we love it? Of course!

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

Nov 15, 2021

A giant Michael Bentine looms over some pirate puppets as if it's normal in another kids' tv show that sounds like we made it up.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme acoustic arrangement by Joe Beckhelling

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