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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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Now displaying: 2016
Jun 24, 2016

"We've got spooks and ghouls and freaks and fools, at... Rentaghost!"
Not to mention all your favourite pantomime rejects and future soap stars. Yes we're back on track (sort of), looking at kids' tv again after a few weeks of old sitcoms. And what more natural route back than via the worst of all children's sitcoms, Rentaghost. Don't go into the cellar! Because there's a dragon, or the ghost of a dragon, or the ghost of a man dressed as a dragon, or something...

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TWITTER: @spreadthewhimsy
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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Jun 10, 2016

Listen very carefully, we will watch this only once...

Mark and Martyn get political with a tenuously EU referendum-based pick in the form of amiable Nazi-occupied sitcom Allo Allo. So let's all laugh at foreigners just like in the good old days. Ha ha ha, they're slightly different than me.And so on.

EMAIL: ifyoulikewagonwheels@outlook.com
TWITTER: @spreadthewhimsy
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/whenwagonwheelswerebigger

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Jun 3, 2016
Hi-De-Hi Wheelers! Mark and Martyn can't hear you! Hi-De-Hi Wheelers! This could go on for a while... 
Tedious holiday camp "fun" is inflicted in what feels like real-time as we watch what passed for entertainment in the 80s re-enacting what passed for entertainment in the 50s. Yay. 
 
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TWITTER: @spreadthewhimsy
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/whenwagonwheelswerebigger
 
W4B theme composed by John Croudy.
May 27, 2016
As promised, Mark and Martyn deliver a double bill of disappointment with the Maddocks Animations Penny Crayon and Jimbo & The Jet Set. Ironic that Penny Crayon is about drawings that come to life, when the animation in these shows has rigor mortis setting in...
 
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TWITTER: @spreadthewhimsy
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/whenwagonwheelswerebigger
 
W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

 

May 20, 2016

Previously considered for the "untouchable" pile, The Real Ghostbusters was a huge deal to Mark and Martyn as kids and perhaps above mockery...? Shame it isn't the new Ghostbusters trailer...

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TWITTER: @spreadthewhimsy
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/whenwagonwheelswerebigger

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

May 13, 2016
A boy turns into a dog. Later in the series a grown man who turns into a dog befriends him. There's a grooming joke to be made but I'm rising above it. 
 
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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.
May 6, 2016

Martyn's on his own this week, so as a filler episode he watches a classic advert from the 80s. Sorry.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Apr 29, 2016

People made out of household items use a baked bean can rocket to visit a moon made out of a giant yellow button. You already know what Button Moon was all about, I can't make it sound any weirder than it already is...

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TWITTER: @spreadthewhimsy
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/whenwagonwheelswerebigger

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Apr 20, 2016

A Scottish man talks to a cardboard cone on his hand and everybody's okay with it, in the made-in-simpler-times British classic FingerMouse. Do you really think Mark and Martyn will avoid the obvious jokes? Do you? This must be your first W4B...

Bonus laughs to be had from the following youtube video, as referenced in this episode;

www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3Rc5dNDB2M

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Apr 13, 2016

Inexplicable talking tigers, magic word-based transformations and horrible stock animation. Yes it's squinting lawsuit-magnet Captain Marvel. Or Shazam. Or whatever he's called this week. Mark and Martyn have some choice names for him after
sitting through this...

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Apr 6, 2016

"Ha ha this-a-way, ha ha that-a-way..." That forced phonetic laughter is the only laughter to be had from this terrible show. Apart from the anti-French xenophobia expressed halfway through.

Mark and Martyn watch Wizbit to honour the sad passing of magician and entertainer Paul Daniels. If only it had been good.

Do you have questions, comments or recommendations for future episodes? Talk to us!
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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

NB - This week's recording was plagued by technical and audio issues throughout - we hope this doesn't interfere with your enjoyment of the episode, which we feel remains at its usual level of quality.  

Mar 30, 2016

Timmy Mallett deserves a punch and Michaela Strachan deserves better - it's WACADAY, the Wide Awake Club spin off that's just as awkward and uncomfortable to watch as it ever was. At least Mark and Martyn get to watch some old adverts along the way...

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Mar 23, 2016

The Northern adventures of a bunch of impossible-to-understand teenagers at a youth club in Newcastle. Who goes to youth clubs anyway?

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Mar 16, 2016

A cartoon that's useless as both entertainment and advertising, failing as it does to produce either a good story or a good representation of Nintendo characters or hardware. Even Sonic the Hedgehog's cartoon was better than this...

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Mar 9, 2016

Part awful horror movie, part awful bawdy comedy, Worzel Gummidge is just as bad and/or good as you remember. Although we only half remember bits and pieces if we're honest. At least the kids aren't particularly annoying though...

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Mar 2, 2016

Gentle, calming, good old-fashioned children's classic Thomas The Tank Engine. Even if they wanted to, Mark and martyn couldn't ruin this. Apart from talking all over it. Good job idiots.

Do you have questions, comments or recommendations for future episodes? Talk to us!
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TWITTER: @spreadthewhimsy
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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Feb 24, 2016

The Goodies add their voices to a fruit-based parody of Captain Marvel in the disappointing Bananaman. Bananas have long been a comedy staple, even though they're not very funny. Maybe it's because the idea of slipping on a banana skin actually comes from the substitution of bananas for dog mess. In that respect, the creators of Bananaman have really paid suitable homage...

Do you have questions, comments or recommendations for future episodes? Talk to us!
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TWITTER: @spreadthewhimsy
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/whenwagonwheelswerebigger

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Feb 17, 2016

Mark and Martyn have done 50 podcasts (party popper sound effect), so to mark the occasion they finally get around to one of the biggest franchises of the 80s, Transformers. Not only that, but it's the movie, which is a harrowing bloodbath. Can robots bleed? They can definitely feel pain in this movie. So much pain...

So listen in friends as your hosts are forced to talk to each other for three times longer than usual and see which dies first - all your beloved childhood characters or the W4B boys' enthusiasm?

Do you have questions, comments or recommendations for future episodes? Talk to us!
EMAIL: ifyoulikewagonwheels@outlook.com
TWITTER: @spreadthewhimsy
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/whenwagonwheelswerebigger

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Feb 10, 2016

"Ulyssee-ee-ee-ee-ees, no-one else can do the things you do..." Although you do appear to have copied your fair share of popular culture.

Another boring, bearded sci-fi father-figure with a whiny son, annoying robot and generic alien entourage. Ulysses 31 has it all. How can something so technically well-made be so bad?

Questions, comments or recommendations for future episodes? Why not email us at ifyoulikewagonwheels@outlook.com, tweet us using our shared Twitter feed @spreadthewhimsy, or reach us at facebook.com/whenwagonwheelswerebigger - why not indeed?

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Feb 3, 2016

"Hey Hey Hey!" Bill Cosby introduces us to Fat Albert and his friends, and Mark and Martyn pay no attention to the fact that this show isn't from the eighties, or to any of Bill Cosby's recent activities. Whatever they were. We don't know anything about that.

Questions, comments or recommendations for future episodes? Why not email us at ifyoulikewagonwheels@outlook.com, tweet us using our shared Twitter feed @spreadthewhimsy, or reach us at facebook.com/whenwagonwheelswerebigger - why not indeed?

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Jan 27, 2016

"Everybody needs good neighbours..." Unfortunately we got boring and confusing neighbours instead.

Another request show, this week Mark and Martyn watch the first episode of long-running Australian soap opera Neighbours. So throw another shrimp on the barbie, open a tinny and look out for brown-eyed mullets in the pool...

Additional YouTube viewing:

http://youtu.be/xUTfBR5LXA8
Jim from Neighbours Heart Attack Collection

http://youtu.be/LEwDeNKYYMg
28 minute compilation of Neighbours deaths and exits

You're welcome.

Questions, comments or recommendations for future episodes? Why not email us at ifyoulikewagonwheels@outlook.com, tweet us using our shared Twitter feed @spreadthewhimsy, or reach us at facebook.com/whenwagonwheelswerebigger - why not indeed?

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Jan 20, 2016

"Eyes of the Hawk, Ears of the Wolf, Bravestarr! (Bravestarr) Strength of the Bear, Speed of the Poo-Ma!"

Everyone's favourite bowel movement-related super power joke from the playgrounds of 1987 is relived as Mark and Martyn watch Bravestarr again. Pssst... It's just cowboy He-Man on Tatooine...

Questions, comments or recommendations for future episodes? Why not email us at ifyoulikewagonwheels@outlook.com, tweet us using our shared Twitter feed @spreadthewhimsy, or reach us at facebook.com/whenwagonwheelswerebigger - why not indeed?

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Jan 13, 2016

To tie-in with this week's episode of If You Like (*cough* go and subscribe to that podcast as well *cough*), Mark and Martyn watch the 80s precursor to the better known X-men animated series from the 90s, full of inexplicable accents and opening credit set pieces.  

Questions, comments or recommendations for future episodes? Why not email us at ifyoulikewagonwheels@outlook.com, tweet us using our shared Twitter feed @spreadthewhimsy, or reach us at facebook.com/whenwagonwheelswerebigger - why not indeed?

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

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