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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: 2020
Dec 28, 2020

What's the best way to cap off one of the most depressing anxiety-inducing years ever? Watching a load of downtrodden animated first-graders suffering with emotional issues of course!

Happy New Year Charlie Brown, you morose little prick.

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

Dec 21, 2020

Copy this thing you saw a professional do once. Copy it with your Mum or Dad. Oh no, you've done it wrong. Now you look stupid don't you. Now say "CUDDLY TOY!"

Everyone join in, say cuddly toy.

We're not going anywhere until you say it.

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

Dec 14, 2020

When Happy Days ended, what happened to the Fonz? Did he;

Die in a tragic repeat of his shark-jumping demonstration?
Continue to live above a garage to be sexually available for his best friend's mother?
Time travel with a dog, a magic future woman and two losers?

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme piano arrangement by Richard L Gill

Nov 30, 2020

Before Jurassic Park, the best animated dinosaurs ever committed to film were in Moschops. I haven't really kept track since then, but Moschops is probably still up there, right?

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme piano arrangement by Richard L Gill

Nov 23, 2020

Jon Pertwee narrates the adventures of a boy, an alien and an alien's imaginary friend, as we debate whether real things or imaginary things are scarier.

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

Nov 16, 2020

Despite sounding like a badly constructed innuendo pseudonym, Ivor Wood was also a real person, who used second-hand Postman Pat puppets to tell stories about an old lady in the mostly forgotten animated series, Gran.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme piano arrangement by Richard L Gill

Nov 9, 2020

In Film Fun, Derek Griffiths dresses up as a sexy lady, and also some other things as well. The best one is the sexy lady though.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme piano arrangement by Richard L Gill

Nov 2, 2020

Do you know any songs about Arctic Hares? Derek Griffiths does. I guess that's why Derek got the Heads & Tails job and you didn't.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme piano arrangement by Richard L Gill

Oct 26, 2020

Scooby-Doo taught us that evil old white men would dress up as ghosts to embezzle money and scare children. Real life taught us they become politicians instead. Happy Halloween.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme piano arrangement by Richard L Gill

Oct 19, 2020

Toys got cartoons all the time in the 80s, so why not a Rubik's cube?
"Because it's just an inanimate puzzle," you probably just said.
Well you're wrong, because it's got a face and feet and magic powers you Rubik's Rube!

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy
W4B theme piano arrangement by Richard L Gill

Oct 12, 2020

Elephants wear clothes and glasses and talk and everyone's just cool with that for some reason apparently. Still, they have a functioning monarchy so best not to ask too many questions, or Babar will probably have you beheaded.

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

Oct 5, 2020

It's October so let's watch something scary. Are we watching the news? Ha ha, it's funny because the world is a nightmare. Let's watch Dramarama instead, a classic episode about a haunted mirror or something.

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

Sep 28, 2020

In space, no-one can hear you scream... so why did Space Ghost spend most of his time screaming his own name into the void?

The cartoon was rubbish, so we look back fondly on the Adult Swim talk show Space Ghost: Coast to Coast instead.

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

Sep 21, 2020

We finally decided to do Battle of the Planets. Except we didn't. But we did. We didn't though. Although we did watch it.

We didn't.

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

Sep 14, 2020

Who suggested we do Cluedo? It was Mark, in a text message, with the youtube link.

The most boring board game in the world gets an upgrade into the most boring gameshow in the world.

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

Sep 7, 2020

Two fat old men get out of breath, then they watch Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks have a bit of a wrestle.

It's funny because I was talking about us.

Not the wrestlers like you thought.

I'm good at jokes.

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

Aug 31, 2020

Auntie Mabel takes Pippin the dog out in her plane to learn about things, as if Pippin understands or cares. Pippin spends her time remembering what it was like starring in series 1 of Woof! Pippin expects she will be replaced in this as well. Poor Pippin.

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

Aug 24, 2020

What do you get when you take a duck and some guinea pigs and put them in distress? If you said "sad" you're correct, but another correct answer is the Adventures of Dynamo Duck.

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

Aug 17, 2020

A very specific selection of usually inanimate objects come to life and live together in a house with partially alive features. But don't worry about that, we have some ideas for better TV shows, and you're going to hear all about them in this episode.

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

Aug 10, 2020

"Yeeeaaahhhh, RatFans!"

Roland Rat rose to fame on TV-AM, and since then it's become something of a tradition for breakfast TV in the UK to be hosted by vermin.

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

Aug 3, 2020

We hope there will "bee" a lot of "buzz" about this episode, as we watch the show with a "sting in its tail." So "beehive" yourself and, uh, "pollen" up a chair to join us. It'll "bee" over in "nectar" to no time.

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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

Jul 27, 2020

America, F*CK YEAH! Time for some patriotic jingoistic nonsense as we watch another animated toy advert and talk about toys we did or didn't have for about half an hour. 

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

Jul 20, 2020

Before now, the worst gameshow prize we've come across was some cooked fish. Enter Busman's Holiday. Who wants to go on a holiday where you just do your normal job but in a different place? These losers.

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

Jul 13, 2020

We finish our High-ology with Degrassi High, a boring Canadian school drama about a boring Canadian school. Boring. Let's
learn about some more of Mark's school traumas and repressed memories instead.

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

Jul 6, 2020

Part two of our High-ology takes us to a world of vampire fonzies, werewolf nerds and undead cheerleaders, being taught by a remarkably unfazed Rick Moranis. Why would you go to school if you were undead?

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

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