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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: 2021
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

Nov 8, 2021

We pay our respects to ever-so-sprightly twice-nightly Richard Whiteley by watching the first ever Countdown and reminiscing about our own Countdown fan fiction from back in the day.

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

Nov 1, 2021

Anything Channel 4 could do, Sky One could do later. Games World had a lot in common with GamesMaster - a scornful mocking host, characters pretending to be good at video games, and Dave Perry hanging around like a bad smell.

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

Oct 25, 2021

Some animals have escaped from a pet shop and are pretending that they always lived by a British riverbank, and also that they have human needs and desires. And post offices.

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

Oct 11, 2021

Fruit in clothing is descending from a higher floor. Fruit in clothing is pursuing stuffed animals. 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

Oct 4, 2021

Grotbags looks young and Croc looks diseased in the first episode of Emu's World. Rod Hull and Emu continue to look like an elderly woman using a ratty old toy from a car boot sale as an excuse to assault people.

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

Sep 27, 2021

The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show has it all - Dazzle, Razzle, the Hudson Brothers... and Rod Hull & Emu!

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

Sep 20, 2021

We open a portal to hell via Youtube and watch some awful puppets summon Tony Robinson into their infernal domain.

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

Sep 13, 2021

Tony Hart could probably kill you with his little finger, but instead he lives the peaceful life of some kind of monk in an extra-dimensional workshop where you're safe from the horrible real world, but modelling clay comes to life occasionally.

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

Sep 6, 2021

Simon brings his nightmarish doodles to life using magic chalk, or otherworldly sorcery on normal chalk, or mind-altering narcotics. I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention.

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

Aug 30, 2021

What do you get when you cross the Pink Windmill kids with Let's Pretend? This shambles about a load of over-enthusiastic stage school adults jumping about and singing whilst using half a dressing-up box.

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

Aug 23, 2021

Alphabet Castle is under siege by the soldiers of Number Castle, and they're pouring boiling oil over the parapets to burn all the Number people whilst battering rams smash through the walls!

Or, someone done a painting of a letter whilst wearing a cardboard crown.

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

Aug 16, 2021

Budgie is a helicopter with a face whose friends are a load of other vehicles with faces, and nobody wants you to make the comparison to all the other books and TV shows about vehicles with faces, but if you don't do that you have to talk about Sarah Ferguson instead.

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

Aug 9, 2021

Jungle all the way with more jungle fun this week as we watch the Junglies, which is about the jungle and or things that may or may not be from the jungle. Read this out loud and let us know at which point the word jungle lost all meaning.

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

Aug 2, 2021

Did you ever wonder what inspired Bobby Ball to write Juniper Jungle? Of course not, nobody cares about Juniper Jungle!

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

Jul 26, 2021

Thanks to our Australian connections we are now aware of Mr Squiggles, a pencil-nosed monster puppet who draws things upside-down, just like all Australians. Fingers crossed, he might draw a willy with his nose.

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

Jul 19, 2021

Ric is a blue bird who harrasses bearded men or something. Look it's five minutes long, what more do you want from this?

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

Jul 12, 2021

Of all the cartoon dogs with names ending in "owser," Towser is definitely one of them.

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

Jul 5, 2021

Blue Peter was boring and if you liked it you were boring too. Mark Curry was a force for chaos, destroying Lego, wearing wacky suits and riding backwards bikes with reckless abandon. Be thankful for Mark Curry. Both of them. All the Mark Currys. Everywhere.

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

Jun 28, 2021

This episode was going to be about Home To Roost, but as it's episode 321 we should have made it about 3-2-1. Instead we watched a cartoon about a baby with a ginger mohawk, a spaceship and a robot butler or something.

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

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