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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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Jul 15, 2024

We've watched a lot of terrifying puppets during the course of this podcast, but the puppets in the Rimini Riddle wouldn't look out of place in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre or The Hills Have Eyes.       

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Jul 8, 2024

He-Man was essentially just a child-friendly Conan the Barbarian rip-off, so it's a shame that when they eventually made a Conan cartoon for children it was forgettable boring rubbish.       

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Jul 1, 2024

We debate the pros and cons of being a Highlander as we watch another cartoon based on a film that wasn't for children. It's a kind of magic that it even got made, but thankfully, there can be only one. 

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Jun 24, 2024

A boatful of research scientists routinely harrass a kaiju and befriend its ridiculous cowardly nephew, in the bizarre first part of our latest trilogy of cartoons for kids based on movies for grown ups, Godzilla (and Godzoooooooky).

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Jun 17, 2024

The scarecrow is alive, the farm animals are stop-motion, and the local bird population are mostly hand puppets. Forget Me Not Farm might not be growing "normal" crops if you know what I mean...

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Jun 10, 2024

Mike Amatt had a dog and a cat, and apparently that was enough to get TV shows commissioned in the eighties.   

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Jun 3, 2024

Historically, there were loads of musketeers, but only four of them were noteworthy, and only three get any credit. The fifth one is rubbish.  

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May 27, 2024

Animals dress up as humans and assume human-like lives in The Get Along Gang, which teaches lessons about friendship and teramwork and how to kill off all the humans probably.  

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May 20, 2024

Chips Comic was a show about a comic called Chips Comic, not to be confused with Chips, the comic in Whizzer and Chips comic. Also there's a bloke in a dog costume for some reason. 

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May 13, 2024

In the 1980s, everyone had puppets living next door. Borrowing your sugar, commenting when you wash your car, and confusing the human toddlers in the neighbourhood. 

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May 6, 2024

Some animals keep a man as a pet and make him sing and dance in the street for pennies, in this grim post-apocalyptic tale about the horrors of slavery or something.   

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Apr 29, 2024

A Grinnygog is a cheap-looking magic statue, and the centrepiece of this slow-moving story about 80s kids, vicars, and witches (eventually, probably, maybe).   

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Apr 22, 2024

Clock Man is a Czech cartoon long considered to be lost media, which may or may not be haunted and/or cursed. The only way to decide is to track it down and watch it yourself. All hail Clock Man.

 

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Apr 15, 2024

We sit down for a spell to listen to George Cole reading a story about a kindly old magic-user. Wand-er if it'll be magic? That's witch-ful thinking! You try writing these...   

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Apr 8, 2024

If you like the idea of cricketers being reimagined as rabbits, you should probably seek professional help. But oh boy, do we have the one extremely niche cartoon for you! 

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Apr 1, 2024

We grew up in a time when someone could sew a squeaker into a sock and make a fortune from pretending it was entertaining. No wonder our generation hates everything now.  

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Mar 25, 2024

Jeremy Beadle teaches kids about inventions and discoveries, while we think of some better things he could have been doing with his time, instead of making Eureka, which is what we're watching.   

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Mar 18, 2024

We haven't heard of this, you probably haven't heard of this. All we know is there are Rock Lords in it. Let's all just get through it together as best we can.   

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Mar 11, 2024

Remember when everyone thought Virtual Reality was brilliant, but it actually turned out to be a load of rubbish? Of course you do, it's still happening. Satire. Virtually Impossible is like Knightmare, but probably cost a lot more and looks a lot worse.   

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Mar 4, 2024

Just so you're not disappointed, this isn't about Jimmy Tarbuck playing snooker, or installing doors and windows, or adding wooden structures around the edges of paintings, or setting up innocent people so they appear to have committed crimes.

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Feb 26, 2024

Ren and Stimpy were famously never drawn the same way twice. Teetime and Claudia also share this quality, but for a very different reason.          

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Feb 19, 2024

Doris is a cat made from cut-out paper whose world is brought to horrifying life with the nightmarish screeching of 80s synthesizer music.        

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Feb 12, 2024

Michael Barrymore reads words from a book whilst a puppet dogs attempts to draw the images conveyed by the words, in Sebastian the Incredible Drawing Dog. You could say they're pooling their resources, but I don't know why you would...        

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Feb 5, 2024

Dappledown Farm straddles two different realities - one resembles the real world, the other is made up of painted sets and puppet animals. Briant Cant doesn't notice, because he's an omnipresent interdimensional being.        

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Jan 29, 2024

Imagine if a Smurf and a Poddington Pea were able to breed. Go on, really imagine it with your imagination. 

Urgh. That's disgusting.     

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