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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: Category: comedy
Feb 13, 2017

We love a good quiz. We also used to love Telly Addicts. Good joke. Everybody laugh.

Anyway, we combine our usual talking over TV shows thing with trying to answer questions about TV shows, in a hideous mess of a podcast that probably shouldn't have slipped through.

Maybe you should go back and download last week's episode again. That was quite good.

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Feb 6, 2017

Harrowing examples of children being killed in farming accidents and acts of unsupervised stupidity abound, as Mark and Martyn watch the public information film "Apaches." Don't play on farms. You will die.

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Jan 30, 2017

"Just say NO!"
Yes, it's the peak of the hard-hitting Zammo drug storyline, and seemingly one of the only episodes of Grange Hill not to feature the titular school setting at all. At least we get to see a lot of Ro-land's job at the arcade though.

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Jan 23, 2017

*TROMBONE SLIDE*
Every child of the 80s will understand the bleak depressing Northern horror of Jonny Briggs. Here's a tip - watch Threads instead. It's probably got a happier ending.

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Jan 16, 2017

"Toad in the hole and dog in a blanket..."
The innocent adventures of a small boy and a mad old woman. How often were similar formats used in the 80s? Not any more though. Grown ups in the 80s were clearly much more trustworthy around young people...
#sarcasm #yewtree

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Jan 9, 2017

While Mark and Martyn were recording their Christmas special live stream playing old video games together, Martyn said they'd do a GamesMaster episode next. So that's what they had to do.
In fairness, it was fun to watch. But next time maybe have those discussions when you're not recording Martyn. You idiot.

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Dec 16, 2016

Lovely Terry Wogan's soothing voice introduces us to the surprisingly good Stoppit and Tidyup.

There's also a chance for you, our beloved Wheelers, to interact with us this week - you know we're good for it, we basically have nothing else going on in our lives.

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Dec 9, 2016

A much anticipated show is finally picked from the floor, as Mark and Martyn watch the first episode of Mr Benn. Pro tip - if a mysterious man in a fez asks you to try on some clothes, and you end up somewhere strange and unfamiliar, maybe don't go back again.

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Dec 2, 2016

"It's the Playbus! Where does it go? Where does it stop? Watch for the sign of the lollipop!"

Mark and Martyn catch the Playbus, and the route this episode leads to the Playtent stop. And the playtent stop can also lead to dubious movie careers...

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Nov 25, 2016

"Mop and Smiff, they are two of a kind..."
Two dogs? Nope. Two cats? Nope. Oh. Not really then.

Hey kids, let's learn about bin men with cartoons and songs. And a big lie that has haunted Martyn since he was about 5...

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Nov 18, 2016

What would you do if you could stop time? Probably not just deliver leaflets or help old men be good at darts. Bernard is an idiot. A wasteful do-gooding idiot.

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Nov 11, 2016

Imagine Dylan Moran was a stop motion puppet living on a canal boat and dressing like David Essex. That's Joshua Jones.

Mark and Martyn wish they'd timed the release of their podcasts better so this came out the same week as their If You Like episode about Jessica Jones. Didn't happen though. Didn't happen.

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

Also, go back to listen to last week's If You Like about Jessica Jones and pretend it came out alongside this one.

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Nov 4, 2016

Windy Miller lives in a windmill. Fiery Stationer lives in a fire station. Floristy Shopper lives in a florist shop. Only one of those is true. We watched Camberwick Green.

Now I know people read the show notes you'd think I'd make a bit of an effort wouldn't you?

EMAIL: ifyoulikewagonwheels@outlook.com
TWITTER: @spreadthewhimsy (like I said above)
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/whenwagonwheelswerebigger

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Oct 28, 2016

"Cockleshell Bay is a town near the sea, with sunshine and seagulls that screech,
There are shops that sell ices and buckets and spades, so that children can play on the beach..."

Cockleshell bay feels like the sort of puppet seaside town where a puppet David Tennant and a puppet Olivia Colman are about to turn up and investigate an horrific murder. A puppet murder. I'm sure nobody reads these show notes. If you read this, tweet @spreadthewhimsy with #ireadtheshownotes. It will make
Martyn's day.

EMAIL: ifyoulikewagonwheels@outlook.com
TWITTER: @spreadthewhimsy (like I said above)
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/whenwagonwheelswerebigger

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Oct 21, 2016

"A Suitcase full of clothes, everybody knows, when you're dressed in your Sunday best... anything goes!"

Dressing up pigs in funny clothes and pretending they're something else is probably illegal these days. Or at least frowned upon. As the song says, "it was acceptable in the 80s..."

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Oct 14, 2016

"Oh come with me to the rolling sea where the weather's calm and still..."

Mark and Martyn watch the adventures of three men in a lighthouse, where there's nothing weird going on at all honest, and all the shipping forecast references are lost on the children it was meant for.

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Oct 7, 2016

This show is called "Tugs." Make up your own jokes. They'll be a lot better than ours.

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Sep 30, 2016

Imagine a Japanese Terrahawks that was good. A listener request that neither Mark and Martyn recalls watching, Star Fleet is that rarest of things - a kids' show from the 80s that was actually watchable...

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Sep 23, 2016

Noot Noot! It's Pingu, the plasticine penguin you probably thought was from the nineties. Well it's actually an eighties creation, so it fits our criteria. Only being five minutes long is a bonus...

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Sep 16, 2016

"Down at the bottom of the gar-den..."

Mark and Martyn watch the Poddington Peas, possibly the only kids' show to include a reference to the birds and the bees in its opening theme. So although that's a bit creep-pea, don't be grump-pea! The show's pretty crap-pea but at least the podcast is snap-pea. Ugh, kill me...

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Sep 9, 2016

Anthropomorphised shoes live in a magical village in a cobbler's back room. How are there still good new ideas nowadays if they were scraping the barrel this desperately in the 80s? There aren't any good new ideas, that's how!

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Sep 2, 2016

"Don't you open that trapdoor, 'cos there's something down there..."


Willie Rushton talks us through the animated adventures of your favourite childhood plasticine monsters. Let's all stop and appreciate the fact that this hasn't been remade using CG. Yet.

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Aug 26, 2016

Welcome to Pontypandy, the Welsh village where half the population also serve in the fire brigade. Still, when there are this many kites getting stuck and an arsonist child living nearby, I suppose that's for the best.

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Aug 19, 2016

"It's not much of a life when you're just a pretty face..."
It's probably not much of a life when your head's on backwards either. It's the Raggy Dolls, the reject toys who taught kids that being different is ok. Unless you're French.

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Aug 12, 2016

"Language Timothy!"

Ronnie Corbett's finest hour... was probably The Two Ronnies.

Ronnie Corbett's best sitcom... appearance was probably that episode of Extras he did.

Ronnie Corbett... was also in this.

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

W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

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