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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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Jun 22, 2020

Astro Farm combines asteroids and farms in an acceptable order and ratio.
Drop a farm on an asteroid, and you get a light-hearted animated series for children to enjoy.
Drop an asteroid on a farm, and you get a tragedy.

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

Jun 15, 2020

What do you get when you cross Catchphrase with that game where you match pairs of cards? Matchphrase? No, it's Concentration you idiot, although that was a good and clever guess.

Perhaps the only gameshow where a creepy plastic robo-host offered cooked fish as a prize. That'll be niiiiiccce.

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

Jun 8, 2020

80s teenagers mash buttons frantically in First Class, the show hipsters will say they prefer to Gamesmaster. Are hipsters still a thing?

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Jun 1, 2020

Four Square is a gameshow that nobody has ever watched. It is about squares. At least four of them I bet.

Writing show notes is hard sometimes.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy

May 25, 2020

Turnabout is the best thing Rob Curling has ever done. Better than presenting sports news on Sky News, better than motivationally speaking as a motivational speaker, better than anything else I find out about him in this Google search I just did.

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May 18, 2020

"Nobody tells me what to do, no not me..."
Ah Pugwall, Australia's own rebel without a plot. Mark and Martyn revisit the summer holiday time slot filler about a 13 year old boy and his boring family and friends. In the summer - when they go to Japan for some reason. There's racism and disappointment - this is still the most Australian TV show ever made.

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

May 11, 2020

"Thesp... build me a borg!" shouted Craig Charles, as he awaited the arrival of a blocky virtual reality avatar. But it never arrived. Was there something wrong with Thesp? Were the borgs broken? Or was he just in the B&Q car park again, being all confused?

 

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

May 4, 2020

Mentioned briefly during our David comma The Gnome episode, Trans World Sport was the program you had to sit through on a weekend morning before kids' tv started. Not good kids' tv though.
At least you would learn about sports from around the world. Not good sports though. We were just too lazy to go outside and play. Or even change the channel.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Apr 27, 2020

We finish our Gnome-ology with the first episode of the Smurfs, the smurfiest pile of old smurf we've ever had to smurf.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Apr 20, 2020

Who is your favourite Tom Bosley character? Whatever you just said is wrong, because it's actually David comma The Gnome, the tiny sadistic veterinarian who could easily sneak into your house and kill you because he is stronger than 7 men. Luckily for you he prefers hurting animals, but we all know it's only a matter of time...

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Apr 13, 2020

Noddy. The little gnome in the red and yellow car.
Shakey. A nickname for Shakin' Stevens.

It's the first episode in our gnome-ology, as we start looking at shows about gnomes for some reason. And at least this is the least racist version of Noddy. Probably.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Apr 6, 2020

This is a gameshow for pre-schoolers and the questions are easy and boring, so Mark comes up with some more challenging ones instead.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Mar 30, 2020

Pat Coombs roams the countryside with a haunted doll, evading the paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren from out of the Conjuring movies and also real life. They are good at evading the Warrens because you don't see them or hear about them at all in this episode, but they are definitely pursuing Pat and the doll nonetheless.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Mar 23, 2020

We haven't done a gameshow for a while, so let's do a gameshow. Which gameshow shall we do? Lucky Ladders with Lennie Bennett? Why not? How do you play Lucky Ladders? Who cares, we're barely paying attention anyway. Sorry, Lucky Ladders fans. Or Lennie Bennett fans.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Mar 16, 2020

A man tries to paint everything blue, but a panther intervenes and covers the walls with pink paint, instead of the man's blood, which is what would really happen if a panther was on the loose. Yet somehow, the second option seems preferable.

Well here he is, the pink panther,
The rinky-dink panther,
Isn't he a panther ever so pink?

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Mar 9, 2020

A show that epitomises all the worst elements of any "forgotten kids' show" creepypasta, Cloppa Castle definitely didn't exist, apart from in your nightmares. And now in ours.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Mar 2, 2020

We thought we'd covered all the shows full of haunted raggedy puppets that inhabited our childhoods, but it turns out there's always another haunted raggedy puppet show lurking just around the corner.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Feb 24, 2020

Imagine running the Krypton Factor assault course, but there are hundreds of you, and you take a detour through a dirty lake, and you're being chased by men dressed as monsters while a megalomaniac laughs and taunts you. Also, Craig Charles is watching.

It's Takeshi's Castle.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Feb 17, 2020

It's our fifth anniversary, so we go on a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man... who does not exist. And we don't mean Takeshi's Castle (sorry Richard).

Take a ride with us in everyone's favourite talking car with a teacher's voice, as we watch Knight Rider.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Feb 10, 2020

We finish watching Grease 2 this week, and what better way to celebrate a sequel that regurgitates tired old ideas than recording a podcast that regurgitates tired old jokes and references?

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Feb 3, 2020

We've done 250 episodes of When Wagon Wheels Were Bigger, and what better way to celebrate two middle-aged men reliving their childhoods than watching a load of middle-aged men pretending to be high school kids?

It's Grease 2. Part 1.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Jan 27, 2020

Take a deep breath and smell that fresh Welsh air.

"Pshhh-ti-cuff, pshhh-ti-cuff, pshhh-ti-cuff!"

No wait, I'm choking on coal fumes. It's Ivor the Engine.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Jan 20, 2020

Everyone is hats. Baker is hat. Policeman is hat. Mexican man is hat. Everyone is hats. You will be hat.

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Jan 13, 2020

Two weirdos solicit drawings from children and sing songs about them, whilst nightmarish and occasionally racist imagery lurks in the background. Yet somehow, fans of this show think Chris Packham is the bad guy...?

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

Jan 6, 2020

We recorded this episode ages ago and had second thoughts about releasing it. But we've had a break over Christmas, and we're never going to watch Archer's Goon again. So here's Archer's Goon. Archer's the guy who sent the goon, right?

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W4B theme composed by John Croudy.

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