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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 31, 2023

Dodo likes to rhyme whilst speaking, if irritation's what you're seeking.
His alien race resembles pixies, like the ones on your Rice Krispies.
He also has a robot chicken, whose face and beak I'd like to kick in.         
         
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Jul 24, 2023

The Animal Kwackers look like a group of bank robbers who went to a fancy dress shop that was going out of business. Or a Banana Splits tribute act who hated the Banana Splits. Or the physical embodiment of some lost lyrics from "I am the Walrus."         
         
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Jul 17, 2023

If you Google Sir Prancealot you'll probably get a load of boring statistics about a racehorse, but that's still more entertaining than this cartoon.       
         
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Jul 10, 2023

Round 3... FIGHT! We finish our fighting game trilogy with the Mortal Kombat animated series, presumably made for all the kids who weren't allowed to play the gory games, but did anyway.      
         
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Jul 3, 2023

We continue our fighting game trilogy with the animated spin-off of a side-scrolling arcade beat-em-up. But why does this cartoon feel like it takes twice as long to watch? Because it's Double Drag-on! 
This is the best I could come up with, leave me alone.       
         
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Jun 26, 2023

We're digging out our 50ps and stacking them up on the arcade cabinet, as we watch the Street Fighter animated series. It's not in our usual time frame, but when asked if we could do it we decided "SURE-YOU-CAN!"   
         
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Jun 19, 2023

Some nosey kids investigate a spy operation in a castle instead of just calling the appropriate authorities, in predictably boring Enid Blyton fashion. 
         
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Jun 12, 2023

Fourways Farm is a stop-motion animation about talking animals voiced by Martin Jarvis. Not that we can hear him in this version. Or see much of the episode. Or care. 
         
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Jun 5, 2023

Des O'Connor forbids the explicit use of positive and negative replies then tries to buy keys from people to stop them opening boxes full of cucumbers. He also made Take Your Pick.
         
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May 29, 2023

Tiny dolls have a tiny adventure in this tiny episode, where we watch yet another show about toys that come to life. If Toy Story had been set in the UK in the 1980s, there would have been a lot more haunted and/or racist dolls in it.        

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May 22, 2023

This probably isn't the Barney you're thinking of. But that's your problem.   

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May 15, 2023

If you inherit a load of creepy old dolls, should you;
a) play with them,
b) display them proudly, or
c) never turn your back on them, don't even blink, burn them, burn them all and scatter the ashes as far apart as possible...?

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May 8, 2023

Nerys Hughes is obsessed with alligators. 
"See you later alligator," she would say when waving goodbye. 
But if you replied with "in a while, crocodile," she would get angry. 
She used to make people say "in a while, alligator" instead. 
It doesn't even rhyme.  

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May 1, 2023

Imagine Rod, Jane and Freddy, but Scottish, and with more kettles. That's this.  

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Apr 24, 2023

The world's laziest animators film themselves waggling a Hairy Jeremy around. Willy joke, everyone laugh.  

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Apr 17, 2023

We love a good gameshow on this podcast, but we've done all those, so we watched Runway instead.    

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Apr 10, 2023

A Dutch owl puppet reads made up stories from a newspaper in the creepy-pasta-waiting-to-happen, The Daily Fable.    

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Apr 3, 2023

Years before the disaster-based trauma of Thunderbirds, or the Zelda-based trauma of Terrahawks, Gerry Anderson set out to traumatise children with the sleepy-eyed hunchbacked puppets of Torchy the Battery Boy.    

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Mar 27, 2023

After more than 400 episodes, we're getting nostalgic for our own nostalgia. So we decided to face the horror of our own mortality, as all the skin falls off our faces and our skulls disintegrate. We also watch Knightmare again. "Oh dear..."   

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Mar 20, 2023

Remember Spatz? Well this is that, except with ice cream. If you don't remember Spatz, we envy you. 

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Mar 13, 2023

"Ranger... Barbarian... Magician... Thief... Cavalier... and Acrobat!" 
100 more episodes have gone by, so Mark and Martyn re-re-re-revisit the first episode of blah blah blah you know the drill. 

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Mar 6, 2023

Nice to see 400 episodes, to see 400 episodes, NICE! We thought we'd celebrate with a GOOD GAME, GOOD GAME, but we ended up watching the Generation Game instead. 

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Feb 27, 2023

Maths was much more exciting in the 80s, when mental space wizards would magically appear and threaten kids with knives until they learned how to maths. Luckily there was a documentary film crew on hand making Maths-In-A-Box to prove I'm not a liar.

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Feb 20, 2023

Nightmare marionette antics with Mumfie, a horrible puppet elephant who hangs around with other horrible puppets, including witches, scarecrows and sometimes TV and radio broadcasting legends.

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Feb 13, 2023

We complete our podcast trilogy with Tom Slick, a racing driver hero whose vehicle is genuinely called the "Thunderbolt Grease-Slapper." Write your own jokes about that, I can't be bothered.

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