Saturday, 14 January 2017

Episode 283 - BSB's Sitcom Nightmare


This week's spotlight focuses on a sitcom that helped bring down BSB, the satellite broadcasting company that should have been where Rupert Murdoch's Sky Television is today - and all because a former Spitting Image writer wanted to satirise US 1950's sitcoms -by using Nazis. No, really.

So join Paula, Sam and Glenn as the delve into the murky past of 1990's satellite telly to spotlight "Heil Honey - I'm Home!"

Next week: We visit a small village of rebel Gauls, holding out against the invaders.

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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Episode 282: Happy 2017!


HAPPY NEW YEAR! Yes folks, 2016 has eventually left after it outstayed its's welcome (a while ago), but it's onwards and upwards with the team as they discuss how they spent their Christmases, their thoughts on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and the fact that Death seemed to have a Christmas all of his very own as he took a lot of beloved celebrities this time around, including the very lovely Carrie Fisher, who we remember on this podcast, along with the other celebs who sadly passed away this year.

Next Week: The sitcom that helped bring down an entire broadcaster.

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Friday, 23 December 2016

He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas BTTE Special


IT'S CHRISTMAS! And here in BTTE we've decided to go all festive and watch an 80s Christmas Classic - it's 1985's He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special!

So grab yourself a mince pie and a glass of port, turn the fire up and settle down with Glenn, Paula and Sam to watch this Christmas classic cartoon!

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Saturday, 17 December 2016

An 80s Christmas: Selection Boxes

Sometimes, there's an excitement you just can't truly explain, a feeling of joy and ecstasy that can only truly be explained with a whiff of nostalgia, a thought or a feeling, or even seeing a picture that transports you back to when you were a kid. Christmas does that to me, I love everything about Christmas, and Christmas in the 70s and 80s in particular.

One of the things I loved about Christmas back then was the lack of what you'd consider "good taste"; all of that went out of the window for a few weeks at the back end of the year, in favour of tinsel, coloured fairy lights (with the plastic collars around them to make them look like flowers, natch) and far too many sparkly things to list here.

One of the other things I loved were the selection boxes that the various confectionary companies would produce every year. It's something I'm pretty sure that, like annuals of our favourite TV and film franchises (and I'll get to them another time, trust me) was limited pretty much to the UK. But every year, companies like Rowntrees, Cadburys and so on would put all of your favourite sweeties in a festive box, and offer them up as tribute to Old St Nick and dentists around the country. They tended to look like this:

Of course, you could still buy all of the separate choccies in the shops, but for some reason, bunging them in a box and sticking a bit of holly on it seemed to do the trick for me and millions of other kids, and every year we'd all get that twang of excitement when Chrimblemas rolled around, wondering which of our faves that Rowntrees would be putting in their box this year, and even what form that would take. (Just for clarity, I always favoured Mars' habit of putting them in stockings, as seen at the bottom of this page.)

Do you remember selection boxes? Which were your favourites? And are you still getting them to this day? Let us know!



Friday, 9 December 2016

Back to the Eighties - Episode 281: It's Christmas my dear Watson...


With Glenn away Becca takes the reins of the nostalgia tardis and guides Sam and Paula into the realms of the Sherlock Holmes Christmas special: The Blue Carbuncle, and there's a Christmas traditions quiz, because why wouldn't there be. Join us won't you?


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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - Commentary


With the release of Rogue One closer than ever, it's time to watch the last film in the original trilogy, and ask ourselves honestly, were the Ewoks THAT bad? Really?

Spoiler - they're not. No matter what Simon Pegg said in Spaced.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

When the Music Stops: Catra's Ice Palace


Back once again, we're taking you on a magical, mystical journey back to when cassettes were not only for music, but also for stories of our favourite 80's franchises!

This week, it's off to Etheria, for an adventure with She-Ra and the gang at Whispering Woods, where a winter festival is taking place, and Catra being the grinch that she is, can't help but want to ruin everyone's fun...

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