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We go back to 1985 to check in on Marty McFly and Doc Brown, as they go even further back to 1955. Cliff's favourite film is full of classic scenes, lines and character (and cars). There's a rap quiz, with a wonderful piece of singing from Brett and a song from Liverpool blues rock band The Heavy North (you can find more from them here See for privacy and opt-out information.
Brett picks Eddie Murphy's breakout movie Beverly Hills Cop for this weeks episode. The 1984 classic set the blueprint for the rest of the decade's comedy-action films and stuck in Brett's brainbox from the first time he saw it.There's also a fun quiz about old haunts in South Shields and music from the brilliant Simulakrum Lab once more, with his latest track Norris. Find out more about his music here See for privacy and opt-out information.
Following Sometime in New York City, John Lennon returned to a more personal, love-song based approach for 1973's Mind Games. Written and recorded just as he and Yoko were making decisions about their future, it's not one of Lennon's critically acclaimed records, but after hearing it as a child, Cliff was hooked. There's a scam story, bird chat, an April Fool quiz and more, too. And there's fantastic music from the John Mitchie Collective. Find out more about the artist here/. See for privacy and opt-out information.
We revisit The Beatles' second feature film Help! with special guest Luke Williamson, singer in The Mariners. There's an 80s advert quiz and Luke introduces his band's new single Jennifer. To listen to more from The Mariners, visit See for privacy and opt-out information.
Alice Lowe's directorial debut Prevenge, which she also wrote and starred in, is a masterpiece of dark comedy and horror. Great writing, performances, music and camerawork all go towards making this one of our favourite films of recent times. There's also a silly news quiz, a story about Cliff losing it and tributes to Yaphet Kotto. Music comes from the sublime Toydrum with one of the tracks from the Prevenge soundtrack. You can listen to more and buy their music here See for privacy and opt-out information.
Strangeways Prison in Manchester, England, was all over the news in 1990 thanks to a 25-day riot by prisoners over conditions inside the Victorian jailhouse. Back in 1980 TV cameras went inside to find out what life inside was like, and even then things were pretty grim. We look at the 1980 documentary series and discuss the rights and wrongs of the prison system and how best to treat people who have broken the law. It's a heavier episode than usual with some hard-hitting music from Four Marks to match, with the London duo's track Paradise (Act 1). You can find more from the band here: See for privacy and opt-out information.
To celebrate Brett's birthday we watch his favourite film, John Carpenter's The Thing, starring Kurt Russell. The 1982 horror classic was mauled by critics on release but is now regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time. There's plenty of daft chat around it, too, with a special quiz for the birthday boy rounding things off before we're played out by music from Man on Wire, with his new track Thursdays. You can find out more here See for privacy and opt-out information.
Join us for a shambolic episode full of terrible jokes. There's also chat about Westworld, Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi classic starring Yul Bryner, James Brolin and Richard Benjamin. Music comes from Teesside's Crimson Bloom, with their track Stir It Up. Find out more from the band here... crimson bloom bandcamp. See for privacy and opt-out information.
A look at the revealing, pioneering fly-on-the-wall TV documentary The Impossible Dream, also known as Do I Not Like That. It focused on Graham Taylor's England reign as he tried to get the national football team to the 1994 World Cup in USA. It didn't go well. We also have Danny Murray as a guest, all the way from Prague, and Music comes from Gracie Martin, New York singer-songwriter, with her song Dream Die. Find out more at her website here See for privacy and opt-out information.
Special guests galore this week as former Masterchef final four contestant Davey Hall (good Shields lad) joins us to tell us about his experiences on the show and Mrs Cliff makes an appearance for the quiz. Brett's wife also dishes some dirt about his non-cooking habits and we discuss a bit of football and telly. Music comes from Dean Dovey who you can find out more about here See for privacy and opt-out information.
A music episode this week as we discuss one of Cliff's favourite artists, Steve Mason. Brett discovers the former Beta Band singer's solo catalogue and we find a lot to discuss and admire. Outside of that chat there's some foodie Twitter fun and a serial killer quiz, as well as music from Italian dream-pop/shoegaze band You, Nothing. From Verona, we play single Reflectie, from upcoming album Lonely//Lovely. You can listen to more and buy their music here See for privacy and opt-out information.
Revisiting one of Brett's favourite movies, 2012's Dredd starring Karl Urban. Brett has some mic issues, we chat nonsense for about 45 minutes before getting onto the film. There's also music from Future Fires, from Birmingham UK, with their track Halfway Down. You can find more of their music here: See for privacy and opt-out information.
A dive into Mike Hidges' 1980 sci-fi fantasy, with special guest Ian Graham (@arbroathmackem), who calls it his favourite film. There's plenty of fun and games with a movie tagline quiz, wrist injury woes and more. Music comes from the excellent Skeleton Goode, from Ho Chi Minh City's Skeleton Goode. You can find more about the band and order their fantastic album here See for privacy and opt-out information.
Fantasy Football League made household names Frank Skinner and David Baddiel when it aired on BBC2 on Friday nights between 1994 and 1996. The show had celeb guests from the era and combined football, pop culture and comedy in a way no other had done before. We loved it then and love it now. There's also some state-of-the-nation-type chat a Terry Venables-themed football quiz, Bobi Wine news and more. Cliff also had to use a gaming headset after breaking his mic. Soz. Music comes from the super talented 20th Century Son with his song Shout It Out Loud. You can find more of his music on Spotify here See for privacy and opt-out information.
We look back at public information films shown on TV and in schools in the 1970s and 80s, designed to warn kids about the dangers of playing on farms, near electricity lines, in water and more. The harrowing films are foreboding but nonetheless provide plenty of opportunities for laughs. There are more TV and film recommendations, a quirky news quiz and music from RedOwl, with the track Black Eyed. You can find more music from RedOwl here See for privacy and opt-out information.
We look back at a terrifying show from our youth, the Gerry Anderson co-production Terrahawks. Do we still find Zelda terrifying? Can we remember anything else about the show? Will the quiz make any sense this week? There's only one way to find out. Music comes from the very talented Pete Kosanovich. You can find out more and listen to his music by checking out his website See for privacy and opt-out information.
Join us for a festive chat. We enjoyed it, hope you do. We didn't really edit it. Music comes from the very talented Minnie Birch. Find out more at See for privacy and opt-out information.
We get really festive with a full on Christmas chat before getting stuck into the classic Chevy Chase film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. We love it and we hope you love the episode There's also music from Wills and the Willing with their Christmas song Drawing Straws, which features Wycombe Wanders manager Gareth Ainsworth on vocals and Chelsea's Petr Cech on drums. For more info visit the website: See for privacy and opt-out information.
Things get a bit heavy as we discuss Mel Gibson and his new role as Santa Claus in Fatman. Light relief comes in the form of some Phil Collins chat, a Christmas music quiz and the usual clarting about.Music this week comes from Danny Burton with his Christmas single Merry Christmas One And All. You can check more music at his website See for privacy and opt-out information.
Brett and Cliff get into the Christmas spirit by listening to I Wanna Be Santa Claus by Ringo Starr and Christmas In The Heart by Bob Dylan, and also reminisce about school Christmas parties and more. There's some TV chat, He-Man toy banter and loads more, too. Music comes from Lines From A Poem, a three-piece band from the North East of England with the song Jetlag Lenses. You can listen to that and more on their Facebook page here See for privacy and opt-out information.
Brett and Cliff talk look back at two childhood favorites - Bananaman and Trap Door. Do the British animations stand the test of time? There's also some Maradona chat, a music theme tune quiz and a guest revealing some football results.Music comes from Midnight Parade, you can find out more about the band here See for privacy and opt-out information.
A 2015 thriller from actor/director Joel Edgerton, starring Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall that flew under the radar. We discuss the movie and loads more. Music comes from North Innsbruck with Aurora, featuring Galaxy 80. Check the music out at See for privacy and opt-out information.
Wizbit is a 1986 BBC kids' TV show created by magician Paul Daniels, who writes the show, appears in it, voices other characters and sings the theme tune. We used to love it but on rewatching... Our opinions may have changed. There's also some Cheeky Girls romance, the contractually obligated Phil Collins mention, general magic chat and loads more nonsense. .Music this week comes from Belfast indie band The Coronations with their song The Fight. You can find that and more by checking out the band's social media. The Twitter account can be found here See for privacy and opt-out information.
Late-80s TV show Midnight Caller made a star of Gary Cole and had fans in the young Brett and Cliff, who love the dirty sax theme tune, the gritty action and performances. It makes us reminisce about video shops, Guy Fawkes night and the erotic thrillers of the era. There's also a random quiz.You'll also hear lots of fireworks going off in the background and music at the end of the episode from drummer, guitarist and synthwave producer Iterations, from Washington DC. You can find out more and buy his music from here, See for privacy and opt-out information.
The third in the Halloween series has no Michael Myers, he died in number 2, but John Carpenter is still in the producer role and he has plenty of influence over the style and tone of this much-maligned installment. He's also on soundtrack duty. We laugh a lot at this plot and some of the things that happen but agree it deserves more love than it gets. There's also some nostalgic halloween chat and other daft stuff along the way, as well as music from Ectoplague, a Nottingham-based dark synth producer who specialises in the kind of music John Carpenter pioneered. You can listen to more and buy his work on Bandcamp here... See for privacy and opt-out information.
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Podcast Details

Created by
P Clifford
Podcast Status
Jan 26th, 2020
Latest Episode
Apr 16th, 2021
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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