Sunday, August 29, 2010

#305 - Youtubic Addendum

Since this week's show is about kids' TV, and since we had such a great response with entries you may be unfamiliar with, we thought we'd throw together a rough guide to some of the shows we all held dear.

But first, I'm sure you're all wondering just how cheezy "Mega Force" is. Well, I'll tell you. Bloody. That's how cheezy.

Rightwell, on to the details of the show proper, starting with the shows that got the most entries.

SESAME STREET

Plenty of mentions for the Street, rather predictably. @JLo83 includes it because "it's just iconic. ...it was tackling subjects well before they were mainstreamed. Even as a 4 year-old I could tell I wasn't being talked down to, and I always loved that." @pumpkinspider agrees, adding, "Sesame Street for showing that TV could be educational while remaining fun and unpatronising, and for continuing to do so to this day (like having culturally relevant characters for each region)". Heather C, however, threw it into her vat of acid: "Hated sesame street, really hated it, it had absolutely nothing to do with the life I led, it was so earnest, thankfully my kids also hate it so not forced to sit through it." So now, let's split the difference, and celebrate the Street by enjoying a clip they can't show anymore.

 

MR ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD

Paul and I both rate Mr Rogers very highly, and who better to explain why than the man himself, accepting a lifetime achievement Emmy in 1997.

 

PIPKINS

Although not regarded by anyone as culturally important, the lunchtime talking animal puppet show was remembered fondly by several emailers, including @thisisrjg: "very camp talking hare (Hartley) and his array of strange puppet friends (a monkey and a tortoise, I seem to recall). It ended, with ATV, when I was 6 and a half, but I adored it. I'm not, in retrospect, exactly sure why: tapes show that it was made for about fourpence and was deeply, deeply odd."

 

GRANGE HILL

Socially-aware BBC teen drama Grange Hill gets some love from @WeeDief, "It taught us just say no, how to deal with bullies, how to deal with bully teachers, how to annoy teachers, teenage pregnancy, drugs, everything." Fraser concurs, calling it "refreshingly different to any other school show (The Wire of kids tv?)." @pumpkinspider called it important, "for being one of the first that I can remember that depicted non-white, non-middle class kids in recognisable situations without always kow-towing to the authority figures" Here's a clip that demonstrates its dedication to those thorny issues, using language that would never be allowed on regular TV these days, let alone kids' TV.

 

BLUE PETER / MAGPIE

Blue Peter, the BBC's flagship childrens' programme, taking on a magazine format covering items of interest for kids. Skateboarding, knitting, pets, skydiving... that sort of caper. Magpie, rival station ITV's equivalent is described far more eloquently by Wikipedia: " It... attempted to be more "hip", focusing more on popular culture. The show's creators Sue Turner & Lewis Rudd named the programme Magpie as a reference to the magpie's habit of collecting small items, and because of "mag" being evocative of "magazine", and "pie" being evocative of a collection of ingredients."

Of Blue Peter, @transdiffusion said "Very middle class, but ultimately of amazing influence on 3 or more generations of well-spoken children." and provides a beautifully detailed and personal account of the show via the Trasdiffusion site. All Click also has a personal connection to Blue Peter, "I have to agree with Transdiffusion and say that looking back, Blue Peter was a great show. I still remember now the recycling stories they would do and the yearly trip to the bloody (literally!) yorkvic Viking center. I rolled my eyes as a lad at the time but now realise I still tuned in all the time. Did I mention I was actually on Blue Peter? True story." We need clips, damnit! We join the Blue Peter team of the year 2000, as they dig up the time capsules buried by the 1971 and 1984 Blue Peter teams....

Magpie, on the other hand, gets a sound drubbing as @ACELCT throws it into the vat of acid, saying, "I always remember when during a Christmas appeal, some little kid sent in his 5p week's pocket-money... Mick only said, we're looking for more than 5p... miserable bastard (in hindsight, Jenny was pretty hot!)"

 

TISWAS

A few votes for the anarchic Tiswas from Brits of a certain age, and guess what? Here's the famous clip mentioned on the show! This is what they want!!

 

DANGER MOUSE

Wherever there is danger he'll be theeeeere! Danger Mouse is spoken of in glowing terms by Mrs. Old Spike, "How could you not love Danger Mouse? A mouse. With an eye patch. A sidekick whose vision is not all it's cracked up to be. They're MI something-or-other secret agents who battle the forces of evil on a regular basis. Loved it! David Jason was positively suave as DM and, I'm convinced, gave lessons to James Bond."

Honourable mentions go to The Mr Men:

Play School:

Reading Rainbow:

Mr Wizard's World:

and Camberwick Green / Trumpton / Chigley:

 

....well, OK. One more. I know you're just itching to hear the proper version of the "Chorlton And The Wheelies" theme tune.

Thanks, as always, for the excellent correspondence.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

podcast #305 - Kids' TV


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In a specially extended version of Too Grumpy Critics (don't panic, you have the option to ditch out at the usual time), P&S discuss television history's most important kids' shows. All that, plus Sherlock, Filmation and country music.

0:00:00 - Before anyone even says hello, red state America and country music get it firmly between the legs. Ouch, man! But there is good news; P&S have decided to divide control of the show between who is the least sober at the time, and there's a handy household hint on how to make an alcoholic pillow.

0:09:08 - Paul's Week In Stuff includes some epic 80s in the form of 1982's unmissable "Mega Force", from the makes of "Stroker Ace". Can you believe the audacity of a composer who goes to Bm? tchoh! That, and a "hot pianist chick" in the documentary about the man with the most worn-out doorbell in Vienna, in "In Search Of Beethoven". Jeff Bridges tugs at the heart - and banjo - strings in "Crazy Heart", and a producer opens up some insight (see what I did there?) in "Classic Albums; The Doors' The Doors".

0:27:09 - Is there anything better than swearing and ultra-violence from an eleven year old girl? According to Spike's Week in Stuff, there isn't, as "Kick Ass" gets a viewing. Also, could it be... Spike published? No, probably not, but he is announcing a "Prisoner Cell Block H" episode guide nonetheless. Plus, an unfinished documentary about the making of "Blake's 7" and - shock horror - Paul has finally seen the redux of "Sherlock"... but, did he like it?

0:44:17 - A three-pronged question regarding the world of childrens' TV - A: The most culturally important kids' tv show of all time - 2) Your personal favourite kids' tv show, and III] the kids' tv shows that need to be thrown into a vat of acid.

0:59:27 - As we wave farewell to the listeners on traditional radio, P&S get on with analysing the kids' tv choices of the commentariat.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

This Week: The Question(s) Of Kids TV.

We all grew up plonked in front of it, and we all have our favourites: kids' tv.  A format maligned by some and embraced by others, mastered by the good and butchered by the bad.  The three-pronged question this week (to be answered by 6pm US east / 11pm UK on wednesday 25th) is this....

  • Most important kids' tv show of all time - this can be because it was culturally relevent, because it was a trend-setter or because it broke/amended/re-wrote the rules.
  • Your personal favourite kids' tv show(s) - what's closest to your heart, and why? - Was it a show that taught you to read, a show that made you laugh, or one you remember fondly from your childhood, or your kids childhood?
  • The kids' tv show(s) you'd most like to throw into a vat of acid - what are the show(s) you can't stand?  Squeaky puppets, repitition, tackiness, repitition, something that served no purpose other than to merchandise, something you found incredibly annoying, something with a lot of repitition?

 

Thanks, as always, for your input.  We love hearing from you, in whatever form you feel comfortable with.  Don't worry about whether the audience will have heard of the show(s) you choose - if you think there's going to be confusion over The Polka Dot Door (CAN), Tikkabilla (UK), Round The Twist (AUS) or Zoom (US), then feel free to provide a brief synopsys.  Answer as many or as little of the questions as you like.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

We say Burka, and you say Burping.  Ah yes, there's nothing better to liven up a dull local radio talk show than a caller that's only been half listening.

Listen!

Good job they weren't talking about fox hunts or good luck, eh?

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Friday, August 20, 2010

podcast #304 - TV WOW!


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This week, P&S discuss their new friends in high places (but not high friends in new places... we hope...) and what's the matter with 3D movies. Also, the commentariat share their stories of "WOW!" TV.

0:00:00 - Vino Boxo, a freakishly small beer and an alcoholic challenge open the show, and also set the tone for it. Funny how that works, isn't it?

0:06:30 - Wow, P&S have some expert friends in high places; the movie podcast Showbiz Sandbox, hosted by three people who have more success in the entertainment industry before they munch their Captain Crunch than Paul and Spike would have if they lived to be four hundred and sixty. Following on from a recent Showbiz Sandbox episode regarding why cinema audiences have been avoiding 3D movies, P&S discuss why it is now - and always has been - a gimmick.

0:17:25 - Another busy Week In Stuff for Pablo Suave, including, in order of "papishness", 'Hot Tub Time Machine','Paranormal Activity', the space-free 'Jason And The Argonauts', 'This Film Is Not Yet Rated' (Rated R), and - finally - grab a danish and watch the Danish 'Terribly Happy', also known by its bad-hand-at-Scrabble name, "Frygtelig Lykkelig".

0:32:50 - Inspired by Paul's infomail about the DVD release of the Max Headroom series, Spike decided to give it another go with the second season episode "Neurostim", with surprising results. And, thanks to G****e Video (ptu!) you can watch it too. Also on the slate, the cult Australian soap opera "Prisoner Cell Block H". Hoo boy.

0:43:09 - This week's question revolved around TV, and the last program you saw that made you say "WOW!" for whatever reason, good or bad. Paul's WOW! moment is more like a "yeessss" moment, and Spike's is filled with excuses. The commentariat, thankfully, have far more sensible choices. CHOICES? PLURAL? I THOUGHT I WAS SEEING DOUBLE! HOO HOOOOO!

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

What Was The Last TV Show That Made You Say, "WOW!" ?

Revisiting an old subject, because we wonder if your choices have changed, what we want to know for this week is this: What was the last piece of TV you watched that made you say "WOW!"

It can be WOW for whatever reason; WOW! because it was amazing, WOW because it was terrible and you can't believe how bad it was.... whatever reason, let us know what it was, and why it made you say WOW, whether it was something recent, or something un-recent.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

podcast #303 - The Too Grumpy Movie Club Gets Carter


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The first week of the Too Grumpy Movie Club gets off to a roaring start, and you'll hear exactly what goes on backstage at one of those newfangled rock and roll concerts. In the 80s.

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0:00:00 - After a debate on theoretical lexicography, Paul briefs us on a sad death. Our prayers are with you at this time of terrible loss, bud. Spike makes a technological gain in the face of all the gadgets in his house failing within a fortnight. Good job there's a great email from a new listener to perk up the show and a magic porridge pot of wine.

0:06:13 - A full Week In Stuff for Paul, as we come to the alphabetical end of Roger Ebert's 'Greatest Movies' book with "Written On The Wind", which features, amongst other things, the very Seussian "smirk from Sirk". The 3D remake of "My Bloody Valentine" (won't you stay a... while! while!) gets a surprisingly positive review, as does the Colin Baker-era Dr Who story "Vengeance On Varos" - also known by it's working title; "Peri's Breasts Bouncing". Still... fwaaaar! Eh? Also, Twitter favourite Felicia Day gets an honourary mention through web series "The Guild". All that, and you'll get to hear about the fall-of-Rome-style debauchery that went on backstage at a Frehley's Comet concert.

0:31:28 - After last week's "Tom Baker Years", the Dr Who love-in continues with Spike's viewing of "The Colin Baker Years", featuring less forgetfulness and significantly less pub-related stories. Furthermore, what happens when you put a republican and a member of Greenpeace together in the wilderness....? Dual Survival!

0:43:20 - The first edition of the Too Grumpy Movie Club looks at 1971's "Get Carter". Be forewarned: the discussion contains spoilers, so if you're planning on watching the movie at any point and you don't want to know that he dies at the end, you might not want to listen to this segment.

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Friday, August 06, 2010

Paul&Spike: Too Grumpy Critics podcast #302 - It's The Vinyl Countdown

 

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This week, P&S discuss an upcoming vinyl-based feature of the show, and ask the commentariat for their vinyl memories; first and last records bought, favourite piece of vinyl and whether they rue the day they went digital.  

0:00:00 - Starting the show with mouthfuls of old wine, we kick off with a correction of something said on last week's show and, in the face of a new TV version that's popped up, a discussion on what makes a good adaptation of Sherlock Holmes.

0:12:34 - Paul's Week In Stuff includes the blaxploitation homage "Black Dynamite", and wonders whether it would have been more lauded had it been directed by Quentin Tarantino. After that snickerfest, and watched through genuinely perfectly legal means (no, really) is "The Hurt Locker" - insert sound of gears crunching here, but does hype-allergic Paul think that all the to-do surrounding the movie was actually worth it...? He's been regressing into childhood with a cartoon-fest, including "Spiderman and his Amazing Friends" and "Thundar The Barbarian", and, just to put a downer on the week, he's been listening to Jim Croche, hearkening back to the days when top 40 artists could be butt-ugly.

0:26:35 - Clouding up Spike's DVD player has been the unfeasibly long titled movie "Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief", demonstrating his tenuous grasp of Greek mythology in the process, by forgetting half of the names of the characters he was surprised to remember from school. Work that one out. More geekish nostalgia, this time with 1991's straight-to-video Dr Who clipfest "The Tom Baker Years", in which the expert orator forgets everyone's name, but remembers what a good time he had with them in the pub afterwards. Tom Baker, that is. Not Spike.

0:36:51 - Quick update about next week's show; You've got a short amount of time to catch 1971's "Get Carter" for next week's Too Grumpy Movie Club. Find it, watch it, and then let us know what you thought, at The Usual Address or you can log in at PaulAndSpike.com with your existing Twitter or Facebook account and comment there.

0:39:35 - Inspired by an upcoming segment dealing with obscure vinyl, we asked the commentariat a four-pronged question: What was the first record you ever bought, the last record you ever bought, what was your favourite record and do you miss the format, preferring the ease and portability of CDs and/or MP3s? As always, answers ranged from the surreal to the sublime, spanning several decades. Comments regarding the quality of LPs over MP3s are surprising.

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Monday, August 02, 2010

2GC: It's The Vinyl Countdooowwnnnn...

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We have an upcoming feature to announce this week, and vinyl is a big part of it. So, this week, we're looking for your input on analogue output.

What we want to kn.... what? No, when I said "vinyl is a big part of it" I didn't mean S and M, you dirty gibbon. What we want from you this week is your vinyl stories. Again, no S and M. Keep that one for a future show, when Dan Savage is the guest. Here's your questionnaire, and feel free to elaborate on these as much as you wish.

  • First piece of vinyl you ever bought (album and/or single).
  • Last piece of vinyl you ever bought (album and/or single).
  • Favourite piece of vinyl and why.
  • The case for or against vinyl; do you not care about the transition away from LPs because CDs and mp3s sound fine, or do you miss it? Why?

Answers in by 6pm (EST) on Tuesday 3rd of August, tankya!

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