Hosted by Glenn and Phil, this podcast is a virtual trip back in time to the halcyon days of our childhood - the 1980s (and early 1990s). Every week we explore at least one facet of 80's pop culture, discuss questions from our listeners, and report the news from at least 4 of the main franchises of the 80's that are still around today!
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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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:11pm UTC

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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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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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 12:34am UTC

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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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 11:40pm UTC

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - Commentary

It is a dark time for the Rebellion. 

With that in mind, it's time to watch The Empire Strikes Back, relax, and enjoy watching our favourite Rebel Alliance take on the evil Galactic Empire, and this time, lose.

Spoiler alert - Darth Vader turns out to be Luke's dad.

(Also, Paula had to duck out halfway through this one as she needed to sleep - she'll be back for Return of the Jedi though!)

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 12:54am UTC

Episode 280: Halloween 3 - Season of the "Meh"

Oooooooooooooooooooooo! It's Halloween! And Glenn's made Becca, Sam and Paula watch a crappy moooooovie! Wooooooo!

Scary.

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 2:00pm UTC

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope -  Commentary

To celebrate the imminent release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in cinemas very soon, Back to the Eighties is going back to the original trilogy to add their very own DVD commentaries!

This time it's Episode IV: A New Hope, with Glenn, Paula and Becca!

We'll be using the Blu-Ray Special Edition release if you want to watch along!

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 9:23pm UTC

Episode 279 - Wrestling With the Past

This week we've got ANOTHER special guest! This time around it's Manga Girl herself, Harriett Greene, joining Glenn, Sam and Paula to talk about wrestling, not just in the 80s, but through the New Generation, Attitude, Ruthless Agression and the New Era of wrestling that we have today!

So, lace up your boots, cut the snappiest promo you can, and make sure your entrance music hits right as we take on everything we love (and some things we hate) about wrestling in the 80s and beyond!

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 1:31pm UTC

Episode 278 - Bored Games

Jenny from World of Crap is back with us this week, and along with Glenn, Becca and Paula, they'll be taking a look at the many varied, wild and wonderful board games that the 80s and early 90s had to offer. From Guess Who? to Lost Valley of the Dinosaurs, there's something for everyone!

Next week: It's seconds out for the first pinfall, as we talk to Harriett Greene about all things wrestling!

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 11:33am UTC

Episode 277 - Talkin' Toys

From Speak'n'Spell to 2XL, from Major Morgan to Teddy Ruxpin, Paula's going to take us down an aural memory lane this week with a spotlight on talking toys of the 1980's!

Becka and Glenn come along for the ride, and chip in their favourites - what are YOUR faves?

Next week: it's Morphin' time!

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Episode 276 - The Long Dark Teatime of Back to the Eighties

It's Becca's turn to spotlight this week, and she's chosen to look at a Douglas Adams endeavour you may not be familiar with - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency!

Of course we mention Hitchhiker's and his time on Doctor Who as well, because well, Douglas Adams.

So sit back, relax, have a cup of tea and enjoy the whimsy and Wodehousian dialogue, because next week, Paula spotlights something truly terrifying...

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:06pm UTC

Episode 275 - SPOOOOOOOON

Spoooooooooooooon! 

So goes the battle cry of Destiny, the call to arms of Eternity, the calling card of this week's subject, the nigh invulnerable guardian of The City, the Tick!

Join us won't you, as we delve into the history of the Superheroe's Superhero, and find all of his crunchy goodness!

Ooooo. SHINY!

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:03pm UTC

Episode 274 - Coming Out Of Their Shells

This week, it's time for a bit of a chat about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in all of their various forms, so who better to join Glenn and Sam than Stacey Taylor, co-host of the Podcast in a Half Shell and Mistress of Stacey's Pop Culture Parlour?

It's not just about the Turtles though, so expect some talk not only about the current state of the WWE, but also about the brand new Tick pilot starring Peter Serafinowicz!

Cowabunga, dudes!

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 12:52am UTC

Episode 273 - Dance Your Cares Away

It's a little bit late, but it's here! This week Glenn, Becca and Sam talk about one of Jim Henson's beloved 80's shows, Fraggle Rock! Whether you saw the Rock appear in Doc's inventing shed or the Captain's lighthouse, this one's for you!

Also, expect Doozers. Lots of Doozers.

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:25pm UTC

Episode 272 - Sisters Are Bustin' Ghosts For Themselves

Glenn's back from holidays this week, so it's time for a bit of a nerdy catch-up - what have the gang been watching, doing and buying over the past few weeks that they haven't had the chance to discuss yet?

Certainly expect some talk about Ghostbusters 2016, Star Trek Beyond, and all of the SDCC trailers that caught our eyes, not to mention all of the major changes going on over at the WWE.

Next week: get ready to dance your cares away.

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 1:09pm UTC

With Glenn still away, Sam, Becca, Paula and a returning Andy decide to get a little more acquainted, so have a random inter-team Q&A session!

Ever wanted to know what our favourite foods are, or how often we use the toilet? Well, you won't find that here, but you will find out our most expensive purchases, favourite books and more!

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With Glenn away, the rest of the BTTE team celebrate the only way they know how, with a quiz!

So join host Sam, along with Becca, Paula and regular co-collaborater Andy as we take the most 80s quiz of all time (until the next one)!

Get your pen and paper ready and lets get quizzical!

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Episode 269 - Bustin' Makes Me Feel Good

Things are a bit different this week, with Phil making a triumphant return to BTTE Towers, along with Grufflock, and even Timey's here, all to talk about one of the best cartoons to not only come out of the 80's, but all time. It's relevant too, what with the new Ghostbusters movie on the way!

Of course we're going to be talking about The Real Ghostbusters, the spin-off cartoon from the original 1984 movie. We'll talk not only about the reasons it was called "Real", but also our favourite episodes, the Marvel UK and NOW! comics, and even the toys by Kenner will get a mention.

Warning: also contains Q5.

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 11:04pm UTC

Episode 268 - Trouble Again

This week sees the gang finally tackle Star Wars: Droids, the continuation of the Star Wars universe when there wasn't likely to BE any more Star Wars. Remember those days? Remember when there were no prequels, no Clone Wars or Rebels, not even any Timothy Zahn novels!

What a bleak universe that was. Ambassador, with all of your Star Wars, you are spoiling us!

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 12:22am UTC

Episode 267 - Illusion is the Ultimate Weapon

After all that's gone on the UK this week, it's nice to be able to say we WON'T be talking about politics in this episode - well not for long, anyway. We WILL however be talking about an 80's property that's getting a bit of a makeover this year!

In an age of GI Joes and Transformers, Kenner decided in 1985 that they would basically combine the two and make a superconcept - that concept became the mighty M-m-m-MASK! They're the mighty power who will save the day, and Glenn, Paula, Sam and Becca are going to spotlight them! Hopefully they won't be working overtime, though. Overtime sucks.

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 12:20am UTC

Episode 265 - Klingon Hamlet

It's Becca's turn to spotlight this week, and she's chosen a doozy from the early Nineties - the sixth and final outing for (most) of the original Starship Enterprise crew, Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country!

Find out how the movie came about, the reasons for the "end of the Cold War" storyline, and why Nichelle Nicholls and Brock Peters found their lines hard to say!

Glenn, Paula and Becca also have a bit of a reminisce about Star Trek in general, and we'd like you to do the same! Who's your favourite Star Trek Captain? Who's your favourite character? Which villain out of all the many do you loathe or fear the most? We must know!

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 11:27pm UTC

Fantasmagoria Episode 1 - Andy W

Welcome to Fantasmagoria, the show all about fandom and the glory, pleasure and also pain that it can bring! On this first episode, Glenn talks to someone he's known for 27 years (older than a lot of our listeners, we'll bet) as they talk about his chosen fandom! (Spoiler alert - it's Transformers. Oh yeah.)

Also, apologies for the audio, it's not the best, but it IS the best that was available. We're working on better ways to record, but Microsoft isn't making it easy.

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 9:46pm UTC

Episode 264 - Right in the Blankety Blanks

It's time to spotlight another classic game show this week, and Paula's decide it's time to review the show that's going to be revived soon in the US, but was a Friday night staple in the UK for most of the 1980s - Blankety Blank!

So, join Paula, Becca, Sam and Glenn as they take a look at the show hosted by Sir Terry Wogan and Les Dawson in the 80s, and Lily Savage in the 90s, and see how they themselves do at the game! Here's hoping that they don't expose their BLANK or BLANKS...

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:37pm UTC

Episode 263 - Grimdark Heresy

It's all about WAR this week, as Paula and Glenn take a look at the grim, dark 41st millenium that began all the way in 1987...Warhammer 40,000!

From the wargaming itself, to the "fluff", to the board games produced by MB that served as the gateway drug for many who are now obssessed with the games, we'll look at it all, and even try to find out who in fact the good guys ARE in this strange, dystopian universe. 

Of course though, that could all just be HERESY. *BLAM*

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:37pm UTC

Episode 262 - Beyond Good, Beyond Evil

Grufflock from The Old Oilhouse joins us Glenn and Becca this week, as we take a look at a piece of Transformers fiction and lore that has informed pretty much everything since, from the season of the G1 cartoon that came directly after, to the toys, to the Marvel UK comics, even the Ladybird and Pickwick Tell-A-Tale books and tapes. We are, of course, referring to the mighty Transformers - The Movie.

So please, join us as we not only look at the effects on everything Transformers that the movie had, but also our thoughts and feelings, and also the replies that YOU gave to our homework question, which we thank you all for.

Till All Are One!

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:54pm UTC

Episode 261 - Saved By the Bell

It's alright, 'cause I'm saved by the be-ee-ell! And so on. Jenny from World of Crap is back with us this week, and she's spotlighting the none-more-nineties teencom that is Saved By the Bell. So expect lots of Kelly looking pretty, Zack lookin preppy, AC looking steroidy, Zack being a sociopath and taping the girls without their knowledge, Jessie being high as a kite on ProPlus, Zack being a psychopath and trying to hypnotise people into loving him, Lisa not doing much and Screech getting arrested for knife crime. Oh, and Belding acting inappropriately with his students.

Much hilarity. Lots of 40 year olds acting like teenagers.

Also, we ask Death to give it a rest. Seriously.

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:59pm UTC

Episode 260: Gotta Catch 'Em All!

Welcome to Back to the Eighties, where today, the nineties have taken over! In the first of a series by our very own Becca, we take a gander at 90s super-phenomenon Pokemon!

So join Glenn, Sam, Paula and Becca as we take a trip into the 1990s...

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 8:05pm UTC

Episode 259 - 80's Comics Cavalcade

It's a throwback episode this time around, as none other than the Jer Bear himself is co-hosting this one! Yep, it's been a while, but Jeremy joins us for this one, along with longtime friend to the podcast Bekki, to talk about what comics and comic book heroes turned our collective heads in the 1980s.

Not only that, but we also discuss this year's Botcon (as Jer and Bekki were both there this year) and also what the Jer Bear's been up to since he was last on the podcast.

You want throwback? You GOT throwback!

(Also, apologies for the sound quality on this one. It would seem that the throwback extends to the quality of mine and Jer's Skype connection.)

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:43pm UTC

Episode 258: Batsy v Supes

It's the greatest gladiator match in history, with the Bat of Gotham taking on the Man of Steel. Who won? Did the movie which finally brought together two of the greatest comic book heroes of all time deserve the critical mauling it received, or did the paying millions who said they liked the movie win out?

Sam, Andrew and Glenn endeavour to find out, debate, and decide where on the spectrum they fall on the most polarizing movie of the year!

Also, where do YOU fall on the movie? Did you like it? Or was it not for you? 

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 11:15pm UTC

Episode 257 - Rain, Rain, Go Away

It's back to school for this week's episode, as Paula takes us to the world of NOT being allowed out into the playground, rather having to stay indoors and make do with whatever's lying in the Rainy Day Box. Did you have games in there? Comics? Books? Or did you just cover your hands in Gloy Glue and try to take the whole thing off like a glove? Join Paula, Sam and Glenn and find out today!

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 12:28am UTC

Episode 256 - The House of Mouse

It's Sam's turn to spotlight this week, and he's chosen to examine the fortunes of Disney in the 1980s, a time of strife and misfortune and very, very bad business decisions for the House of Mouse, with films like The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron almost causing financial ruin for Disney. How did they turn things around to become the media juggernaught they currently are?

Speaking of things Disney related, we also talk about the current Civil War trailer, as well as all the other geeky things we always end up talking about! So join Sam, Becca, Paula and Glenn for another helping of 1980s nostalgia!

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 12:33am UTC

Episode 255 - Big Fat TV Theme Quiz of the 80's

It's finally time for the quiz everyone's been waiting for - how many of the 30 TV themes featured in this week's quiz do you think you can name?

Join Becca, Paula and Sam as they face the questions from Glenn, our very own Jim Bowen, Terry Wogan and Bob Monkhouse rolled into one, and see if you can do better than they did?

Definitely share your answers and scores with us, even post a picture of your answer sheet if you can, so we can see how well you did! Also, let us know if you enjoyed this quiz, so we can do this again!

Good luck!

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 11:32pm UTC

Episode 254 - Food Glorious Food

It's a feast of fun this week as Sam, Becca, Paula and Glenn take a look at the various foods they ate in the Eighties, as well as what they would have put them in - the mighty Eighties lunchboxes.

So prepare to be all Thermos'ed up for the next couple of hours, get the pineapple chunks and squares of cheese out of the cupboards, and have your flask of weak lemon drink at the ready as we raid the pantry of the 1980s and ask ourselves how we didn't all have horrendous indigestion ALL OF THE TIME.

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 11:42pm UTC

Episode 253 - Up the Wooden Hills to Bedfordshire

Jenny for World of Crap's back this week (yay!) and this time she's all about the state of bedrooms in the 80s, from the cabin beds, to the duvet covers, from the wall coverings to the carpets and curtains.

We also give you our opinions on a range of subjects from Snatch the Dog to Victoria Plum, so join the gang as we talk about all of this and much, much more.

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:00pm UTC

Episode 252 - Always Five, Acting As One

It's Glenn's turn to spotlight this week, and he's chosen to look at something that reminds him mainly of school holidays, sat in front of the television - it's the repurposed Ninja Science Team Gatchaman, sanitised and shortened for the benefit of Soccer Moms everywhere - Battle of the Planets!

We'll be taking a look at the adventures of the fearless young orphans of G Force, and their battles with the evil Spectra and ther leader Zoltar, who totally, completely had a sister. It wasn't him. No, really.

We'll also have some Toy Fair news, as well as all of the other things that held our interest over the last seven days, so join Glenn, Becca, Paula and Sam as they protect Earth's entire Galaxy.

Dedicated! Inseparable! Invincible!

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 2:04pm UTC

Episode 251 - Stephen King: The Maine Man

It's all about the horror this week (and some sci-fi and fantasy too) as Becca spotlights the legend that it Stephen King this week, with Glenn and horror novice Paula in attendence as well - there's also some HP Lovecraft and Poe thrown in as well, and a discussion on horror in general, including parodies such as the amazing Garth Marenghi's Darkplace!

Enjoy the podcast, people, just don't listen with the lights off...

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 7:38pm UTC

With Glenn away, Sam, Becca and Paula decide to regress into childhood to talk about those playground games we used to play at school. Tig/Tag/It, Kiss Chase, Simon Says and more!

 

Plus, Sam decides to sell the concept of Super Sentai to Becca. Will it yield results?

 

 

 

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 3:52pm UTC

Episode 249 - Ch-ch-ch-Chip and Dale!

It's back to 1989 this week, as Sam spotlights one of the best (and best funded) cartoons of the 80s - Chip 'n Dale - Rescue Rangers! Find out how the whole thing came about, from being a Ducktales spinoff, to having our favourite chipmunks added, to how Michael Eisner saved the show!

There's also a good load of rambling about media in general, and the gang's opinions on the breaking news of Steven Moffatt's impending Doctor Who departure!

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 12:18am UTC

Episode 248 - Protect and Survive

This week it's all about the fear - fear of everything. We'll be taking a look at PIFs - Public Information Films - those mini horror films that were meant to instruct and help people not brain themselves on anything and everything, or not get fried by electricity susbstations, or be able to cross the road without getting turn over EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Join Glenn, Becca and Paula as they go through some of their favourites, and some that truly scarred them for life afterwards. Including the ones starring Dave Prowse.

SPLINK!

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 8:55pm UTC

Episode 247 - That's Not How the Force Works!

Happy New Year, everyone!

In the great tradition of going back to work, we're easing into things here at BTTE Towers, so join Sam, Paula, Becca and Glenn as they tell us all what they got for Christmas, and then tell everyone what YOU got for Christmas.

As if that wasn't exciting enough, there's the small matter of talking about a certain Space Conflict movie that came out around the end of last year, they would have talked about it sooner, but everyone was losing their minds about spoilers...

...I wish I could remember the title of the movie. Something about the police force waking up, or something.

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 11:37pm UTC