Hosted by Glenn and his very special guests, 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!

IT'S CHRIIIIIIIIIIIIISTMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS!

Joining Glenn for this year's solstice celebrations is Andy Welch from the Smorgaspod Podcast, and together they reminisce about Christmases past, not only the Day itself and all of the lovely build up, but also what was on the telly in the UK on one particular year in the decade we like to refer to as the 1980s!

We at BTTE Towers would also like to wish everyone very Happy Holidays no matter what you celebrate at this lovely festive time of year, and hope that you'll join us for a very exciting 2018!

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Direct download: Episode_319.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 7:00pm UTC

With Christmas coming at us fast and furious now, it's time to spotlight another great 80s movie, and this time it's totally unambiguous as to whether or not it's a Christmas movie!

Join Glenn and always special guest Duncan Sparrow, as they look at Richard Donner's 1988 classic Scrooged, starring the inimitable Bill Murray!

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Direct download: Episode_318.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 4:02pm UTC

We're finally into December, and Christmas will soon be upon us! With that in mind, we're going to be spotlighting a classic 80's Christmas movie full of tinsel, lights, food, and the abject horror of taking a gift home, only to find that it turns into a demon that wants nothing more than to kill you and your whole family. Yes, it's Joe Dante's classic, Gremlins! Joining us to unwrap this Christmas treat is none other than the lovely Claire Vaughan, all the way from Chapter Arts in Cardiff!

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Direct download: Episode_317.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:57pm UTC

It's all about Transformers in 1987 this week, as Andy Welch from the Smorgaspod joins Glenn again, as they have a bit of a natter about probably their favourite era of the Robots in Disguise, where everything went a bit mental, neon colours became the norm, and the term "Masters" got thrown about a bit liberally!

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Direct download: Episode_316.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 4:34pm UTC

Welcome, Watchers of Illusion, to the Castle of Confusion, to join Glenn and this week's guest, the awesomely talented writer George Daniel Lea, who wants nothing more than to talk about one of this favourite things from the 1980s - the evergreen, amazing game show (for kids, mind) - Knightmare!

Will he be successful in his quest, or will the Catacomb Bite devoure him before the exit to Level 2? Beware, team!

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Direct download: Episode_315.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 3:26pm UTC

We're joined again by Mr Christ Vint this week, to talk about a classic piece of British telly that he truly loves, the seminal dramedy from 1983, penned by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais - Auf Wiedersehen, Pet!

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Direct download: Episode_314.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:24am UTC

Uncle Dunkle's back! Yes, Duncan from Podcast In A Half Shell joins us again this week, and brings with him a VERY early Christmas present, as we spotlight possibly the Greatest Christmas Movie Ever - Die Hard!

Yippee-Kai-Ay, motherlickers.

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Direct download: Episode_313.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 5:59pm UTC

It's a blast from the past this week, as co-founder of Back to the Eighties, Jeremy joins us to check on how the podcast is doing - so quick, look busy! The Boss is here!

We'll also be doing some reminiscing, this time about GI Joe, Cobra, the state of the franchise, and asking why Hasbro doesn't seem to care less about one of it's heritage properties right now.

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Direct download: Episode_312.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:20am UTC

Leigh and Glenn reconvene to have a bit of a chat about the second Doctor this week - a Doctor borne out of necessity, but also a Doctor that literally rewrote the rules and everything we thought we knew about the character!

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Direct download: NB7.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 6:16pm UTC

Claire Vaughan from Chapter Arts joins us this week to talk about a movie that's very close to both of our geeky hearts, a film maybe not considered good at the time, but has certainly become a massive cult classic now, and worthy of anyone's nerdy nostalgia - 1980's Flash Gordon!

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Direct download: Episode_311.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 1:25pm UTC

We have the awesomely awesome Chris Vint with us this week, to chat about a subject close to both our hearts (especially as Chris used to podcast about this very subject on the Masters of the Universe Chronicles) - Masters of the Universe, along with She-Ra and the Great Rebellion!

Nyahhhh.

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Direct download: Episode_310.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 11:24am UTC

Leigh's co-hosting again this week, and she's chosen to spotlight one of the best and most influential comdies of the 1980s - The Young Ones!

We'll be taking a look at Scumbag College's finest, their influence on the comedies that came later, and of course, praising the god-like genius that was Lord Sir Rik of Mayall.

You utter, utter, utter, utter bastards.

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Direct download: Episode_309.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 7:35am UTC

Engage!

This week sees Glenn joined by one of the biggest Star Trek fans he knows - Mr Tony Thrustle - to talk about the Enterprise crew that came to be loved perhaps even more than the originals - we of course mean the crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation!

Grand.

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Direct download: Episode_308.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 9:49am UTC

It's a triumphant return for When The Music Stops, this time with a visit to Eternia, where Stratos and his wife Delora (yes, in Ladybird continuity she's his wife and not his sister) are being menaced by the Evil Lord of Destruction himself - Skeletor!

(Also, "Captain Blue" Ed Bishop is narrating. Also, he says "Avion" with a French inflection. This whole story is weird.)

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Direct download: Wings_Of_Doom.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 3:53pm UTC

It's all about the First Doctor this week - the Original, you might say. From his possible early days on Gallifrey, to kidnapping teachers and almost murdering cavemen, to heartbreaking goodbyes of loved ones (and Chesterton) and his last days as more of a kindly Edwardian gentleman, Leigh and Glenn examine it all!

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Direct download: NBE06.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:58pm UTC

Dead or alive, you're coming with us...to spotlight one of the best and cleverest action movies of the 1980s!

Joining Glenn this week is Duncan from Podcast in a Half Shell, as they discuss not only how awesome Robo himself is, but also how Paul Verhoeven took what could so easily have been a no-brain actioner, and made one of the sharpest satires of our time.

Thank you for your co-operation.

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Direct download: Episode_307.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:37am UTC

Three years after promisiing to get him on the podcast, he's here!

Joining Glenn this week is one of the guys from the Transformers Youtube Community Modcast, and all round good guy, SMSNO1 AKA Dave Mence!

Along with all of the usual stuff, we talk about his love for the live action Transformers movies, and the Transformers community on Youtube as it was, is and may yet be.

We also mention the mighty Van Horso. If you're listening, we miss you mate.

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Direct download: E306.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 6:08pm UTC

Leigh and Glenn have a general ramble about companions, LFCC and Doctor Who goodness this week, with a hint of what's to come in later episodes...

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Direct download: NB5.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 11:05pm UTC

Nerva Beacon's Leigh joins Glenn this week, as they go back in time to not only Medieval England, but also the Elizabethan era, The Regency and First World War Flanders (by way of Victorian London at Christmastime).

They are, of course, taking a trip through history and exploring the dastardly family tree of the rotten Blackadder dynasty, so expect not only Edmund himself, but Baldrick, Percy, Melchett, Queenie, ESPECIALLY Flashheart, and everyone else, along with some thoroughly cunning plans.

Wubble.

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Direct download: Episode_305.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 11:59am UTC

It's time for even more of a stroll down memory lane for Glenn this week, as he's joined by a pal from his childhood, someone he's known for 28 years! Andy from the Smorgaspod co-hosts this time around, as they discuss Transformers, Star Wars and a good few more nostalgic touchstones!

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Direct download: Episode_304.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 11:12am UTC

Jenny from World of Crap is back this week, and as it's holiday time for most of us, we're having a nostalgie about the caravan holidays we had in the 80s!

From mountains of sandwiches in cool boxes, to talent competitions at the caravan clubhouse, even Max Bygraves on the car stereo - it's all here!

So buckle up, make sure the car battery is connected to the portable telly, and make yourself comfy on the sculpted velour sofa!

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Direct download: Episode_303.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 1:17pm UTC

Welcome to the post-SDCC Back to the Eighties!

Joining Glenn this week are Harriett aka Manga Girl, and also a returning hero in our very own Phil!

We'll be poring through the relevant parts of the SDCC reveals for this year, including very exciting Transformers news (especially for Glenn), the new trailers for everything from Justice League to Stranger Things, and also sharing our thoughts on the 13th Doctor, Spider-Man and Rick and Morty!

AND as a bonus, we discuss the upcoming LFCC, as we'll all be there, so feel free to say hello if you see us!

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Direct download: Episode_302.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 1:57pm UTC

WE HAVE A NEW DOCTOR COMING!

Yes, the 13th Doctor has been named, and she's arriving soon! 

Joining Leigh and Glenn to discuss not only this bombshell, but also the finale of series 10 (and a bit of Spare Parts and Big Finish goodness too) is Matt Clarke, aka Timey2Wimey!

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Direct download: NB4pod.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 6:41pm UTC

It's time to spotlight a true 80's classic this week, as Matty and Glenn are going to take a ride in a massive golden condor all the way to the Andes, as they search for the Mysterious Cities of Gold!

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Direct download: Episode_301.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 5:17pm UTC

It's episode 300! You should all be very proud of yourselves for getting this far!

We're not resting on our laurels here at BTTE Towers though, and to this end, we have to unveil our new co-host, none other than Matty Franklyn of the Reuse Your Old Adventure Podcast!

To give Matty the warmest welcome possible, we're spotlighting a Japanese Transformers series from the Eighties that many consider to be among the best - Super-God Masterforce!

What's YOUR favourite Japanese Transformers series? Do you prefer their Headmaster concept (smaller robot becomes larger robot), or is the Western version more to your taste (smaller being merges with larger being in a mind meld situation)? Let us know, and we'll read out your answers next week!

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Direct download: Episode_300.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 12:37am UTC

Welcome to episode 3 of Nerva Beacon! In this week's installment, Leigh and Glenn have a chat about the role of religion and religious iconography in Doctor Who (especially NuWho), as well as a bit of an old recap of both "The Lie of the Land" and "Empress of Mars"!

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Direct download: NB3.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 8:36pm UTC

This week's episode is all about FEAR. TERROR. Forget YOLO, because the Public Information Films of the 70's and 80's made sure that you'd never want to try anything new, EVER.

Joining Glenn this week are Jenny from the World of Crap and comedy writer and author Joe Turner, to travel far into the world of Brian Wilde warning us of electrical substations, Charley saying stuff, and Dark and Lonely Water.

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Direct download: Episode_299.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 12:19am UTC

It's an exciting one this week folks, because it's special guest time again! As the title suggests, this time around we welcome comedian and fellow podcaster Wil Hodgson to talk about comic books, from the Beano to Batman, from Whizzer and Chips to Lost Girls, with chat about various subjects like Hulk Hogan and Garry Bushell in between!

We'd like to than Wil for being on the show, and please do go and listen to his podcast, We Hope It's Chips!

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Direct download: WHICS.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 11:29am UTC

In cyberspace, no one can hear you scream.

They CAN hear Sam and Glenn go on about Xenomorphs and Xenomorph related ephemera, though. So please, join us as we go on for a couple of hours about the Alien franchise in all it's many forms, from the early days of the "Big Chap", through the glory days of Cameron and his mighty Alien army, to today's take on the chestbursting nightmare fuel merchants.

Also, Vasquez is Queen. Jus' sayin'.

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Direct download: Episode_298.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 8:13am UTC

It's Special Guest time here in BTTE Towers, and who better to guide us through the weird and wonderful world of choosable path books than one half of the Reuse Your Old Adventure team? Yes, the self-proclaimed "cute half" of Rik & Matty joins us - hello to Matty Franklyn!

Mattty joins Sam, Paula, Glenn and Becca to talk about the wealth of books that we had in the Eighties in this genre, from Choose Your Own Adventure, to Fighting Fantasy, and even the D&D books (including the Ravenloft books, Matty's particular favourite, if only because they get to use their Count von Count voice).

So get your character sheets, pencils and D6es at the ready, as we launch headlong into countless fantasy worlds, and take on the challenges within...

Test Your Luck.

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Direct download: Episode_297.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 8:24am UTC

Welcome to episode 2 of Nerva Beacon - your one stop shop of Doctor Who goodness! This week, Leigh and Glenn explore the role of religion in Doctor Who, (especially during the RTD years) and also have a chat about the Master and Missy, and their changing faces over the years!

There are also episode recaps of Extremis and The Pyramid at the End of the World, as well as potentially spoilery speculation aboout what may come in The Lie of the Land!

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Direct download: NB2.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 3:51pm UTC

Diddly Dum, Diddly Dum, Diddly Dum, OO-EE-OOOOOOO!

It's the "look how much politics went on behind the scenes of Doctor Who in the Eighties" episode! Yes gang, while we were watching behind our sofas, ACTUAL REAL horror was going on behind the curtain of 80's Doctor Who. Learn all about the various goings on, as well as all the changes to the crew of the TARDIS, as Baker turned into Davison, turned into another Baker, turned into McCoy, turned into "Indefinite Hiatus".

So join Glenn, Paula and Sam, as they take the Nostallgia TARDIS into a Journey Into Indignity!

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Direct download: Episode_296.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 11:17pm UTC

Well hello there! Welcome to Nerva Beacon, your one stop shop for all things Doctor Who! Join Leigh and Glenn as they cross the Whoniverse, picking up various special guests and companions along the way, and kidna -- ahem, *taking* them on lots of amazing adventures!

This week, Leigh and Glenn present their Who credentials by chatting about some of their favourites of the classic and modern series, as well as recapping and reviewing the latest Doctor Who episode "Oxygen"!

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Direct download: Nerva1.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 6:51pm UTC

Paula went to Dimension Jump, the Red Dwarf convention, and she has exciting stories to tell! Tales of adventure, of meeting actors and podcast team members, of dragons and sorcery...the last two might not be true. Or are they?*

The team also have a good old chat about the Boys from the Dwarf, why they like the series so much, their favourite episodes and lines from the show, and why Rimmer is the best character in the history of everything.

So join us, as we go 3 million years into the future, where there is only beer and curries, and everything smells like the inside of a bag of dry roasted peanuts.

*They aren't.

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Direct download: Episode_295.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49am UTC

It's special guest time again at BTTE Towers, as Duncan from Podcast in a Half Shell and Stacey's Pop Culture Parlour joins us to talk about the Real Ghostbusters, his Best Mate David Warner, and bad movies in general, along with a bit of Wrestlemania chat, and a good old natter about All Things Nerdy.

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Direct download: Episode_294.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:10pm UTC

It's another quizzy type podcast this week, so join Sam, Paula and Becca as they go quizzing again - see how many YOU can get right, and let us know how you get on!

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Direct download: Episode_293.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 4:53am UTC

It's time to listen to another classic readalong story, this time from Ladybird, and Action Force, the International Heroes who stood for GI Joe in Europe for much of the 1980s.

In this adventure, Flint goes back home on his holidays, but soon stumbles upon a Cobra plot to rule the world, this time involving dastardly subliminal messaging...

FULL FORCE!

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Direct download: AFFL.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 12:38pm UTC

It's all about the little things on this week's episode, but don't think we're not talking about anything of importance. It's an overload of things which wouldn't necessarily make a whole episode, but things we all loved as kids!

So, expect lunchboxes, pencil cases, stickers, erasers, and all manner of awesome ephemera, so join Glenn, Becka, Paula and Sam as we go down the rabbit hole to everyone's favourite decade, to check out their sticker collections!

What were YOUR favourite bits of 80s ephemera? Let us know, and we'll read out your answers on a future show!

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Direct download: Episode_292.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 6:10pm UTC

It's all about the 1986 classic Transformers: The Movie this week, as Glenn, Paula, Sam, Becca and special guest Andrew reminisce and collect their thoughts and memories of this piece of essential Eighties ephemera.

What are YOUR memories of Transformers: The Movie? Do you still watch it, and when? Is it a tradition in your house, or just whenever you feel like it? Let us know, and we'll read your answers out in a future show!

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 5:54pm UTC

This week's episode is all about the 1987 Joel Schumacher vampire classic, The Lost Boys!

So, join Becca, Sam and Paula as they travel back to Santa Carla of the mid-80s, huntin' vampires. Including a pre-Bill Alex Winter. Wooooooooo!

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Direct download: Episode_290.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 8:36pm UTC

This week it's all about Eighties Batmania, as Tim Burton's version of the Dark Knight swept all before it in 1989! Join Glenn, Paula and Becca as they reminisce about not only Batman, but also Batman Returns, and see how they compare to today's vision of Batman!

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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 10:02pm UTC

It's Paula's turn to host this week, so please join her, along with Becca and Sam as they go after the Lost Ark, brave the Temple of Doom, join the Last Crusade, and the Other One!

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Direct download: Episode_288.mp3
Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 6:17pm UTC

It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.

Hit it.

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Episode 286 - Between Two Pillows

It's Becca's turn to spotlight this week, and she's chosen to look at perhaps the ultimate John Hughes road movie: Planes, Trains and Automobiles!

We discuss not only that, but Hughes movies in general, and the influence he had on a whole generation of comedy performers from the Eighties right up to now!

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Episode 285 - Does Whatever a Spider Can

We head to Marvel's New York City for this week's spotlight, as Sam talks about his favourite superhero - the Amazing Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man!

From the 1981 series, to his team up with some Amazing Friends, to his own animated series, and even when he was Unlimited or Neil Patrick Harris, this episode is full of Spidey!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:35pm UTC

Episode 284 - These Romans Are Crazy

It's a trip to ancient Gaul this week, as Paula spotlights the indomitable village, still holding out against the invading Romans as they have been since 1959! It's Asterix the Gaul and his friends, everybody!

These podcasters are crazy!

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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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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 12:42am UTC

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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Category:Nostalgia -- posted at: 11:12am UTC