Monday, 25 May 2015

4 Classic Doctor Who Characters Who Deserved a Spinoff

The classic era of Doctor Who (1963-89) spawned many a classic tale and even more amazing characters.

But during that long tenure in the nation's hearts only one character managed to be rewarded with a spinoff. It was, quite rightfully, the fantastic and beautiful Elisabeth Sladen in K9 and Company.

Unfortunately, it wasn't the huge success the BBC were looking for, so perhaps it was a case of the old "once bitten, twice shy" theorem.

And it's a damn shame, my friends, as there was so much potential in amongst the wealth of personality ingrained into all the supporting cast over the years.

That's why we've decided to take a look at who would have made the best spinoffs.

Saturday, 23 May 2015


Genre: Documentary
Channel: Play UK
Transmission: 2002

Larger than life, libertarian, ravisher of women, yes, these are just some the ways you can describe Russell Brand.

And it's these dominant traits which create the quintessential Marmite debate. Some of us are more than happy to lavish his yeasty goodness on a piece of toast and devour it whole, but others retch at the mere mention of his name.

We absolutely love him, though, and no matter how misguided he can be at times we'll offer up a fistful of knuckles for anyone who bemoans his lustrous locks and big mouth.

He wasn't, of course, always the media presence that he is today. No, everyone needs to start somewhere and one of old Russ' earliest forays into TV was with Re:Brand.

Dennis the Menace and Gnasher Show

Genre: Childrens
Channel: The Children's Channel
Transmission: 1990 - 91

If you're anything like us then you storm through the door after a hard day at work, grab a beer and crank out the songs of your youth to relax.

Kids, though, tend to waltz through the door with an insouciant swagger, a pack of sweets in their back pocket and, rolled up under their arm, a comic.

It's not much, but it's enough to satisfy anyone under the age of 10. And there's only one comic these youngsters can be seen with. And that's the Beano.

Dennis the Menace, of course, is the star of the Beano and he's received several TV adaptations over the year, but the most interesting one is The Dennis the Menace and Gnasher Show.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Fred Basset

Genre: Childrens
Channel: BBC1
Transmission: 25/04/1977 - 20/05/1977

We don't know about you, but we don't half love dogs.


No, seriously, we love dogs and we're pretty sure you do too. Unless you're one of those cat lovers, but, well, we suppose Custard of Roobarb and Custard fame was a right cackling enigma if ever there was one.

Anyway, we're getting sidetracked by that curiously retro tv mind of ours. You see, the real reason we've gathered round the great British TV alter today is to take a ganders at Fred Basset.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Fancy a Retro TV Marathon?

Written by Louise MacGregor

So, you want to watch something new this weekend. You want to get your teeth into something good and meaty, but something that can be consumed (then, obviously, analysed to pieces over a glass of wine or six) over a weekend.

And, judging by the fact that you’re on this site, you’re probably looking for an amazing helping of retro tv to fill up your time.

Let’s take a look at the five best British TV shows from yesteryear that you should marathon this weekend (though not all at once!).

While I might be a bit more likely to stay up for days on end to finish a really good drama, I appreciate not everyone wants to sit up late into the night just to get one more episode in, so I’m sticking firmly to shows whose entire run clocks in at twelve episodes or less (toilet breaks not included).