Episodes
"I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet... But your kids are going to love it" One of the all-time greats finally arrives on Betamax - and we go all the way back to 1985 to revisit a lot of people's favourite movie. Due to poor planning it's not episode 88, but better early than late. Joining me in the podcasting Delorean is Beano cartoonist Andy Fanton. Rich ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Executive producers: Keith Foster, Jimi Fletcher,...
Published 11/26/20
"HEY YOU GUYS!!!!!" Welcome to the biggest adventure on Betamax so far as I'm joined by two guests for the first time, Doug and Elly from the newish podcast Doug and Elly Watch Telly. They were surprisingly gentle with a movie that a lot of people will count as their favourite. Thank you for the ongoing support - don't forget to share, rate and review the podcast. Plus, if you do enjoy it, then let me know - makes a huge...
Published 11/12/20
"You dirt-eating piece of slime! You scum-sucking pig! You son of a motherless goat!" We travel back in time to a golden age of cinema this week, as the infamous Graham Sibley returns for another film with an exclamation mark (after Airplane!, while Goal! does get mentioned...). Thank you for the ongoing support, don't forget to leave a plethora of five star reviews on your podcast app of choice, tell your own amigos and if you can spare the pesos, click on the Patreon link...
Published 10/29/20
"His name is Blane? Oh! That's a major appliance, that's not a name!" We remain in the classics section this time with one of the defining movies of the era, featuring the first lady of 80s cinema Molly Ringwald. Joining me at the prom is The Telegraph's arts and entertainment editor Anita Singh - she even has a copy of the novelisation with the original ending so clearly an authority on the topic. She also suggests a very interesting companion film at the end... Thanks again for the ongoing...
Published 10/15/20
"The defense department regrets to inform you that your sons are dead because they were stupid." One of the great 80s movies gets the Betamax treatment as I'm joined in the cockpit by broadcaster Simon London - we play a little volleyball, lose that lovin' feeling and enjoy some sweet Kenny Loggins. Be my wingman by subscribing, rating and reviewing the podcast on your app of choice. Tell your friends, share on social media, quote Top Gun endlessly at...
Published 09/30/20
"Get away from her, you bitch!" Returning after a 57 year absence, Simon Pegg joins me on LV-426 to talk about one of the most bold and exciting sequels to a very different masterpiece...  Thank you again for the ongoing support. Mostly. If you like it, tell your friends, share the podcast, rate review and subscribe. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Executive producers: Gary West, Keith Foster, Jimi Fletcher, Mark Drakes, Matt Cunnington, Christian...
Published 09/16/20
"In time you'll drop dead and I'll come to your funeral in a red dress!" Welcome back for a rare Oscar winning movie (three gongs) and a long overdue return for the fabulous Catrin Lowe. Again, I'd never seen the movie beforehand... But, Cher, Nicolas Cage, Frasier's dad, what more could you ask for? Get involved, tell your friends, rate, review and subscribe! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Executive producers: Gary West, Keith Foster, Jimi...
Published 09/03/20
"I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"   Welcome back to campus as I'm joined by the author Jenny Colgan as we explore science, nerd culture and Val Kilmer... We talk about the film and then move onto a bit about how we consume movies (and music) these days, sounding very old at why people don't make mixtapes anymore.   ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Executive producers: Gary West, Fergus Higginson, Keith...
Published 08/20/20
"I'd buy that for a dollar!" One of my favourite movies gets the Betamax treatment for the special 75th episode, with this delicious tale of corporate greed, graphic cop murder and cyborg technology. Joining me in the executive bathroom of OCP is author James Montague, fresh from his appearance on The Running Man episode to talk about his new book 1312: Among The Ultras.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Executive producers: Gary West, Fergus...
Published 08/06/20
"Are you a lesbian?"   Apologies for the slight delay with this. Time to explore what the New York Times called "That Madonna Movie"... Joining me to seek Susan is Absolute Radio royalty Claire Sturgess, returning to talk about dancing with Terence Trent D'arby, New York City and amnesia.   Coming soon, a bevy of 80s classics - Robocop, Real Genius and Moonstruck... ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Executive producers: Gary West, Fergus Higginson,...
Published 07/30/20
"Hey kids! Where y'wanna go?" Weird Al Yankovich makes his first, and let's be honest, probably only Betamax appearance with an amusing movie about cable TV, which these days could quite easily be about podcasts or YouTubing. Making a re-run appearance is Paul Abbott, host of the Hark! The 87th Precinct podcast (previously on the Transformers episode last year). Coming next - Desperately Seeking...
Published 07/09/20
"Nothing shocks me. I'm a scientist" After the recent arrival on Betamax of Indiana Jones in Raiders, we now have the sequel/prequel, 1984's Temple Of Doom. Joining me for monkey brains is writer and comedian Chris Stokes, an alumni of the Mystery On The Rox podcast. Coming soon - UHF and Desperately Seeking Susan... ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Executive producers: Gary West, Fergus Higginson, Keith Foster, Jimi Fletcher, Mark Drakes, Matt...
Published 06/25/20
"You're a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot." Another first-time watch for me, as I'm lassoed into watching the very funny and prescient comedy with the Oscar-nominated theme song you all know. Joining me in the office is the returning Anna Cale, with an update on her forthcoming book. Thank you for the ongoing support - Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Executive...
Published 06/11/20
"Entire world population infected 27,000 hours from first contact" More escapism for you here as we explore Kurt Russell's Betamax debut in the ultimate sci-fi/horror set in Antarctica - John Carpenter's The Thing. Joining me in a Norwegian helicopter to chase a dog through snow is the host of the only Doctor Who podcast I listen to (I've never watched Doctor Who) "Trial Of A Timelord". --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Executive producers: Gary West,...
Published 05/28/20
" I see you are no stranger to pain." After the dramatic and often moving study of PTSD in First Blood, Sylvester Stallone returns in the ultimate anti-sequel - a coked-up orgy of violence, MAGA patriotism and explosions in the glorious Rambo: First Blood Part II. Joining me in the jungle in his own sequel is Simon Smith, CCTV installer extraordinaire and a former soldier himself. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Executive producers: Gary West,...
Published 05/13/20
"Isn't it awfully nice to have a penis?" Exploring one of the most profound questions in all of time, Betamax finally looks for the meaning of life with those Monty Python scamps. Joining me on the journey through time and space (and vomit) is Sophie Davies, host of the Smashed Prawns In A Milky Basket podcast as well as the brand new It's An S Pod Thing. Got some very exciting episodes heading your way soon, keep your ears...
Published 04/30/20
Published 04/30/20
 "Do you lose as gracefully as you win?" "I don't know, I've never lost." James Bond returns for his final Betamax appearance (on the main podcast) in a movie born out of lawsuits and arguments, but also giving a(nother) swansong to Sean Connery. Not an official Bond movie, but it features Connery as 007, so that'll do for me. Joining me for a nice friendly game of Domination is ITV anchorman Steve Clamp. You can find Steve on Twitter here and on ITV in most of Central...
Published 04/16/20
"It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage." Time for one of my favourite movies of all time, not just the 1980s... Joining me in the search for relics is Terry Duffelen, returning for his hat-trick appearance. Who knows? In a thousand years, even this podcast may be worth something! You can find Terry over at The Sound Of Football, Whom Pods Destroy and The OddJob Pod podcasts, all essential listening. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Executive...
Published 04/02/20
Ludicrous speed! GO! Spaceballs the Movie is now available on Betamax from Mr Rental - joining me on the bridge of Spaceball 1 is Becky Lea, film writer and Spaceballs enthusiast. Stay safe and buckle up (ah buckle this!) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Executive producers: Gary West, Fergus Higginson, Keith Foster, Jimi Fletcher, Mark Drakes, Matt Cunnington, Christian Deas, Andy Elliott, Chris Hopkins, Omar Zambon, Ian Maddrell, Catrin Lowe, Mark...
Published 03/19/20
"You improvise, adapt, overcome" Clint Eastwood makes his Betamax debut in the US Marine story where he plays a grumpy hero being mostly grumpy against young people, middle aged people and old people. My guest for the episode was Simon Smith, former soldier and curator of a fine Twitter feed (lots of dogs) and provider of a wide range of aerial and audio-visual service at Ascent Aerials... Apologies my side was slightly quiet, I had a stinking cold. Not...
Published 03/05/20
REPRODUCTION! We go back to school again, prowlin' for podcast gold while being cool riders. Or something... Anyway, the Stephanie to my Michael this week is Em, host of the superb Verbal Diorama podcast, which you can listen to here. Don't blame me if you end up humming along with the music... It's all on YouTube! --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Executive producers: Gary West, Fergus Higginson, Keith Foster, Jimi Fletcher, Mark Drakes, Matt...
Published 02/20/20
A*****E! Recorded the day before the sad death of former Python Terry Jones, two of his alumni meet in a caper involving diamonds, stutters and Yorkshire Terriers. My guest for this episode was the wonderful Catrin Lowe, who can be found on on Twitter and Instagram. Coming next... Grease 2! --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Executive producers: Gary West, Fergus Higginson, Keith Foster, Jimi Fletcher, Mark Drakes, Matt Cunnington, Christian Deas, Andy...
Published 02/06/20
"Acting head sunshine - and if you ask me, you're acting like a complete arsehole!" Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan finally make their full Betamax debuts in this tense Cold War thriller set in East Anglia. One scene that was mentioned is on Twitter here (Michael Caine catching a train) My guest for the episode is Jonathan Sothcott, movie producer and CEO of Shogun Films, and big fan of Caine (and Roger Moore). Jonathan is working on some fantastic British movie projects this...
Published 01/23/20
"I ask you to kill Superman, and you're telling me you couldn't even do that one, simple thing." One of my favourite movies as a kid gets the Betamax treatment - Superman III! Flawed but still wonderful, mainly for the three performances of Christopher Reeve, I'm joined by author Mark O'Connell on this journey through time, space and Guildford. Mark's book Watching Skies is referenced throughout, while his other book Catching Bullets will be of particular interest to James Bond...
Published 01/09/20