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Staggering Stories Podcast #59: When Water Goes Wet

Staggering Stories PodcastStaggering Stories Podcast   on November 22nd, 2009

Gadget's taking them for a rideShow Summary:
Andy Simpkins, Adam J Purcell, Keith Dunn and a remote Jean Riddler talk about the Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars, Defying Gravity, give a 30 second recommendation, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically:

  • 00:00 – Intro and theme tune.
  • 00:38 — Welcome!
  • 01:25 – News:
  • 01:39 — Doctor Who: Air dates for The Waters of Mars in the Austrailia and Canadia.
  • 02:36 — David Tennant: Pilots a new US series.
  • 05:36 — Dollhouse: Sent to the attic, to DEATH!
  • 07:57 — Being Human: SyFy version may change vampire Mitchell’s sex.
  • 09:53 — Gene Hunt: It’s not just an advert, it’s a BBC rip off advert.
  • 11:18 — Doctor Who RPG: 30 November 2009 release but little info so far.
  • 13:45 – Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars.
  • 35:46 – 30 Second Recommendation: Darker Projects.
  • 36:51 – Defying Gravity.
  • 47:43 – Emails and listener feedback.* Hit us yourself at show@StaggeringStories.net
  • 75:20 – Farewell for this podcast!
  • 75:45 — End theme, disclaimer, copyright, etc.

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Staggering Stories Podcast #58: David Tennant’s Little Adventure

Staggering Stories PodcastStaggering Stories Podcast   on November 8th, 2009

He's behind you!Show Summary:
Andy Simpkins, Adam J Purcell, ‘Fake’ Keith, NOT Jean Riddler and the ‘Real’ Keith Dunn talk about the Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mad Woman in the Attic and The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, find some Escape Pod Discs, find lots of general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically:

  • 00:00 – Intro and theme tune.
  • 00:50 — Welcome!
  • 01:24 – News:
  • 01:29 — Doctor Who: Air dates for The Waters of Mars in the UK and the US of A.
  • 02:34 — The Sarah Jane Adventures: David Tennant gives it a boost up.
  • 03:57 — Being Human: SyFy copies the originality.
  • 05:55 — Who Framed Roger Rabbit: The sequel did.
  • 07:10 — V: Sky writing advertising would cause too many emissions.
  • 08:41 — David Tennant: The Doctor for life.
  • 09:41 — Doctor Who: A wealth of DVDs on the way.
  • 10:50 – The Sarah Jane Adventures:.
  • 11:33 — The Mad Woman in the Attic.
  • 19:27 — The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith.
  • 36:38 – Escape Pod Discs: NOT Jean.
  • 41:42 – True Blood.
  • 54:02 – Emails and listener feedback.* Hit us yourself at show@StaggeringStories.net
  • 60:21 – Farewell for this podcast!
  • 60:50 — End theme, disclaimer, copyright, etc.

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Is Media Nostalgia a Thing of the Past?

Adam J PurcellAdam J Purcell   on November 6th, 2009

Here comes BodLast night I found myself stuck in a YouTube chain of watching late 70s, early 80s children’s TV opening credits.  It all started with looking up Floella Benjamin on Wikipedia (after hardly believing that was really her in the Sarah Jane Adventures yesterday – she looked far too young but it was, nonetheless, her!).  That led me to seek clips from Play Away on YouTube and it didn’t stop there…

Seriously dating myself (no – not in that way!) I watched the opening credits to the likes of (I’m sure there were more) Play Away (with Jeremy Irons!), Rentaghost, The Flumps, Bod, Worzel Gummidge, Jamie And The Magic Torch, The Adventure Game (including the last 5 minutes, where the contestants have to cross the vortex), Rainbow, Grange Hill (the original opening with the exploding sausage! Also Gripper’s exit scenes from the series), Wizbit, Jigsaw, Look and Read: Dark Towers (no credits, just a good few minutes of the programme) and three crappy American series from the early to mid 80s – Automan, Manimal and Street Hawk.

Is there a point to all this rambling?  If there is it is this: will children in the future fail to have the vague nostalgic memories of children’s TV past that we do, because the programmes will always be instantly accessible in perpetuity?  For the most part I was only looking at the opening credits last night which is enough to evoke memories but not enough to destroy them!  In the not too distant future we will almost certainly be able to bring up programmes at will.  Children won’t have the same experience that we had – namely that a TV programme was generally shown once and rarely (if ever) repeated.

Perhaps inaccessibility to a past event isn’t required to generate nostalgia but I do wonder if being able to quickly and easily revisit an old childhood memory might be a bit traumatic when they find it isn’t quite as good as their memory suggests.  No, that’s the situation our generation is in, looking back 30+ years without anything to bridge that gulf.  Future generations won’t need to have such a gap – as they progress through childhood they can watch programmes to death and revisit them later in childhood, only to find they don’t like them any more.  Perhaps for that reason alone TV (and ‘media’ in general) nostalgia will be a thing of the past and maybe that’s no bad thing!