A-Team

Can you believe it! One of the most-loved and iconic retro TV shows ever to hit the small screen (and now big screen!) first helicopter stunted, car chased and exploded its way into our lives way back in 1983!
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Following the story of a crack team of ex-special forces soldiers on the run from the military police for a crime they didn’t commit but did, but didn’t. Mr T (B. A. Baracus), Dirk Benedict (Face), George Peppard (Hannibal) and Dwight Schultz (Howling Mad Murdock) were mercenaries for hire and would find themselves in some of the most explosive situations possible helping innocent victims and people in need It was mega!

This real retro legend had everything you would ever need, a story of good vs evil, plenty of action and fights, catchphrases, the most amazing van ever made and of course the best opening titles EVER! Not that we’re biased or anything :)

So! To help celebrate this 80s hero, we thought we would do some digging around ourselves and sniff out some of our favourite facts and trivia about the show and anyone who made it all possible. Sit back, take notes and enjoy our 32 facts about The A-Team!

1- In the opening credits, Dirk Benedict reacts to a passing metallic “Cylon warrior”. Cylons were the nemesis in Benedict’s earlier series, Battlestar Galactica (1978).
2- Guest stars of the show included; Dean Stockwell, Boy George, Hulk Hogan, Rick James, John Saxon, Isaac Hayes and Pat Sajak.
3- Although the show has been heavily criticised for its violence, people do not bleed or bruise when hit (though they might develop a limp or require a sling), nor do the members of the A-Team kill people.
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4- Although he was their pilot on the Hanoi bank raid, Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock was technically not part of the A-Team and was never hunted or tried by the military.
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5- The gold that was worn by Mr. T during filming varied in weight, usually between 35 and 40 pounds or around 16kgs to you and us. Madness!
6- Amazingly, there are actually only two instances of anyone ever being hit by a bullet throughout the 98 episodes.
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7- B.A Never Actually Says, “I pity the fool.” This actually happens a lot with shows and films, “Beam me up Scotty”, “play it again Sam” and even Breaking Bad’s “Science Bi*ch” are never actually said in the shows. Weird huh! He did however say in in Rocky 3 when asked about the rematch. Great branding :)
8- The show suffered from a lot of continuity errors because of the iconic A-Team van, sometimes if had a sunroof, and other times (usually during stunts) it didn’t.
- In the third season’s “The Bells Of St. Mary’s”, in a scene where Face jumps from a building onto the roof of the van. There is clearly no sunroof. Moments later, in an interior studio shot, Face climbs in through the sunroof. Oooops!
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9- While filming the fourth season premiere on a cruise ship, T had just suffered a loss in his family. Also the air-conditioner was annoying him. He had himself helicoptered off the set and phoned the producer with a list of demands, at which point he was “fired.” But the two were able to work out their grievances and filming resumed.
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10- The Spanish (Spain) version of the series has two significant changes with character nicknames. “Face” is called ‘”Fenix” and “B.A.” Baracus is known as “M.A.”
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10- Amazingly, most of the episodes were filmed just five weeks before they aired.
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11- The name A-Team comes from a military nickname which stood for Alpha team who move into action first, backed up by Bravo Team etc.
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12- Hulk Hogan was actually asked to make more appearances in the show because he got on with George and Mt T so well but WWF commitments meant he couldn’t do it.
13- According to Stephen J. Cannell, the writers had a running gag where they would stage these horrific car crashes, but the people would come out unscathed. They would do this to test the limits of realism on purpose.
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14- NBC executives originally wanted Murdock to be taken out of the show because they felt that he was too over-the-top. Test audiences for the pilot actually loved Murdock and gave him the highest ratings of all so the executives had to change their minds.
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15- The A-Team’s cool GMC van was not black and red, as commonly thought, but black, red and metallic grey.
16- Three cast members have prior U.S. military experience: George Peppard served in the Marines, while Eddie Velez served in the Air Force, and Mr. T was an MP in the U.S. Army.
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17- The crime the team didn’t commit was that their commanding officer in Vietnam, Colonel Morrison, ordered them to rob the Bank of Hanoi. The hope was that this would help bring the war to an end. The mission was successful, but when they returned to headquarters, the A-Team found it burned to the ground, and that Morrison was murdered by the Viet Cong.
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18- The show’s producer Stephen Cannell was fired from ABC in the early 1980s, after failing to produce a hit show for the network. He was then hired by NBC and his first project was The A-Team!
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18- The first regular episode which was aired on January 30, 1983, reached 26.4% of the TV audience.
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19- The show ran for a total of 98 episodes from 1983 to 1986.
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20- Laurence Tureaud’s role as Mr T was actually written for him rather than him being cast as a character.
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21- Marvel Comics produced a three-issue A-Team comic book series, which was later reprinted as a trade paperback.
22- The iconic and instantly recognisable theme tune was written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter who separately also wrote the theme songs for; Quantum Leap, Magnum, P.I., Bewitched, Law & Order, NYPD Blue and more. Also winning Grammy’s!
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23- During its time, The A-Team was nominated for 3 Emmy Awards: In 1983 (Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series) for the pilot episode, in 1984 (Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series) for the episode “When You Comin’ Back, Range Rider?” and in 1987 (Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series) for the episode “Firing Line”.
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24- The voice during the intro was actually the shows producer (seasons 1-4) John Ashley.
25- Mr. T and George Peppard did not get along very well on the set. Peppard didn’t like that Mr.T became the ‘star’ of the show and also discovered that he was being paid more than him too. According to Dirk Benedict, George refused to talk to Mr. T and would use Benedict as a messenger between them. Eeeeek!
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26- Tim Dunigan actually played Face in the pilot for the show but was later dropped because he looked too young on camera to be considered a war vet.
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27- Melinda Culea was fired from the series over ‘creative differences’ with the producers. Culea wanted to have more lines, and be more involved in the fight scenes. The other cast member always made it clear they didn’t want a female in the show as a distraction.
28- According to Dirk Benedict, Robert Vaughn was added to the cast in the fifth season because he was a long time friend of George Peppard’s and it was believed that he could ease the tensions between Peppard and Mr. T.
29- “Howling Mad” Murdock’s real first name is never really revealed throughout the series.
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30- George Peppard was kicked off the game show Password Plus for fighting with and shouting at the producers while the cameras were rolling. Bad*ss
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31- Better late than never, the B in B.B Baracus stands for Bosco….but he likes to think it’s Bad Attitude. Oh and the A stood for Albert.
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32- After four years on Tuesday, NBC decided to move The A-Team to a new time slot on Friday for what would be its final season. Ratings continued to drop, and after seven episodes, The A-Team fell out of the top 50 altogether. Booo!
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So there you have them folks! Sooooo much to take in but hopefully there are a few gems in there that you might not have known.

Did you love the show too? Why not take a quick peep at some of our range of cool Mr T merchandise including Mr Tea Teapot, Mr T Fancy Dress Costume, or Mr T mugs!

See you there!

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Going all out this year with a fancy dress party or just looking to spice up a great night out? We’ve got you covered!

To help you guys pick out the perfect fancy dress costume for you, we’ve pieced together some of our best selling and our personal favourte fancy dress items for you to take a peep at.

Be quick though! Our last delivery date will be on the 23rd of December so make sure you grab something while you can. Enjoy!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAVE FUN! xoxo



Joey Fatone (of N-Sync) with his K.I.T.T.

Joey Fatone (of N-Sync) with his K.I.T.T.

Ricky Hatton's 'Del Boy' Reliant Regal

Ricky Hatton's 'Del Boy' Reliant Regal

CheersDrive.co.uk's Ecto 1

CheersDrive.co.uk's Ecto 1

Being one of TruffleShuffles resident petrol-head means I’m generally more interested in the vehicles that appear in the retro TV Shows and Movies more so than the main characters themselves! Whether it be ‘The General Lee’ from Dukes of Hazzard, Ecto1 from Ghostbusters, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, K.I.T.T. from Knightrider right down to Del Boys van in Only Fools and Horses, I love seeing what the stars drive. Better still its nice to see people replicating these iconic ‘rides’ and enjoying the attention they bring.

Now TruffleShuffle being TruffleShuffle of course we have our very own ‘star car’. We have our very own A-Team Van! You may well have seen it on Fifth Gear, GMTV, Sky Movies or even Panorama!! It’s 5.7 litres of gurgling American muscle wrapped in a shell replicated so well even BA would be confused if the original was parked next to it!! Also, unlike the original, you can hire our van out for Weddings, Birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs, you name it we’ll do it. Head over to theateamvan.com to find out more.

But this leads me to what I see as possibly the ULTIMATE star car….. The Caped Crusader’s Turbine Powered Batmobile from the 1989 Tim Burton directed ‘Batman‘.

I remember being blown away after seeing the first pictures of this car, it summed up the ‘new look’ Batman and looked so dark and sinister which is what I think Tim Burton had in mind. Just imagine it coming up behind you on the motorway!! You would get out of its way for sure!! Now despite the turbine poking out the front and the back of the car all 5 of the genuine movie cars were actually powered by 230hp small block chevy engines (similar to the engine in the A-Team van!) which was a little disappointing. Thankfully Casey Putsch of Putsch Racing thought the same and went about creating the most genuine Batmobile he could.

Putsch taught himself about turbine engines and successfully rebuilt a turbine engine by himself. He took a military spec drone helicopter turbine engine which powers the rear wheels via a semi automatic transmission and is driven like any other conventional production car!! The car’s engineering and construction is fully racing derived and can be considered the most extreme exotic car on the planet. The Putsch Racing facility opened in Dublin, Ohio in June, 2011 with Casey Putsch debuting the world’s only actual jet turbine powered Batmobile.

The Batmobile appeared at the very prestigious Ault Park Concours d’Elegance in Cincinnati, Ohio and was awarded a class “Award of Distinction”, “Hagerty Judges Choice”, and the very special “People’s Choice” beating some of the most valuable cars in history! Well done Casey!! Check out the pictures, it amazing….

Jet Turbine Engine

Jet Turbine Engine


Putsch Racing Bat Car

Putsch Racing Bat Car


Putsch Racing Bat Car (Back)

Putsch Racing Bat Car (Back)

Here it is in action!! DOUBLE AMAZING!!

If we could sell these on TruffleShuffle it would make my year, no… life! But unfortunately, I’m guessing a turbine powered Batmobile maybe quite expensive so for a cheaper Batman fix click here to head over to our website and check out all our Batman goodies. Here’s some of my favourite Batman goodies at the moment. Click on them to check them out on our website.



Hi my name’s Simon and I’m a Chunkaholic. There I said it. Now, If you haven’t come across any of our men’s T-shirts from Chunk then you’re in for a right treat. I’ll start with a quick history lesson…

Chunk started back in 2001 having launched some designs all based on the Haynes Car Manuals iconic cover illustrations. Ten years on and Chunk is now one of the UK’s leading urban street-wear labels. Chunk’s ethos was, and still is, to produce great designs on quality garments, targeting 18-35 year old males with a strong emphasis on cool nostalgia. Famous for their bold graphics, tongue-in-cheek humour and unique design quirks, Chunk now has worked with some of the biggest licenses in the world, which include Marvel, Hanna Barbera, Fremantle Media (Danger Mouse) and Lucas Films (Star Wars) – for which Chunk won a licensing award in 2007 for its Star Wars range. The future promises to be incredibly bright for Chunk as the brand expands into even more retro goodness further cementing its reputation as a great British brand.

With TruffleShuffle.com offering a massive range of amazing retro t-shirts, gifts and accessories we get to see cool new stuff all the time. But for me nothing matches the excitement of a new Chunk catalogue turning up because I know it will be full of amazing new designs. It’s their ‘outside the box’ approach to designing a t-shirt that I love, generally taking a familiar character such as Darth Vader or Mr.T and putting them in an unusual situation, IT’S GENIUS. I could only wish that when I’m down at the coast for a cheeky weekend surf that I catch a Stormtrooper ‘out the back’ riding that perfect wave or driving past my local scrap yard would reveal that Mr.T, Luke and Bo Duke, Michael Knight and the Trotters famous ‘rides’ had reached the end of their lives (probably due to the government Scrappage scheme!!). Only t-shirts from Chunk make this happen.

EXCLUSIVE Men's Star Wars Surfing Storm Trooper T-Shirt from Chunk!Men's Trash TV Car Pile Up T-Shirt from Chunk

Here’s some of my current favourites T-shirts from Chunk that you can buy RIGHT NOW!

Men's Black Street Vader T-Shirt from Chunk - £27.99

Men's Black Street Vader T-Shirt from Chunk - £27.99

Men's White Clonestock T-Shirt from Chunk - £27.99

Men's White Clonestock T-Shirt from Chunk - £27.99

Men's Ink Blot Mr T-Shirt from Chunk - £27.99

Men's Ink Blot Mr T-Shirt from Chunk - £27.99

Men's Blue Fresh Air T-Shirt from Chunk - £27.99

Men's Blue Fresh Air T-Shirt from Chunk - £27.99

Oh and keep your eyes peeled for more retro goodness coming soon from Chunk including the likes of more cheeky Star Wars designs (Darth Vader – who’s your daddy and Yoda – short may be I but your ass kick I will) and even more excitingly, a new collection inspired by that 90’s classic, Ren and Stimpy!!



A close friend once asked me this very question with an air of shame in his voice. I honestly can’t say that I answered him as I was too busy witnessing the Rock stare down Hulk Hogan at yet another sold out Wrestlemania. I guess my ability to zone out when the wrestling is on comes from just years and years of being a fan of the strange and yet somehow (not so) beautiful erm ugh sport??!

You see back in the early 80′s when I was a wee nipper, on Saturday afternoons just after Saturday superstore and before the A-Team, on I.T.V’s World of Sport was Professional Wrestling and not the over the top glamed up wrestling we know today. This was British Wrestling, this was two burly men in leotards, two big sometimes overweight often middle aged men in skin tight lycra, gut barging, eye gauging and head locking their way out of our TV set. The two biggest names of the time were Big Daddy (who my Nan loved and my Granddad knew he could beat) and Giant Haystacks, a scary hairy monster of a man at 6 foot 5 and over 20 stone. Each week these behemoths in spandex would fight in village halls in front of old biddies swinging handbags and chanting “easy easy easy”, etching their legendary rivalry into the history books. Eventually their epic rivalry came to an end when Big Daddy gut barged Giant Haystacks out of the ring and through a table for a ten count making Big Daddy the winner in front of a sold out Wembley arena.

Sadly the wrestling stopped on Saturday afternoons but my love for this uniquely brutal form of entertainment did not die. By the time I got to Primary School most of my friends had acquired cable TV and a new group of heroes. Gone was the argument of “who would win in a fight Big Daddy or Superman?”, no now it was “who would win in a fight, Hulk Hogan or Superman?”. I’d hear playtime stories of Andre the Giant an actual freaky giant at 7 foot 5, The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan a man with a handle bar moustache, a silky white mullet and skin orange and shiny.

They all seemed way too mythical to be real to me but the stories kept coming. The Biggest story at the time was when Hulk Hogan finally slammed Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania 3, Andre was huge well over 500 pounds (I never realised pounds was weight, I just thought it was a lot of money). Gone were the chants of “easy easy easy” now we chanted “USA USA USA”, We weren’t even American, it made little sense but nothing did and it was fun.

Every playtime we would group together and do “Ible oble black bobble ible oble out” to see who got be Hulk Hogan and one at a time would line up to get slammed on the grass when the teachers weren’t watching. Most the time, in fact every time it would end with someone shouting “Pile On!!” and us in massive heap on the grass laughing and screaming, a teacher would shout “break it up” and we would walk heads down with grass stained knees back to class.

I don’t know if can answer my friends question. I guess pro wrestling is like a man’s version of Coronation Street or Eastenders. You get a bit of a story, a lot of bad acting and some violence – what more do you want? Just take this advice from Hulk Hogan “Train hard, take your vitamins and say your prayers” oh and “What you gonna Doooo, Watcha gonna do Brother when Hulkamania Runs wild on you?”