Mrs Doubtfire

Take to the skies! Another retro movie weekend is among us!

With a zip and a clip, we’ve packed our bags for another long and adventure filled journey through the retro movie jungle that be before us. Taking just the bare essentials with us… which is still more than you expect, we’ll begin our tour through far and distant lands. Stopping for only refreshments, we will masterfully hack our way through the cinematic wonder as we reach our final destination, only to gaze and stare at the majestic celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 11th FEBRUARY

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The Wizard of Oz
(1939) 5STAR 12:55pm-3:00pm
Youngster Dorothy Gale is whisked over the rainbow by a tornado into the magical land of Oz, where she inadvertently kills a wicked witch – incurring the wrath of another. Setting out to find the wizard who can show her a way home, she is joined on her journey by a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion, who all hope their own wishes will be granted. Musical fantasy, with Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr and Frank Morgan.

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Turner & Hooch (1989) Film4 4:55pm-6:55pm (2 hours)
A Californian detective investigating the murder of a local man by drug smugglers has only one witness to help him solve the case – the large, smelly dog that belonged to the victim, which is about to turn the detective’s well-ordered existence into chaos. Family comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham and Craig T Nelso.

Every Which Way But Loose (1978) ITV4 4:00pm-6:10pm
A truck driver travels across America with his faithful orang-utan competing in bare-knuckle fights for extra cash. He becomes smitten with a country singer who subsequently vanishes without a trace, so man and ape set off in search of her – with an enraged gang of bikers in pursuit. Action comedy, starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis and Beverly D’Angelo.

Volcano (1997) Film4 6:55pm-9:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A river of molten lava spews from an erupting volcano onto the streets of Los Angeles, prompting the head of a crisis agency to team up with an intrepid scientist in a frantic and dangerous bid to save the city’s residents. Disaster thriller, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann, Keith David and Don Cheadle.

The Full Monty (1997) Dave 9:00pm-11:00pm (2 hours)
Six unemployed men from Sheffield decide to become strippers for one night only in a bid to raise extra money. However, with no dancing experience and far from perfect physiques, the men rely on the unique selling point of complete nudity to impress the punters. Comedy, starring Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Tom Wilkinson, Hugo Speer and Paul Barber.

Mars Attacks! (1996) ITV4 11:15pm-1:25am
The inhabitants of Earth leap into action to repel an impending invasion by a seemingly invincible Martian army, which possesses superior weaponry, a thirst for destruction and a wicked sense of humour. Tim Burton’s sci-fi comedy, starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan, Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, Danny DeVito and Tom Jones.

The Blues Brothers (1980) Sony Movie Channel 11:20pm-2:10am (2 hours 50 minutes)
Two criminal brothers discover the orphanage where they were raised faces closure unless the nuns who run it can pay their tax bill, so the pair embark on an urgent mission to revive their old blues band to raise the money needed. Comedy, starring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, Carrie Fisher, John Candy and John Lee Hooker.

SUNDAY 12th FEBRUARY

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Mrs Doubtfire
(1993) Channel 4 5:15pm-7:30pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A struggling actor’s ambitious, no-nonsense wife throws him out and demands a divorce. Desperate to spend time with his children, he puts his talents to good use by donning drag and posing as a Scottish housekeeper to get a job looking after them. Comedy, starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein and Mara Wilson.

Catch Me If You Can (2002) BBC2 5:45pm-8:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
The story of Frank Abagnale Jr, who found notoriety as a teenager conning and charming his way across America. Posing as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer, Frank was able to fund an extravagant lifestyle while outwitting the FBI at every turn. Fact-based drama, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen and James Brolin.

Men in Black (1997) E4 7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours)
A streetwise cop is enlisted by a top-secret government force dedicated to policing alien visitors to Earth, teaming up with a veteran agent just as a body-swapping extraterrestrial giant insect begins a reign of terror throughout New York City. Sci-fi comedy, starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Fiorentino, Rip Torn and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, stay humble, stay hungry.

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Here it is! For those of you who haven’t been following our little mini blog post series, we’ve been slowly but surely working our way through all the lovely names and faces of the TruffleShuffle dream team.
Taking a little time each month to put one unsuspecting victim member of staff in the spotlight, where we’ve been firing a whirlwind of questions at them and see what spins back out, just so you lovely lot can see just who is behind the scenes here at TruffleTowers.

This time it’s the turn of the logistical brain powerhouse Amy…. good luck! :)

What do you do here at Truffle Towers?
Where to start! As one of the original Trufflers I started as Customer Service Manager however as the business grew and Michelle (our Customer Service Guru… who’s interview can be found HERE) arrived I moved on to looking after our warehouse and helping improving the website and more recently becoming a world class nag to our suppliers, chasing up deliveries and ensuring stock arrives to keep our warehouse full of goodies.
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How long have you been at TruffleShuffle?
8 amazing years filled with fun times :)
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What do you like most about working here / best thing about your job?
I love my job! I think one of the best things about working at Truffle Towers is our lovely TruffleShuffle family. Everyone brings something different to the team and we all get involved whether it’s opinions on new designs or getting stuck in in the warehouse during busy times.
I leave the puns and artistic input to our more creative minds but if something needs organising – I’m your girl!
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What is your favourite item currently on the site?
At the moment I’d have to say I really love this Cinderella T-Shirt

Ladies Cinderella A Dream Is A Wish Rolled Sleeve Boyfriend T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

When you’re not at TruffleTowers, what do you like to do?
I am a member of a few local Amateur Dramatic groups so can be found rehearsing a couple of times a week for the next musical production I am in. On other evenings I like to spend time with my husband, family and friends and if this time involves dining out then it’s even better!
Name three things you like…
Food
Holidays
Animals (especially cats but my husband is allergic hates them so I am not allowed one!)
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Name three things you don’t like….
Balloons
Needles
Cleaning my car
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What were your favourite three films as a kid?
I didn’t really watch a lot of films or TV as a child and so since working at TruffleShuffle.com I have had a lot to learn but it’s been fun catching up! I did however love to read -  Beatrix Potter, Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton & Agatha Christie – just call me Matilda! ;-)

If I had to choose films they would be- Anything Disney, Annie and Mrs Doubtfire which is still my all-time favourite film now.

Who is your idol?
I really can’t think of anyone for this, sorry!
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Who is the last band you saw live?
I can already hear the other Trufflers laughing at this – I don’t do gigs (is that the right word!) I do however love a good musical and the last I saw was Shrek at the Bristol Hippodrome which was brilliant!
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If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Hmm tough one, a lot of my holiday dreams are animal related so I would love to visit the Orang-utans in Borneo, the Gorillas in Rwanda (this stems from another amazing film “Gorillas In The Mist”) and all the incredible wildlife found on the Galapagos Islands. Oh and I have always wanted to swim with sharks!
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Which iconic TV/Film car would you most like to own?
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!
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What music are you listening to at the moment?
The soundtrack to Avenue Q – think Sesame Street for grownups, it’s a musical with puppets who are a little more outrageous than the lovable Elmo and Cookie Monster!
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If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Underwear Should ALWAYS Match!
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If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
I would pay off my parent’s mortgage and send them on a lovely holiday and then I guess I could start checking off the dream holiday destinations. Perhaps buy a house big enough that my husband wouldn’t notice a cat or two hiding around the place :)
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So there you have it folks! Stay tuned for plenty more staff insights and discover even more names and faces from inside TruffleShuffle. See you next time with our next installment!

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A very sad day here at TruffleTowers, we recently learnt about the passing of one of our most-loved and globally cherished Oscar-winning actors and comedian Robin Williams.

Over the years and for as long as we can remember, he has given us some of the very best movie characters and performances. He was surely one of the greatest performers ever and has been described by many as a genius in his field. He will be greatly and deeply missed by all.

To help celebrate this great man and pay tribute to his outstanding career, we thought we would put together just a few of our favourite moments and characters for all to see. Take a look at some of our top Robin Williams memories and relive these classic moments….
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Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Starting things with a bang, this is easily one of his best films and one that everyone will remember. We loved his frantic nature that seemed a great mix of comedy and hard hitting serious acting that really made you think. The story follows a slighty….unorthodox and irreverent DJ who begins to shake up things in his own special way when he is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam during the conflict. A classic case of breaking the rules to do the right thing, this is certainly one he will be forever remembered for.
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Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
This has to be one of Williams’ most iconic roles and only further showed us his exceptional talent to really become totally different people. Although perhaps the idea of a father dressing up as an old woman so he can look after his kids while their mother is at work sounds…well…plain weird, its execution was simply genius and very heartwarming. Surely a classic kids film right here that we can all still enjoy.
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Jack (1996)
Perhaps not one of his biggest roles but certainly one we will always remember, Jack followed the story of a ‘young’ lad who because of an unusual aging disorder meant he aged four times faster than normal which essentially left a child’s mind in an adults body. Another really heartwarming story with his struggles and of course the fun that he get’s up to that we wish we still could. Yet again, another totally outstanding performance and totally captivating.
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Good Will Hunting (1997)
Another fantastic role and performance yet again showing off Robins ability to play anything from a young playful child, an old funny woman, to here a more serious and engrossing character. Williams played therapist Sean Maguire who attempts to help troubled genius Will Hunting (a janitor at M.I.T) get past his issues and do something with his life. This film bagged him an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Brilliant!
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Hook (1991)
Directed by Spielberg and starring Robin as the iconic Peter Pan and Dustin Hoffman as (Captain) Hook, this amazing film tells the story of what happened after Peter Pan left Neverland. Now all grown up and a successful corporate lawyer, Peter has forgotten his childhood, but after Hook kidnaps his kids, he is forced to go back and save them and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy. We all know and love that classic food right scene right??
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Jumanji (1995)
Another childhood classic right here, Jumanji is the amazing 90s story that follows two kids and a magical boardgame that brings things and adventure to life with every turn. They start playing and release a man called Alan Parrish (Robin) from the game who had been trapped for years trying to survive the game. The only way to end the madness is to complete the game and take on whatever that may bring. A great tale and amazing performances all round.
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Aladdin (1992)
Certainly one of our favourte Disney films ever! Aladdin follows the story of a young street urchin who accidentally meets the Princess (Jasmine). They fall in love but are troubled as Jasmine can only marry a Prince, Prince Ali. Despite all this action and of course singing, the real love story is between the audience and Robin’s role of the larger than life Genie who steals the show. Just like in Good Morning, Vietnam, Williams was allowed a certain amount of freedom for cracking jokes and impressions, which only further shows his flexibility and brilliance.
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So there you have them folks. We could really  go on with even more amazing examples of how this great man touched all of our lives and became a huge part of whatever he was working on. He achieved so much and has spread so much joy through the world, it really is such a deep loss and he will be missed by all who knew him and knew his work.What are you best memories of this great man? Any favourite performances or roles? Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below.
Rest in Peace

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Working for the biggest online retailer of cool t-shirts, we see our fair share of amazing tees hit the shelves…! But which ones have stuck out? Do we have a favourite..and why do we love them so much? I’ve grabbed 10 minutes with a few of my favourite TruffleShufflers and asked them about their fashion tee-ndencies while they’ve worked here, and what generally makes them tick when it comes to the world of retro! Enjoy!

First up is James, the designer for TruffleShuffle (he’s the one responsible for all the cool t-shirts – so we should probably take 5 minutes to applaud his geniusness!)

Out of Print t-shirts

Favourite t-shirt ever produced? – Old Skool Gamer T-Shirt.  I’ve been a massive computer game fan since I was about 10, so to get the opportunity to design a T-Shirt featuring all my favourite consoles and controllers was a bit of a treat.

Favourite range you’ve ever designed? – Sesame Street is always really fun to work with, they’ve got such a versatile range of characters and we’re always allowed to do quite weird and wonderful things with them.  Whether we’ve got Elmo and the gang crossing Abbey Road, joining a rock group or even recreating the Trainspotting movie poster they always make it look cool!

What was your first t-shirt ever purchased from TruffleShuffle? – My first T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle was one featuring Pac-Man and one of the Ghosts taking over Tokyo, it managed to look retro and modern at the same time and is still one of the favourite items in my wardrobe!  It came from Chunk clothing who are always experts in doing weird mash ups with their characters.

Secondly we have the ever so beautiful Lucy, the buyer here at TruffleShuffle. She’s also responsible for all the coolness on the site – so be nice to her. If you want to bribe her into stocking something, chocolate and jewellery will definitely earn you some brownie points!

TruffleShuffle t-shirts

Favourite item you’ve ever sourced for TruffleShuffle? – The brand, Mr Gugu & Miss Go. It’s a really new, crazy, quirky and punchy range which makes a real statement. We like to keep things fresh and exciting on TruffleShuffle.com and this brand offers funky, psychedelic and kitsch retro influences, teamed with modern technology, creating cool, vibrant all over prints for an edgy, hipster look! My fave has to be the crazy cat!

Who’s your favourite celebrity ever spotted in TruffleShuffle clobber? – I think Cara Delevingne has a really fab look and always looks great in a retro tee!

Sum up TruffleShuffle in 5 words? – Nostalgic, Fun, Individual, Quirky, Awesome!

Next up is Amy, she’s responsible for overseeing the whole operation when it comes to your goods hitting the shelves…! She’ was the first ever member of staff here at TruffleShuffle (to be honest, I think she’s just waiting for the day we stock high heels…she doesn’t love us at all. It’s all about the shoes!)

Grease t-shirts

So the Goonies kick-started it all for TruffleShuffle, but what’s your fave retro movie? - Mrs Doubtfire (1993!)

What item from TruffleShuffle are you lusting over at the moment? -  http://www.truffleshuffle.co.uk/store/ladies-roald-dahl-matilda-tshirt-p-11883.html coming soon – can’t wait!

Who’s your favourite Disney princess? – Cinderella (Ultimate Disney glam!)

Next up is Iain, he’s in charge of marketing! He is responsible for all the cool stuff happening on our social networking sites.

Movie t-shirts

If you could be an extra in any 80′s film, which would you choose? It would have to be Star Wars in Return of The Jedi, getting to dress up as a Stormtrooper would be so much fun. I’d make sure I didn’t pump my head though. D’oh!

Out of all the TruffleShuffle tees you have, what one gets the most comments? – Most comments? Hmmm probably my Tommy Cooper T-Shirt, I think he’s such a beloved comedian and not too often seen these days sadly. Seeing it instantly reminds people of how amazing he was perhaps.

Favourite band from the 80′s?  - WOW that’s a tricky one, torn between Metallica and Queen…I’m going to say Queen. I’ve always loved their sound and really believe they helped shape music even up to today. Legends.

Lee, our photographer wears aloooot of cool t-shirts so he’s next on our quiz hit list.

Music t-shirts

Biggest fashion faux paux of your childhood? Basin hair cut. My mum was so good at it tho she didn’t need the basin to cut around

Last thing you bought from TruffleShuffle? Beastie Boys Robot T-shirt

Who would win in a fight…Superman or Batman, more importantly…why? Batman because as he is a member of the Justice League he knows all Superman’s strengths and weaknesses and habbits, Plus Batman has possession of a kryptonite ring which would be able to leave Superman helpless.

There you have it…! All our favourite stuff summed up! What’s your favourite TruffleShuffle t-shirt, past or present?

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Now some of these may be hard and frankly a little painful to believe that they first entered our lives wayyy back in 1993. Doesn’t seem that long ago right? Well sadly that was 20 years ago and it’s actually amazing just how much we still love these films even now, just goes to show just how amazing they are.

Take a little trip down memory lane with us as we’ve picked out some of out top films that are turning 20 years old this year…enjoy!

Jurassic Park


American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton. It stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Ariana Richards, Joseph Mazzello, Martin Ferrero and Bob Peck. The film centers on the fictional Isla Nublar near Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, where a billionaire philanthropist and a small team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of cloned dinosaurs.

Free Willy

When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale. Any film with huge trained animals in is an instant winner in our eyes. Such a classic.

Mrs Doubtfire

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend secret time with his children held in custody by his Ex with some pretty interesting results. We must have seen this film…ermm..well too many time to count really. Great film to show off some amazing tallents of Robin Williams and a great family film.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept. Bored with his Halloween routine, Jack Skellington longs to spread Christmas joy, but his antics put Santa and the holiday in jeopardy! Amazing creation of a film this one. A real must watch!

Cool Runnings

Based on the true story of the First Jamaican bobsled team trying to make it to the winter Olympics. we actually know someone who pretty much knew every line in this film…it’s that good.

Carlito’s Way

A Puerto-Rican ex-con, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of NYC.

If you’re a big movie buff like us, don’t forget to check out our huge and ever-growing range of official Movie T-Shirts inspired by some of the biggest and best loved flicks….well ever!

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Hooray! It’s our favourite time of the week again so shake out your weekday blues, kick off your working shoes, strap yourself into a comfy chair and join us on a journey of retro discovery and awesomeness as we gently navigate you through a nostalgic landscape chock to the block with cinematic wonders! Shift into cruise control, turn up the air con and roll the seat back cos it’s gonna be a damn nice adventure!

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Have a happy retro weekend :-)

SATURDAY 21st JULY

Adventures in Babysitting (1987) Channel 5 1:20pm-3:15pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A teenager agrees to look after her neighbour’s children when her date stands her up. Settling down for a night of TV, she receives a phone call from a friend asking to be rescued from a city bus station. Unable to leave the children alone, she decides to take them with her, unaware of what lies ahead. Comedy adventure, starring Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan and Anthony Rap.

Mrs Doubtfire (1993) 5* 4:45pm-7:05pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A struggling actor’s ambitious, no-nonsense wife throws him out and demands a divorce. Desperate to spend time with his children, he puts his talents to good use by donning drag and posing as a Scottish housekeeper to get a job looking after them. Comedy, starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein and Mara Wilson.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) BBC1 London 6:30pm-8:25pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
The intrepid archaeologist sets out to find his estranged father who has gone missing while searching for the Holy Grail. Once reunited, father and son team up to finish the task and locate the sacred relic before the Nazis get their hands on it. Action adventure sequel directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, River Phoenix, Julian Glover and Denholm Elliott.

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) TCM 7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours)
Cute furball Gizmo is reunited with his human friends Billy and Kate, who now work in the New York offices of an eccentric tycoon. However, it is not long before Gizmo has spawned a new generation of murderous carnivores, who quickly overrun the building – and a genetics lab where they produce even more startling mutations. Joe Dante’s comedy sequel, starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover and Christopher Lee.

Footloose (1984) Film4 6:55pm-9:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A rebellious, hip-swinging student from the city moves to a small religious community, where he instantly clashes with an old-school fire-and-brimstone preacher – who has banned dancing and rock ‘n’ roll because he considers them immoral. Drama, starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Chris Penn, Dianne Wiest and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Batman Returns (1992) ITV2 12:45am-3:00am (2 hours 15 minutes)
The masked hero returns to face the Penguin, a grotesque crime boss dwelling in the sewers who conspires with a corrupt businessman to make himself mayor. When the tycoon tries to kill his secretary, she returns as vengeful vigilante Catwoman, who soon forms an intense relationship with the dark knight in both their costumed and real identities. Tim Burton’s comic-book adventure sequel, starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer.

SUNDAY 22nd JULY

Short Circuit 2 (1988) 5* 1:20pm-3:35pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Manic mechanoid Johnny Five meets an old friend in New York City and embarks on a fact-finding tour – but ends up entangled in a series of escapades culminating in a bank robbery. Sci-fi comedy sequel, starring Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Cynthia Gibb and Jack Weston, with the voice of Tim Blaney.

Cool Runnings (1993) ITV2 3:25pm-5:25pm (2 hours)
A sprinter fails to qualify for the Jamaican Olympic squad, but refuses to give up his dream. Learning that a former US bobsleigh coach is living nearby, he seizes the chance to shine in an entirely different sport, and cajoles three of his friends to join him in training for the 1988 Winter Olympics in the far less tropical environment of Canada. Fact-based comedy with John Candy, Leon, Doug E Doug and Malik Yoba.

Crocodile Dundee II (1988) E4 8:00pm-10:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The rugged Australian adventurer sets out to save his reporter girlfriend from New York drug dealers. Having rescued her from their clutches, he realises they will soon be coming after him – so he decides to even the odds by luring them to the Outback for a final showdown. Comedy adventure sequel, starring Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon and Charles S Dutton.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) Comedy Central 9:00pm-11:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A cocky teenager plays truant from school and spends the day dragging his girlfriend and a reluctant friend into all manner of crazy adventures in the big city – while the school’s dean of students vows to stop at nothing to prove the youngster is faking illness. Comedy, starring Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey, Jeffrey Jones and Charlie Sheen.

As this looks like a great line up for the weekend I’m considering going into hibernation mode and watching everything on offer! Typical just as the weather looks proper nice this weekend (might have to do a rain dance), please don’t blame me if it’s wet near you, I really just want to stay in and watch films! ;-)

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