TruffleShuffle Pays Tribute to Robin Williams

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

xoxo

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Holy smokes Batman! It’s only the weekend!

Just like the Easter Bunny, hopping and leaping around, sniffing and burring as we go as we work our way through the thick forest of retro movie awesomeness only to dig up and share with you hungry folks with even more movie magic.

Have a happy weekend!

Saturday 19th April

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
ITV London 2:40 pm-5:35 pm (2 hours 55 minutes)
The young wizard and his friends return for their second term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to discover a strange serpentine power is petrifying the other students. Meanwhile, Harry is haunted by a sinister voice in his head urging him to uncover the dark force that is stalking the corridors of the school. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Kenneth Branagh.

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Beetlejuice (1988) 5* 5:05 pm-7:00 pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Recently deceased couple Adam and Barbara Maitland enlist the professional services of a hard-boiled veteran ghost to scare away the obnoxious yuppie family who have moved into their former home. Tim Burton’s supernatural comedy, starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara.

Iron Man (2008) Film4 6:40 pm-9:00 pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Arms manufacturer Tony Stark is taken hostage by a terrorist group and realises the weapons his company builds have been falling into the wrong hands. Using his engineering skills to construct a hi-tech armoured suit, he manages to escape and then puts the technology to good use in the fight against evil around the world. Superhero adventure, starring Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrence Howard. Edited for daytime broadcast.

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The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013) Channel 4 10:50 pm-12:50 am (2 hours )
Premiere. Documentary about the influential British rock band, in which film-maker Shane Meadows follows the group through rehearsals for their 2012 reunion concerts at Manchester’s Heaton Park, the first time they had played together in 16 years. Featuring previously unseen archive footage spanning the Roses’ history.

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Sunday 20th April

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Look Who’s Talking (1989)
Sky Movies Comedy 11:30 am-1:15 pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Pregnant Mollie is dumped by her boyfriend, and sets out after the baby’s birth to find a surrogate father for her infant son Mikey, who comments on proceedings through a wisecracking inner monologue. Mikey is confident the cab driver who helped deliver him is the perfect man for the job – but his mother is less than convinced. Comedy, with John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and the voice of Bruce Willis.

Batteries Not Included (1987) Syfy 3:00 pm-5:10 pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A family of tiny alien spacecraft intervenes to help the residents of a run-down Manhattan brownstone tenement stop greedy developers from demolishing their homes. However, the miniature flying saucers have the odds stacked against them as they bravely do all they can to save the day. Sci-fi fantasy, starring Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Frank McRae and Elizabeth Pena.

Free Willy (1993) Sky Movies Family 3:25 pm-5:30 pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A troubled youngster befriends a captive killer whale while working at a marine park. However, their friendship looks set to be short-lived when he learns the park’s greedy owners plan to kill the animal, forcing the boy into a race against time to release the creature back into the ocean. Family drama, starring Jason James Richter, Lori Petty and Michael Madsen.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) ITV2 6:30 pm-9:00 pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
Scientist Dr Ian Malcolm reluctantly joins a research team on the island where his employer first designed genetically engineered dinosaurs. Meanwhile, a big-game hunter takes the chance to bag the biggest prize of all – a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur adventure sequel, starring Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite and Richard Attenborough.

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Jumanji (1995) Sky Movies Family 8:00 pm-9:50 pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A man who has been trapped inside a mysterious jungle board game for 26 years is eventually freed when two children start to play it. Unfortunately, he arrives with a rampaging horde of animals on his heels, leaving only one solution – to finish the game he started all those years ago. Fantasy adventure, starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt.

That’s all folks!
Whatever you’re up to this awesome Easter Weekend, remember to find every egg or you’ll get ants, and staying up all night doesn’t mean you will spot the Easter Bunny.
Happy retro weekend!
xoxo

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Eye of Thundera it’s only the Weekend

Many miles into the desert, deep into parts unknown. Riding head held high on top a camel fastened with water bottles and blankets. Let us be your intrepid explorer as we bravely seek out new lands of retro movie greatness, we’ll  meet savage tribes and trade with them for cinematic awesomeness before we discover their secrets and marvel at the celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro Weekend!

SATURDAY 18th JANUARY

Bugsy Malone (1976) Film4  4:35pm-6:25pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Alan Parker’s slapstick musical comedy, featuring a cast composed entirely of children and following a war between rival gangsters in 1920s New York – fought with custard pies and cream-firing Tommy guns. When a slick mobster acquires devastating new weapons, his arch rival enlists the aid of a small-time chancer to steal them. Starring Scott Baio, Florrie Dugger and John Cassisi, with Jodie Foster in an early appearance.

Despicable Me (2010) ITV London  5:10pm-7:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A criminal mastermind hopes to seal his reputation as the greatest villain of them all by stealing the moon. First he needs to get his hands on a shrinking ray owned by a rival evil genius, and adopts three orphan girls to help him – but finds that fatherhood brings out his long-buried caring side. Animated comedy, with the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand and Julie Andrews.

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Men's Yellow Despicable Me Stuart Minion T-Shirt

Top Gun (1986) E4  9:00pm-11:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
An arrogant pilot’s maverick flying skills earn him a place in an elite US Navy school, where he comes into conflict with a fellow student and falls for his civilian instructor. A tragedy in the air threatens to end his military career – until an international incident offers him a chance to redeem himself. Aerial action adventure, starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Tom Skerritt.

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Men's Top Gun Maverick T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

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Ladies Top Gun Charlie T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) Film4  11:30pm-1:35am (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.

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SUNDAY 19th JANUARY

Jumanji (1995) Sky1  1:00pm-3:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A man who has been trapped inside a mysterious jungle board game for 26 years is eventually freed when two children start to play it. Unfortunately, he arrives with a rampaging horde of animals on his heels, leaving only one solution – to finish the game he started all those years ago. Fantasy adventure, starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt.

Jumanji

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) Channel 4  3:55pm-5:45pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A professor invents a ray with the power to reduce objects in size. Unfortunately, his kids and their meddling friends trigger it off and are shrunk to microscopic proportions. When they are accidentally thrown out with the rubbish, the children have to contend with all kinds of animals and insects on their journey home across the backyard. Disney comedy, with Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman and Amy O’Neill.

Free Willy (1993) ITV2  3:10pm-5:30pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A troubled youngster befriends a captive killer whale while working at a marine park. However, their friendship looks set to be short-lived when he learns the park’s greedy owners plan to kill the animal, forcing the boy into a race against time to release the creature back into the ocean. Family drama, starring Jason James Richter, Lori Petty and Michael Madsen.

The Big Lebowski (1998) ITV4  11:55pm-2:15am (2 hours 20 minutes)
A case of mistaken identity forces an ageing hippie to divide his time between trying to win a bowling tournament and searching for a wealthy industrialist’s kidnapped wife, while getting involved with assorted oddball characters in the process. Coen brothers comedy, starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro.

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Whatever you get up to this Weekend, remember fish have feelings too and always enjoy yourselves.

Don’t forget to check out our amazing range of official movie tshirts for some classic designs from some of these films and more! See you there 🙂

xoxo

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Mad dogs dirty beard! It’s not only the weekend, it’s an Easter special bumper four day weekend Whoop whoop!

So, from the Valleys of Beverly Hills like an 80’s rock and roll party let us be your spandex clad rocker complete with studded leather jacket and feathered hair, as we stand astride a make shift stage holding aloft our trusty Gibson flying V guitar. As the crowd wait in anticipation for us to shred out retro movie awesomeness, rock out with cinematic mega amptitude and power slide to celluloid glory.

Have a happy retro Easter weekend everyone!

Friday 29th March

The Karate Kid (1984)Watch 2:50pm-5:15pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
A teenager at a new school befriends a pretty girl, but her ex-boyfriend is jealous and attacks him. During one particularly bad fight, a wise old caretaker intervenes and defeats the youngster’s assailants using his martial art skills. He goes on to mentor the boy and teach him karate so he can face his enemies in a tournament. Drama, with Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elisabeth Shue

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The Three Musketeers (1993) Film4 2:40pm-4:45pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
The king of France’s elite personal guard is disbanded, but three of them refuse to lay down their swords. Aided by an impetuous young man keen to join their ranks, the trio set out to foil an evil cardinal’s plot to seize the throne for himself by capturing the cleric’s wily female spy. Swashbuckling comedy adventure, with Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, Oliver Platt, Chris O’Donnell, Tim Curry and Rebecca De Mornay

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) Film4 6:55pm-9:00pm (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

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Son of Rambow (2007) BBC1 London 11:50pm-1:20am (1 hour 30 minutes)
A boy from a strict religious family, who has never watched television in his life, is amazed when a rebellious classmate shows him a pirate video of a Rambo film. An unlikely friendship develops and the sheltered youngster finds an outlet for his overactive imagination as they set about making their own action movie. Coming-of-age comedy, starring Bill Milner, Will Poulter and Jessica Hynes

Saturday 30th MARCH

Back to the Future (1985) ITV2 4:10pm-6:30pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Teenager Marty McFly travels back to the 1950s in a time machine built by his eccentric inventor friend. The return journey proves tricky enough, but he also accidentally alters the sequence of events that led to his parents falling in love – and has to persuade his future dad to win his mother’s heart, or he will never be born. Sci-fi comedy adventure, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover.

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The Karate Kid Part II (1986) Watch 2:35pm-4:55pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
High-kicking teenager Daniel accompanies his venerable mentor Mr Miyagi when he returns to the Japanese province of Okinawa to visit his dying father. However, an old rival of Miyagi’s is waiting for them, while Daniel is drawn into a vicious conflict with their enemy’s own karate protege. Martial arts sequel, starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Yuji Okumoto

Jumanji (1995) Comedy Central 5:00pm-7:00pm (2 hours)
A man who has been trapped inside a mysterious jungle board game for 26 years is eventually freed when two children start to play it. Unfortunately, he arrives with a rampaging horde of animals on his heels, leaving only one solution – to finish the game he started all those years ago. Fantasy adventure, starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt

Uncle Buck (1989) ITV2 8:20pm-10:20pm (2 hours)
An unreliable but good-natured slob is called upon to look after his trouble-making nephew and nieces while their parents are away – and what starts as a disaster soon changes for the better as the unlikely babysitter gets to grips with the finer points of the job. Family comedy, starring John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Kelly, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Madigan and Laurie Metcalf.

Sunday 31st MARCH

The Goonies (1985) Channel 5 1:30pm-3:40pm  (2 hours 10 minutes)
Seven youngsters uncover an old map and set out on the adventure of a lifetime to save their homes from a land developer by finding a legendary pirate’s hidden treasure. However, they first have to navigate a series of booby-trapped underground caverns and outwit a family of crooks also after the loot. Children’s adventure, starring Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Martha Plimpton

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Mens Brown Goonies Quotes TShirt

Grease (1978) E4 7:00pm-9:15pm  (2 hours 15 minutes)
Rebellious American teenager Danny falls for innocent Australian girl Sandy during the summer holidays, but when he later finds out she is a new student at his school, he risks losing her love by trying to act cool in front of his friends. Romantic musical set in the 1950s, starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn and Barry Pearl

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Back to the Future Part III (1990) ITV2 7:40pm-10:00pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly is transported back to the days of the Wild West, where he strives to save his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown from death at the hands of a villainous gunslinger. Final instalment in the sci-fi comedy trilogy, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Thomas F Wilson.

GoodFellas (1990) Alibi 9:00pm-11:50pm (2 hours 50 minutes)
An Irish-Italian boy from a poor neighbourhood grows up idolising the glamorous lifestyle of the Mafia. Taken under the wing of a mobster, he rises quickly in the world of organised crime. But he soon has to face the realities of murder and treachery, while his involvement in drug deals puts him at risk from both sides of the law. Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, starring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and an Oscar-
winning Joe Pesci

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Monday 1st April

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) BBC1 London 3:30pm-5:15pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A cabaret singer who once hid out in a convent is reunited with the nuns she befriended, who now need her help. She poses as a member of the order once more and joins the staff of a Catholic school threatened with closure, where she aims to make a success of the resident choir. Comedy sequel, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, Lauryn Hill, Maggie Smith and James Coburn

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) 5* 4:15pm-6:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
An eccentric but brilliant former cop sets himself up to champion the underdog – as a private eye specialising in locating missing animals. The zany detective is called in to find a kidnapped dolphin – the mascot of an American football team – and uncovers a plot involving high-level police corruption. Comedy, starring Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young, Tone Loc and Noble Willingham

Jaws (1975) Syfy 5:30pm-8:00pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
A New England seaside town’s tourist season is turned into a nightmare by a giant killer shark. The local police chief’s efforts to protect the public are thwarted by the greedy mayor, forcing him to join forces with a grizzled fisherman and a marine biologist to hunt and kill the monster predator. Steven Spielberg’s thriller, starring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw

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Sister Act (1992) Film4 6:55pm-8:50pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier agrees to testify against her gangster boyfriend after witnessing a murder. Placed in protective custody by the authorities, she is less than pleased to discover she is expected to pose as chaste nun Sister Mary Clarence in a convent. Comedy, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Keitel, Maggie Smith, Bill Nunn and Kathy Najimy

Wowzers that’ll keep us busy this weekend.
I know, I know Goonies is on for another week,why wouldn’t I include it?

Just in case you missed it the first time round here’s a little bonus movie clip to get you excited.

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Whatever you get up to this mega weekend remember try not eat to many chocolate eggs you’ll spoil your tea and always enjoy yourselves.
I’m off to catch that Easter bunny.

Toodaloo!

xoxo

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Shu Todoroki! It has to be the bumper New Years edition of the retro rundown.

So as we prepare to dismantle all signs Christmas ever existed let us be your ever helpful fluffy, cheeky, little, fur ball kitten as we stupidly wrap ourselves up in balls of multi-coloured tinsel to lovingly bring to you a glittering and sparkling retro master class of movies.

Have a happy retro New Year! 🙂

SATURDAY 29th DECEMBER

Look Who’s Talking (1989) GOLD 11:00am-1:00pm (2 hours)
Pregnant Mollie is dumped by her boyfriend, and sets out after the baby’s birth to find a surrogate father for her infant son Mikey, who comments on proceedings through a wisecracking inner monologue. Mikey is confident the cab driver who helped deliver him is the perfect man for the job – but his mother is less than convinced. Comedy, with John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and the voice of Bruce Willis.

Flight of the Navigator (1986) BBC2 London 12:15pm-1:40pm (1 hour 25 minutes)
A boy mysteriously disappears in 1978, and is found eight years later, having not aged a day. He escapes being experimented on by government scientists by taking off in a crashed alien spaceship. With the help of the robot pilot, he tries to find out what has happened to him and if he can get back home. Sci-fi adventure, starring Joey Cramer and Veronica Cartwright, with the voice of Paul Reubens.

The ‘Burbs (1989) ITV4 2:45pm-4:45pm (2 hours)
The arrival of secretive neighbours sparks an unhealthy curiosity in a group of friends, leading them to go to bizarre lengths to discover the truth about the newcomers. However, their investigations take an even weirder twist when they begin to suspect their unseen fellow suburbanites are part of a cannibalistic cult. Joe Dante’s black comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman and Henry Gibson.

Flash Gordon (1980) ITV4 4:45pm-7:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
American football quarterback Flash Gordon and journalist Dale Arden find themselves aboard a rocket ship designed by scientist Dr Zarkov, who intends to travel across space to locate the source of recent natural disasters. The three arrive on the planet Mongo, where they soon learn that the attacks are the responsibility of evil emperor Ming the Merciless, who is planning to destroy the Earth. Sci-fi comic-strip adventure, with Sam J Jones, Max von Sydow, Brian Blessed, Melody Anderson, Topol, Timothy Dalton, Ornella Muti, Peter Wyngarde and Mariangela Melato. Featuring music by Queen.

SUNDAY 30th DECEMBER

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) BBC1 London 1:40pm-3:30pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
An amateur witch befriends three children and takes them on a series of magical journeys, including a visit to a land inhabited by cartoon animals, where they get involved in a decidedly one-sided football match against a spoilt lion king. Disney’s part-animated musical fantasy, starring Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall and Sam Jaffe.

Look Who’s Talking Too (1990) GOLD 11:00am-12:40pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
Wisecracking toddler Mikey is joined by mischievous baby sister Julie and sibling rivalry inevitably erupts – while their parents have problems of their own to deal with, in the shape of the kids’ good-for-nothing uncle. Comedy sequel, starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley, with the voices of Bruce Willis and Rosanne Barr.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) Channel 4 2:55pm-5:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A reclusive genius creates a boy but dies before completing him, leaving his brainchild with scissor-like blades in place of hands. A kindly woman from a nearby suburb takes pity on the lonely boy and welcomes him into her home. He quickly becomes a hit in the neighbourhood – but then his new friends start to turn against him. Tim Burton’s fantasy, starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Vincent Price.

Gremlins (1984) ITV2 11:40pm-1:50am (2 hours 10 minutes)
A teenager is given a strange, cute creature as a Christmas present by his eccentric father and warned to keep it away from water, not to feed it after midnight, or expose it to direct light. However, a chance dousing causes the furball to spawn a horde of murderous little monsters, and their devilish antics bring mayhem to a small town. Comedy horror, with Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton and Polly Holliday.

MONDAY 31st DECEMBER – NEW YEARS EVE

WarGames (1983) ITV1 London 10:25am-12:30pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A teenager hacks into a top-secret military supercomputer, which challenges him to what he thinks is a game. However, the machine has complete control of the US nuclear arsenal, and the youngster’s actions are unwittingly pushing the world to the brink of war. Thriller, starring Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, Dabney Coleman and John Wood.

Jumanji (1995) Comedy Central 5:00pm-7:00pm (2 hours)
A man who has been trapped inside a mysterious jungle board game for 26 years is eventually freed when two children start to play it. Unfortunately, he arrives with a rampaging horde of animals on his heels, leaving only one solution – to finish the game he started all those years ago. Fantasy adventure, starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt.

Grease (1978) Film4 5:05pm-7:15pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Rebellious American teenager Danny falls for innocent Australian girl Sandy during the summer holidays, but when he later finds out she is a new student at his school, he risks losing her love by trying to act cool in front of his friends. Romantic musical set in the 1950s, starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn and Barry Pearl.

The Blues Brothers (1980) Sky Movies Modern Greats 8:00pm-10:15pm (2 hours 15 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

TUESDAY 1st JANUARY – NEW YEARS DAY

Mary Poppins (1964) BBC1 London 1:45pm-4:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A practically perfect Edwardian nanny brings magical fun, laughter and adventure into the humdrum lives of a young brother and sister – much to the alarm of their disciplinarian father. Disney’s musical fantasy, starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Glynis Johns, David Tomlinson, Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber.

Addams Family Values (1993) E4 3:00pm-5:00pm (2 hours)
Spooky couple Gomez and Morticia hire a nanny to look after their new baby son – and stop him suffering an early death at the hands of his jealous elder siblings. Romance soon blossoms between the new childminder and Uncle Fester, but he does not realise she is planning to kill him once she has got hold of the family fortune. Comedy sequel, starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci and Joan Cusack.

Short Circuit (1986) Syfy 2:50pm-4:50pm (2 hours)
A military robot is struck by lightning and develops a mind of its own. The machine embarks on a series of comic misadventures, but the company that made him want him back. He realises his only hope is to convince the scientist who invented him that he really is alive. Sci-fi comedy adventure, starring Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy and Fisher Stevens.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) ITV2 9:00pm-11:45pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
A reprogrammed killing machine is sent back in time to the 20th century to protect John Connor, a teenage boy whose destiny is to save the human race. After breaking John’s mother out of a mental institution, the pair set out to avert a future nuclear war – pursued by an advanced prototype terminator with shape-changing powers. Sci-fi action adventure sequel, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick.

Hopefully 2013 will keep delivering more retro classics for us to watch and the retro rundown will continue for another year.

Whatever you get up to this New Years remember to drink, be merry, dance like idiots and always enjoy yourselves 😉

We’ll be seeing you in 2013.