10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…Saved by the Bell

It’s back! Yep we took a short break from all our fact finding over the holiday season, but our much-loved 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About… series is back with a bang as we take a trip back to an old classic Saved By The Bell!

Those of you who know our range, you’ll have spotted we’re always creating some exciting new ways to show off your love for this true retro icon with our Saved by the Bell clothing range including everything from swing vests, off the shoulder jumpers, t-shirts and varsity jackets to boot.

With so much to love about this show, we’ve been hunting high and low for some (hopefully) fun and interesting facts that you can take away with you and show off to all your friends next time this show pops up in conversation. They might either be amazed or give you weird looks, it’s always worth a shot.

So here you have them folks! Enjoy….

1. “Saved By The Bell” was originally a spin-off of the show “Good Morning, Miss Bliss.”

2. Zack and Screech are the only two characters to appear in every single episode of the original show.

3. When the characters graduated from high school, their real-life ages were: Mark-Paul Gosselaar (19); Mario Lopez (20); Elizabeth Berkley (21); Tiffani Thiessen (19); Lark Voorhies (19); and Dustin Diamond (16).

4. Elizabeth Berkley originally auditioned for the role of Kelly Kapowski and was turned down in favor of Tiffani Thiessen, but the producers liked Elizabeth so much that they created the Jessie Spano character especially for her to play.

5. “The final “Graduation” episode had already been shot when the network ordered additional episodes. Tiffani Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley were attached to other projects by that time, necessitating the creation of a replacement character Tori, played by Leanna Creel. The Tori episodes aired in the middle of the other final season episodes to sidestep continuity problems; the “Tori Paradox” was based on the idea that Tori, Kelly and Jessie were all at Bayside at the same time, and simply had different classes and different social interactions with Zach, Slater, Screech and Lisa that never overlapped.

6. Supermodel Kathy Ireland was supposed to appear in an episode as a nurse who seduces Zack, but she was fired during the rehearsals. “She must have dazzled us in the office, because I hired her on the spot,” recalled co-creator Peter Engel. But later, after a disappointing table read and a similarly disappointing dress rehearsal, Engel called Ireland’s manager to inform him that she couldn’t do the part. OUCH!

7. The Saved by the Bell set wasn’t torn down after the series wrapped. Instead it has been used in other shows such as That’s So Raven and iCarly.

8. Originally, Zack and AC were written to be bitter rivals for Kelly’s romantic affections. Off screen, however, Mario Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar were (and continue to be) very close friends. The writers, sensing the obvious chemistry between the two actors, had the characters re-written as best friends, and they remained that way for the rest of the show.

9. After Saved by the Bell (1989) had been on television for around four weeks, research conducted by NBC showed that fifty percent of teenage girls in the United States were watching the show.

10. Dustin Diamond’s father played a science teacher in two episodes, Mr. Bennett.

So there you have them folks! Know any other cool Saved by the Bell trivia? Let us know blow in the comments…

Inspired by Darren Rawlins, Our Favourite Retro Cars Transformed!

Howdy TruffleShufflers! This week we found a cracking little Tumblr page from the very talented Darren Rawlins. He’s done a series of cartoons that takes the cars from some iconic retro shows and imagines what they’d look like as TRANSFORMERS!
Have a look at his work here…. darrenrawlings.tumblr.com whilst we run down our Top 5 Transformers from Retro Shows Inspired by Darren Rawlins!
1) First up, it’s a TruffleShuffle favourite, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Party Wagon! Built by Donatello, this awesome van came with all kinds of handy accessories, including missiles, breakaway doors, a radio broadcaster and parts of it could even be used as a ramp to get the Turtles out of trouble! We think the Transformer version would be pretty badass, especially if it had a few karate lessons from Splinter!
2) In a close second, we just had to pick the Batmobile. It’s been through dozens of crazy incarnations and hosted a vast array of mental weaponry but Darren has opted for the red-detailed one from the 60s TV show and Tim Burton’s sleek 1989 entry. Now, the TV show Batmobile displayed more gadgets than you can shake a batarang at in its 2 year run on our screens, but Burton’s incarnation famously included grappling hooks to scale walls, a bulletproof finish and one stonking great afterburner at the back. That makes for one pretty terrifying Transformer if you ask us, let’s hope he’s not a Decepticon…
3) In every Transformer team there has to be a cocky young hotshot, breaking the rules and having a little too much fun for the serious guys to handle, we reckon that role would have to go to this wonderful Back to the Future inspired mechanical man. Rawlins has really captured the Marty McFly-ness you’d hope to see in the giant self-aware incarnation of his car, the time-travelling Delorean. I just hope his flux capacitor is safely tucked away!
4) And in at number four, we need a plucky foreigner to balance out the mix a little and this Akira-inspired racing bike Transformer fits the bill nicely. The sleek lines of Shotaru Kaneda’s racing bike make for one hardcore looking Autobot, with that cyberkinetic laser blaster, you definitely wouldn’t want to get in his way. Let’s just hope he doesn’t have the same anger management issues as Tetsuo or things could get very messy…
5) Now, this team of Autobots are going to need a villain to fight and we reckon Mr Rawlins has found a dark side to the usually helpful, charming, if a little conservative, KITT from Knight Rider. What do you reckon? With his trademark red LED eyes and all-black finish, he just looks so darn mean! Packing everything from a flamethrower to tear gas canisters, coupled with his super-intelligent AI microprocessors and turbo boosted engine, KITT would make one heck of a Decepticon! Though perhaps appearances are deceiving and under his bulletproof exterior lies the same old sensitive, lovable KITT we know and love… Yeah, that’s nicer. Let’s go with that.
What do you think Truffle fans? Did we leave anyone out? Do you think there’s another famous Autobot out there worthy of a place on our Celebrity Transformer Team? Who would you want fighting for the safety of mankind if the Decepticons turned up tomorrow?
Big thanks to Darren Rawlins for providing the inspiration for this blog, all images are copyrighted to him, check out his tumblr to see more of his retro-y cartoonish awesomeness.

And if your favourite show is on this list, why not head over to www.truffleshuffle.com to buy some cool tshirts to show off in the sunshine?



When Baywatch ‘wave’d goodbye to our screens! xoxo

First aired in 1989 – Baywatch was one of the coolest shows on TV! Today marks the anniversary of the last ever show back in 2001. David Hasslehoff and Pamela Anderson running round wearing very little was probably the main highlight..but putting aside the tiny bikinis, and the even tinier speedos, it was also full of action packed story lines that seemed to keep us all entertained as we were growing up. Everything from earthquakes, shark attacks – serial killers, nuclear bombs….every now and again someone would nearly drown too – just a minor theme in the show!

As we are wise owls when it comes to retro trivia – we’re going to fill you in on some exciting facts relating to Baywatch!

* We sell AMAZING Baywatch T-shirts (and some pretty cool Baywatch costumes!).

* Baywatch is the brainchild of producer Gregory J. Bonann. He was a lifeguard who often worked with Michael Newman and came up with the series idea about lifeguards based on his experiences.

* Gregory pitched the idea around Hollywood for years without success until his sister married TV writer Douglas Schwartz. Douglas later teamed with Michael Berk and sold Gregory’s idea to NBC.

* At its peak in the mid-90s, Baywatch was seen by over 1 billion viewers, was shown in over 144 countries in 23 different languages.

* The show drew more female viewers than male. Statistics showed that female viewership was at a dominating 65 percent!

* Producer Douglas Schwartz’s business cards were once stolen. Afterwards, he began getting calls from actresses who claimed to have been promised a part on the show. The thief, who was later caught, was using the cards to ‘further his social life’.

* Many of the show’s actors had tatoos and in most seasons were covered with body makeup.

* Douglas Schwartz has stated that the show has made about $450 million.

* California beaches can get very cold. Baywatch makes it look as if it’s extremely sunny and warm. The water is 57 degrees. Gena Lee Nolin and Yasmine Bleeth once came down with hypothermia.

* Producers originally wanted to use “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley for the Baywatch theme song, but fortunately for all the fans, they couldn’t afford the $100,000 licensing fee at that time.

Show off your appreciation with one of our Baywatch tees!

Feeling a little more brave? If you’re looking for a cool fancy dress costume – then we have just the thing for you! With the likes of Molly King and Georgie Porter rocking the ladies costume, it’s clearly fit for all Baywatch loving babes…!

What’s your favourite fact? For us – the business card one…he gets a massive high five from us!

Grange Hill t-shirts at TruffleShuffle! xoxo

Grange Hill….we all grew up watching it, didn’t we?

First aired in 1978 – it was the perfect time for us 80’s kids. Following a group of rebel kids as they work their way through their school years – I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say it was a big part of our childhoods.

Having said that, can you IMAGINE the excitement on our little faces when our Grange Hill t-shirts landed at TruffleShuffle?

We were over the moon!

A genuine piece of TV history, this amazing, rare tee from Retreat features the original artwork by Bob Cosford, used for the iconic Grange Hill title sequence.

If it’s good enough for Zammo….it’s more than good enough for us!

Get your hands on one and show off your ultimate appreciation for one of the coolest 80’s TV Shows…EVER.

Men’s Grange Hill t-shirt

Ladies Grange Hill t-shirt