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GLADIATORS, READY! Nearly 30 years on from the first episode, everyone's favourite Gladiator Jet (aka Diane Youdale) and journalist David Blackmore are turning back the clock to celebrate the glory days of the best Saturday night family show on British TV in the 1990s. Joined by special guests, they will be learning about the stories and characters who made Gladiators what it was, and their lives before, during and after the show.
 
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September 15-21 1984 This week Ken welcomes friend, comedian, and good dude Matt Braunger to the show. Ken and Matt discuss Winter in New England, having a new baby, not being a TV Guide Household, being an entertainment planner, Delightful flashbacks, Saturday Morning Cartoons, The Snorks, loving Richard Pryor, planning a heist to steal the lost R…
 
RTE Guide December 17-30, 1983 This week Ken kicks off 2021 right as he welcomes Irish stand up comedian, television hose and space enthusiast Dara Ó Briain to the show. Ken and Dara discuss the horrors of doing stand up via Zoom, remote work, Mock the Week, Battleship, hosting children's TV, traumatizing a generation of children, telescopes, learn…
 
November 9-15, 2002 This week Ken welcomes fellow New Englander, Mortified alum and author Tony Pacitti. Ken and Tony discuss cheating, Spanish, Rhode Island cuisine, Italy, diners, the 2000s, smoking Marlboros, James Bond, boobs, Christ in New York, Rocket Scientists, JFK, According to Jim, the Big of her Front, kids feeling up women, Bruce Lee kn…
 
October 18-24, 1997 This week Ken welcomes comedian, writer, actor, podcaster and all around entertainer Sofiya Alexandra. Ken and Sofiya discuss the horrors of 2020, happy sad birthdays, growing up in Ukraine, moving to Hollywood, America's ego, being amazed by Santa Monica, Supermarkets, fine Russian Chocolates, Odessa, old dirty Hollywood Blvd, …
 
September 21-27, 1996 This week the TV Guide meets The TV Guidance Counselor as Must Have Seen TV's Brett White joins Ken to discuss Returning Favorites circa 1996. Ken and Brett discuss Long Island, lockdown depression, action figures, The X-Men, New Mutants, Marvel Continuity, Mad Men, Bewitched, Decider, Full House, Fuller House, visiting sets, …
 
In this BONUS! Black Friday Edition of the show Ken welcomes back his muse and the wind beneath his podcast wings Mr. Sean Sullivan to the show. Ken and Sean discuss the fine line between A Christmas Carol and It's A Wonderful Life by way of Sean's NEW Limited Edition Holiday Podcast Series The 25 Days of A Christmas Carol and via Season 1 and 2 Ch…
 
October 27-November 2, 1990 (Ken's all time favorite issue of TV Guide) This week Ken welcomes fellow podcaster and longtime friend Michael Cook to the show. Ken and Michael discuss how their paths never cross in person, how remote can be normal, and when it's not, not being famous, Oregon, the Entertainment Industry, Lex Luthor, Bizarro Ken, buyin…
 
FALL PREVIEW ALERT September 23-17, 1994 This week Ken welcomes fellow stand up comedian and creator of the first Quarantine Stand Up Comedy Album (that I know of) the great Nore Davis to the show. Ken and Nore discuss the changing nature of time, the Apocalypse, New York, Manhattan, not getting TV Guide, Streets of Rage, Skates, roads not traveled…
 
June 20-26, 1981 This week (for the second time)Ken welcomes host of the Let's Face the Facts: Facts of Life Podcast, Mr. David Almeida to the show. Ken and David discuss what they talked about last time, All Media, Mr. Lazaroni, The Facts of Life, Bearded undergrounds, Real People, South Shore Bar Pizza, MTV premiere of Thriller, recreating awful …
 
September 7-11, 1987 Today Ken welcomes long time friend, fellow depression sufferer, fellow Bostonian, and comedic hero Gary Gulman to the show. Ken and Gary discuss Rhoda, bedtimes, writing books, not having children, Jewish women, Valerie Harper, Mary Tyler Moore, being replaced with Sandy Duncan, AIDS, Dungeons and Dragons, Frank Welker, rentin…
 
June 22-28, 1963 It's a TWOFER week as Ken welcomes genius level funny, author of the new memoir "We Saw Scenery" Merrill Markoe to the show. Ken and Merrill discuss needing to get back to dark and gloomy weather, being shocked at how much TV you watched as a kid, We Saw Scenery, being in love with sitcom sons, being boy crazy, being on the wrong s…
 
April 30 - May 6, 1977 This week welcomes musician, DJ, Pogue and all around excellent human Cait O'Riordan to the show. Ken and Cait discuss lockdown, visas, being an immigrant, loving New York City, the dangers of '80s Alphabet City, loving all the bad things about the U.S.A., allowing the locals to be your tour guides, Cheers, Boston, tribalism,…
 
October 21-27, 1978 This week Ken welcomes author, TV movie genius and all around cool chick Amanda Reyes to the show. Ken and Amanda discuss living in Texas, movie around as a kid, being via satellite, glamour, Las Vegas, LA, Vegas with Robert Urich, The Nightstalker, being a BYOTVG guest, WKRP in Cincinnati, being a horror fan, being an expert, M…
 
October 1-7, 1966 This week Ken welcomes legendary punk rock icon, record collector and raconteur Jello Biafra to the show. Ken and Jell discuss becoming part of the Zoom generation, cigarette ads, the wonders of muck raking journalism, out scooping your competitors, watching the news as a kid, The Vietnam War, being a newshound, seeing Oswald get …
 
April 24-30, 1971 This week Ken welcomes writer/comedian and author of the excellent new memoir "My Dirty Life in Comedy", Lois Bromfield. Ken and Lois discuss German, how in Europe "American" is the Children's menu, growing up in Toronto, getting the crap kicked out of you (emotionally) in NYC, the greatest of L.A., appearing on the Dick Clark sho…
 
December 28, 1996 - January 3, 1997 This week Ken welcomes NPR TV critic, musician and author of the great book Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation, Eric Deggans to the show. Ken and Eric discuss Eric's smooth radio voice, growing up in Gary Indiana, being a touring musician, becoming a TV critic in 1996 in Florida,…
 
In this BONUS! episode Ken welcomes former private eye, current Dog Rescue super hero and daughter of the late, great James Garner, Gigi Garner. Ken and Gigi discuss LA vs Boston, living all over the world, being a licensed P.I. in Tennessee, living in the U.K., putting out records, writing three #1 Christian songs, having no acting talent, The Roc…
 
July 19-25, 1986 Today Ken talks to writer, host, podcaster, and bizarro Ken Jake Fogelnest. Ken and Jake discuss the Stuff, John Waters, being a "precocious" kid, Larry Cohen, Squirt TV, Cable Access, Night Flight, working from home, branding, Midnight Blue, The Comedy Store, supportive parents, Cypress Hill, The Beastie Boys, seeing Rocky Horror …
 
June 1-7, 1968 This week Ken talks to former actor, producer, current investment banker and long time good dude Scott Valentine. Ken and Scott talk about Ken moving to L.A., Scott moving back to New York, Scott's true love, climate change, when Scott got run over by a truck, Knight Rider, Family Ties, The Art of Being Nick, the cast of Family Ties,…
 
October 11-17, 1975 This week Ken welcomes writer, drummer, actor and all around great guy Frank Whaley to the show. Ken and Frank discuss Ken's mispronunciation, upstate New York, being "Evicted Boy" in Spenser for Hire, being 24 and pretending you are 16, being dirt poor, getting commercials, The Freshman, getting to act with the best actors, Mar…
 
June 20-26, 1998 This week Ken welcomes producer, writer, showrunner and creator of the new NBC Medical Drama Transplant, Joseph Kay. Ken and Joseph discuss being in Toronto, being stuck behind a border, Transplant, a show set in Canada being an NBC co-production, The X-Files, Chris Carter, learning how to run a show working on a show, serializatio…
 
July 19-25, 1969 This week Ken welcomes film fan, Rifftrax-er, and voice of Tom Servo, the great Kevin Murphy to the show. Ken and Kevin discuss fishing, Elvis, the Apollo 11, Boy Scout Camp, the space race, the political unrest of 1968, Vietnam, Iowa, Nebraska, jock itch, hemorrhoids, corn, being too old for diaper rash, smoking, Jackie Gleason, H…
 
April 24 - May 3, 2004 This week Ken welcomes actor, musician Kaitlin Huwe to the show. Ken and Kaitlin discuss the misery of a New England climate, The Bay Area, the California Vibe, Pandemic niceness, having a great Drama teacher in High School, moving to L.A. at 17, NYC, UCLA, being completely baffled by TV Guide, PBS's Arthur, Hollywood's seedy…
 
January 13-19, 1968 This week Ken welcomes the incredible English writer, comedian and all around amazing human Jo Brand to the show. Ken and Jo discuss the good that has come out of a Global pandemic, how incredibly shocking 1968 seems looking at it from 2020, USSR representations of the USA, Ken's deprogramming, Housewife Dracula, how to say "tak…
 
August 2-8, 1975 This week Ken welcomes actor, writer, director and all around good dude D.B. Sweeney to the show. Ken and D.B. discuss enjoying the depth of TV Guide listings, growing up as townies in Long Island, when Spenser for Hire is your first day in show business, befriending Robert Urich, Lonesome Dove, being a Red Sox fan in Long Island, …
 
October 19-25, 1996 This week Ken welcomes journalist, writer and fellow former New England punk teen Gabrielle Moss. Ken and Gaby discuss good microphones, how people no longer care about quality, Connecticut, War Pigs, where bands play, 1996, BYOTVG, Gargoyles, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Brooke Shields, Sexy Babies, Townies, Halloween costumes,…
 
At school in the North East of the UK, Helen hated sports - especially hockey - and wrote her own ‘notes’ to be excused. It wasn’t until her late 20s that she started hitting the gym and had phenomenal success as a body-builder. Winning championships at both national and international level, she knew nothing about Gladiators when she got the GladCa…
 
FALL PREVIEW ALERT! September 12-18, 2004 This week Ken welcomes writer Sarah Rodman to the show. Ken and Sarah discuss staying in an attitude of gratitude, the first year Sarah worked as a TV critic, recommending shows to people in lockdown, Cheers, Ted Danson, the importance of the Fall Preview, not knowing what shows will go on forever, The Tele…
 
resh from a stint on Capital Radio and working on BBC Radio 2, John was busy with two new ventures and then came a boozy lunch with Nigel Lythgoe which led to his long stay with Gladiators. John and co-writer Colin Edmonds quickly realised a live commentary wouldn’t work - with 15 cameras it was impossible to follow so in the end they used recorded…
 
March 17-23, 1984 This week Ken welcomes writer, former MTV VJ, editor, performer and all around good dude Dave Holmes to the show. Ken and Dave discuss Dave's COVID-19 negative test result, Duff, cutting the line, Tickling Priscilla Presley, ruined childhoods, Gilbert and Sullivan, The Tennis Pro career of Kent Golden, Tom Villard, more tickling, …
 
Metin Hussein tells Di and Dave about sailing through the Glad tryouts, explains why he had monthly hair check-ins and describes his excitement after more than a year he got the call to tell him he was in, he would be called Shark and everything was shaping-up nicely. But it was on a pre-series trip to Mauritius with the Gladiators squad that thing…
 
October 24-30, 1998 This week Ken welcomes writer, film critic, cool gal, and kindred spirit Stephanie Crawford to the show. Ken and Stephanie discuss Las Vegas, Reno, The Luxor, Crime Story, Horror scopes, Mom and Pop Casinos, Premiere Magazine, Sassy, a love of movies, the internet in the 90s, being inspired by Almost Famous, Rolling Stone, The G…
 
Weininger tells Dave and Di about how using a treadmill for the first time during the trials nearly ruined his TV chances. But he reflects on making the most of his break, and says the feeling of becoming a champion never left him from that winning moment onwards. But it wasn't just the treadmill incident that left Weininger red-faced, he shares wi…
 
UK TV Times August 23-29, 1986 August 23-29, 1986 UK TV Times The international virtual travel continues during lockdown as this week Ken welcomes the fabulous Scottish TV Presenter/Stand Up Comedian and radio personality Julia Sutherland to the show. Ken and Julia discuss old timey radio, the conspiracy theory of the government's spying, panel sho…
 
From a desire to ‘tone-up’ after having her son, Phoenix started seriously training and took the Miss UK title before she was spotted and asked to audition for Gladiators. Sandy Young speaks candidly to Di and Dave about how her name was based on a true story from her childhood and talks about her weight loss on the show. She also describes the emo…
 
August 15-21, 1998 CANADIAN EDITION The lockdown sessions continue as Ken welcomes another international guest, the incredible vlogger, magician and Canadian YouTube sensation Joseph DeBenedictis. Ken and Joseph discuss the differences between Canadian and American TV Guide, Durgy Spade, David Blaine, making your own videos pre-YouTube, stage magic…
 
Known for his high-kicks and splits when entering the Gladiators’ arena, Cobra was also the joker in the pack. Despite his physique, he was one of the smallest Gladiators but was never beaten by a contender in Duel and was master of Hang Tough. He tells us how he had always wanted to be on TV but his nerves almost stopped him before he got started.…
 
August 31 - September 6, 1968 The remote sessions chug along as Ken welcomes longtime Ken Reid hero, original MST3k space castaway Joel Hodgson. Ken and Joel discuss drinks, the free newspaper TV Guide, blue collar butlers, major appliances, Isaac Asimov writing about The Prisoner, PBS, Python, The Rover, local TV Guide art and ads, golf tournament…
 
September 21-27, 1985 In our first international remote episode Ken welcomes writer, director, VR innovator and all around new BFF Anna Lee to the show. Ken and Anna discuss Canadian lockdown, YouTube, Tik Tok, being an editor, Highlander the Series, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein, Canadian Tax Shelter Horror Films, Vancouver, Toronto, David …
 
There are fans and then there are superfans and there is a whole world of difference as Paul tells us in his love story with Gladiators. He shares how he became friends with the stars of the show and even looked after Jet’s fan club. A surprise birthday gift from his parents saw a very young Paul travel from Darlington to London to see his first sh…
 
March 21 - 27, 1970 This week Ken welcomes Go-Go, and author of the great new memoir "All I Ever Wanted", Kathy Valentine. Ken and Kathy talk about how ubiquitous TV Guide used to be, stumbling upon Suzie Quatro on Top of the Pops as a kid and having your life changed, how television helped The Go-Gos get big, radio vs. tv, procrastination, watchin…
 
On this week's GladPod, we hear from Vogue, aka Suzie Cox, who admits she wasn't originally too keen on the American Gladiators and wasn't sure the UK would embrace it. Little did she know how big it would get and that not only would she be part of it all, it led her to meeting her husband Mark, a quarter-finalist contender! She reveals to Di and D…
 
October 7-13, 1978 The remote sessions continue as this week Ken welcomes super listener, and creator of "TV Guidance Counselor Bingo", Eric Fusco, for some talk about being alone together. Ken and Eric discuss how to pronounce Fusco, Italians, birthday weeks, when baseball ruins everything, Richard Dreyfuss dramadies, Rhoda, working with people yo…
 
This week Ken welcomes long time friend and author of the excellent new memoir, Let's Never Talk About This Again, Sara Faith Alterman. Ken and Sara discuss strict parents, Ken's mistaken memory of Sara being an only child, Larry, Sara's Three Categories of TV: Things she was allowed to watch, things her parents like so she could watch, and things …
 
April 11-17, 1981 This week Ken welcomes film critic, podcaster and good dude Scott Weinberg to the show. Ken and Scott discuss Philadelphia, Larry Fine, Billy West, Ed Asner, The Doom Patrol, Wilfred Brimley, how Jack Kirby is the Architect of 21st Century Pop Culture, how movies became big budget exploitation movies, Made For-TV movies, loving ge…
 
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