In the early 1980s, home video hit the UK, giving anyone who could afford to rent a giant video player the chance to watch movies from the comfort of their own home, regardless of what was on TV.

Remember your video rental store, and the video player in the living room? Those stunning video release posters, or the enticing covers of the seedier, cheaper releases? Recall the first video you watched, or the last one you bought? Christian Cawley, James McLean, and Gareth Kavanagh do, and they’re here to discuss the golden age of home video.


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Remember Defender? Chase HQ? Time Crisis? The sound of Charlie Brown’s teacher calling out bingo, in a fug of cigarette smoke and the black and red uniforms of the Nobles Amusements cash girls?

Or the feeling of putting too much money into a machine and having to leave credits behind? We do. All of this, and more. This week’s Coaxial is a fond memory, a look back at the halcyon days of the British arcades, a feast of (now) retro gaming, sticky carpets, and broken joysticks.

Join Christian Cawley and Gareth Kavanagh for their reminiscences of visiting arcades in the 1980s, 90s, and now.

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Christian Cawley and Gareth Kavanagh look back at the halcyon days of Teletext, and 8-bit computers in homes and schools in the 1980s in this latest Coaxial. There’s even some talk of 16-bit classics like the Amiga and the Atari ST — a must for fans of retro computing, and the 1980s and 90s!


We’re back! Christian Cawley and Gareth Kavanagh reconvene to discuss the halcyon days of BBC Television Centre, recalling Gareth’s trips to the famous “concrete doughnut”.

There’s also an opportunity to discuss one of Gareth’s ongoing productions, Room 5064, where writers Alan Bennett and Dennis Potter regularly locked horns…


Welcome back to another Coaxial, with Christian Cawley and Gareth Kavanagh.

In this week’s show, we’re chatting classic British children’s TV, and may or may not have covered most of the following…

  • Pre-school: Rainbow, Ivor the Engine, the Mr Men, Get Up and Go (Mooncat), Pipkins, Play School, Play Away,
  • Dramas: Box of Delights, the RTD one (Dark Season), Jossy’s Giants, Chocky, Press Gang, Demon Headmaster, Children’s Ward, Grange Hill, Secret Garden, Dramarama, Marmalade Atkins
  • Cartoons: Scooby Doo, Ulysses 31, Battle of the Planets, Jamie and the Magic Torch.
  • Films: Watership Down, The Boy from Space, Glitterball, Sammy’s Super T-Shirt, The Boy Who Turned Yellow.
  • Information/education: How We Used to Live, Picture Box, You and Me, Stop, Look and Listen (Chris Tarrant), Watch, anything with Johnny Ball, Derek Griffiths, Tony Hart (Take Hart, Hart Beat) and the legendary Mr Bennett.
  • Modern shows: Grandpa in My Pocket, Nina and the Neurons, Do You Know?, Katie Morag.

…and listen out for a special announcement concerning Russell T Davies!

Any memories of your favourite TV shows? Incredulous that we somehow overlooked Rentaghost (so are we)? Tell us in the comments, or tweet us, @KasterBeyond

Welcome to the second Coaxial podcast, with Gareth Kavanagh and Christian Cawley. This week, we chat about the changing faces and fortunes of ITV’s pair of premium soap operas, Coronation Street and Emmerdale (Farm). Are the glory days of both soaps now long-since past? Has Emmerdale found itself accidentally socially relevant simply by being set in the countryside?

And do the toilets in the Rovers Return really lead into Ken Barlow’s sitting room?


Welcome to the first of our regular Coaxial podcasts, in which Gareth Kavanagh joins Christian Cawley to chat about television. To open the run, we’re looking at the BBC’s recent classic Sitcom Season, in which several situation comedies from days gone by were updated in various ways, from an impressive lick of paint to a complete clone of the original…

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