Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Nerdversity 193 - Transformer G1 Japanese continuity

Join Nerdversity as they sit down and tackle one of the more confusing elements of the G1 canon, the Japanese continuity. We take a look at the movies, the shows the exclusive material, the manga, toys and so much more besides. 

Nerdversity 192 - Transformers G1 Comics

Nerdversity's look at G1 continues, this time, with a look at the G1 comics and other printed media that ran from 1984 - present. We take a look at the major comic runs, the audio books and loads more besides. 

Nerdversity 191 - Transformers G1 cartoon.

Join us as we continue our look at the world of G1, this time as we sit and discuss the world of the G1 US Cartoon. 

Nerdversity 190 - Transformers G1 Toys

We can only apologise for the long delays in the editing and upload of these episodes. This was mainly down to issues with editing and personal life issues with the staff. However, we can bring you our look at the world of the G1 toyline, which ran from 1984 - 1994.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Fun House at the Fradley Arms

Before we get into the report, a little information on Fun House for those who might not have known about it. Fun House started in 1989 on the ITV, my research has shown that it was a British made adaptation of the American Fun House, that ran on Fox TV from 1988-1991. The host was JD Roth and featured the cheerleaders in Sammi and and Jacki.

Other than being made in the US, the format for both shows is largely the same, messy and wacky games, culminating in a go-kart race and the winning team running the titular Fun House to win prizes, however in the US version, the winners also received a cash prize. For anyone interested in watching the show can check it out here.

Anyway, back to the British version. The show ran from 1989-1999 on ITV and became a very popular show and was watched by practically every schoolchild in the country, so much so that many children would write in in the hopes they'd be picked for the show, but sadly, it was down to the producers of the show who picked children from schools across the country.

The show was hosted by Pat Sharp, who many people would probably know from his work as a DJ at Radio 1 during the early to mid 80s, as well as hosting Top of the Pops. He was joined by the cheerleading twins in Melanie and Martina Grant.

You can view a full episode of Fun House from the 1997 season here.

On the 20th May, it was announced via social media and across the internet that Fun House would be returning for a one off event at the Fradley Arms, near Lichfield. Of course, being the massive pop culture fans that we are, Nerdversity registered our interest and on Saturday 13th June, we were there. 

Despite the weather being damp, spirits were not as fans and contestants were ushered into the Wacky Warehouse to take part in filming of the show, which will be condensed into a 3-5 minute short on YouTube coming soon. Stay tuned to Nerdversity to see that, as we will be prepping for it. Fans were treated to a return of many classic games, including a question session, a build-a-burger relay,a gunging for the losers and finally, the winners taking a run through the Fun House to win some awesome prizes, plus a family holiday to Florida. Fans of all ages were watching, cheering and enjoying themselves and to be honest, with the return of Knightmare and The Crystal Maze alongside Fun House's return, many people were feeling Nostalgic, like we'd taken a trip back to the early 90s 

Now, I was lucky enough to get a quick interview with Pat during the breaks in filming, which you can find here and I;ll leave you with a one of my favourite pictures from the day

On a final note, I just want to say thank you to Fayre and Square pubs for putting on such an epic event, as well as the production company responsible. I also want to thank them for allowing Nerdversity press access to the event.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

RIP Sir Christopher Lee

Nerdversity and Fun House

Fun House was a staple of British Children's TV back in the 80s and 90s. Hosted by Pat Sharp and the Twins, Melanie and Martina, children would take part in a variety of messy challenges to have a chance at cracking The Fun House, the titular final challenge 

Now, returning for one day only, this coming saturday (13th), Fun House will be at the Fradley Arms pub, in which, just like the original show, families will compete to win awesome prizes.