Smersh Side Special: Spiceworld The Movie with @marchaynes

It’s side special time again, and it’s one that nearly no-one’s been waiting for: 1997’s Spiceworld The Movie! Stick on your Union Jack platform boots, hide all the BAFTAs, and prepare to mercilessly cash-in as the Spice Girls – Sporty, Scary, Fangy, Boycie and Maureen (citation needed) – take us on a wild bus-ride back to the glorious 1990s. Joining John to endure 93 minutes of Girl Power and film-making ineptitude is writer and compulsive swearer Marc Haynes, who can be found on Twitter as @marchaynes.

 

20. Die Another Day with @gralefrit

Die Another Day is Pierce Brosnan’s last outing but, while often cited in the lists of the worst Bond film of all time, does it deserve its terrible reputation? Joining John to analyse this like Sigmund Freud is Joel Morris, the BAFTA-winning comedy writer and author of the bestselling Ladybird Books For Adults, who can be found on Twitter as @gralefrit.

19. The World is Not Enough with @jonholmes1

The World Is Not Enough – the nineteenth Bond film, the third outing for Pierce Brosnan, and the single worst innuendo in the entire series. Joining John to ram the fishing boat of conversation through the restaurant of your ears is the broadcaster, writer and all-round scaramouche Jon Holmes, who can be found on Twitter as @jonholmes1.

 

Smersh Side Special: North Sea Hijack with Mark Evans

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Side Special time again, and it’s one of the most requested! Roger Moore’s Scotch-soaked North Sea Hijack (1980) is one of the ffew ffilms brave enough to combine terrorism, embroidery, a harpoon gun, James Mason and a box full of kittens. Joining John for a cup of poisoned coffee is Mark Evans, writer, performer, Twitter abstainer and all round ffine ffellow.

 

18. Tomorrow Never Dies with @Natt

The tagline: “The man. The number. The licence….are all back.” Urgh, it’s so bad. To talk Tomorrow Never Dies – and let’s see how he responds to my touch – I’m joined by comedy writer and perfomer Nathaniel Tapley , who can be found on Twitter as @natt.

Spooky Smersh Side Special: Theatre of Blood with @AliCatterall & @RealPaulPutner

 

It’s side special time again, and just in time for Halloween, we’re off to be humiliated at an awards ceremony, throw ourselves into the Thames and then exact bloody revenge against those who failed to recognise our genius. Welcome to Theatre of Blood!

Joining me for a bloody and violent taste of their own medicine are the Guardian and Total Film critic Ali Catterall, who can be found on Twitter as @alicatterall, and the actor Paul Putner, who’s also on Twitter as @realpaulputner.

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Smersh Side Special: On The Buses with @Glinner

It’s Side Special time again, and this week we will be climbing on-board the creepy sex dungeon on wheels, that is ON THE BUSES from 1971. There’ll be fun, frolics, soul-searching and maybe even an inquiry in 40 or so years.

Joining me to try and escape the limpet-like clutches of the resident bus-sex-offenders is the brilliant comedy writer Graham Linehan, who can be found on Twitter as @Glinner

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