Smersh Side Special: THE CANNONBALL RUN with Paul Litchfield

It’s Side Special time again, and this week we will be laughing at the lighter side of kidnapping and finding out just what would happen if One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest was a road movie – yes – it’s The Cannonball Run. Joining me, and HIM, to sort the fathers from the mothers is superb comedian, writer and actor Paul Litchfield

Smersh Side Special: Wild Geese II with Al Murray and Simon Evans

It’s Side Special time again, and this week we’re putting together a crack team of moody middle aged men to spring an OAP with vast eyebrows from the world’s most secure prison/building site. Yes – it’s only bloody WILD GEESE 2! And joining my crack team of commandLOLS to fix another fine HESS we’ve gotten into are a right pair of jokers (comedians): Al Murray, who can be found on twitter as @almurray, and Simon Evans, who can be located as @TheSimonEvans

Smersh Side Special: Highlander with Greg Jenner

HIGHLANDER! Ahh-ah! He’ll save every one of us!” Sorry, wrong theme tune. It’s the film about the immortal Scottish swordsman battling the last of his immortal opponents, with help from Sean Connery as the chief metallurgist to King Charles V of Spain (or is it Egypt?) It’s a grand epic so rich in pseudo-historical nonsense that only an ACTUAL HISTORIAN could do it justice. So joining John to cut off your head is Greg Jenner, who can be found on Twitter as @greg_jenner.

Smersh Side Special: Sextette with Julia Raeside

John is joined by Guardian TV writer Julia Raeside to watch Timothy “Bond James Bond” Dalton gamely feign desire for 1,000,000 year old Mae West in the “saucy” “musical” “comedy” Sextette. “Why don’t you come up and see it some time?” Why? Because it’s batshit insane.

Smersh Side Special: Taffin with Adam Buxton

“Then maybe you shouldn’t be living heeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrre!” John Rain tackles the 1988 film starring Bronhom – the man who would be Bond (and then was Bond, so don’t cry) – with the man who gave Taffin a second chance at life. It’s Dr Buckles himself, the Emperor of Podland Adam Buxton, who can be found on Twitter as @AdamBuxton.

Smersh Side Special: Zardoz with @JasonHazeley & @gralefrit

It’s side special time again, and do you fancy something unpretentious and easy-going? Well, bad news – it’s ZARDOZ! AND IN THE END ZARDOZ RE-CREATED MAN! Joining John to refuse to move to the second level no matter how much you waggle your hands are the acclaimed comedy writers of Charlie Brooker’s News Wipe, Philomena Cunk and the Ladybird Books For Grown-Ups – Jason Hazeley (on Twitter as @JasonHazeley) and Joel Morris (@gralefrit)!

Smersh Side Special: Meteor with @tetsell

It’s side special time again, and what sounds more fun than a 1970s sci-fi disaster movie starring a grumpy Sean Connery, co-financed by American and Hong Kong backers, which flopped at the box office? Not much. Joining John to avoid being crushed under a lump of slow-moving rock is actor and writer Dan Tetsell, who can be found on Twitter as @tetsell.

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.