2021 News

The Benji and Nick Show – The Andromeda Strain 27th July, 2021 - This week in The Benji and Nick Show, Nick and Shelley have been watching The Andromeda Strain, a 1971 American science fiction thriller film. Based on Michael Crichton’s 1969 novel of the same name, a team of scientists investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin. Emails to podcast@nicholasbriggs.com
The Benji and Nick Show – Jurassic Park 21st July, 2021 - This week on The Benji and Nick Show, the boys and Shelley have been watching Jurassic Park, the 1993 science fiction action film directed by Steven Spielberg based on the book by Michael Crichton. Set on the fictional island of Isla Nublar, located off Central America’s Pacific Coast near Costa Rica, wealthy businessman John Hammond
The Benji and Nick Show – All Good Things… 18th July, 2021 - ALL GOOD THINGS It is with huge regret that we’re announcing the end of The Benji and Nick Show podcast. Over the last few years, Benji Clifford, Nicholas Briggs and more recently, Shelley Dean, have delved into the worlds of vintage television – raved about what they love, moaned about what they hate and generally
The Benji and Nick Show – Under the Mountain 15th July, 2021 - This week on The Benji and Nick Show, Benji, Nick and special guest, Shelley, have been watching Under the Mountain, a 2009 New Zealand film directed by Jonathan King based on the 1979 novel by Maurice Gee. Teenage twins Rachel and Theo travel to Auckland to stay with relatives after their mother suddenly dies. They
The Benji and Nick Show – Public Information Films 8th July, 2021 - This week on The Benji and Nick Show, the boys have been watching some of the many Public Information Films broadcast between 1945–2006 by the British Central Office of Information (COI). COI was established in 1946 when the Prime Minister announced that the wartime Ministry of Information would be closed down but that official information
The Benji and Nick Show – Hyperdrive 30th June, 2021 - This week on The Benji and Nick Show, the boys have been watching the British science fiction sitcom Hyperdrive. First broadcast on BBC Two in 2006, Hyperdrive is set in the years 2151 and 2152, and follows the crew of HMS Camden Lock as they stumble through their heroic mission to protect British interests in
The Benji and Nick Show – Commentary: Doctor Who – Inferno (part 7) 24th June, 2021 - In this week’s The Benji and Nick Show, Benji, Nick and Shelley finish their commentary (part 7) of Doctor Who: Inferno. The third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) has transported himself sideways in time to a parallel world where an English drilling project causes catastrophic amounts of heat and force to be unleashed when it penetrates the
The Benji and Nick Show – Cracker 15th June, 2021 - In the next The Benji and Nick Show, the boys and regular guest, Shelley, have been watching the British crime series Cracker. Set in Manchester, the series follows criminal psychologist (a cracker) Dr Edward Fitzgerald, played by Robbie Coltrane, who works with the Greater Manchester Police to help them solve crimes. Cracker ran for three
The Benji and Nick Show – Red Dwarf 11th June, 2021 - This week on The Benji and Nick Show, the boys and special guest, Shelley, have been watching Red Dwarf. First broadcast in 1988, Red Dwarf is a British science fiction comedy that follows a low-ranking technician Dave Lister who wakes up after being in suspended animation for 3 million years to find he is the
The Benji and Nick Show – Bergerac 3rd June, 2021 - The Benji and Nick Show this week features Bergerac, a British crime drama television series. It stars John Nettles as the title character Jim Bergerac, initially a detective sergeant in Le Bureau des Étrangers within the States of Jersey [Channel Islands] Police, but he later leaves the force and becomes a private investigator. Produced by
The Benji and Nick Show – Jonathan Creek 27th May, 2021 - In the next The Benji and Nick Show, Benji, Nick and Shelley have been watching Jonathan Creek. Produced by the BBC, Jonathan Creek is a long-running British mystery crime drama series. It stars Alan Davies as the title character, a creative consultant to a stage magician while also solving seemingly supernatural mysteries through his talent
The Benji and Nick Show – Kinvig 20th May, 2021 - This time on The Benji and Nick Show, Benji, Nick and Shelley have been watching Kinvig, a 1981 sci-fi comedy television series written by Nigel Kneale who created Quatermass. Des Kinvig runs a rundown electrical repair shop in the small town of Bingleton where he lives with his mother and wife. While out walking the
The Benji and Nick Show – What We’ve Been Watching 12th May, 2021 - This week on The Benji and Nick Show, Benji and Nick and special guest Shelley discuss what they’ve been watching recently. Shows include Doctor Who: The Space Museum with first Doctor, William Hartnell; The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, an American television miniseries on Disney+; and Duty Free, a 1980s sitcom about two British couples
The Benji and Nick Show – The XYY Man 5th May, 2021 - In the next The Benji and Nick Show, Benji, Nick and Shelley have been watching The XYY Man. Based on the books by Kenneth Royce, the first series of The XYY Man was broadcast on television in 1976 with a second series broadcast in 1977. The XYY Man features William ‘Spider’ Scott who has an
The Benji and Nick Show – The Day of the Triffids (revisited) 27th April, 2021 - In the next The Benji and Nick Show, Benji, Nick and Shelley will be revisiting the BBC’s 1981 TV dramatisation of John Wyndham’s 1951 classic novel, The Day of the Triffids. The series takes place in late 20th century Britain when a spectacular meteorite shower unexpectedly renders most humans blind leading to the breakdown of
The Benji and Nick Show – Commentary: Doctor Who – Inferno (part 6) 23rd April, 2021 - In the next The Benji and Nick Show, Benji, Nick and Shelley continue their commentary (part 6) of Doctor Who: Inferno where the third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) transports himself sideways in time to a parallel world where an English drilling project causes catastrophic amounts of heat and force to be unleashed when it penetrates the
The Benji and Nick Show – The Silent Scream 12th April, 2021 - This week on The Benji and Nick Show, Benji, Nick and Shelley chat about Hammer House of Horror: The Silent Scream. Hammer House of Horror is a British television series made in 1980. Each self-contained episode features a different kind of horror which vary from witches, werewolves and ghosts to devil-worship and voodoo – but
The Benji and Nick Show – Z Cars 4th April, 2021 - In the next The Benji and Nick Show, Benji, Nick and regular guest Shelley, have been watching the opening episode of Z Cars (pronounced ‘zed cars’). Z Cars is a British police procedural television series centred on the work of mobile uniformed police in the fictional town of Newtown near Liverpool. The series differed sharply
The Benji and Nick Show – My Mother the Car 1st April, 2021 - In this week’s The Benji and Nick Show, the boys and special guest, Shelley, have been watching My Mother the Car. First broadcast on NBC in 1965, My Mother the Car is an American fantasy sitcom in which a man’s dead mother is reincarnated as an antique car – and she talks to him through
The Benji and Nick Show – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia 25th March, 2021 - In the next The Benji and Nick Show, the boys and regular guest from across the pond, Shelley, have been watching The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia. The first episode of the Granada TV Sherlock Holmes adaptations, A Scandal in Bohemia aired on ITV in 1984 and starred Jeremy Brett as the
The Benji and Nick Show – Kolchak: The Night Stalker 19th March, 2021 - In the next The Benji and Nick Show, Benji, Nick and Shelley will be chatting about Kolchak: The Night Stalker, amongst other things. Kolchak: The Night Stalker, an American TV series first broadcast in 1974–1975, follows reporter Carl Kolchak who investigates mysterious crimes with unlikely causes, particularly those involving the supernatural or science fiction –
The Benji and Nick Show – Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror 11th March, 2021 - In the next The Benji and Nick Show, the boys and Shelley have been watching Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror. Star Trek, which was first broadcast in 1966, follows the voyages of the starship USS Enterprise, a space exploration vessel built by the United Federation of Planets in the 23rd century, on a mission ‘to explore
The Benji and Nick Show – Commentary: Doctor Who – Inferno (part 5) 5th March, 2021 - In the next The Benji and Nick Show, the boys and Shelley continue their commentary (part 5) of Doctor Who: Inferno where the third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) transports himself sideways in time to a parallel world where an English drilling project causes catastrophic amounts of heat and force to be unleashed when it penetrates the
The Benji and Nick Show – The Adventure Game 24th February, 2021 - In the next The Benji and Nick Show, Benji, Nick and Shelley have been watching The Adventure Game, a game show where two celebrity contestants and one member of the public travel by space ship to the planet Arg where they have to complete a task/tasks before they can travel back to Earth. The Adventure
The Benji and Nick Show – Theme Tunes 18th February, 2021 - This week on The Benji and Nick Show, Benji, Nick and Shelley chat about their favourite theme tunes – what are yours? Emails to podcast@nicholasbriggs.com
The Benji and Nick Show – Three’s Company 13th February, 2021 - This week on The Benji and Nick Show our trio have been watching Three’s Company (1976–1984), the American version of the British sitcom, Man About the House. Three’s Company follows the misadventures of two women and one man sharing a flat.  
The Benji and Nick Show – The Third Man (TV series) 4th February, 2021 - Benji, Nick and Shelley have been watching the TV series of The Third Man in the next The Benji and Nick Show. The TV series, based on the novel and film, The Third Man, was first broadcast from 1959 to 1965. Emails to podcast@nicholasbriggs.com
The Benji and Nick Show – Quatermass and the Pit 29th January, 2021 - Coming soon in The Benji and Nick Show, Benji, Nick and Shelley have been watching the 1967 science fiction horror film, Quatermass and the Pit. The film, which is largely faithful to the TV series, centres on the discovery of a mysterious object buried at the site of an extension to the London Underground. Also
The Benji and Nick Show – Beasts: Special Offer 18th January, 2021 - This week on The Benji and Nick Show, Benji, Nick and Shelley discuss Special Offer, the first episode of the television series, Beasts, released in 1976. Written by Nigel Kneale, Beasts is an anthology of six self-contained episodes that feature the recurring theme of bestial horror.
The Benji and Nick Show – What We’ve Been Watching 14th January, 2021 - This week on The Benji and Nick Show, Benji, Nick and Shelley talk about what they’ve been watching including The Mandalorian, Schitt’s Creek and The History of Future Folk. Emails to podcast@nicholasbriggs.com