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The blog with general chat about all things from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s plus news about new features and developments on the website.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Win The Cosby Show DVD!

If you've read the blog I posted below and it's reignited lots of fond memories for you, then you're in luck... because DYR was lucky enough to get two copies of The Cosby Show: Season 4 DVD to give away. I reviewed the DVD earlier this month and it's not lost any of its charm - still as funny as ever! And, remember, Season 4 includes the episode that saw Vanessa get her heart broken by Theo's friend, and Theo get caught bullying a girl at school. Comedy gold guaranteed!

To enter, recommend DYR to your friends and family. All participants will be submitted into a free prize draw. The winner will be drawn 4 April 2009. Good luck!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Bill's back!

The TV Guide called it, "TV's biggest hit in the 1980s" and right from the start it beat Magnum P.I. in the ratings. The Cosby Show certainly made an impression. After all, it was the first mainstream show around that centred on a African-American family, the Huxtables. And I'm sure we have it to thank for comedy gems such as The Fresh Prince and Everybody Loves Raymond coming into our lives. And more recently, The Cosby Show has even been credited with helping to pave the way for a black president to be elected in America.

Stand-up comedian Bill Cosby played the lead as doting family man, Dr Heathcliffe - a character that was once ranked Greatest TV Dad Of All Time by TV Guide, incidentally. And the rest of the Huxtables - wife Clair and kids Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and cute-as-a-button Rudy - were brilliant each in their own special ways. 

What's great about The Cosby Show is that you can dip in and out of episodes easily and still enjoy it. Now, thanks to Universal Playback, we can relive all the ups and downs, with the release of The Cosby Show: Season 4 on DVD this week. Remember the time Vanessa dated one of Theo's womanising friends and got her heart broken? Or when Theo gets caught making fun of an overweight girl? Both are on Season 4, plus much more. To buy your copy now click here

And, just for fun, here are some facts we bet you didn't know...
  • Bill Cosby insisted the show be filmed in New York due to his dislike of Hollywood.
  • Whitney Houston was considered for the role of Sondra Huxtable.
  • Carl Anthony Payne II Theo's friend Cockroach, was fired from the show for refusing to cut his hair.
  • The Cosby Show ran from 20 September 1984 until 30 April 1992 - a massive eight seasons.
  • Seven versions of the "Kiss Me" theme tune were used during the run of the series.
Do you know any more bits of Csby trivia? If so, get posting!

Monday, February 02, 2009

It's a Snow Day!

I couldn't let today pass without saying a big Hooray for Snow Day! Many parts of the UK today woke up beneath a blanket of snow after the biggest snow fall in two decades.

I for one can remember making huge snowmen when I was a kid in the 80s, then warming up in front of the fire watching The Snowman, so it's great to finally get to do the same again. 

We'd love to hear your snow-related memories, too, so get posting below...

Beanz still Meanz Heinz

Tune into your TV screens tomorrow to witness the return of one of the greatest slogans of our time, as Heinz calls on its original line to sell more baked beans.

'Beanz Meanz Heinz' became a catchphrase in the 70s and 80s after its birth in a London pub in 1967. The ad went:

'Sometimes when I'm feeling sad my mum will read the signs. She knows the thing to cheer me up and she knows that Beanz Meanz Heinz.' 40 years on it's still a hit!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Get Into The Groove...

...because the Queen of Pop is back! Yes, for those of you who missed out the first time round, Madonna has decided to extend her Sweet & Sticky Tour into Summer 2009. The Material Girl will head to London's O2 Arena on 4th July and Manchester's MEN Arena on 7th July. Other dates will include: Belgium, France, Germany, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Slovenia, Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Madrid, Gothenburg and Munich.

I think we all know what to expect from one of Madge's live shows - even at 50 she won't disappoint - bumping and grinding her way through classics such as Holiday and Vogue to her latest album Hard Candy, which debuted at No 1 in over 37 countries. Even the critics have given Sweet & Sticky the thumbs-up. 

These new dates are sure to be sell-outs, so if you want to get into the party of the year, see for more info. Tickets for the London and Manchester shows go on sale this Friday at 9am at and are priced from £65. Oh, and by the way, the support act comes in the form of 90s dance sensation Paul Oakenfold, who's new album will be out later this year.