The A-Team

The A Team was one of the most beloved series of the 1980s (and a fairly average 2010 movie). It made a star of Mr. T and reminded the world of George Peppard, creating an unlikely behind the scenes rivalry. However the question has always been what kind of army unit would ever have this group and rank of people …including a pilot?

NEON rolls it’s sleeves up and does it’s job, stripping away the 80s glitter to reveal the real history. The discussion turns from 80s frivolity to the Vietnam War, and then onto America’s complex relationship with the men who served there.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: John Swihart – A-Team Theme

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Love Island

How can an unscripted reality show, largely filled with vacuous individuals teach us history? For this one NEON goes way back and talks about the biological reason for finding a mate as opposed to the way strawberries or starfish can do it on their own. Finding a mate defines most of the natural world and a lot of human history too and Love Island shows us this. Add to that the dark under belly of human emotion enjoying mocking those less fortunate and you find out a lot about how the show works and about your own psychology in this episode.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu (honest guv, doesn’t watch Love Island but thinks Eyal is a bit too intense and Amy went out too early, poor thing).

Produced by Dan Morelle (doesn’t watch Love Island but thinks the music selection is really good. See you at 9pm on ITV2!).

Music: Kwabs – Wrong or Right

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Vikings

The History Channel’s biggest home grown hit Vikings is now on its 5th series. It started as a historical drama but by season 3 it was clearly trying to be Game of Thrones with longships. NEON takes this to task, if you have a degree in medieval history you can tell when they change the tone, but could the average viewer. Is this kind of disregard for real events dangerous? Are some of the real events left on the cutting room floor even more entertaining than fiction? Have a listen to find out.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Massive Attack – Teardrop

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Westworld

Is this series HBO’s new Game of Thrones? More importantly, how can sci-fi have any real history in it? NEON excavates the foundations of the show and comes up with real historical nuggets. From the attention to detail of the weapons to the whole concept of the cowboy as a near mythological hero. There’s even a section on how France created modern warfare in 1888. Then there’s the original movie and how it inspired two of the greatest film franchises in history, one of those was another creation by Michael Crichton, the other wasn’t…

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Barry 7’s Contraption – Add N To (X)

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Game of Thrones

George RR Martin’s epic tale of a Song of Fire and Ice has been turned into the hottest TV show (in every sense of that phrase) of the last decade. Jem loves it and thinks it’s not only a great story, an epic TV show but also hiding real history amongst the dragons and the bedrooms. Its fantasy, but it can teach us important lessons about real history, and not just the Wars of the Roses. Come with NEON on a journey to the world of Scottish medieval politics, European dynastic clashes and of course the Wall, what is and what it isn’t.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Orbital – Copenhagen

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Troy: Fall of a City

The oldest story from the West is unsurprisingly one of the most famous. Who hasn’t heard of the Trojan Wars, the Trojan horse and how Helen’s face launched a thousand ships? The BBC spent millions on the series Troy: Fall of a City, only to receive mixed reviews. NEON applauds its ambition and then looks at the myth versus the potential historical reality. There is an argument for historical accuracy, resignation that drama sometimes comes first and a debate about could it be that everything you know about that horse is wrong? And how long could a siege go on for?

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Gary Numan – Films

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