066: Tim and Gendle/Christmas Special!

Another quiet night at Famous First Words

“We’ve always just tried to make each other laugh.”

Yep, it’s a full mince pie and secret Santa-themed two hour special with the great Tim Warwood and Adam Gendle, universally known as Tim and Gend. I’ve been meaning to get these two giants of the UK snowboarding scene on for months now, and my first ever festive special, recorded over mince pies and Twiglets at the start of December 2018, was the perfect opportunity.

The boys on the job for Red Bull

If you’re not familiar with the work of Tim and Gendle, then settle in for two hugely enjoyable hours as we take a leisurely look back over their unique careers in snowboarding and beyond.

Gend

Although the boys first came to prominence as promising UK riders in the late 90s, they really made their name when they produced, directed and edited a series of era-defining UK snowboarding films. It was a peerless decade-long run that celebrated British snowboarding in all its unique glory, setting the tone and epitomising a spirit of UK snowboarding that still holds true today.

One of those era-defining Lockdown Project premieres

Naturally, we looked back at this, and also talked about what the boys have been up to in the last few years; which has been pursing their post snowboarding careers as presenters, directors and producers; latterly focussing on their amazing quiz show concept Famous First Words.

Timo

I love Tim and Gend. I’ve had some of the best times of my life with these boys, and I’ve watched on proudly as they’ve leapt from success to success.

Lads

As with any good double act, you’re in safe hands with this pair, which is why I knew they’d be the perfect guests for my festive show. Grab a mulled wine, mince pie or shot of Jagermeister, and get ready for two hours of festive tale-telling from two of UK snowboardings’ finest.

If you only have five minutes…

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Show Notes

  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  • Posh-casting
  • Secret Santa
  • Christmas at the Gendles
  • Die Hard the Christmas film
  • The films you to watch
  • Eric Stoltz in Back to the Future
  • The classic Famous First Words fails
  • The idea behind FFW…
  • …and how the idea developed
  • Judging controversies.
  • Making it a live night.
  • Early FFW pilot.
  • The classic TV pitch meeting
  • The importance of having faith in your own idea.
  • Playing the Edinburgh Fringe
  • The Tony Hayers scene
  • Discussions with TV production companies
  • Many iterations
  • The best mates thing
  • Selling the package
  • How Tim and Gend met
  • The Ramp Boys
  • Hooking up with the wider scene
  • Junior Worlds era
  • The Whistler years
  • The Invasion
  • 220
  • Legendary Invasion premiere
  • The J2 review
  • How the Lockdown Project style developed.
  • The LDP glory years
  • The importance of the LDP premieres
  • Badass Big Airs
  • The lost Whitelines issue 50 cover
  • Terminal Ferocity
  • Dom Harington’s starring role
  • A Jager interlude
  • Tim’s most memorable Christmas ever.
  • Gendle’s most memorable New Year ever.
  • Why the boys stopped making snowboard films.
  • Diverging paths.
  • Conquering Demons
  • Chalet Girl
  • How LDP could fit in with today’s changing times.
  • Tim and Gendle’s lost oeuvre
  • The Nearly Men
  • TV vs YouTube
  • The difficulty of leaving your comfort zone.
  • Tim and Gend’s ambitions for Famous First Words today.
  • The best FFW winner…
  • …the worst FFW loser.
  • Tim’s Christmas wishlist
  • Gend’s Christmas wishlist
  • On surfing.
  • Tim’s Olympic experiences.
  • Favourite Christmas traditions
  • The Danbanger
  • The snowboarding travel years
  • Favourite snowboarding memories

PEOPLE MENTIONED

  • Dan Gendle
  • Margaret Gendle
  • Kathryn Gendle
  • James Wright
  • Camilla Burnside
  • Eric Stoltz
  • Michael J. Fox
  • Michael Caine
  • The Proclaimers
  • Queen
  • James Milnes
  • David Schneider
  • Ant and Dec
  • Chris Bratt
  • Marc Chester
  • Dave Furneaux
  • Stu Brass
  • Simon Brass
  • Doug Foden
  • Steve Bailey
  • Chris Orchard
  • Thompz
  • Matthew Coy
  • Keith Patterson
  • Danny Wheeler
  • Jamie Phillp
  • Rhys Crabtree
  • Gary Greenshields
  • Orlando von Eisendel
  • Hamish McKnight
  • Hamish Duncan
  • Gigi Ruff
  • Danny Kass
  • Chris Dufficy
  • Trevor Andrew
  • Nicolas Muller
  • Chris Moran
  • Nick Hamilton
  • Johno Verity
  • Ewan Wallace
  • Ed Leigh
  • Dave Cracknell
  • Olly Cotton
  • Jenny Jones
  • Andrew Hingston
  • Elliot Neave
  • Scott McMorris
  • Mikey LeBlanc
  • J2
  • Eddie Yates
  • Rich Job
  • John Eldridge
  • Tom Eldridge
  • Shirley Bassey
  • Mack Dawg
  • Chris Goulder
  • Mike Austen
  • Jeremy Sladen
  • S Club 7
  • Spandau Ballet
  • Nelson Pratt
  • James Bond
  • Si Belson
  • Dom Harrington
  • Dylan Wyn Davies
  • Tyler Chorlton
  • James Carr
  • Spencer Claridge
  • Christian Stevenson
  • Mark Webber
  • Bas Keep
  • Richard Welch
  • Rylan Clark
  • Stephen Mulhern
  • Holly Willoughby
  • Phillip Schofield
  • Matt Ashwell
  • Sam Mellish
  • Pat Sharples
  • Lesley McKenna
  • Jack Mitrani
  • Gian Simmen
  • Todd Richards
  • Gjermund Braaten
  • Mathieu Crepel
  • Caitlin Moran
  • Ali Warwood
  • Mahmood
  • Grant Wallace
  • Ben Affleck

PLACES MENTIONED

  • Birmingham
  • Tamworth
  • Edinburgh
  • Dalston
  • Paris
  • Breckenridge
  • Vail
  • Winter Park
  • Hillend
  • Saas Fee
  • Albertville
  • Chamonix
  • Whistler
  • Tignes
  • Walsall
  • London
  • Sydney
  • Sri Lanka
  • Laax
  • Japan
  • Flegere
  • Sochi
  • Vermont
  • Iran
  • Uzbekistan
  • Lebanon
  • Russia
  • Churwalden
  • Indiana

COMPANIES/BRANDS/ORGANISATIONS MENTIONED

Films Mentioned

  • Die Hard
  • Elf
  • Back to The Future
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • James Bond
  • Love Actually
  • The Muppets Christmas Carol
  • Moana
  • Star Wars