038 - GILLIAN KIRBY - WHAT'S NOT WORK SAFE ABOUT SICK WORMS?

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. Joining Tim this time is juggler Gillian Kirby, who doesn’t want your money honey but does want your memories of an unidentified episode of Dramarama about two youngsters trying to walk around the outside of England via the coast, Teletext After Hours, misunderstanding references in Transvision Vamp lyrics, Lava Lamp-esque soft drink Orbitz, Seattle Coffee Company, early social media site bolt.com and the S.T.A.R.S. novels by Hunter Davies. Along the way we’ll be finding out how much vomiting was involved in the average episode of Children’s Ward, shouting sexist heckles at the male members of The Mock Turtles, saying a big hello to Fourth Bloke from Transvision Vamp, and exploring the little-known friendship between Kate Middleton and Honey Monster (Puffs). Whether this has any bearing on Gillian’s choice of new National Anthem we’re not saying…

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can follow Gillian on Twitter at @Mippy.

If you’ve enjoyed this, you’ll probably also enjoy Tim’s new book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, which is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

If you’re pining for a bottle of Orbitz, you can hear Garreth F. Hirons talking about discontinued soft drink Quatro in Looks Unfamiliar here.

037 - MICHAEL LIVESLEY - HE WAS PITCHING HIS FELLOW POTATOES INTO THE FAT

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. Joining Tim this time is actor and musician Michael Livesley, who’s inviting everyone to read on dot dot dot about The Rupert Bear Flexidisc, The How And Why Wonder Book Of Dinosaurs, Murphy’s Crisps, a Newsflash about TV’s Ena Sharples, Topps Football ’78 Bubblegum Cards, and ZX Spectrum Game Clumsy Colin Action Biker. Along the way we’ll be finding out about the contribution Emlyn Hughes’ elongated leg made to road safety, planning a visit to The People’s Republic Of KDR, remembering when the Rupert Bear annual had to be wrapped in plain brown paper, and wondering who would give a decades old children’s book a one-star review on Amazon.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find Michael’s official site here, and the tie-in site for his revival of Sir Henry At Rawlinson End here. You can also find him on Twitter at @MichaelLivesley.

You can find the full story behind Rawlinson End in Tim’s book Fun At One – The Story Of Comedy At BBC Radio 1, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

The Blur article mentioned in the show can be found here. You can hear more about A. Mazing Monsters in the Looks Unfamiliar with Mark Thompson here, outmoded crisps in the one with Garreth F. Hirons here, childhood misapprehensions about the news with Samira Ahmed here, and ZX Spectrum games with Emma Burnell here and Garreth F. Hirons here.

036 - PAUL CORNELL - YOU DON'T WANT A LESS POWERFUL MANTRA FOR FRIPPERY ASTRAL TRAVEL

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. Joining Tim this time is writer Paul Cornell, who’s wondering if anyone else remembers Australian sci-fi series Phoenix Five, canonically-dubious Middle Earth-‘inspired’ novel Fear In Firland. the Danny Dunn book series, BBC Saturday Morning show Outa-Space!, an instructional manual for astral projection, and Terry Wogan’s insistence on playing records that resolutely refused to become hits. Along the way we’ll be pitching story ideas for The Magic Alex New Adventures, reciting the lyrics to Blondie’s ode to Gordon Murray, revealing which popular song has less than one note in it, and trying not to think about what ‘Dog Of Finland’ might entail.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar at http://timworthington.org/.

You can find Paul’s website here and follow him on Twitter at @Paul_Cornell. Paul’s blog post covering BBC sci-fi/fantasy shows not available on DVD is here. Hammer House Of Podcast, presented by Paul with Lizbeth Myles, can be found here.

There’s a huge feature on Outa-Space!Zokko!Whoosh! and Ed And Zed! in Tim’s collection Well At Least It’s Free, which is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. Top Of The Box, the story behind every single released by BBC Records And Tapes, is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

Longtime Wogan favourite S-S-S-Single Bed by Fox is covered in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Phil Norman, which you can find here.

035 - STEPHEN BROTHERSTONE AND DAVE LAWRENCE - WE'LL DEFINITELY EAT THESE MEATBALLS

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. Joining Tim this time are writers Stephen Brotherstone And Dave Lawrence, who have been scarred for life by the lack of shared memories of The Lone Ranger by Quantum Jump, the Roger Moore And The Crimefighters books, CB Radio-themed comic 10-4 Action, ITV romantic comedy Pictures, ZX Spectrum immersive ‘movie’ Deus Ex Machina, and a Williams Furniture Superstore advert that gave viewers much more than was being offered in the sale. Along the way we’ll be discussing what action to take if confronted with a robber carrying a stack of board games, revealing how Handel would have repelled invading hordes, working out the best way for mice to operate a typewriter, and singing a medley of all two and a half records owned by Radio Merseyside.

You can hear more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can hear more about the Alfred Hitchcock And The Three Investigators book series in this edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Steve O’Brien.

If you’ve enjoyed this, you’ll probably also enjoy Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

THE BEST OF LOOKS UNFAMILIAR 05 - THEY'RE NOT GOOSESTEPPING DOWN THE STREET SHOUTING HEIL THE KANDYMAN

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to.

This is a collection of highlights from shows twenty five to thirty, featuring Martin Belam on the Laurel And Hardy cartoon, Jenny Morrill on The Just Seventeen Yearbook, Jack Kibble-White on Don’t Give Up Your Day Job by Richard Digance, Tim Worthington on Secrets From The School Underground, Ben Baker on Looks Familiar, John Rain on Hello Mum and Phil Norman on The Country Life Christmas Box. Along the way we’ll be getting annoyed at a fictional schoolboy’s opinions on Monty Python’s Flying Circus, critically evaluating Richard Murdoch’s cameo in The Wire, and trying our hardest to avoid talking about a cannibalistic emulsified cross between Last Tango In Paris and Straw Dogs. Plus there’s also something you may not have heard before – Tim talking to Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding on The Zeitgeist Tapes about Doctor Who and politics…

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can hear the full version of my appearance on The Zeitgeist Tapes talking about Doctor Who and politics here.

If you’d like to help support Looks Unfamiliar, why not get one of Tim’s books? There’s  Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. And all of the others. They’re all good.

034 - JUSTIN LEWIS - IT SOUNDS LIKE REGIONAL SWEEP

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. Joining Tim this time is writer and editor Justin Lewis, who’s hoping that while you may not know what night is bins, you might remember Neither Fish Nor Flesh by Terence Trent D’Arby, Radio 4’s ‘dangerous’ comedy show In One Ear, the London Symphony Orchestra’s version of Tommy, HTV children’s programme Orbit, Radio 2 quiz show Pop Score, and The Welsh-Language Dubbed Version Of Trumpton. Along the way we’ll be finding out how to tell if there’s some comedy coming up (even if it’s Fresh Fields), who would win out of two giant robot dinosaur things and an otter, the correct manner in which to formally address one of The Chippendales, and what the theme music from William Orbit’s sitcom would have sounded like.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find Justin’s When Is Births on Twitter here, and his official website (with details of how to get personalised When Is Births cards) here.

If you’ve enjoyed this, you’ll probably also enjoy Tim’s new book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.


033 - EMMA BURNELL - THEY'RE ONLY EATING MACARONI

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. Joining Tim this time is journalist Emma Burnell, who’s going to the polls with her hazy memories of The Royal Potwasher, Melody Radio, Channel 4’s presentation of Accidental Death Of An AnarchistA Woman In Her Own Right by Anne Dixon, The Lords Of Midnight and Herman’s Head. Along the way we’ll be finding out what happens when you continually ask a radio station that doesn’t have Ghostbusters to play Ghostbusters, what BBC Test Card F has to tell us about Second Wave Feminism, what Channel 4’s ‘Red Triangle’ meant to adolescent boys and girls respectively, and why we’re all sick of the sight of The Utarg Of Utarg.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

If you’ve enjoyed this, you’ll probably also enjoy Tim’s new book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

LOOKS UNFAMILIAR CHRISTMAS EXTRA: "THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS IS NO BORIS GARDINER"

Looks Unfamiliar Christmas Extra

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. Joining Tim for a special Christmas edition is writer Stephen O’Brien, who’s brought along some little-heard eighties Christmas Singles including Hokey Cokey by The Snowmen, Jingle Bells Laughing All The Way by The Hysterics, What Are We Gonna Get ‘Er Indoors by Dennis Waterman and George Cole, Oh Blimey It’s Christmas by Frank Sidebottom, Christmas In Hollis by Run DMC, Old Fashioned Christmas by Anne Charleston And Ian Smith, and Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid II, not to mention Bing Crosby and David Bowie’s stilted stately home natter, Boris Gardiner’s mercifully forgotten third single, and the thorny question of whether Keeping The Dream Alive by Freiheit is a Christmas Single or a load of old twaddle. Along the way we’ll be hearing the World’s Worst Jane Leeves Impression, revealing who wrote and sang the theme tune for The Quatermass Experiment, narrowly avoiding giving the actual official worst Christmas Present possible in the entirety of all history, and finding out how to get accidentally mistaken for an extra in Neighbours.

You can find Stephen’s previous appearance on Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can get Stephen’s book 80s UK Christmas Singles from the Amazon Kindle Store here.

If you’ve enjoyed this, you’ll probably also enjoy Tim’s new book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

032 - VIKKI GREGORICH AND JEFF LEWIS - NO IT'S JUST A RADIO THAT'S BEEN LEFT ON

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. Joining Tim this time are Game Developer Jeff Lewis and Board Game Collector Vikki Gregorich, who are going back three spaces in the hope of finding anyone else who remembers Animalympics, Conrad’s War, The Last American, the books of Paul Biegel, Harry Harrison’s Deathworld series and The Secret Cabaret. Along the way we’ll be evaluating the lack of viable life choices for anyone named ‘Ulysses S. Pilgrim’, debating the identity of ‘soft lad who stood on a pole’, and perusing adverts for Genuine One Hundred Percent Legal Generic Seeds.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

If you’ve enjoyed this, you’ll probably also enjoy Tim’s new book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

031 - MARK THOMPSON - LIBBY'S DIFFICULT SECOND CARTON DRINK

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. Joining Tim this time is political commentator Mark Thompson, who’s offering his polling predictions for the chances of people remembering hillbilly-themed soft drink Moonshine, the A. Mazing Monsters books, L!ve TV’s AgonyBeing Erica, Hawkeye Collins And Amy Adams, and Channel 5 sketch show We Know Where You Live. Along the way we’ll be revisiting the forgotten link between Rupert And The Frog Song and Cannibal Holocaust, speculating on how many hours of L!ve TV Richard Herring might have watched, and learning the terrible fate of The Sheep That Knew Too Much.

Find Mark’s previous appearance and more editions of Looks Unfamiliar at http://timworthington.org/

Looks Unfamiliar #31 Extra: “Les Tripodes”

You can find some extra chat with Mark on the subject of watching television on holiday, taking a look at ropey old American anthology series, French dubbed versions of The Professionals, and whatever NUTS! actually was, here.

You can find Mark’s previous appearance on Looks Unfamiliar here.

With fellow Looks Unfamiliar guest Emma Burnell (who you can hear on the show here), Mark is a regular contributor to the political debate podcast House Of Comments, which you can find out more about here or follow on Twitter at @HoCPodcast. You can also hear my guest appearance on House Of Comments on the Audio page here.

If you’ve enjoyed this, you’ll probably also enjoy Tim’s new book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

030 - JOHN RAIN - THEY PROBABLY MADE MICK FLEETWOOD AND SAMANTHA FOX LOOK LIKE THE HITMAN AND HER

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. Joining Tim this time is John Rain, host of SMERSH Pod, who’s querying the lack of public recognition for Your Mother Wouldn’t LIke It, E.T. Cola Creams, flop one-off charity event Trading Places Day, TV phone vote thriller Murder In Space, BBC2 sketch show Hello Mum and Oink! comic. Along the way we’ll be finding out what Jaws’ favourite crisp flavour is, enduring a sleep deprivation-derived Showaddywaddy hallucination, learning how to keep Doctor Who on the air by eating crisps, and witnessing the single worst attempt at asking Catherine Tate on a date ever.

LOOKS UNFAMILIAR MOVIE DOUBLE BILL EXTRA: "A GIANT RAYMOND BURR THE SIZE OF GODZILLA"

Grab some popcorn and take a seat for a Double Bill of monster movie mayhem from the archives! First up, we're off to the video shop with Tim Worthington and Ben Baker for a chat about 'Video Nasties', then grab your 3D glasses and head for the Drive-In as Garreth F. Hirons tells us all about the old-skool city-smashing antics of Godzilla. Along the way we'll be meeting the Japanese Donovan, queueing up behind Phil Cool to rent Zombie Creeping Flesh, and getting thoroughly fed up of the endless 'affair with an octopus' storylines on EastEnders.

029 - PHIL NORMAN - SALVADOR DALI'S SCALEXTRIC SET

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. Joining Tim this time is animator and writer Phil Norman, who's fairly confident that very few people will recall S-S-S-Single Bed by Fox, terrifying ITV schools show Leapfrog, The Country Life Christmas Box, Humrush by KMD, rock musical drama Body Contact, Oscar The Rabbit In Rubbidge, Erasmus Microman and jaw-dropping Anthony Newley film Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humpe And Find True Happiness?. Along the way we'll also be speculating on what went on in the Chock-A-Block factory, revealing Fred Harris' secret Video Nasty links, chronicling the rival warring factions of the 'puppets on a black background' phenomenon (none of whom were responsible for an Off-The-Peg Ian Paisley), and trying our hardest to avoid talking about a cannibalistic emulsified cross between Last Tango In Paris and Straw Dogs. And if you can help in finding three seconds of Sylvester McCoy being hit with planks of wood, please let us know!

028 - JENNY MORRILL - I JUST GET PICTURES OF ACTUAL BOOTS

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. Joining Tim this time is writer Jenny Morrill, who's rifling through an eighties teenager's diary in search of any evidence of Boots Global Collection, the Just Seventeen Yearbook, a P&O Advert using La Mer, an Eastern European animation about a bird that gets turned into a bat, Melody Maker column Diary Of A Manic Street Preachers Fan, and a film her dad remembers about some sheep. Along the way we’ll also be finding out which face mask Oasis fans favoured, who 'Andrew' was in Rainbow, and which is the most animated out of Thom Yorke and a poster of Thom Yorke, not to mention examining the evidence of The Snowman's sinister culture-jamming agenda.

Find out more about Tim's new book, Can't Help Thinking About Me, at http://timworthington.org/

LOOKS FAMILIAR EXTRA - "IF YOU'RE THE SORT OF PERSON WHO SELLS CRACK..."

In a special edition of Looks Unfamiliar, Tim Worthington and Ben Baker take a look back at the show that gave this show its name – Looks Familiar. ITV’s light-hearted Denis Norden-fronted nostalgia show is itself the stuff of hazy dust-caked photo-pages-falling-out-of-library-book recollections now, but how does it stand up in a world where irony is more important than accuracy when it comes to ‘remembering’ things? Tim and Ben watch a couple of editions and have a bit of a chat about the comic potential of endless clips of men dressed as women falling into some water, Richard Murdoch’s cameo in The Wire, and the cinematic careers of Alan Cowboy and ‘Britain’s Rin Tin Tin’ Ian The Dog. Plus, find out who we’d book for a revival of Looks Familiar!

If you enjoy Looks Unfamiliar, or even Looks Familiar, then you’ll probably enjoy Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

027 - JACK KIBBLE-WHITE - YOU'LL NEVER SILENCE PAUL COIA

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. Joining Tim this time is writer Jack Kibble-White, who’s turning up the trademark TV Cream Lazy Uncritical Nostalgia for a look at Don’t Give Up Your Day Job by Richard Digance, Games WorldUnited Kingdom: Working For The Enemy, comics fanzine Arken Sword, Children’s ITV filler Who’s Next, and the Compose A New Theme Tune For This Morning competition. Along the way we’ll also be finding out why there are no jesters in Star Wars, which videos Morrissey sneaked from the top shelf, and why an interview with Pat Mills is more exciting than a night on the town with Angelina Jolie. Plus there’s a bit of natter about a theatre troupe who came to Jack’s school and stole some cheese…

You can get Tim's new book, Can't Help Thinking About Me, from http://timworthington.org/

THE BEST OF LOOKS UNFAMILIAR 04 - THE REAL BOWIE SAYS TO THE IMAGINED BOWIE

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. This is a collection of highlights from shows nineteen to twenty four, featuring Paul Kirkley on The Kids From Fame Again, Garreth F. Hirons on Sweet 75, Darrell Maclaine on The Brennan JB7, James Gent on When The Wind Blows by David Bowie, Ros Ballinger on Microsoft Explorapedia, and Jonny Morris on Jesta Giggle by The Barron Knights. Along the way we’ll be finding out why The Barron Knights should have covered T.V.O.D., where the whistling from Never Let Me Down was ‘borrowed’ from, which CDs you should never trust your car with, and which former member of Nirvana really loves accordions. Plus there’s also something you may not have heard before – Tim on Betamax Video Club talking about Absolute Beginners, and an extra downhill slaloming surprise at the end…

You can get TIm’s new book, Can’t Help Thinking About Me, here.

026 - MARTIN BELAM - IT'S NOT FUNNY HAVING A PIANO FALL ON YOUR HEAD IF SOMEONE'S JUST DRAWN IT

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. Joining Tim this time is journalist Martin Belam, who’s searching hard for historical evidence of the Laurel And Hardy cartoon, Faith No More being censored by Top Of The Pops, a scene that may or may not have gone missing since the original cinema release of Flash Gordon, a space shuttle touring air shows, a radio documentary on the making of Dr. Mabuse by Propaganda, and when New Order couldn’t work out how to play Your Silent Face live. Along the way we’ll be finding out how to be mistaken for a monarchist by watching the Red Arrows, why Nik Kershaw asked his fans to come and have a go if they thought they were hard enough, and why the science in Iron Man 2 was ‘wrong’.

For more crazy tales of alternate versions of weird and wonderful movies (though mainly just weird), see my new book Can’t Help Thinking About Me.

025 - TIM WORTHINGTON - PEOPLE DON'T REALLY GO ON ABOUT PSYCHEDELIC BLUE PETER

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. This time the guest is Tim himself, who talks to Stephen O’Brien about the fact that almost literally nobody he has ever met has heard of The Only Way by Lisa Stansfield, sixties crime caper movie The BrainJackanory‘s adaptation of Starstormers by Nicholas Fisk, the ‘There Were Three Of Them, In A Boat…’ Public Information Film, the original version of I Was Made To Love Magic by Nick Drake, trashy teen novel Secrets From The School Underground, early Mark Radcliffe vehicle Skyman, and forgotten ‘fourth’ Trumptonshire series Rubovia. Not to mention a certain less than reputable film that used to show up on German cable channels late on Saturday Night. Along the way we’ll be finding out whether Kim Wilde Doing Abba is preferable to Abba Doing Kim Wilde, watching the Welsh Brass Eye, hearing about when Billy Elliot exploded (and even then wasn’t as good as Musical Youth), and getting annoyed at a fictional schoolboy’s opinions on Monty Python’s Flying Circus. And if you’re listening, Ian Radio 4 Extra, sort those repeats out!

You can get my new book, Can’t Help Thinking About Me, from here.

024 - GARRETH F. HIRONS - I BACKED THE BETAMAX OF NIRVANA SPINOFFS

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to.

Joining Tim for a second time is musician and writer Garreth F. Hirons, who’s getting puzzled looks whenever he mentions The Yellow Album by The Simpsons, the Frankie Goes To Hollywood computer game, post-Nirvana outfit Sweet 75, sitcom Linc’s, the Transformers ‘Action Masters’ range, The Way Of The Tiger gaming books, and high-concept soft drink Quatro. Along the way we’ll be finding out why Ian Amblin took exception to E.T.’s Rugby League, how marketable a Richard Stilgoe Action Figure would be, the correct angle for Ped Gill’s head, and more than you would ever rationally want to know about what happened on 24th November 1998. Plus there’s an update on the Piers Morgan/Monster Munch debacle!

You can find Garreth’s previous appearance on Looks Unfamiliar here.

If you’ve enjoyed this, you’ll probably also enjoy Tim’s new book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.