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!

023 - ROS BALLINGER - I CAN'T REMEMBER IF IT WAS THE FIRST LEG OR THE SECOND LEG

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 comedian Ros Ballinger, who does her best to convince everyone else of the existence of Henry's Leg, Waiting For Aliens, Those Ice Creams That Had Real Fruit In Them, A Safety Video For Schools Starring Hannah Taylor Gordon, Microsoft Explorapedia, and Reading Your Dad's Copy Of The Adventures Of Fat Freddy's Cat While He's Not Looking. Along the way we'll be finding out how to unsuccessfully smuggle Skittles into school, studying the art of the 'Archers Sigh', and learning which varieties of Smiths Crisps to avoid discussing if you want to dodge detention.

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

022 - JAMES GENT - A CROSS BETWEEN THE PRISONER AND TEST MATCH SPECIAL

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 James Gent, who is stringing together hazy archive recollections of The Golden Oldie Picture Show, When The Wind Blows by David Bowie, Beeb Magazine, T-Rex ‘Greatest Hits’ albums with none of the hits on them, Boxpops, and the Montreux Special of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Along the way we’ll be finding out what Clive Dunn being Grandad as Grandad looks like, where the whistling from Never Let Me Down was ‘borrowed’ from, and where you can read about Michael Sheard And His Pet Dogs.

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

021 - DARRELL MACLAINE - THE RUSS ABBOT'S MADHOUSE COSPLAY KIT

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 designer Darrell Maclaine, who shares his hazy recollections of Carols At Christmas by The Greater Manchester Police Choir Featuring The Cast Of Coronation Street, FunFax: Disguise And False Identity, Rubik's Clock, The Brennan JB7 Advert, The VTech Master Video Painter and The Children's BBC Broom Cupboard 1996 April Fool's Day Hoax. Along the way we'll be debating whether the Chief Constable Of Greater Manchester was Paul Morley or Phil Spector, contemplating the legend of Patrick Bossert's Rubik Elves, learning how to fake having a limp by having a limp, and discovering how to hide your copy of True Identity on VHS in plain sight.

020 - PAUL KIRKLEY - THE MOST MEMORABLE MOVIE FERRET SACRIFICE EVER

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 Kirkley, who wonders if anyone else recalls The Kids From Fame Again, the The A-Team tie-in novels, Del Amitri by Del Amitri, David Nobbs' Henry Pratt novels, video rental shop favourite The Beastmaster, BBC1 holiday filler The Saturday Picture Show, and TV Tops comic strip The Fantastic Adventures Of Adam Ant. Along the way we'll be finding out what Robert Smith takes on holiday, what happens when Dick Turpin runs head first at Sapphire And Steel, and why you should never obey Musical Youth lyrics to the letter.

019 - JONNY MORRIS - WHAT WAS ACTUALLY IN THE DANDY?

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 Jonny Morris, who wonders if anyone else recalls the BBC Micro Welcome cassette, The Dandy strip Jack Silver, Mr Men book Mr Spendy, BSB’s The Carmen Ejogo Show, Andrew Sachs sitcom Dead Ernest, and Jesta Giggle by The Barron Knights. Along the way we’ll be finding out how to estimate James Bond’s ‘Biorhythms’, what the second worst ZX Spectrum game was, how many times it’s possible to say ‘Padmasambhava’ in one sentence, and why The Barron Knights should have covered T.V.O.D.. Also, we solve two mystery half-recollections live on air!

THE BEST OF LOOKS UNFAMILIAR 03 - MORPH'S BBC FAKERY

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 thirteen to eighteen, featuring Will Maclean on Once Upon A Time… Man, Una McCormack on Screw-Top Virgin Marys, Rae Earl on Codename Icarus, Jacqueline Rayner on Pippa Dolls, Samira Ahmed on Nurdin & Peacock Own Brand Cola, and Steve Berry on school hymn book Morning Has Broken. Along the way we’ll be finding out why you can’t hide a pierced ear from Jesus, just how far you can balance a hymn book on the edge of a church balcony, what measures to take when a runaway horse smashes into a bathroom factory, and what precautions you should take whilst within twelve thousand square feet of anywhere that may or may not have played host to agricultural pesticide at some indeterminate point in history. Plus there’s also something you may not have heard before – Tim on the radio talking about Georgie Fame’s long-forgotten theme from The Amazing Adventures Of Morph

THE BEST OF LOOKS UNFAMILIAR 02 - HE'S NOT ON A QUEST TO FIND OUT, HE'S JUST ON A QUEST TO GET OUT

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 seven to twelve, featuring Lisa Parker and Andrew Trowbridge on the Jaws game, Ben Baker on Mysteries Of Old Peking, Martin Ruddock on Doomlord, Steve O’Brien on High Time and Ice Cold Cube by The Stone Roses, Jem Roberts on an advert reuniting Neil and Vyvyan from The Young Ones, and Mark Griffiths on The Bloke Who Pulled His Pants Down On Kilroy. Along the way we’ll be finding out why nothing is scarier than a playing field in Slough, how to spot Simon Bates in disguise via a series of cryptic clues, and what musical genres ‘The Youngs Ones’ were followers of. Plus there’s also something you may not have heard before – Tim on the radio talking about a TV series from a couple of years back that everyone seems to have forgotten about already…

THE BEST OF LOOKS UNFAMILIAR 01 - CAPTAIN PEACOCK IS POMPOUS, MOVE BACK THREE SPACES

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 the first six shows, featuring Stephen O’Brien on The Morecambe & Wise Board Game, Garreth F. Hirons on Food Fighters, Emma Burnell on The Patchwork Monkey, Phil Catterall on the ZX Spectrum tie-in game for Platoon, Mark Thompson on Night Shift, and Ben Baker on Fiendish Feet. Along the way we’ll be finding out when it’s appropriate to address Colin Bennett as ‘Vince Purity’, how many issues of ‘Razzle And Wise’ were published, and just which elements of The Untouchables were considered appropriate for a scrolling platform game aimed at children, not to mention recalling the classic horror film ‘Dracula Vs. The Skeleton’. Plus there’s also something you may not have heard before – Tim on the radio talking about ridiculous seventies board games!

018 - UNA MCCORMACK - REVOLUTION 9 FOR DESCANT RECORDER AND WOODBLOCK

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 Una McCormack, who is absolutely certain that she hasn’t just made up school songbook Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay, Screw-Top Virgin Marys, Desert Wellies, Elizabeth Enright’s Melendy Family novels, Jackanoryseries Tales From The Edge Of The World, and short-lived toy craze Trick Sticks. Along the way we’ll be finding out why asking about ‘Mr. Benn Men’ in school is frowned on, how to attract boys from the school across the brook by rolling up your socks and narrowing your tie, and why you can’t hide a pierced ear from Jesus. Also, there’s LIVE YO-YO TRICKS!

017 - JACQUELINE RAYNER - SHE WENT TO THE BALL IN A HORSE-DRAWN BATH

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 Jacqueline Rayner, who wants to know who else remembers ITV panto Quincy's Quest, lurid soft drink Quosh Tropical, comedy battle game Klonks, Bernie Clifton's character El Bandido, Pippa dolls and Honey Bear Spread. Along the way we'll be finding out how to tell if Morecambe And Wise are coming to murder you, the best adventure Doctor Who never had, what happened when a runaway horse smashed into a bathroom factory, and why you should avoid German Smarties at all costs. And if you can tell us the name of Jac's mystery scary children's programme, or alternately who said 'bastards' on Radio 4, please let us know...!

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

016 - WILL MACLEAN - BARNABY'S APOCALYPSE

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 Will Maclean, who's looking for anyone sharing his recollections of Once Upon A Time... Man, Galaxy HIgh, educational storybook In The Sofa, educational short film Powers Of Ten, dangerous dance craze 'The Snake', and the episode of The Sooty Show where Sweep's brain was enlarged. Along the way we'll be finding out who lived at 9 The Road (Great Britain, The Solar System), questioning the best course of treatment for an incapacitated Emu, and pondering what happened when the Play School toys ran amok off-camera.

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

015 - STEVE BERRY - I SURVIVED THE GREAT NOSTALGIA WARS OF 1989

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, broadcaster and TV Crisp Expert Steve Berry, who's keen to scratch a nostalgic itch for Single Versions Of Pop Songs That Never Get Played Any More, Elastoplast Heroes, late night Channel 4 show United States Of Television, Skoal Bandits, the Starblazer Electronic Space Command Belt, and school assembly songbook Morning Has Broken. Along the way - when we're not stalking Richard Herring - we'll be musing on the hard-hitting storylines Grange Hill missed, discovering the identity of 'Ant Marco', and working out just how far you can balance a hymn book on the edge of a church balcony. And there's ten million points if you can work out which comedian is noisily drinking coffee in the background...

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

014 - SAMIRA AHMED - THEY ALL HAD HAIR LIKE RUSS TAMBLYN

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 does. Joining Tim this time is journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed, who wonders if anyone else has hazy recollections of ITV Saturday Morning show The Saturday Banana, Children's BBC drama The Changes, Mary Quant-designed action doll Havoc, Nurdin & Peacock Own Brand Cola, ZX Spectrum game Thro' The Wall, childhood misapprehensions about the news, and that time that ITV schools show Picture Box used a clip from Cleopatra Jones. Along the way we'll be pondering what Jacob Rees-Mogg could have learned from Metal Mickey, swapping stories about writing to Newsround and Week Ending, and finding out the appropriate circumstances for marrying off poseable action figures. And if you can find the edition of Picture Box in question, please get in touch...!!

More episodes of Looks Unfamiliar at http://timworthington.org/

013 - RAE EARL - I THINK IT WAS A CEREBRAL CHEGGERS PLAYS POP

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 does. Joining Tim this time is writer Rae Earl, who insists that she's not just making up the episodes of Battle Of The Planets where Zoltar was a woman, Rock'n'Bubble Bubble Gum, Gyles Brandreth quiz show Puzzle Party, Children's BBC Cold War thriller Codename Icarus, cheap culinary filler The Home Cookery Club, and short-lived comedy sensation Cheese And Onion. Along the way we'll be finding out which Europop duo based their image on extruded sugar, the commercial potential of a Panini Sticker Scented Candle, and what precautions you should take whilst within twelve thousand square feet of anywhere that may or may not have played host to agricultural pesticide at some indeterminate point in history. There's also a bit of bonus chatter about the Channel 4 transmissions of The Gong Show, and if anyone else remembers The Yellow House, please get in touch!

012 - STEVE O'BRIEN - E.T. PRETZEL DESIGN

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 does. Joining Tim this time is entertainment journalist Steve O'Brien, who fills us in on his hotly contested recollections of Simon In The Land Of Chalk Drawings, KP Sky Divers, BBC1 sitcom Health And Efficiency, High Time and Ice Cold Cube by The Stone Roses, Brat Farrar, and the Alfred Hitchcock And The Three Investigators books. Along the way we’ll be finding out who is the most punchable Doctor Who alien, what constitutes The Vindaloo Of Crisps, and how many volumes of Michael Winner's Choose Your Own Adventure were published.

011 - LISA PARKER AND ANDREW TROWBRIDGE - HE LOOKS LIKE A NORMAL BOY WITH A NOSE

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 does. Joining Tim this time are podcasters Lisa Parker and Andrew Trowbridge, who relate their not espeically shared memories of Big John Little John, Virtual Murder, Matchbox Cascade, the Bobby Brewster books, Enid Blyton's Mr. Pink Whistle, and the Jaws game. Along the way we’ll be finding out how to re-enact Total Wipeout in the comfort of your own home, how many voices 'Radio's Man Of A Thousand Voices' really had, and why The Clown from Camberwick Green could never be described as a master of disguise.

You can find Lisa and Andrew's podcast, Round The Archives, at https://twitter.com/lisacartman

CHRISTMAS EXTRA - "CRISMAS BY BEETLES"

As a special extra Christmas treat for Looks Unfamiliar listeners, here's a compilation of highlights from the archives, with extracts from Christmas-themed podcasts of Christmases past by Tim Worthington, Ben Baker, Phil Catterall and Darrell Maclaine-Jones. A lot of this hasn't been available for years, and a lot of it is still rather funny, so we hope you enjoy it! Along the way we talk about Now - The Christmas Album, Val Doonican, A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector, School Fairs, Department Store Grottos, Last-Minute Shopping and Disastrous Office Parties; run down charts of Bad Santas, The Worst Ever Christmas Songs and The Best Ever Christmas Quotes; and listen to bewildering Christmas Singles by Russ Conway, Rotterdam Termination Source, Mr. Christmas, Percy Sugden from Coronation Street and The Count from Sesame Street. We'll also be finding out who Tim thinks is more important than Father Christmas, who Ben suspects might be Father Christmas, what happened when Phil went carol singing, and what the other tape in Darrell's house was. Not to mention who recorded a song called 'Santa's A Big Fat Fuck'...

Ben Baker's Festive Double Issue is an informative and hilarious book looking at the good, the bad and the plain baffling from forty years of Christmas TV, from Morecambe And Wise and The Box Of Delights to some thing with Willy Rushton as Santa stuck in the Wild West. No I'm not making that up. It comes very highly recommended and you can get it in time for Christmas from https://benbaker.ecwid.com/Ben-Bakers-Festive-Double-Issue-Forty-Years-Of-Christmas-TV-p95383976