004 - STEPHEN O'BRIEN - THE CLASSIC 'FOUR CALCULATORS' SKETCH

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 Stephen O’Brien, who’s wondering why he gets blank looks all round whenever he mentions Steven Moffat sitcom The Office, early ‘lad mag’ LM, eighties puzzle cash-in paperback You Can Do The Cube, KLF-affiliated early Stock Aitken Waterman act Brilliant, The Beachcombers and other last-minute ITV emergency schedule replacement standbys, and The Morecambe And Wise Board Game. No he’s not making that last one up. Along the way we’ll be finding out how many issues of ‘Razzle And Wise’ were published, how many characters Stefan Dennis can play on stage at once, and which seventies action serial is slightly less preferable to actually being at school.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.


You can find Stephen’s Stock Aitken Waterman site here and follow him on Twitter at @stephenobrien.

Stephen returned as guest host for an edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Tim as the guest which you can find here. Rubik’s Clock was one of the choices in the edition with Darrell Maclaine, which you can find here.

You can find the full story of the Rubik Cube’s ill-advised follow-up Rubik’s Magic – and much more about the bookshop where we found all those copies of You Can Do The Cube – in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle store here.

Stephen also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Ben Baker, Emma Burnell, Phil Catterall, Garreth F. Hirons and Mark Thompson – and more chat about ill-advised tie-in board games – which you can find here.