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, Jackanory series 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!

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find lots more about Jackanory in Tim’s book Well At Least It’s Free, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. You can find lots more about Jackanory in Tim’s book Well At Least It’s Free, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

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 editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find more about long forgotten radio comedy in Fun At One – The Story Of Comedy At BBC Radio 1, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. There’s also a huge feature on Quincy’s Quest in Tim’s new book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

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 editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

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

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 editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

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

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 seems to.

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...!!

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can read more about The Changes in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

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 seems to.

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!

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

There’s a lengthy look at Battle Of The Planets in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. You can also find a feature on Codename Icarus and many other Children’s BBC sci-fi/fantasy serials in Well At Least It’s Free, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

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 seems to.

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.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find a feature on Brat Farrar and the other Sunday Classics serials in Tim’s book Not On Your Telly, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

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 seems to.

Joining Tim this time are podcasters Lisa Parker and Andrew Trowbridge, who relate their not especially 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 more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

There’s more about Virtual Murder – and many other similarly unsuccessful attempts at hit ‘genre’ shows – in Tim’s book Well At Least It’s Free, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

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'...

You can find more regular editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find tons more Christmassy stuff, including a list of the Best Christmas Presents of 1986 and an in-depth look at the Christmas Special of Rentaghost, in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

010 - MARK GRIFFITHS - IT WAS DEFINITELY AN AUDIENCE MEMBER, IF YOU'LL PARDON THE PUN

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 Mark Griffiths, who shares his all too vivid recollections of Five Minutes by Mainframe, The Bloke Who Pulled His Pants Down On Kilroy, Disneyland by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Charles Hawtrey as a vampire on Runaround, BBC Records And Tapes' Off Beat Sound Effects, and missing the first episode of a new series of Doctor Who because you were at the Doctor Who exhibition in Blackpool. Along the way we’ll be speculating on how Robert Kilroy-Silk's personal archives are organised, what 'Door Creak With Eno' might sound like, and how to respond to a Doctor Who-themed Sophie's Choice.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can read more about the strange story of BBC Records And Tapes in Tim’s book Top Of The Box, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

009 - MARTIN RUDDOCK - I MADE A PLASTICINE HAROLD MACMILLAN

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 Martin Ruddock, who tries to get a show of nostagic hands for Children's BBC Sherlock Holmes-spinoff The Baker Street Boys, comic strip Doomlord, techno-powered toy range Robotix, Commodore Amiga game The Fairy Tale Adventure, dubbed German drama serial The Legend Of Tim Tyler, and Britpop band Thurman and their somewhat mysterious past. Along the way we'll be finding out why history has failed to recognise the Baker Street Girls, why Slough's playing fields are to be avoided at all costs, and why a song called 'Evil' might not quite have the intended effect on its target audience. Also, if anyone can solve our Tim Tyler-related mystery, please get in touch!

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

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

008 - JEM ROBERTS - E.T. IS A DEFINITE THING

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 comedy historian and storyteller Jem Roberts, who shares his widely-challenged recollections of an advert reuniting Neil and Vyvyan from The Young Ones, ZX Spectrum game Dizzy and its many close relatives, short-lived rave-goes-Charleston sensation Doop by Doop, budget maize snack Wheelz, powdered drink from outer space Alien Juice, and the dim and distant days of Wet Wet Wet Actually Being Any Good. Along the way we'll be finding out how to make a 'sandwich car', learning how not to confuse ET with a gardener, and wondering who smoked 'Rococan' and if they were able to still form sentences afterwards.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find more about the little-known Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson vehicle Hardwicke House in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

007 - BEN BAKER - JUST A BIT MASSIVELY STEREOTYPICAL

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 writer, broadcaster and quizmaster Ben Baker, who shares his not-widely-shared memories of Children's ITV magazine show Toksvig, the Whizzkids' Guide book series, sophisticated yet not exactly enlightened board game Mysteries Of Old Peking, short-lived pop-punk sensations Mo-Ho-Bish-O-Pi, drug-fuelled post-Tarantino shock-comedy Go, and the entirely sensible hobby of making your own TV listings magazines. Along the way we'll be taking some advice from a Charcoal Jeremy Beadle, finding out why Ben had to hide his secret drawings of the Yorkshire TV logo, why Sandi Toksvig was at risk of exploding at any moment, and revealing which Shane Meadows film is not as good as a hat.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

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

006 - EMMA BURNELL - JESSICA WAKEFIELD IS JESSICA FLETCHER WRIT LARGE

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 broadcaster, columnist and standup comic Emma Burnell, who is banking on somebody else remembering Miners' Strike fundraising album Whose Side Are You On?, the Sweet Valley High novels, short-lived playground craze Scoubidou, children's horror novella The Patchwork Monkey, undistinguished Rutger Hauer vehicle Split Second, and the Ever Ready 'Power To The People' advert. Along the way we'll be discussing the sociocultural ramifications of an earnest man talking to some earnest men, assessing the risks of hiring videos from 'a van', and speculating on the possible psychotropic effects of smoking a Fanta Yo-yo.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

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

005 - BEN BAKER - THE FAMOUS FOURTH UNIVERSAL MONSTER

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 quizmaster Ben Baker, who hopes against hope that somebody else remembers early Chris Evans vehicle TV Mayhem, football comic The Onion Bag, novelty yoghurt range Fiendish Feet, the early internet craze for misidentifying every comedy song as 'by' Weird Al Yankovic, Betsy Byars' Bingo Brown novels, and the International Youth Service penpal scheme. Along the way we'll be getting some unconventional yoghurt-related gardening tips, recalling the classic horror film 'Dracula Vs. The Skeleton', discussing whether Fangs-A-Lot is an appropriate family heirloom, and finding out how the least politically correct gag in history ended up at the end of a right-on charity fundraising joke book. And Colin Foley, if you're out there, please get in contact.

You can hear a second appearance by Ben on Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find more about Chris Evans’ early Radio 1 show Too Much Gravy –  and what happened next – in Fun At One – The Story Of Comedy At BBC Radio 1, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

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 in this episode is writer Stephen O'Brien, who wonders why he gets blank looks all round whenever he mentions Steven Moffat sitcom The Office, early 'lad mag' LM Magazine, 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 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.

If you want to hear Stephen interviewing Tim as a guest on Looks Unfamiliar, then you can find that here.

003 - MARK THOMPSON - I'M QUITE HAPPY WITH MY PASSPORT COLOUR TO BE HONEST

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 radio host and political pundit Mark Thompson, who's wondering why nobody else he knows seems to have heard of computer-assisted action series Whiz Kids, Crash ZX Spectrum Magazine and its legally contentious parodies of competitors, ITV Night Time filler Night Shift, Public Information Film family The Blunders, late nineties dystopian thriller The Last Train, and Hanna Barbera horror-adventure hybrid The Drak Pack. Along the way we'll be finding out why there should be more warnings about the dangers of hallucinating a disdainful Emma Bunton, how to distinguish an American teenager on a BMX from Arthur Mullard in a school cap, and when it's appropriate to address Colin Bennett as 'Vince Purity'. Also, we finally find out the identity of our Mystery Theme Tune!

You can find another appearance by Mark on Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find a huge feature on The Last Train, and the many other attempts by the BBC and ITV at ‘doing’ sci-fi while Doctor Who was off the air, in Tim’s book Well At Least It’s Free, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

002 - GARRETH F. HIRONS - PIERS MORGAN, I WANT MY SIZZLIN' BACON BACK

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 musician Garreth F. Hirons, who tells us about his troubling memories of indie band The Bigger The God, Food Fighters, ZX Spectrum game Saboteur, short-lived wrestling sensation The Triangle Of Terror, Sizzlin' Bacon Flavour Monster Munch, and BBC3 sitcom Fun At The Funeral Parlour. Along the way they'll also be finding out why professional wrestlers should never attempt topical satire, why ZX Spectrum owners lived in fear of Ian Durell, and how Piers Morgan caused the decline of the maize-based snack industry.

You can find another appearance by Garreth on Looks Unfamiliar here.

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

001 - PHIL CATTERALL - HERE IS PYRAMINT, BUY PYRAMINT

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 in this edition is podcaster Phil Catterall, who shares his troubling memories of Madballs Comic, Channel 4's youth-orientated consumer advice show Wise Up!, a computer game based on Platoon, ill-advised animated newspaper strip update Phantom 2040, a particularly irritating series of adverts for Birdseye Steakhouse Grills, and long-forgotten Star Wars cartoon spin-off Droids, Along the way they also find out whether R1D1 is 'canon', whether crisps are a vector for healthy living, and just which elements of The Untouchables were considered appropriate for a scrolling platform game aimed at children.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find more of Tim’s thoughts on Star Wars and other big-screen sci-fi epics in Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.