044 - CHRIS HUGHES - THE MR. WILLMOTT-BROWN OF CHOCOLATE BARS

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 Chris Hughes, who’s ‘moving house’ to BBC1 in search of evidence of the existence of Ceefax-derived Saturday Morning oddity Buzzfax, Hector The Help The Aged Dog, Home Computing-themed comic Load RunnerThe Gilette Video Show, novelty confectionery The One-Two Bar, impenetrable satirical cartoonist Mordillo, Inspector Morse-themed dance record Morse (He’s A Mystery To Me) by Codex, and The British Banknote Keyring. Along the way we’ll be finding out how to insult Noel Edmonds via Teletext, why Elton John shimmying between two pianos in mid-air was embraced by mid-eighties Action Movie audiences, and what you’ll need to establish your very own Gonch Gardener lookalike agency.

You can hear Chris on What We Just Watched at TV Cream, and follow him on Twitter at @ChrisHughes01. You can also find editions of Looks Unfamiliar with Chris’ TV Cream colleagues Phil Norman here, Steve Berry here and Jack Kibble-White here.

You can find more about the undilutable grubbiness of Battle Of The Planets in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Rae Earl here, and a chat with Gillian Kirby about the murky late-night shenanigans of late-night ‘adult’ Teletext here. There’s also a lot more about Mainframe in the Looks Unfamiliar with Mark Griffiths here, and more computer magazine chat with Mark Thompson here.

You can find lots more about Battle Of The PlanetsThe Monkees and Buzzfax 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.