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 host of the Don’t Let’s Chart podcast Phil Catterall, who’s sharing his fringe-of-the-memory memories of Madballs Comic, Channel 4’s youth-orientated consumer advice show Wise Up!, the tie-in computer game of 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 we’ll also be finding out whether R1D1 is ‘canon’, whether crisps are an appropriate vector for healthy living, and just which elements of The Untouchableswere considered appropriate for a scrolling platform game aimed at children.
You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.
Phil presents Don’t Let’s Chart with fellow Looks Unfamiliar guest Ben Baker; you can find Don’t Let’s Chart on Twitter here, or hear a special they recorded for Looks Unfamiliar counting down the top-selling second-hand children’s annuals here. You can also follow Phil on Twitter at @fil5000.
You can find more of Tim’s thoughts on Star Wars and other big-screen sci-fi epics – many of them almost a whole fraction as accomplished and successful as the adventures of R2D2 and company – in his book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, which is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
You can find more recollections of ill-advised ZX Spectrum games in other editions of Looks Unfamiliar with Emma Burnell on The Lords Of Midnight here, Garreth F. Hirons on Saboteur here and Frankie Goes To Hollywood here, Michael Livesley on Clumsy Colin Action Biker here, Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence on Deus Ex Machina here and Jem Roberts on Dizzy here. There’s also a chat with Mark Thompson about Crash ZX Spectrum magazine here.
Phil also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Garreth F. Hirons, Emma Burnell, Mark Thompson, Stephen O’Brien and Ben Baker, which you can find here.