033 - EMMA BURNELL - THEY'RE ONLY EATING MACARONI

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 Emma Burnell, who’s going to the polls with her hazy memories of The Royal Potwasher, Melody Radio, Channel 4’s presentation of Accidental Death Of An AnarchistA Woman In Her Own Right by Anne Dixon, The Lords Of Midnight and Herman’s Head. Along the way we’ll be finding out what happens when you continually ask a radio station that doesn’t have Ghostbusters to play Ghostbusters, what BBC Test Card F has to tell us about Second Wave Feminism, what Channel 4’s ‘Red Triangle’ meant to adolescent boys and girls respectively, and why we’re all sick of the sight of The Utarg Of Utarg.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

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

LOOKS UNFAMILIAR CHRISTMAS ON 4 EXTRA: "I DON'T WANT TO GET ALL SEPIA TINTED HERE"

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 special yuletide edition is writer and musician Garreth F. Hirons, who’s here to talk about Channel 4’s 1991 Christmas Day oddity The Ghosts Of Oxford Street, a musical history-based documentary featuring Malcolm McLaren, Happy Mondays, The Pogues, Kirsty MacColl, Nick Cotton from EastEnders and many other equally unlikely names. There’s also room for a look at some of Channel 4’s other peculiar Christmas Day offerings over the years, as well as finding out who was Q Magazine’s House Diva Of Choice, celebrating the career of ‘DJ Ron’, defining what constitutes a ‘New Console Christmas’, and discussing why Tom Jones would not have been a good choice for a Doctor Who assistant.

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

You can find Garreth’s previous appearances on Looks Unfamiliar here and here. Garreth’s podcast Retrospecticus – The Simpsons And Modern History Together At Last can be found here. and on Twitter at @_Retrospecticus. You can also find his blog Atomic Sourpuss here.

There’s more about Channel 4’s peculiar approach to Christmas Day broadcasting in Emma Burnell’s second appearance on Looks Unfamiliar, which you can find here.

Tim’s book Higher Than The Sun, the story of Screamadelica by Primal Scream, Loveless by My Bloody Valentine, Bandwagonesque by Teenage Fanclub and Foxbase Alpha by Saint Etienne – and how Creation Records took on the world and almost won – is 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.

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 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 also appears on a special edition of Looks Unfamiliar counting down the top-selling second-hand children’s annuals, which you can find here.

You can also follow Phil on Twitter at @fil5000.

Help support Looks Unfamiliar by buying one of Tim’s books! Can’t Help Thinking About Me, which includes further 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 – is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.