037 - MICHAEL LIVESLEY - HE WAS PITCHING HIS FELLOW POTATOES INTO THE FAT

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 actor and musician Michael Livesley, who’s inviting everyone to read on dot dot dot about The Rupert Bear Flexidisc, The How And Why Wonder Book Of Dinosaurs, Murphy’s Crisps, a Newsflash about TV’s Ena Sharples, Topps Football ’78 Bubblegum Cards, and ZX Spectrum Game Clumsy Colin Action Biker. Along the way we’ll be finding out about the contribution Emlyn Hughes’ elongated leg made to road safety, planning a visit to The People’s Republic Of KDR, remembering when the Rupert Bear annual had to be wrapped in plain brown paper, and wondering who would give a decades old children’s book a one-star review on Amazon.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find Michael’s official site here, and the tie-in site for his revival of Sir Henry At Rawlinson End here. You can also find him on Twitter at @MichaelLivesley.

You can find the full story behind Rawlinson End in Tim’s book Fun At One – The Story Of Comedy At BBC Radio 1, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

The Blur article mentioned in the show can be found here. You can hear more about A. Mazing Monsters in the Looks Unfamiliar with Mark Thompson here, outmoded crisps in the one with Garreth F. Hirons here, childhood misapprehensions about the news with Samira Ahmed here, and ZX Spectrum games with Emma Burnell here and Garreth F. Hirons here.

021 - DARRELL MACLAINE - THE RUSS ABBOT'S MADHOUSE COSPLAY KIT

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 designer Darrell Maclaine, who shares his hazy recollections of Carols At Christmas by The Greater Manchester Police Choir Featuring The Cast Of Coronation Street, FunFax: Disguise And False Identity, Rubik's Clock, The Brennan JB7 Advert, The VTech Master Video Painter and The Children's BBC Broom Cupboard 1996 April Fool's Day Hoax. Along the way we'll be debating whether the Chief Constable Of Greater Manchester was Paul Morley or Phil Spector, contemplating the legend of Patrick Bossert's Rubik Elves, learning how to fake having a limp by having a limp, and discovering how to hide your copy of True Identity on VHS in plain sight.

If you’ve enjoyed this, you can find an article on the strange story of Rubik’s Magic in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, 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.