042 - BOB FISCHER - FALSE FLAG GIANT HOGWEED

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 Bob Fischer, who's saying 'aaaaahld up to anyone who doesn't remember BBC Daytime variety show The Tom O'Connor Roadshow, a media panic about hazardous plant Giant Hogweed, EastEnders spinoff single Can't Get A Ticket (For The World Cup) by Peter Dean, rum-favoured confectionery Glee Bars, J. Edward Oliver's 'Abolish Tuesday' campaign, and How To Be A Wally by Paul Manning. Along the way we'll be finding out the difference between 'spectators' and 'fans', blowing the whistle on The Brexit Party's sinister links to Giant Hogweed, working out how to get from Peter Dean to David Bowie in three moves, and learning far too much about the industrial action practices of school dinner ladies.

You can hear Bob on BBC Radio Tees via his show page here, and you can get his book Wiffle Lever To Full from Amazon here. You can also follow Bob on Twitter at @Bob_Fischer.

You can find more about the musical exploits of the early cast members of EastEnders – and many more bizarre television-related records besides – in Tim’s book  Top Of The Box – The Story Behind Every BBC Records And Tapes Single, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

There’s more about unlikely singing soap stars in the Looks Unfamiliar Christmas Extra, which you can find here, while Will Maclean told us about the media panic over dangerous dance craze ‘The Snake’ here.

THE BEST OF LOOKS UNFAMILIAR 04 - THE REAL BOWIE SAYS TO THE IMAGINED BOWIE

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. This is a collection of highlights from shows nineteen to twenty four, featuring Paul Kirkley on The Kids From Fame Again, Garreth F. Hirons on Sweet 75, Darrell Maclaine on The Brennan JB7, James Gent on When The Wind Blows by David Bowie, Ros Ballinger on Microsoft Explorapedia, and Jonny Morris on Jesta Giggle by The Barron Knights. Along the way we’ll be finding out why The Barron Knights should have covered T.V.O.D., where the whistling from Never Let Me Down was ‘borrowed’ from, which CDs you should never trust your car with, and which former member of Nirvana really loves accordions. Plus there’s also something you may not have heard before – Tim on Betamax Video Club talking about Absolute Beginners, and an extra downhill slaloming surprise at the end…

You can get TIm’s new book, Can’t Help Thinking About Me, here.

022 - JAMES GENT - A CROSS BETWEEN THE PRISONER AND TEST MATCH SPECIAL

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 James Gent, who is stringing together hazy archive recollections of The Golden Oldie Picture ShowWhen The Wind Blows by David Bowie, Beeb Magazine, T-Rex ‘Greatest Hits’ albums with none of the hits on them, Boxpops, and the Montreux Special of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Along the way we’ll be finding out what Clive Dunn being Grandad as Grandad looks like, where the whistling from Never Let Me Down was ‘borrowed’ from, and where you can read about Michael Sheard And His Pet Dogs.

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.