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.

LOOKS UNFAMILIAR MOVIE DOUBLE BILL EXTRA: "A GIANT RAYMOND BURR THE SIZE OF GODZILLA"

Grab some popcorn and take a seat for a Double Bill of monster movie mayhem from the archives! First up, we're off to the video shop with Tim Worthington and Ben Baker for a chat about 'Video Nasties', then grab your 3D glasses and head for the Drive-In as Garreth F. Hirons tells us all about the old-skool city-smashing antics of Godzilla. Along the way we'll be meeting the Japanese Donovan, queueing up behind Phil Cool to rent Zombie Creeping Flesh, and getting thoroughly fed up of the endless 'affair with an octopus' storylines on EastEnders.