THE BEST OF LOOKS UNFAMILIAR 06 - TOP CAT WILL ALWAYS BE BOSS CAT

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 thirty one to thirty six, featuring Justin Lewis on Neither Fish Nor Flesh by Terence Trent D’Arby, Mark Thompson on Libby’s Moonshine, Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence on The Lone Ranger by Quantum Jump, Stephen O’Brien on Old Fashioned Christmas by Anne Charleston and Ian Smith, Garreth F. Hirons on The Ghosts Of Oxford Street, Vikki Gregorich and Jeff Lewis on The Secret Cabaret, Emma Burnell on Melody Radio and Paul Cornell on Terry Wogan’s insistence on playing records that resolutely refused to become hits. 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, revisiting the forgotten link between Rupert And The Frog Song and Cannibal Holocaust, debating the identity of ‘soft lad who stood on a pole’, celebrating the career of ‘DJ Ron’, revealing how to avoid getting mistaken for an extra on Neighbours, singing a medley of all two and a half records owned by Radio Merseyside, and trying not to think about what ‘Dog Of Finland’ might entail. Plus there’s some little-heard extra bits of chat with Emma, Stephen and Mark as well as something you might not have heard before – Tim on Perfect Night In talking to Neil Perryman about the BBC edits of The Monkees

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

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.

THE BEST OF LOOKS UNFAMILIAR 03 - MORPH'S BBC FAKERY

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 thirteen to eighteen, featuring Will Maclean on Once Upon A Time… Man, Una McCormack on Screw-Top Virgin Marys, Rae Earl on Codename Icarus, Jacqueline Rayner on Pippa Dolls, Samira Ahmed on Nurdin & Peacock Own Brand Cola, and Steve Berry on school hymn book Morning Has Broken. Along the way we’ll be finding out why you can’t hide a pierced ear from Jesus, just how far you can balance a hymn book on the edge of a church balcony, what measures to take when a runaway horse smashes into a bathroom factory, 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. Plus there’s also something you may not have heard before – Tim on the radio talking about Georgie Fame’s long-forgotten theme from The Amazing Adventures Of Morph

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

If you’d like to help support Looks Unfamiliar, why not get one of Tim’s books?  Fun At One – The Story Of Comedy At BBC Radio 1, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. Or Well At Least It’s Free, which has a big feature on Codename Icarus and other BBC children’s sci-fi serials, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. Or even Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

THE BEST OF LOOKS UNFAMILIAR 01 - CAPTAIN PEACOCK IS POMPOUS, MOVE BACK THREE SPACES

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 the first six shows, featuring Stephen O’Brien on The Morecambe & Wise Game, Garreth F. Hirons on Food Fighters, Emma Burnell on The Patchwork Monkey, Phil Catterall on the ZX Spectrum tie-in game for Platoon, Mark Thompson on Night Shift, and Ben Baker on Fiendish Feet. Along the way we’ll be finding out when it’s appropriate to address Colin Bennett as ‘Vince Purity’, how many issues of ‘Razzle And Wise’ were published, and just which elements of The Untouchables were considered appropriate for a scrolling platform game aimed at children, not to mention recalling the classic horror film ‘Dracula Vs. The Skeleton’. Plus there’s also something you may not have heard before – Tim on the radio talking to Georgey Spanswick about ridiculous seventies board games.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can also find a second appearance by Garreth here (as well as a Christmas mini-episode here), and another by Mark (with a bit of extra bonus chat) here. Garreth also took over as presenter for a special about comedy on BBC Radio 3 which you can find here. Emma’s second appearance – again with some extra bonus chatter – can be found here. Ben showed up for a second time here, and also for a special where we talked about ITV nostalgia show Looks Familiar, which you can find here. Stephen came back for a Christmas Special to talk about forgotten (and mostly awful) eighties Christmas Singles, which you can hear here.

You can find Stephen’s website here. Garreth’s podcast Retrospecticus – The Simpsons And Modern History Together At Last can be found here. Emma’s official website is here, and her podcast The Zeitgeist Tapes can be found here. You can find Phil on Twitter here, and Ben’s official website with details of his books is here. Mark is a regular contributor to the political debate podcast House Of Comments, which you can find out more about here.

The full version of the chat about seventies board games is on the Audio page.

If you’d like to help support Looks Unfamiliar, why not get one of Tim’s books? For starters there’s Well At Least It’s Free, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. And then there’s Fun At One – The Story Of Comedy At BBC Radio 1, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. Or even Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

006 - EMMA BURNELL - JESSICA WAKEFIELD IS JESSICA FLETCHER WRIT LARGE

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, columnist and standup comic Emma Burnell, who is banking on somebody else remembering Miners' Strike fundraising album Whose Side Are You On?, the Sweet Valley High novels, short-lived playground craze Scoubidou, children's horror novella The Patchwork Monkey, undistinguished Rutger Hauer vehicle Split Second, and the Ever Ready 'Power To The People' advert. Along the way we'll be discussing the sociocultural ramifications of an earnest man talking to some earnest men, assessing the risks of hiring videos from 'a van', and speculating on the possible psychotropic effects of smoking a Fanta Yo-yo.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find another appearance by Emma on Looks Unfamiliar (with a hidden extra bit about a longstanding Children’s ITV mystery) here, and her official website is here. You can follow Emma on Twitter at @EmmaBurnell_.

Emma co-presents The Zeitgeist Tapes, the podcast looking at where politics and popular culture collide, with Steve Fielding; you can find The Zeitgeist Tapes here, and there’s an edition with Tim making a guest appearance talking about all things Doctor Who and political here.

Emma also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Phil Catterall, Ben Baker, Garreth F. Hirons, Stephen O’Brien and Mark Thompson, which you can hear here.

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