THE BEST OF LOOKS UNFAMILIAR 07 - I PERSONALLY BLAME MR. BRACKETT FOR THAT

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 Bob Fischer on Giant Hogweed, Gillian Kirby on Teletext After Hours, Tim Worthington on Patterson, Michael Livesley on Topps Football ’78 Bubblegum Cards, Chris Shaw on Rock School, and Andy Lewis on Vintage Anti-Enoch Powell Graffiti. Along the way we’ll be blowing the whistle on The Brexit Party’s sinister links to Giant Hogweed, finding out about the contribution Emlyn Hughes’ elongated leg made to road safety, planning a visit to The People’s Republic Of KDR, listening to Herbie Hancock jamming with Emu, finding out how to get the full immersive Laurel And Hardy experience by eating toffee, and definitely not drinking any ‘Solar Cola’. Plus there’s also something you might not have heard before – Tim on Round The Archives talking to Lisa Parker and Andrew Trowbridge about the last ever episode of Chigley

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

If you’d like to help support Looks Unfamiliar, why not get one of Tim’s books? If you liked the clip from the edition talking about The Larks Ascending, you can get it in paperback here and from the Kindle Store here. You can also find a huge feature on the last episode of Chigley and the end of ‘The Sixties’ in Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. And all of the others. They’re all good.

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 follow Gillian on Twitter at @Mippy. 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 Chris’ excellent Beatles podcast – featuring contributions from Looks Unfamiliar guests Samira Ahmed and John Rain – here, and follow him on Twitter here. The Sgt. Pepper Photos Project is here. Paul can be found on Twitter at @RealPaulPutner. You can find Andy’s Soho Radio show here and follow him on Twitter at @andylewisuk.

You can hear the full version of the Round The Archives appearance here.

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.