029 - PHIL NORMAN - SALVADOR DALI'S SCALEXTRIC SET

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 animator and writer Phil Norman, who's fairly confident that very few people will recall S-S-S-Single Bed by Fox, terrifying ITV schools show Leapfrog, The Country Life Christmas Box, Humrush by KMD, rock musical drama Body Contact, Oscar The Rabbit In Rubbidge, Erasmus Microman and jaw-dropping Anthony Newley film Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humpe And Find True Happiness?. Along the way we'll also be speculating on what went on in the Chock-A-Block factory, revealing Fred Harris' secret Video Nasty links, chronicling the rival warring factions of the 'puppets on a black background' phenomenon (none of whom were responsible for an Off-The-Peg Ian Paisley), and trying our hardest to avoid talking about a cannibalistic emulsified cross between Last Tango In Paris and Straw Dogs. And if you can help in finding three seconds of Sylvester McCoy being hit with planks of wood, please let us know!

007 - BEN BAKER - JUST A BIT MASSIVELY STEREOTYPICAL

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 for a second time is writer, broadcaster and quizmaster Ben Baker, who shares his not-widely-shared memories of Children’s ITV magazine show Toksvig, the Whizzkids’ Guide book series, sophisticated yet not exactly enlightened board game Mysteries Of Old Peking, short-lived pop-punk sensations Mo-Ho-Bish-O-Pi, drug-fuelled post-Tarantino shock-comedy Go, and the entirely sensible hobby of making your own TV listings magazines. Along the way we’ll be taking some advice from a Charcoal Jeremy Beadle, finding out why Ben had to hide his secret drawings of the Yorkshire TV logo, assessing whether Sandi Toksvig was at risk of exploding at any moment, and revealing which Shane Meadows film is not as good as a hat.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find Ben’s previous appearance on Looks Unfamiliar here, and a special edition with Ben and Tim discussing ITV nostalgia show Looks Familiar here. ‘Website Ben’ is logged on for success at his official website here and you can follow him on Twitter at @benbakerbooks.

Ben presents Don’t Let’s Chart with fellow Looks Unfamiliar guest Phil Catterall; you can find Don’t Let’s Chart on Twitter here, or hear a special they recorded for Looks Unfamiliar counting down the top-selling second-hand children’s annuals here.

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

There’s more chatter about board games – including Matchbox Cascade and The Jaws Game – in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Lisa Parker and Andrew Trowbridge, which you can find here. There’s more chat with Tim about ridiculous seventies TV tie-in board games here.

Ben also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Jem Roberts, Steve O’Brien, Mark Griffiths, Martin Ruddock and Lisa Parker And Andrew Trowbridge, which you can find here.

004 - STEPHEN O'BRIEN - THE CLASSIC 'FOUR CALCULATORS' SKETCH

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 Stephen O’Brien, who’s wondering why he gets blank looks all round whenever he mentions Steven Moffat sitcom The Office, early ‘lad mag’ LM, eighties puzzle cash-in paperback You Can Do The Cube, KLF-affiliated early Stock Aitken Waterman act Brilliant, The Beachcombers and other last-minute ITV emergency schedule replacement standbys, and The Morecambe And Wise Board Game. No he’s not making that last one up. Along the way we’ll be finding out how many issues of ‘Razzle And Wise’ were published, how many characters Stefan Dennis can play on stage at once, and which seventies action serial is slightly less preferable to actually being at school.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.


You can find Stephen’s Stock Aitken Waterman site here and follow him on Twitter at @stephenobrien.

Stephen returned as guest host for an edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Tim as the guest which you can find here. Rubik’s Clock was one of the choices in the edition with Darrell Maclaine, which you can find here.

You can find the full story of the Rubik Cube’s ill-advised follow-up Rubik’s Magic – and much more about the bookshop where we found all those copies of You Can Do The Cube – in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle store here.

Stephen also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Ben Baker, Emma Burnell, Phil Catterall, Garreth F. Hirons and Mark Thompson – and more chat about ill-advised tie-in board games – which you can find here.