LOOKS UNFAMILIAR CHRISTMAS EXTRA: "THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS IS NO BORIS GARDINER"

Looks Unfamiliar Christmas Extra

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 special Christmas edition is writer Stephen O’Brien, who’s brought along some little-heard eighties Christmas Singles including Hokey Cokey by The Snowmen, Jingle Bells Laughing All The Way by The Hysterics, What Are We Gonna Get ‘Er Indoors by Dennis Waterman and George Cole, Oh Blimey It’s Christmas by Frank Sidebottom, Christmas In Hollis by Run DMC, Old Fashioned Christmas by Anne Charleston And Ian Smith, and Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid II, not to mention Bing Crosby and David Bowie’s stilted stately home natter, Boris Gardiner’s mercifully forgotten third single, and the thorny question of whether Keeping The Dream Alive by Freiheit is a Christmas Single or a load of old twaddle. Along the way we’ll be hearing the World’s Worst Jane Leeves Impression, revealing who wrote and sang the theme tune for The Quatermass Experiment, narrowly avoiding giving the actual official worst Christmas Present possible in the entirety of all history, and finding out how to get accidentally mistaken for an extra in Neighbours.

You can find Stephen’s previous appearance on Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can get Stephen’s book 80s UK Christmas Singles from the Amazon Kindle Store 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.

020 - PAUL KIRKLEY - THE MOST MEMORABLE MOVIE FERRET SACRIFICE EVER

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 Paul Kirkley, who wonders if anyone else recalls The Kids From Fame Again, the The A-Team tie-in novels, Del Amitri by Del Amitri, David Nobbs' Henry Pratt novels, video rental shop favourite The Beastmaster, BBC1 holiday filler The Saturday Picture Show, and TV Tops comic strip The Fantastic Adventures Of Adam Ant. Along the way we'll be finding out what Robert Smith takes on holiday, what happens when Dick Turpin runs head first at Sapphire And Steel, and why you should never obey Musical Youth lyrics to the letter.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find Paul’s official website, with details of his series of Doctor Who books Space Helmet For A Cowhere. You can also find Paul on Twitter as @prkirkley.

There’s more chat about Saturday Morning television in several other editions of Looks Unfamiliar, including Samira Ahmed on The Saturday Banana here, Paul Cornell on Outa-Space! here, Ben Baker on TV Mayhem here and Emma Burnell on The Saturday Show 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.

Paul also features in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Jonny Morris, Darrell Maclaine, James Gent, Ros Ballinger and Garreth F. Hirons, which you can hear here.

018 - UNA MCCORMACK - REVOLUTION 9 FOR DESCANT RECORDER AND WOODBLOCK

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 Una McCormack, who is absolutely convinced that she hasn’t just made up school songbook Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay, Screw-Top Virgin Marys, Desert Wellies, Elizabeth Enright’s Melendy Family novels, Jackanory series Tales From The Edge Of The World, and short-lived toy craze Trick Sticks. Along the way we’ll be finding out why asking about ‘Mr. Benn Men’ in school is frowned on, how to attract boys from the school across the brook by rolling up your socks and narrowing your tie, and why you can’t hide a pierced ear from Jesus. Also, there’s LIVE YO-YO TRICKS!

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can follow Una on Twitter at @unamccormack. You can get her latest Doctor Who novel Molten Heart from Amazon here.

You can find a feature about Jackanory in the sixties in Tim’s book Well At Least It’s Free, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. There’s also a feature on the long-lost two hundredth episode of Jackanory – and what might have happened in it – here.

There’s more about school songbooks in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Steve Berry, which you can find here.

Una also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Samira Ahmed, Will Maclean, Steve Berry, Jacqueline Rayner and Rae Earl, which you can find here.

014 - SAMIRA AHMED - THEY ALL HAD HAIR LIKE RUSS TAMBLYN

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 and broadcaster Samira Ahmed, who wonders if anyone else has hazy recollections of ITV Saturday Morning show The Saturday Banana, Children's BBC drama The Changes, Mary Quant-designed action doll Havoc, Nurdin & Peacock Own Brand Cola, ZX Spectrum game Thro' The Wall, childhood misapprehensions about the news, and that time that ITV schools show Picture Box used a clip from Cleopatra Jones. Along the way we'll be pondering what Jacob Rees-Mogg could have learned from Metal Mickey, swapping stories about writing to Newsround and Week Ending, and finding out the appropriate circumstances for marrying off poseable action figures. And if you can find the edition of Picture Box in question, please get in touch...!!

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can read more about The Changes in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.