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 yuletide edition is writer and musician Garreth F. Hirons, who’s here to talk about Channel 4’s 1991 Christmas Day oddity The Ghosts Of Oxford Street, a musical history-based documentary featuring Malcolm McLaren, Happy Mondays, The Pogues, Kirsty MacColl, Nick Cotton from EastEnders and many other equally unlikely names. There’s also room for a look at some of Channel 4’s other peculiar Christmas Day offerings over the years, as well as finding out who was Q Magazine’s House Diva Of Choice, celebrating the career of ‘DJ Ron’, defining what constitutes a ‘New Console Christmas’, and discussing why Tom Jones would not have been a good choice for a Doctor Who assistant.
You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar at http://timworthington.org/
You can find Garreth’s previous appearances on Looks Unfamiliar here and here. Garreth’s podcast Retrospecticus – The Simpsons And Modern History Together At Last can be found here. and on Twitter at @_Retrospecticus. You can also find his blog Atomic Sourpuss here.
There’s more about Channel 4’s peculiar approach to Christmas Day broadcasting in Emma Burnell’s second appearance on Looks Unfamiliar, which you can find here.
Tim’s book Higher Than The Sun, the story of Screamadelica by Primal Scream, Loveless by My Bloody Valentine, Bandwagonesque by Teenage Fanclub and Foxbase Alpha by Saint Etienne – and how Creation Records took on the world and almost won – is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.