044 - CHRIS HUGHES - THE MR. WILLMOTT-BROWN OF CHOCOLATE BARS

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 Chris Hughes, who’s ‘moving house’ to BBC1 in search of evidence of the existence of Ceefax-derived Saturday Morning oddity Buzzfax, Hector The Help The Aged Dog, Home Computing-themed comic Load RunnerThe Gilette Video Show, novelty confectionery The One-Two Bar, impenetrable satirical cartoonist Mordillo, Inspector Morse-themed dance record Morse (He’s A Mystery To Me) by Codex, and The British Banknote Keyring. Along the way we’ll be finding out how to insult Noel Edmonds via Teletext, why Elton John shimmying between two pianos in mid-air was embraced by mid-eighties Action Movie audiences, and what you’ll need to establish your very own Gonch Gardener lookalike agency.

You can hear Chris on What We Just Watched at TV Cream, and follow him on Twitter at @ChrisHughes01. You can also find editions of Looks Unfamiliar with Chris’ TV Cream colleagues Phil Norman here, Steve Berry here and Jack Kibble-White here.

You can find more about the undilutable grubbiness of Battle Of The Planets in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Rae Earl here, and a chat with Gillian Kirby about the murky late-night shenanigans of late-night ‘adult’ Teletext here. There’s also a lot more about Mainframe in the Looks Unfamiliar with Mark Griffiths here, and more computer magazine chat with Mark Thompson here.

You can find lots more about Battle Of The PlanetsThe Monkees and Buzzfax in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

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/.