042 - BOB FISCHER - FALSE FLAG GIANT HOGWEED

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.

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/.

LOOKS UNFAMILIAR THE LARKS ASCENDING EXTRA: "YOU CAN'T EXACTLY WASH THE DISHES TO YOU SUFFER BY NAPALM DEATH"

The Larks Ascending is a new book by Tim Worthington looking at the history of Comedy on BBC Radio 3. In this special extra edition of Looks Unfamiliar, Tim talks to Garreth F. Hirons about the book and some of the programmes covered in it, including the infamous ‘Piotr Zak’ hoax, David Renwick and Andrew Marshall’s academic broadcasting parody The Half-Open University, left-wing theatre troupe sitcom Blood And Bruises, The National Theatre Of Brent’s ‘History of mankind from the First Amoeba to the Second World War’ All The World’s A Globe, Chris Morris chatting to Peter Cook in Why Bother?, and Armando Iannucci’s interval talk on how to Use Your Ears. We’ll also be appreciating some quality drumming, starting a Mexican Wave with Dr. Hans Keller, and definitely not enrolling on Professor Alan Alanson’s Magic Brain Programme (Guaranteed Not To Work!).

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

You can get The Larks Ascending in paperback here and from the Kindle Store hereFun At One, Tim’s previous book looking at comedy on BBC Radio 1 (including lots more about Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci), is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

You can hear Garreth as a guest on Looks Unfamiliar here and here, and in a Christmas Extra looking at some of Channel 4’s decidedly odd Christmas Day programming here. There’s more on forgotten radio comedy in the editions of Looks Unfamiliar with Jacqueline Rayner here and Justin Lewis here.

LOOKS UNFAMILIAR MOVIE DOUBLE BILL EXTRA: "A GIANT RAYMOND BURR THE SIZE OF GODZILLA"

Grab some popcorn and take a seat for a Double Bill of monster movie mayhem from the archives! First up, we're off to the video shop with Tim Worthington and Ben Baker for a chat about 'Video Nasties', then grab your 3D glasses and head for the Drive-In as Garreth F. Hirons tells us all about the old-skool city-smashing antics of Godzilla. Along the way we'll be meeting the Japanese Donovan, queueing up behind Phil Cool to rent Zombie Creeping Flesh, and getting thoroughly fed up of the endless 'affair with an octopus' storylines on EastEnders.

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!

THE BEST OF LOOKS UNFAMILIAR 04 - THE REAL BOWIE SAYS TO THE IMAGINED BOWIE

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 nineteen to twenty four, featuring Paul Kirkley on The Kids From Fame Again, Garreth F. Hirons on Sweet 75, Darrell Maclaine on The Brennan JB7, James Gent on When The Wind Blows by David Bowie, Ros Ballinger on Microsoft Explorapedia, and Jonny Morris on Jesta Giggle by The Barron Knights. Along the way we’ll be finding out why The Barron Knights should have covered T.V.O.D., where the whistling from Never Let Me Down was ‘borrowed’ from, which CDs you should never trust your car with, and which former member of Nirvana really loves accordions. Plus there’s also something you may not have heard before – Tim on Betamax Video Club talking about Absolute Beginners, and an extra downhill slaloming surprise at the end…

You can get TIm’s new book, Can’t Help Thinking About Me, here.

025 - TIM WORTHINGTON - PEOPLE DON'T REALLY GO ON ABOUT PSYCHEDELIC BLUE PETER

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 time the guest is Tim himself, who talks to Stephen O’Brien about the fact that almost literally nobody he has ever met has heard of The Only Way by Lisa Stansfield, sixties crime caper movie The BrainJackanory‘s adaptation of Starstormers by Nicholas Fisk, the ‘There Were Three Of Them, In A Boat…’ Public Information Film, the original version of I Was Made To Love Magic by Nick Drake, trashy teen novel Secrets From The School Underground, early Mark Radcliffe vehicle Skyman, and forgotten ‘fourth’ Trumptonshire series Rubovia. Not to mention a certain less than reputable film that used to show up on German cable channels late on Saturday Night. Along the way we’ll be finding out whether Kim Wilde Doing Abba is preferable to Abba Doing Kim Wilde, watching the Welsh Brass Eye, hearing about when Billy Elliot exploded (and even then wasn’t as good as Musical Youth), and getting annoyed at a fictional schoolboy’s opinions on Monty Python’s Flying Circus. And if you’re listening, Ian Radio 4 Extra, sort those repeats out!

You can get my new book, Can’t Help Thinking About Me, from here.

LOOKS UNFAMILIAR SUMMER EXTRA: "NO MORE GIANT BREADS FOR US!"

As a special extra Summer treat for fans of Looks Unfamiliar, here’s a compilation of holiday highlights from the archives, with extracts from little-heard Summer-themed podcasts by Tim Worthington, Ben Baker, Phil Catterall and Darrell Maclaine. A lot of this hasn’t been available anywhere for a very long time, and a lot of it is still rather funny, so hopefully you’ll enjoy it.

Along the way we’ll be talking about Summer Holiday television, Rat On The Road, Wimbledon, The Radio 1 Roadshow, Why Don’t You? and Now – The Summer Album; rating the best and worst holiday camps and end of the pier variety acts; and lending an ear to zany hilarious ‘rude’ records for fun DJs in wacky nightclubs. We’ll also be finding out how to distinguish between different iterations of Mark Curry, what constitutes Roland Rat Canon, what happened when The Grumbleweeds went post-Blue Jam, and what Paul Shane definitely did not do to supplement his Hi-De-Hi! income. Not to mention attending a Hardwicke House Roadshow…

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

You can hear Phil on Looks Unfamiliar here, Ben here and here, and Darrell here. Ben also came back to talk about Looks Familiar, the show that gave Looks Unfamiliar its name, in a special which you can find here. You can find more fun from the archives in the Looks Unfamiliar Christmas Extra here.

Ben and Phil also present Don’t Let’s Chart, a podcast looking at ridiculous and nonsensical lists – you can find a special they did for Looks Unfamiliar listeners here and follow the show on Twitter at @dontletschart. You can also hear a special exclusive edition in which they run through a list of Tim’s Most Hated DVD Extras if you donate to Don’t Let’s Chart via Patreon 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.

013 - RAE EARL - I THINK IT WAS A CEREBRAL CHEGGERS PLAYS POP

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 Rae Earl, who insists that she's not just making up the episodes of Battle Of The Planets where Zoltar was a woman, Rock'n'Bubble Bubble Gum, Gyles Brandreth quiz show Puzzle Party, Children's BBC Cold War thriller Codename Icarus, cheap culinary filler The Home Cookery Club, and short-lived comedy sensation Cheese And Onion. Along the way we'll be finding out which Europop duo based their image on extruded sugar, the commercial potential of a Panini Sticker Scented Candle, and what precautions you should take whilst within twelve thousand square feet of anywhere that may or may not have played host to agricultural pesticide at some indeterminate point in history. There's also a bit of bonus chatter about the Channel 4 transmissions of The Gong Show, and if anyone else remembers The Yellow House, please get in touch!

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

There’s a lengthy look at Battle Of The Planets in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. You can also find a feature on Codename Icarus and many other Children’s BBC sci-fi/fantasy serials in Well At Least It’s Free, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

012 - STEVE O'BRIEN - E.T. PRETZEL DESIGN

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 entertainment journalist Steve O'Brien, who fills us in on his hotly contested recollections of Simon In The Land Of Chalk Drawings, KP Sky Divers, BBC1 sitcom Health And Efficiency, High Time and Ice Cold Cube by The Stone Roses, Brat Farrar, and the Alfred Hitchcock And The Three Investigators books. Along the way we’ll be finding out who is the most punchable Doctor Who alien, what constitutes The Vindaloo Of Crisps, and how many volumes of Michael Winner's Choose Your Own Adventure were published.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find a feature on Brat Farrar and the other Sunday Classics serials in Tim’s book Not On Your Telly, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

011 - LISA PARKER AND ANDREW TROWBRIDGE - HE LOOKS LIKE A NORMAL BOY WITH A NOSE

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 are podcasters Lisa Parker and Andrew Trowbridge, who relate their not especially shared memories of Big John Little John, Virtual Murder, Matchbox Cascade, the Bobby Brewster books, Enid Blyton's Mr. Pink Whistle, and the Jaws game. Along the way we’ll be finding out how to re-enact Total Wipeout in the comfort of your own home, how many voices 'Radio's Man Of A Thousand Voices' really had, and why The Clown from Camberwick Green could never be described as a master of disguise.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

There’s more about Virtual Murder – and many other similarly unsuccessful attempts at hit ‘genre’ shows – in Tim’s book Well At Least It’s Free, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

CHRISTMAS EXTRA - "CRISMAS BY BEETLES"

As a special extra Christmas treat for Looks Unfamiliar listeners, here's a compilation of highlights from the archives, with extracts from Christmas-themed podcasts of Christmases past by Tim Worthington, Ben Baker, Phil Catterall and Darrell Maclaine-Jones. A lot of this hasn't been available for years, and a lot of it is still rather funny, so we hope you enjoy it!

Along the way we talk about Now - The Christmas Album, Val Doonican, A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector, School Fairs, Department Store Grottos, Last-Minute Shopping and Disastrous Office Parties; run down charts of Bad Santas, The Worst Ever Christmas Songs and The Best Ever Christmas Quotes; and listen to bewildering Christmas Singles by Russ Conway, Rotterdam Termination Source, Mr. Christmas, Percy Sugden from Coronation Street and The Count from Sesame Street. We'll also be finding out who Tim thinks is more important than Father Christmas, who Ben suspects might BE Father Christmas, what happened when Phil went carol singing, and what the other tape in Darrell's house was. Not to mention who recorded a song called 'Santa's A Big Fat Fuck'...

You can find more regular editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find tons more Christmassy stuff, including a list of the Best Christmas Presents of 1986 and an in-depth look at the Christmas Special of Rentaghost, in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

010 - MARK GRIFFITHS - IT WAS DEFINITELY AN AUDIENCE MEMBER, IF YOU'LL PARDON THE PUN

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 Mark Griffiths, who shares his all too vivid recollections of forgotten synthpop track Five Minutes by Mainframe, The Bloke Who Pulled His Pants Down On Kilroy, Disneyland by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Charles Hawtrey as a vampire on Runaround, BBC Records And Tapes’ Off Beat Sound Effects, and missing the first episode of a new series of Doctor Who because you were at the Doctor Who exhibition in Blackpool. Along the way we’ll be speculating on how Robert Kilroy-Silk’s personal archives are organised, what ‘Door Creak With Eno’ might sound like, and how to respond if faced with a Doctor Who-themed Sophie’s Choice.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find Mark’s official site here and follow him on Twitter at @MarkGriffiths42. You can get the audio version of Mark’s play about Douglas Adams We Apologise For The Inconvenience from Amazon here and find details of forthcoming performances of We Apologise For The Inconvenience here. You can find Tim’s review of the original production of We Apologise For The Inconvenience in Can’t Help Thinking About Me, which is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

The Frankie Goes To Hollywood computer game features in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Garreth F. Hirons, which you can find here.

You can read more about the strange story of BBC Records And Tapes – and their many, many Sound Effects albums – in Tim’s book Top Of The Box, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

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

009 - MARTIN RUDDOCK - I MADE A PLASTICINE HAROLD MACMILLAN

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 Martin Ruddock, who tries to get a show of nostagic hands for Children's BBC Sherlock Holmes-spinoff The Baker Street Boys, comic strip Doomlord, techno-powered toy range Robotix, Commodore Amiga game The Fairy Tale Adventure, dubbed German drama serial The Legend Of Tim Tyler, and Britpop band Thurman and their somewhat mysterious past. Along the way we'll be finding out why history has failed to recognise the Baker Street Girls, why Slough's playing fields are to be avoided at all costs, and why a song called 'Evil' might not quite have the intended effect on its target audience. Also, if anyone can solve our Tim Tyler-related mystery, please get in touch!

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

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

008 - JEM ROBERTS - E.T. IS A DEFINITE THING

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 comedy historian and storyteller Jem Roberts, who shares his widely-challenged recollections of an advert reuniting Neil and Vyvyan from The Young Ones, ZX Spectrum game Dizzy and its many suspiciously close relatives, short-lived rave-goes-Charleston sensation Doop by Doop, budget maize snack Wheelz, powdered drink from outer space Alien Blood, and the dim and distant days of Wet Wet Wet Actually Being Any Good. Along the way we’ll be finding out the best techniques for constructing a ‘sandwich car’, learning how not to confuse ET with a gardener, and wondering who smoked ‘Rococan’ and if they were able to still form actual sentences afterwards.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find Jem’s official website here and follow him on Twitter at @JemRoberts. You can get Jem’s book Soupy Twists! The Full Official Story Of The Sophisticated Silliness Of Fry And Laurie from Amazon here or directly from Unbound here.

You can find more about the little-known Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson vehicle Hardwicke House in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

If you’ve got a hankering for some Wheelz, you can also hear Garreth F. Hirons talking about Sizzlin’ Bacon Monster Munch here, Michael Livesley on Murphy’s Crisps here, and Steve O’Brien on KP Sky Divers here.

You can find more recollections of ill-advised ZX Spectrum games in other editions of Looks Unfamiliar with Emma Burnell on The Lords Of Midnight here, Garreth F. Hirons on Saboteur here and Frankie Goes To Hollywood here, Michael Livesley on Clumsy Colin Action Biker here, Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence on Deus Ex Machina here and Phil Catterall on Platoon here. There’s also a chat with Mark Thompson about Crash ZX Spectrum magazine here.

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

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.

006 - EMMA BURNELL - JESSICA WAKEFIELD IS JESSICA FLETCHER WRIT LARGE

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, columnist and standup comic Emma Burnell, who is banking on somebody else remembering Miners' Strike fundraising album Whose Side Are You On?, the Sweet Valley High novels, short-lived playground craze Scoubidou, children's horror novella The Patchwork Monkey, undistinguished Rutger Hauer vehicle Split Second, and the Ever Ready 'Power To The People' advert. Along the way we'll be discussing the sociocultural ramifications of an earnest man talking to some earnest men, assessing the risks of hiring videos from 'a van', and speculating on the possible psychotropic effects of smoking a Fanta Yo-yo.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find another appearance by Emma on Looks Unfamiliar (with a hidden extra bit about a longstanding Children’s ITV mystery) here, and her official website is here. You can follow Emma on Twitter at @EmmaBurnell_.

Emma co-presents The Zeitgeist Tapes, the podcast looking at where politics and popular culture collide, with Steve Fielding; you can find The Zeitgeist Tapes here, and there’s an edition with Tim making a guest appearance talking about all things Doctor Who and political here.

Emma also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Phil Catterall, Ben Baker, Garreth F. Hirons, Stephen O’Brien and Mark Thompson, which you can hear 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.

005 - BEN BAKER - THE FAMOUS FOURTH UNIVERSAL MONSTER

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, broadcaster and quizmaster Ben Baker, who hopes against hope that somebody else remembers early Chris Evans vehicle TV Mayhem, football comic The Onion Bag, novelty yoghurt range Fiendish Feet, the early internet craze for misidentifying every comedy song as ‘by’ Weird Al Yankovic, Betsy Byars’ Bingo Brown novels, and the International Youth Service penpal scheme. Along the way we’ll be getting some unconventional yoghurt-related gardening tips, recalling the classic horror film ‘Dracula Vs. The Skeleton’, discussing whether Fangs-A-Lot is an appropriate family heirloom, and finding out how the least politically correct gag in history ended up at the end of a right-on charity fundraising joke book. And Colin Foley, if you’re out there, please get in contact.

You can find another appearance by Ben 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.

You can find more about Chris Evans’ early Radio 1 show Too Much Gravy –  and what happened next – in Fun At One – The Story Of Comedy At BBC Radio 1, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

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.

Ben also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Emma Burnell, Phil Catterall, Stephen O’Brien, Garreth F. Hirons and Mark Thompson, 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.

003 - MARK THOMPSON - I'M QUITE HAPPY WITH MY PASSPORT COLOUR TO BE HONEST

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 radio host and political pundit Mark Thompson, who’s wondering why nobody else he knows ever seems to have heard of computer-assisted action series Whiz KidsCrash ZX SpectrumMagazine and its legally contentious parodies of competitors, ITV Night Time filler Night Shift, Public Information Film family The Blunders, late nineties dystopian thriller The Last Train, and Hanna Barbera horror-adventure hybrid The Drak Pack. Along the way we’ll be finding out why there should be more government warnings about the dangers of hallucinating a disdainful Emma Bunton, how to distinguish an American teenager on a BMX from Arthur Mullard in a school cap, and when it’s appropriate to address Colin Bennett as ‘Vince Purity’.

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

You can find another appearance by Mark on Looks Unfamiliar, with more about his late-night nineties viewing habits (and a hidden extra mini-edition), here.

You can find more recollections of ZX Spectrum games in other editions of Looks Unfamiliar with Emma Burnell on The Lords Of Midnight here, Garreth F. Hirons on Saboteur here and Frankie Goes To Hollywood here, Michael Livesley on Clumsy Colin Action Biker here, Phil Catterall on Platoon here, Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence on Deus Ex Machina here and Jem Roberts on Dizzy here.

Along with fellow Looks Unfamiliar guest Emma Burnell (who you can hear on Looks Unfamiliar here and here), Mark is a regular contributor to the political debate podcast House Of Comments, which you can find out more about here or follow on Twitter at @HoCPodcast. You can also hear my guest appearance on House Of Comments on the Audio page here.

There’s a huge feature on The Last Train, and the many other attempts by the BBC and ITV (and Channel 4, Channel 5 and even Sky One) at ‘doing’ sci-fi while Doctor Who was off the air, in Tim’s book Well At Least It’s Free, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

Mark also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Ben Baker, Emma Burnell, Phil Catterall, Stephen O’Brien and Garreth F. Hirons, which you can find here.