037 - MICHAEL LIVESLEY - HE WAS PITCHING HIS FELLOW POTATOES INTO THE FAT

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 actor and musician Michael Livesley, who’s inviting everyone to read on dot dot dot about The Rupert Bear Flexidisc, The How And Why Wonder Book Of Dinosaurs, Murphy’s Crisps, a Newsflash about TV’s Ena Sharples, Topps Football ’78 Bubblegum Cards, and ZX Spectrum Game Clumsy Colin Action Biker. Along the way we’ll be finding out about the contribution Emlyn Hughes’ elongated leg made to road safety, planning a visit to The People’s Republic Of KDR, remembering when the Rupert Bear annual had to be wrapped in plain brown paper, and wondering who would give a decades old children’s book a one-star review on Amazon.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find Michael’s official site here, and the tie-in site for his revival of Sir Henry At Rawlinson End here. You can also find him on Twitter at @MichaelLivesley.

You can find the full story behind Rawlinson End in Tim’s book Fun At One – The Story Of Comedy At BBC Radio 1, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

The Blur article mentioned in the show can be found here. You can hear more about A. Mazing Monsters in the Looks Unfamiliar with Mark Thompson here, outmoded crisps in the one with Garreth F. Hirons here, childhood misapprehensions about the news with Samira Ahmed here, and ZX Spectrum games with Emma Burnell here and Garreth F. Hirons here.

035 - STEPHEN BROTHERSTONE AND DAVE LAWRENCE - WE'LL DEFINITELY EAT THESE MEATBALLS

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 writers Stephen Brotherstone And Dave Lawrence, who have been scarred for life by the lack of shared memories of The Lone Ranger by Quantum Jump, the Roger Moore And The Crimefighters books, CB Radio-themed comic 10-4 Action, ITV romantic comedy Pictures, ZX Spectrum immersive ‘movie’ Deus Ex Machina, and a Williams Furniture Superstore advert that gave viewers much more than was being offered in the sale. Along the way we’ll be discussing what action to take if confronted with a robber carrying a stack of board games, revealing how Handel would have repelled invading hordes, working out the best way for mice to operate a typewriter, and singing a medley of all two and a half records owned by Radio Merseyside.

You can hear more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can hear more about the Alfred Hitchcock And The Three Investigators book series in this edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Steve O’Brien.

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

THE BEST OF LOOKS UNFAMILIAR 01 - CAPTAIN PEACOCK IS POMPOUS, MOVE BACK THREE SPACES

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 the first six shows, featuring Stephen O’Brien on The Morecambe & Wise Game, Garreth F. Hirons on Food Fighters, Emma Burnell on The Patchwork Monkey, Phil Catterall on the ZX Spectrum tie-in game for Platoon, Mark Thompson on Night Shift, and Ben Baker on Fiendish Feet. Along the way we’ll be finding out when it’s appropriate to address Colin Bennett as ‘Vince Purity’, how many issues of ‘Razzle And Wise’ were published, and just which elements of The Untouchables were considered appropriate for a scrolling platform game aimed at children, not to mention recalling the classic horror film ‘Dracula Vs. The Skeleton’. Plus there’s also something you may not have heard before – Tim on the radio talking to Georgey Spanswick about ridiculous seventies board games.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can also find a second appearance by Garreth here (as well as a Christmas mini-episode here), and another by Mark (with a bit of extra bonus chat) here. Garreth also took over as presenter for a special about comedy on BBC Radio 3 which you can find here. Emma’s second appearance – again with some extra bonus chatter – can be found here. Ben showed up for a second time here, and also for a special where we talked about ITV nostalgia show Looks Familiar, which you can find here. Stephen came back for a Christmas Special to talk about forgotten (and mostly awful) eighties Christmas Singles, which you can hear here.

You can find Stephen’s website here. Garreth’s podcast Retrospecticus – The Simpsons And Modern History Together At Last can be found here. Emma’s official website is here, and her podcast The Zeitgeist Tapes can be found here. You can find Phil on Twitter here, and Ben’s official website with details of his books is here. Mark is a regular contributor to the political debate podcast House Of Comments, which you can find out more about here.

The full version of the chat about seventies board games is on the Audio page.

If you’d like to help support Looks Unfamiliar, why not get one of Tim’s books? For starters there’s Well At Least It’s Free, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. And then there’s Fun At One – The Story Of Comedy At BBC Radio 1, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. Or even Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store 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.

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.

002 - GARRETH F. HIRONS - PIERS MORGAN, I WANT MY SIZZLIN' BACON BACK

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 and musician Garreth F. Hirons, who tells us about his troubling memories of indie band The Bigger The God, unlikeable action figure range Food Fighters, ZX Spectrum game Saboteur, short-lived wrestling sensation The Triangle Of Terror, Sizzlin’ Bacon Flavour Monster Munch, and BBC3 sitcom Fun At The Funeral Parlour. Along the way we’ll also be finding out why professional wrestlers should never attempt topical satire, what caused ZX Spectrum owners to live in fear of Ian Durell, and how Piers Morgan caused the decline of the maize-based snack industry.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find Garreth’s previous appearance on Looks Unfamiliar – with more on obscure ZX Spectrum games and the origins of the Piers Morgan Monster Munch outrage – here and his own podcast Retrospecticus: The Simpsons And Modern History – Together At Last! here (and follow them on Twitter at @_Retrospecticus). There’s also some festive chatter with Garreth about Malcolm McLaren’s early nineties oddity The Ghosts Of Oxford Street here, and he took over as guest host for a special interviewing me about The Larks Ascending and comedy on BBC Radio 3 which you can find 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, Phil Catterall on Platoon here, Michael Livesley on Clumsy Colin Action Biker here, Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence on Deus Ex Machina here and Jem Roberts on Dizzy here. There’s also a chat with Mark Thompson about Crash ZX Spectrum magazine 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.

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