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.

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!

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.

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.

001 - PHIL CATTERALL - HERE IS PYRAMINT, BUY PYRAMINT

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 host of the Don’t Let’s Chart podcast Phil Catterall, who’s sharing his fringe-of-the-memory memories of Madballs Comic, Channel 4’s youth-orientated consumer advice show Wise Up!, the tie-in computer game of Platoon, ill-advised animated newspaper strip update Phantom 2040, a particularly irritating series of adverts for Birdseye Steakhouse Grills, and long-forgotten Star Wars cartoon spin-off Droids. Along the way we’ll also be finding out whether R1D1 is ‘canon’, whether crisps are an appropriate vector for healthy living, and just which elements of The Untouchableswere considered appropriate for a scrolling platform game aimed at children.

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

Phil presents Don’t Let’s Chart with fellow Looks Unfamiliar guest Ben Baker; 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. You can also follow Phil on Twitter at @fil5000.

You can find more of Tim’s thoughts on Star Wars and other big-screen sci-fi epics – many of them almost a whole fraction as accomplished and successful as the adventures of R2D2 and company – in his book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, which is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store 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 Jem Roberts on Dizzy here. There’s also a chat with Mark Thompson about Crash ZX Spectrum magazine here.

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