Looks Unfamiliar Looks Familiar Extra: “If You’re One Of Those People Who Sells Crack…”


In a special edition of Looks Unfamiliar, Tim Worthington and Ben Baker take a look back at the show that gave this show its name – Looks Familiar. ITV’s light-hearted Denis Norden-fronted nostalgia show is itself the stuff of hazy dust-caked photo-pages-falling-out-of-library-book recollections now, but how does it stand up in a world where irony is more important than accuracy when it comes to ‘remembering’ things? Tim and Ben watch a couple of editions and have a bit of a chat about the comic potential of endless clips of men dressed as women falling into some water, Richard Murdoch’s cameo in The Wire, and the cinematic careers of Alan Cowboy and ‘Britain’s Rin Tin Tin’ Ian The Dog. Plus - find out who we’d book for a revival of Looks Familiar!

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Looks Unfamiliar #27: Jack Kibble-White – You’ll Never Silence Paul Coia




Looks Unfamiliar 27 - Jack Kibble-White

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 Jack Kibble-White, who’s turning up the trademark TV Cream Lazy Uncritical Nostalgia for a look at Don’t Give Up Your Day Job by Richard Digance, Games World, United Kingdom: Working For The Enemy, comics fanzine Arken Sword, Children’s ITV filler Who’s Next, and the Compose A New Theme Tune For This Morning competition. Along the way we’ll also be finding out why there are no jesters in Star Wars, which videos Morrissey sneaked from the top shelf, and why an interview with Pat Mills is more exciting than a night on the town with Angelina Jolie. Plus there’s a bit of natter about a theatre troupe who came to Jack’s school and stole some cheese…

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

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The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar #4: 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…

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Support Looks Unfamiliar by buying one of Tim's books! Can't Help Thinking About Me is brand new and features loads of brand new material, including plenty about Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Chigley, and you can get it in paperback here or from the Kindle store here.

Looks Unfamiliar #26: Martin Belam – It’s Not Funny Having A Piano Fall On Your Head If Someone’s Just Drawn It




Looks Unfamiliar 26 - Martin Belam

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 Martin Belam, who’s searching hard for historical evidence of the Laurel And Hardy cartoon, Faith No More being censored by Top Of The Pops, a scene that may or may not have gone missing since the original cinema release of Flash Gordon, a space shuttle touring air shows, a radio documentary on the making of Dr. Mabuse by Propaganda, and when New Order couldn’t work out how to play Your Silent Face live. Along the way we’ll be finding out how to be mistaken for a monarchist by watching the Red Arrows, why Nik Kershaw asked his fans to come and have a go if they thought they were hard enough, and why the science in Iron Man 2 was ‘wrong’.

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

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Can't Help Thinking About Me


Can’t Help Thinking About Me is a new book by me, full of old features given a new twist. It’s part autobiography, part cultural history, part bewildering manifestos about ridiculous sixties pop records and terrifying television puppets. Inside its massive page count you’ll find…


– An introduction from Samira Ahmed

– Over a hundred pages – and over three hundred footnotes – with all new material on how and why I came to end up writing about such obscure and absurd subjects

– Previously unseen features on Sound Of The 60s, Michael Caine films, The Ghosts Of Motley Hall, Chorlton And The Wheelies, and why I prefer forgettable cinematic rubbish to ‘landmark’ movies

– Previously little-seen features on Wait Till Your Father Gets Home, Chigley, A Clockwork Orange and David Bowie’s lost early television appearances, as well as a series of philosophical meditations on the para-cerebral properties of dubbed television bear Barnaby 

– New and updated versions of the features on The Beatles’ Carnival Of Light and the 1970 Christmas Eve edition of Play School, with newly-discovered extra behind-the-scenes detail; yes, I do know what presents Brian and Julie gave each other now…

– What happened after I found some lost episodes of a late seventies BBC children’s programme

- At long last, the full version of the epic tale of my spiritual quest to find a copy of Music From BBC Children’s Programmes 

– features on Radio Times, Jimi Hendrix, That Was The Week That Was, Camberwick Green, Trumpton, Chigley, The Beatles, BBC Test Card F, The Stone Roses, Blur, The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Smash HitsBattle Of The Planets, Captain Scarlet And The MysteronsThe Mersey Pirate, Hardwicke House, Blue Jam, Elvis Presley, Doctor Who, 1986’s Top Christmas Present Wish List, why I really hated Play Chess, and much much more. Yes, including Skiboy!


You can get Can’t Help Thinking About Me in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.






Can't Help Thinking About Me is available in paperback here or from the Kindle store here.

Looks Unfamiliar #25: Tim Worthington – People Don’t Really Go On About Psychedelic Blue Peter



Looks Unfamiliar 25 - Tim Worthington

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 Brain, Jackanory‘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.

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Support Looks Unfamiliar by buying one of Tim's books! Can't Help Thinking About Me is brand new and features loads of brand new material, including plenty about Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Chigley, and you can get it in paperback here or from the Kindle store here.

Looks Unfamiliar #24: Garreth F. Hirons – I Backed The Betamax Of Nirvana Spinoffs



Looks Unfamiliar 24 – Garreth F. Hirons

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 musician and writer Garreth F. Hirons, who’s getting puzzled looks whenever he mentions The Yellow Album by The Simpsons, the Frankie Goes To Hollywood computer game, post-Nirvana outfit Sweet 75, sitcom Linc’s, the Transformers ‘Action Masters’ range, The Way Of The Tiger gaming books, and high-concept soft drink Quatro. Along the way we’ll be finding out why Ian Amblin took exception to E.T.’s Rugby League, how marketable a Richard Stilgoe Action Figure would be, the correct angle for Ped Gill’s head, and more than you would ever rationally want to know about what happened on 24th November 1998. Plus there’s an update on the Piers Morgan/Monster Munch debacle!

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Looks Unfamiliar #23: Ros Ballinger – I Can’t Remember If It Was The First Leg Or The Second Leg



Looks Unfamiliar 23: Ros Ballinger

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 comedian Ros Ballinger, who does her best to convince everyone else of the existence of Henry’s Leg, Waiting For Aliens, Those Ice Creams That Had Real Fruit In Them, A Safety Video For Schools Starring Hannah Taylor Gordon, Microsoft Explorapedia, and Reading Your Dad’s Copy Of The Adventures Of Fat Freddy’s Cat While He’s Not Looking. Along the way we’ll be finding out how to unsuccessfully smuggle Skittles into school, studying the art of the ‘Archers Sigh’, and learning which varieties of Smiths Crisps to avoid discussing if you want to dodge detention.

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Looks Unfamiliar #22: James Gent – A Cross Between The Prisoner And Test Match Special



Looks Unfamiliar 22: James Gent

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 James Gent, who is stringing together hazy archive recollections of The Golden Oldie Picture Show, When The Wind Blows by David Bowie, Beeb Magazine, T-Rex ‘Greatest Hits’ albums with none of the hits on them, Boxpops, and the Montreux Special of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Along the way we’ll be finding out what Clive Dunn being Grandad as Grandad looks like, where the whistling from Never Let Me Down was ‘borrowed’ from, and where you can read about Michael Sheard And His Pet Dogs.

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Tim Worthington Presents... Some Stuff About Jazz, Folk, The BBC Radiophonic Workshop And Play Away

Here's a collection of recent highlights from my new website; because if you're reading this, you're probably not reading that. And missing out on the likes of...



All Its Wonder To Know - a look at where the original version of I Was Made To Love Magic by Nick Drake has disappeared to, and why it deserves to come back.



Opening Theme, Two Bands Of Incidental Music And Closing Theme - the history of the soundtrack to mid-seventies Children's BBC near-future thriller The Changes. You can also hear me chatting to Samira Ahmed about The Changes here.



If You're Feeling Happy, Tap Your Feet - there are tons of officially released versions of the theme from Play Away, and none of them quite match up to what you would have heard on screen. This is a ridiculously comprehensive guide to all of them. And don't forget that Top Of The Box, my book about every single released by BBC Records And Tapes (which also looks at The Changes) is still available from here.



Listen Here - Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller's compilation Jazz On The Corner is one of the best compilations I've heard in a long time and is full of exciting stuff from all genres and definitions of 'jazz'. I have a go at explaning why.


And don't forget to have a look around at the rest of the site while you're there - there's plenty of other new articles you might have missed, and more editions of Looks Unfamiliar. And more coming soon! Including lots of extraneous uses of the word 'and'!



Top Of The Box - The Story Behind Every BBC Records And Tapes Single is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. And there's several other books to choose from here...

Looks Unfamiliar #21: Darrell Maclaine – The Russ Abbot’s Madhouse Cosplay Kit



Looks Unfamiliar 21 – Darrell Maclaine

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 designer Darrell Maclaine, who shares his hazy recollections of Carols At Christmas by The Greater Manchester Police Choir Featuring The Cast Of Coronation Street, FunFax: Disguise And False Identity, Rubik’s Clock, The Brennan JB7 Advert, The VTech Master Video Painter and The Children’s BBC Broom Cupboard 1996 April Fool’s Day Hoax. Along the way we’ll be debating whether the Chief Constable Of Greater Manchester was Paul Morley or Phil Spector, contemplating the legend of Patrick Bossert’s Rubik Elves, learning how to fake having a limp by having a limp, and discovering how to hide your copy of True Identity on VHS in plain sight.

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Looks Unfamiliar Summer Extra: "No More Giant Breads For Us"


Looks Unfamiliar Summer Extra: "No More Giant Breads For Us"

As a special extra Summer treat for Looks Unfamiliar listeners, here’s a compilation of highlights from the archives, with extracts from Summer-themed podcasts by Tim Worthington, Ben Baker, Phil Catterall and Darrell Maclaine. 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 Summer Holiday television, Rat On The Road, Wimbledon, The Radio 1 Roadshow, Why Don't You? and Now - The Summer Album; rate the best and worst holiday camps and end of the pier variety acts; and lend an ear to some 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 visiting a Hardwicke House Roadshow.

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Looks Unfamiliar #20: Paul Kirkley - The Most Memorable Movie Ferret Sacrifice Ever


Looks Unfamiliar 20 - Paul Kirkley

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 Paul Kirkley, who wonders if anyone else recalls The Kids From Fame Again, the The A-Team tie-in novels, Del Amitri by Del Amitri, David Nobbs' Henry Pratt novels, video rental shop favourite The Beastmaster, BBC1 holiday filler The Saturday Picture Show, and TV Tops comic strip The Fantastic Adventures Of Adam Ant. Along the way we'll be finding out what Robert Smith takes on holiday, what happens when Dick Turpin runs head first at Sapphire And Steel, and why you should never obey Musical Youth lyrics to the letter.

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Support Looks Unfamiliar by buying one of Tim's books! Not On Your Telly, which includes more about long-forgotten BBC1 Saturday Morning shows, is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. And there's several other books to choose from here...

Looks Unfamiliar #19: Jonny Morris - What Was Actually In The Dandy?


Looks Unfamiliar 19: Jonny Morris

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 Jonny Morris, who wonders if anyone else recalls the BBC Micro Welcome cassette, The Dandy strip Jack Silver, Mr Men book Mr Spendy, BSB’s The Carmen Ejogo Show, Andrew Sachs sitcom Dead Ernest, and Jesta Giggle by The Barron Knights. Along the way we’ll be finding out how to estimate James Bond’s ‘Biorhythms’, what the second worst ZX Spectrum game was, how many times it’s possible to say ‘Padmasambhava’ in one sentence, and why The Barron Knights should have covered T.V.O.D.. Also, we solve two mystery half-recollections live on air!

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Support Looks Unfamiliar by buying one of Tim's books! Well At Least It's Free, a collection of columns and articles (including lots on early Doctor Who) is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. And there's several other books to choose from here...

The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar #3: Morph’s BBC Fakery


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 thirteen to eighteen, featuring Will Maclean on Once Upon A Time… Man, Una McCormack on Screw-Top Virgin Marys, Rae Earl on Codename Icarus, Jacqueline Rayner on Pippa Dolls, Samira Ahmed on Nurdin & Peacock Own Brand Cola, and Steve Berry on school hymn book Morning Has Broken. Along the way we’ll be finding out why you can’t hide a pierced ear from Jesus, just how far you can balance a hymn book on the edge of a church balcony, what measures to take when a runaway horse smashes into a bathroom factory, 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. Plus there’s also something you may not have heard before – Tim on the radio talking about Georgie Fame’s long-forgotten theme from The Amazing Adventures Of Morph

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The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar #2: He's Not On A Quest To Find Out, He's Just On A Quest To Get Out


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 seven to twelve, featuring Lisa Parker and Andrew Trowbridge on the Jaws game, Ben Baker on Mysteries Of Old Peking, Martin Ruddock on Doomlord, Steve O’Brien on High Time and Ice Cold Cube by The Stone Roses, Jem Roberts on an advert reuniting Neil and Vyvyan from The Young Ones, and Mark Griffiths on The Bloke Who Pulled His Pants Down On Kilroy. Along the way we’ll be finding out why nothing is scarier than a playing field in Slough, how to spot Simon Bates in disguise via a series of cryptic clues, and what musical genres ‘The Youngs Ones’ were followers of. Plus there’s also something you may not have heard before – Tim on the radio talking about a TV series from a couple of years back that everyone seems to have forgotten about already…

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