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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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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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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The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar #1: 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 Board Game, Garreth F. Hirons on Food Fighters, Emma Burnell on The Patchwork Monkey, Phil Catterall on the ZX Spectrum tie-in game of 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 about ridiculous seventies board games!

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Looks Unfamiliar #18: Una McCormack - Revolution 9 For Descant Recorder And Woodblock


Looks Unfamiliar 18: Una McCormack

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 Una McCormack, who is absolutely certain that she hasn’t just made up school songbook Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay, Screw-Top Virgin Marys, Desert Wellies, Elizabeth Enright’s Melendy Family novels, Jackanory series Tales From The Edge Of The World, and short-lived toy craze Trick Sticks. Along the way we’ll be finding out why asking about ‘Mr. Benn Men’ in school is frowned on, how to attract boys from the school across the brook by rolling up your socks and narrowing your tie, and why you can’t hide a pierced ear from Jesus. Also, there’s LIVE YO-YO TRICKS!


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Looks Unfamiliar #17: Jacqueline Rayner – She Went To The Ball In A Horse-Drawn Bath


Looks Unfamiliar 17: Jacqueline Rayner

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 Jacqueline Rayner, who wants to know if anyone else remembers ITV panto Quincy’s Quest, lurid soft drink Quosh Tropical, comedy battle game Klonks, Bernie Clifton’s character El Bandido, Pippa dolls and Honey Bear Spread. Along the way we’ll be finding out how to tell if Morecambe And Wise are coming to murder you, the best adventure Doctor Who never had, what measures to take when a runaway horse smashes into a bathroom factory, and why you should avoid German Smarties at all costs. And if you can tell us the name of Jac’s mystery scary children’s programme, or alternately who said ‘bastards’ on Radio 4, please let us know…!


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Doctor Who In An Exciting Adventure With Pippa

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Looks Unfamiliar #16: Will Maclean – Barnaby’s Apocalypse



Looks Unfamiliar 16 – Will Maclean

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 Will Maclean, who’s hoping that someone shares his recollections of Once Upon A Time… Man, Galaxy High, educational storybook In The Sofa, educational short film Powers Of Ten, dangerous dance craze ‘The Snake’, and the episode of The Sooty Show where Sweep’s brain was surgically enlarged. Along the way we’ll be finding out who lived at 9 The Road (Great Britain, The Solar System), questioning the best course of treatment for an incapacitated Emu, and pondering on what happened when the Play School toys ran amok off-camera.

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Looks Unfamiliar #15: Steve Berry – I Survived The Great Nostalgia Wars Of 1989



Looks Unfamiliar 15 – Steve Berry

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 TV Crisp Expert Steve Berry, who’s keen to scratch a nostalgic itch for Single Versions Of Pop Songs That Never Get Played Any More, Elastoplast Heroes, late night Channel 4 show United States Of Television, Skoal Bandits, the Starblazer Electronic Space Command Belt, and school assembly songbook Morning Has Broken. Along the way – when we’re not stalking Richard Herring – we’ll be musing on the hard-hitting storylines Grange Hill missed, discovering the identity of ‘Ant Marco’, and working out just how far you can balance a hymn book on the edge of a church balcony. And there’s ten million points if you can work out which comedian is noisily drinking coffee in the background…

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Looks Unfamiliar #14: Samira Ahmed – They All Had Hair Like Russ Tamblyn



Looks Unfamiliar 14 - Samira Ahmed

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 (especially when played on the School Computer), 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 as youngsters, and finding out the appropriate circumstances for marrying off poseable action figures. And if anyone out there can help find the edition of Picture Box in question, please get in touch...!!

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Looks Unfamiliar #13: Rae Earl – I Think It Was A Cerebral Cheggers Plays Pop


Looks Unfamiliar 13 - Rae Earl

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 does. 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!

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Looks Unfamiliar #12: Steve O’Brien – E.T. Pretzel Design


Looks Unfamiliar 12 - Steve O'Brien

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 does. Joining Tim this time is entertainment journalist Steve O'Brien, who fills us in on his hotly contested recollections of existentially troubling animation Simon In The Land Of Chalk Drawings, high-concept short-lived snack KP Sky Divers, sitcom spinoff Health And Efficiency, High Time and Ice Cold Cube by The Stone Roses, the BBC Sunday Classics serial Brat Farrar, and the Alfred Hitchcock And The Three Investigators books. Along the way we’ll be finding out who is officially the most punchable Doctor Who alien, what constitutes The Vindaloo Of Corn Snacks, and how many volumes of Michael Winner's Choose Your Own Adventure Books were published.

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Looks Unfamiliar #11: Lisa Parker And Andrew Trowbridge – He Looks Like A Normal Boy With A Nose


Looks Unfamiliar 11 - Lisa Parker And Andrew Trowbridge

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 does. 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 qualify as a master of disguise.

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