Looks Unfamiliar Christmas Extra: “The Meaning Of Christmas Is No Boris Gardiner”

Christmas In Hollis by Run DMC, as discussed by Tim Worthington and writer Stephen O'Brien in Looks Unfamiliar.

Looks Unfamiliar Christmas Extra: “The Meaning Of Christmas Is No Boris Gardiner”

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 special Christmas edition is writer Stephen O’Brien, who’s brought along some little-heard eighties Christmas Singles including Hokey Cokey by The Snowmen, Jingle Bells Laughing All The Way by The Hysterics, What Are We Gonna Get ‘Er Indoors by Dennis Waterman and George Cole, Oh Blimey It’s Christmas by Frank Sidebottom, Christmas In Hollis by Run DMC, Old Fashioned Christmas by Anne Charleston And Ian Smith, and Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid II, not to mention Bing Crosby and David Bowie’s stilted stately home natter, Boris Gardiner’s mercifully forgotten third single, and the thorny question of whether Keeping The Dream Alive by Freiheit is a Christmas Single or a load of old twaddle. Along the way we’ll be hearing the World’s Worst Jane Leeves Impression, revealing who wrote and sang the theme tune for The Quatermass Experiment, narrowly avoiding giving the actual official worst Christmas Present possible in the entirety of all history, and finding out how to get accidentally mistaken for an extra in Neighbours.


You can hear Stephen's other appearance on Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find more regular editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

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Can’t Help Thinking About Christmas

Can’t Help Thinking About Christmas is a special stocking-filling companion to the year’s best-selling book about obscure radio shows and films nobody remembers Can’t Help Thinking About Me, and includes the following seasonal trimmings:

 – A collection of reviews of some of the worst sitcom Christmas Specials ever made (and a couple of good ones too!) 

– A Christmas Party Medley of nonsense about carol services, BBC Records And Tapes, mind-hurtingly strange Christmas Films, and when some Brookdale kids tried to steal ‘the disco’ in Grange Hill 

– The story behind BBC Schools programme Music Time‘s adaptation of Lieutenant Kije 

– Features on Saint Etienne Presents Songs For A London Winter and Santa Claus Is On The Dole by Spitting Image 

– The ultimate guide to Denys Fisher’s TV tie-in board games 

– And a brand new feature on the little-seen Rising Damp Christmas Special!  

All of the previously-seen pieces are updated with new footnotes, introductions and extra detail – yes, we finally know who wrote the theme to George And The Dragon! – and there are a couple of extra Yuletide surprises too. It’s probably only going to be available during December, so grab your copy now!

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

And if you still haven't got it, Can't Help Thinking About Me is available in paperback here or from the Kindle store here.