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 be finding out whether R1D1 is ‘canon’, when crisps are a vector for healthy living, and just which elements of The Untouchables were considered appropriate for a scrolling platform game aimed at children.
Phil Catterall is the co-host of Don’t Let’s Chart, a podcast counting down ridiculous charts and lists of statistics that nobody needed to collate ever, from The Least High Profile Performers At The Royal Variety Performance to The Top Selling Second Hand Pre-Cert Videos. You can find Phil on Twitter at @fil5000.
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You can find more thoughts on Star Wars‘ wilderness years and numerous other contemporary big-screen sci-fi epics – many of them almost a whole fraction as accomplished and successful as the adventures of R2D2 and company – in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, a collection of columns and features with a personal twist. Can’t Help Thinking About Me is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
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Phil has made further appearances on Looks Unfamiliar talking about the Christmas Specials of On The Hour, The Chris Morris Music Show and Lee And Herring here, and the Community Christmas Specials here.
Phil has also appeared on Tim’s Marvel Cinematic Universe podcast It’s Good, Except It Sucks, talking about Iron Man here, Iron Man 3 here, Inhumans here and Deadpool 2 here, and standing in as host to chat to Tim about Guardians Of The Galaxy here and Ant-Man And The Wasp here.
Phil features in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Emma Burnell, Ben Baker, Garreth F. Hirons, Stephen O’Brien, Mark Thompson and Tim on the radio talking to Georgey Spanswick about Denys Fisher Board Games, which you can find here.
There’s more about quietly forgotten Star Wars spin-offs in Looks Unfamiliar with Richard Littler here.
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