Looks Unfamiliar #2: Garreth F. Hirons – Piers Morgan, I Want My Sizzlin’ Bacon Back

The loading screen from ZX Spectrum game Saboteur, as discussed by Tim Worthington and musician and writer Garreth F. Hirons in Looks Unfamiliar.

Looks Unfamiliar 2 – 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 this time is writer and musician Garreth F. Hirons, who tells us about his troubling memories of indie band The Bigger The God, unlikeable action figure range Food Fighters, ZX Spectrum game Saboteur, short-lived wrestling sensation The Triangle Of Terror, Sizzlin’ Bacon Flavour Monster Munch, and BBC3 sitcom Fun At The Funeral Parlour. Along the way we’ll also be finding out why professional wrestlers should never attempt topical satire, what caused ZX Spectrum owners to live in fear of Ian Durell, and how Piers Morgan caused the decline of the maize-based snack industry.


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Looks Unfamiliar is hosted by Podnose.

You can find Garreth’s previous appearance on Looks Unfamiliar – with more on obscure ZX Spectrum games and the origins of the Piers Morgan Monster Munch outrage – here and his own podcast Retrospecticus: The Simpsons And Modern History – Together At Last! here (and follow them on Twitter at @_Retrospecticus). There’s also some festive chatter with Garreth about Malcolm McLaren’s early nineties oddity The Ghosts Of Oxford Street here, and he took over as guest host for a special interviewing me about The Larks Ascending and comedy on BBC Radio 3 which you can find 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, Phil Catterall on Platoon 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.

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.

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

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