Looks Unfamiliar 3 – Mark Thompson
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 radio host and political pundit Mark Thompson, who’s wondering why nobody else he knows ever seems to have heard of computer-assisted action series Whiz Kids, Crash ZX Spectrum Magazine and its legally contentious parodies of competitors, ITV Night Time filler Night Shift, Public Information Film family The Blunders, late nineties dystopian thriller The Last Train, and Hanna Barbera horror-adventure hybrid The Drak Pack. Along the way we’ll be finding out why there should be more government warnings about the dangers of hallucinating a disdainful Emma Bunton, how to distinguish an American teenager on a BMX from Arthur Mullard in a school cap, and when it’s appropriate to address Colin Bennett as ‘Vince Purity’.
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You can find a feature on The Last Train and the many other attempts by the BBC and ITV (and Channel 4, Channel 5 and even Sky One) at ‘doing’ sci-fi while Doctor Who was off the air in Tim’s book Well At Least It’s Free, a collection of columns and features and a bizarre thing about looking for the books on Professor Yaffle’s shelf. Well At Least It’s Free is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
Mark made a second appearance on Looks Unfamiliar talking about Libby’s Moonshine, A. Mazing Monsters, Agony, Being Erica, Hawkeye Collins And Amy Adams – Can You Solve The Mystery? and We Know Where You Live, which you can find here. Mark also recorded a Looks Unfamiliar Extra looking at television shows you only ever saw on holiday, which you can also find here.
Tim made a guest appearance on House Of Comments, the political discussion podcast mark co-hosts with Nick Denys and Emma Burnell, talking about Chris Morris, Grim 4 Corbyn and why political autobiographies are by and large a self-important waste of punctuation, which you can find here.
Crash ZX Spectrum‘s close rival Load Runner was featured in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Chris Hughes, which you can find here.
Night Shift‘s close contemporary in the ITV Night Time schedules Get Stuffed was covered in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Mitch Benn, which you can find here.
Mark also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Ben Baker, Emma Burnell, Phil Catterall, Stephen O’Brien and Garreth F. Hirons, which you can find here.
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