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 commentator 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 another 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, plus an extra secret bit about watching television on holiday – which you can find here.
Mark also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Ben Baker, Emma Burnell, Phil Catterall, Stephen O’Brien, Garreth F. Hirons, and Tim on the radio talking about seventies board games, which you can find here.
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