Looks Unfamiliar #4: Stephen O’Brien – The Classic ‘Four Calculators’ Sketch

The Morecambe And Wise Game by Denys Fisher - listen to Stephen O'Brien and Tim Worthington talking about it in Looks Unfamiliar.

Looks Unfamiliar 4 – Stephen O’Brien

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 Stephen O’Brien, who’s wondering why he gets blank looks all round whenever he mentions Steven Moffat sitcom The Office, early ‘lad mag’ LM, eighties puzzle cash-in paperback You Can Do The Cube, KLF-affiliated early Stock Aitken Waterman act Brilliant, The Beachcombers and other last-minute ITV emergency schedule replacement standbys, and The Morecambe And Wise Board Game. No he’s not making that last one up. Along the way we’ll be finding out how many issues of ‘Razzle And Wise’ were published, how many characters Stefan Dennis can play on stage at once, and which seventies action serial is slightly less preferable to actually being at school.

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About Stephen

Stephen O’Brien is a writer and a historian of eighties pop music. You can get his book 80s UK Christmas Singles from Amazon here. You can find Stephen’s Stock Aitken Waterman fan site Kean Canter Mattowski here and follow him on Twitter at @stephenobrien.

Buy A Book!

You can find the full story of the Rubik Cube’s ill-advised follow-up Rubik’s Magic – along with much more about the bookshop where we found all those copies of You Can Do The Cube – 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.

Further Listening

Stephen appeared on Looks Unfamiliar talking about his favourite forgotten eighties Christmas Singles – taking in The Snowmen, Frank Sidebottom, George Cole And Dennis Waterman, Band Aid II, Run DMC and Madge and Harold from Neighbours – which you can find here. Stephen also came back to talk about what it was like to watch The Box Of Delights on its original broadcast – and spend a long time afterwards hunting down the tie-in paperback and theme single – which you can find here.

Rubik’s Clock was featured in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Darrell Maclaine, which you can find here. LM‘s stablemate Crash ZX Spectrum was covered in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Mark Thompson, which you can find here.

Stephen also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Ben Baker, Emma Burnell, Phil Catterall, Garreth F. Hirons, Mark Thompson and Tim on the radio talking to Georgey Spanswick about Denys Fisher tie-in board games, which you can find here.

Further Reading

A Fast Exciting All-Action Game is a history of Denys Fisher’s tie-in board games – including The Morecambe And Wise Game – which you can find here.

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