Looks Unfamiliar 6 – Emma Burnell
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 broadcaster, columnist and standup comic Emma Burnell, who is banking on someone else remembering Miners’ Strike fundraising album Whose Side Are You On?, Sweet Valley High novels, short-lived playground craze Scoubidou, children’s horror novella The Patchwork Monkey, undistinguished Rutger Hauer vehicle Split Second, and the Ever Ready ‘Power To The People’ advert. Along the way we’ll be discussing the sociocultural ramifications of an earnest man talking to some earnest men, assessing the potential risks of hiring videos from ‘a van’, and speculating on the possible psychotropic effects of smoking a Fanta Yo-yo.
Emma Burnell is a journalist and theatre critic who regularly contributes to The Guardian, The Stage, Grazia and BBC and Channel 4 News. You can find Emma’s website here and follow her on Twitter at @EmmaBurnell_. Soaked In Dreams, Emma’s theatre blog, is here.
Emma and Steve Fielding co-present The Zeitgeist Tapes, a podcast looking at where politics and popular culture collide, with Steve Fielding. You can find The Zeitgeist Tapes here and follow the show on Twitter at @ZTPodcast. You can find Tim making a guest appearance on The Zeitgeist Tapes talking about depictions of politics in Doctor Who here.
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You can find some of Tim’s tales of video shop escapades in his 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.
Emma came back for a second appearance on Looks Unfamiliar – talking about The Royal Potwasher, Melody Radio, Channel 4’s Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, A Woman In Your Own Right, The Lords Of Midnight and Herman’s Head – which you can find here. Emma also appeared in a Looks Unfamiliar Extra revealing her role in a Saturday Morning TV Show that never actually happened, which you can find here.
Emma also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Phil Catterall, Ben Baker, Garreth F. Hirons, Stephen O’Brien, Mark Thompson, and Tim on the radio talking about Denys Fisher board games, which you can find here.
There are more stories of unlikely video shop choices in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Anna Cale, which you can find here.
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