Looks Unfamiliar 7 – Ben Baker
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 for a second time is writer, broadcaster and quizmaster Ben Baker, who shares his not-widely-shared memories of Children’s ITV magazine show Toksvig, the Whizzkids’ Guide book series, sophisticated yet not exactly enlightened board game Mysteries Of Old Peking, short-lived pop-punk sensations Mo-Ho-Bish-O-Pi, drug-fuelled post-Tarantino shock-comedy Go, and the entirely sensible hobby of making your own TV listings magazines. Along the way we’ll be taking some advice from a Charcoal Jeremy Beadle, finding out why Ben had to hide his secret drawings of the Yorkshire TV logo, assessing whether Sandi Toksvig was at risk of exploding at any moment, and revealing which Shane Meadows film is not as good as a hat.
Ben Baker is a quizmaster and writer. You can find his website – with details of some of his collections of writing including Kill Your Television and The Comedy Cash-In Book Book – here, and follow him on Twitter at @benbakerbooks.
Ben Baker is the co-host (with Phil Catterall) of Don’t Let’s Chart, a podcast counting down ridiculous charts and lists of statistics that nobody needed to collate ever, from The Least High Profile Performers At The Royal Variety Performance to The Top Selling Second Hand Pre-Cert Videos. You can find more about Don’t Let’s Chart at Ben’s website here, and follow the show on Twitter at @dontletschart. If you’re new to Don’t Let’s Chart, I’d particularly recommend this one featuring Marvel’s Worst Superheroes, The World’s Most Dangerous Toys, and a Richard Nixon Quiz.
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Ben made another appearance on Looks Unfamiliar – talking about TV Mayhem, The Onion Bag, Fiendish Feet, the early internet craze for misidentifying every comedy song as ‘by’ Weird Al Yankovic, Bingo Brown, and the International Youth Service penpal scheme – which you can find here.
Ben also came back for a Looks Unfamiliar Extra, looking at the show that gave this one its name – ITV’s cosy daytime nostalgia show Looks Familiar, which you can find here.
Ben also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Jem Roberts, Martin Ruddock, Steve O’Brien, Lisa Parker And Andrew Trowbridge, Mark Griffiths and Tim on the radio talking about the long-forgotten remake of The Prisoner, which you can find here.
There’s more chatter about board games – including Matchbox Cascade and The Jaws Game – in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Lisa Parker and Andrew Trowbridge, which you can find here.
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