Looks Unfamiliar 8: Jem Roberts
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 comedy historian and storyteller Jem Roberts, who shares his widely-challenged recollections of an advert reuniting Neil and Vyvyan from The Young Ones, ZX Spectrum game Dizzy and its many suspiciously close relatives, short-lived rave-goes-Charleston sensation Doop by Doop, budget maize snack Wheelz, powdered drink from outer space Alien Blood, and the dim and distant days of Wet Wet Wet Actually Being Any Good. Along the way we’ll be finding out the best techniques for constructing a ‘sandwich car’, learning how not to confuse ET with a gardener, and wondering who smoked ‘Rococan’ and if they were able to still form actual sentences afterwards.
Looks Unfamiliar is hosted by Podnose.
You can find Jem’s official website here and follow him on Twitter at @JemRoberts. You can get Jem’s book Soupy Twists! The Full Official Story Of The Sophisticated Silliness Of Fry And Laurie from Amazon here or directly from Unbound here.
If you’ve got a hankering for some Wheelz, you can also hear Garreth F. Hirons talking about Sizzlin’ Bacon Monster Munch here, Michael Livesley on Murphy’s Crisps here, and Steve O’Brien on KP Sky Divers here.
You can find more recollections of ill-advised ZX Spectrum games in other editions of Looks Unfamiliar with Emma Burnell on The Lords Of Midnight here, Garreth F. Hirons on Saboteur here and Frankie Goes To Hollywood here, Michael Livesley on Clumsy Colin Action Biker here, Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence on Deus Ex Machina here and Phil Catterall on Platoon here. There’s also a chat with Mark Thompson about Crash ZX Spectrum magazine here.
Jem also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Steve O’Brien, Ben Baker, Lisa Parker and Andrew Trowbridge, Martin Ruddock and Mark Griffiths, which you can find here.
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