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 Mark Griffiths, who’s trying to find a suitably off-beat sound effect to go with his recollections of microchip revolution-era synthpop track Five Minutes by Mainframe, The Bloke Who Pulled His Pants Down On Kilroy, Disneyland by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Charles Hawtrey appearing as a vampire on Runaround, BBC Records And Tapes’ Off Beat Sound Effects, and missing the first episode of a new series of Doctor Who because you were at the Doctor Who exhibition in Blackpool. Along the way we’ll be speculating on how Robert Kilroy-Silk’s personal archives are organised, trying to figure out what ‘Door Creak With Eno’ might sound like, and debating how to respond if faced with a Doctor Who-themed Sophie’s Choice.
010 – Mark Griffiths – It Was Definitely An Audience Member, If You'll Pardon The Pun – Looks Unfamiliar
Mark Griffiths is a playwright and children’s author – you can find his official website here and follow him on Twitter at @MarkGriffiths42. We Apologise For The Inconvenience, Mark’s play about Douglas Adams and the writing of So Long And Thanks For All The Fish, is available from Amazon here.
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You can find Tim’s review of the debut performance of Mark’s play We Apologise For The Inconvenience in 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.
You can read more about the strange story of BBC Records And Tapes – and their many, many other Sound Effects albums, only around eighteen million of which were collections of birdsong – in Tim’s book Top Of The Box, the story behind every single released by BBC Records And Tapes. Top Of The Box is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
Alternately, if you’re just feeling generous, you can buy me a coffee here. There’s probably even a ‘coffee’ sound effect on one of those albums.
Mark has also appeared on Tim’s Marvel Cinematic Universe podcast It’s Good, Except It Sucks talking about Avengers Assemble, which you can find here.
Mainstream also feature in the chat about Load Runner magazine in Looks Unfamiliar with Chris Hughes, which you can find here. Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s similarly conveniently ‘forgotten’ tie-in computer game features in Looks Unfamiliar with Garreth F. Hirons, which you can find here.
Mark also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Martin Ruddock, Ben Baker, Jem Roberts, Steve O’Brien, Lisa Parker and Andrew Trowbridge and Tim on the radio talking about the thankfully forgotten remake of The Prisoner, which you can find here.
Auntie Takes A Trip is a look at – and listen to – some of the more weird and wonderful sounds released by BBC Records And Tapes; you can find it here.
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