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 Rae Earl, who insists that she’s not just making up the episodes of Battle Of The Planets where Zoltar was a woman, pop card collection Rock’n’Bubble Bubble Gum, Gyles Brandreth quiz show Puzzle Party, Children’s BBC Cold War thriller Codename Icarus, cheap culinary filler The Home Cookery Club, and short-lived comedy sensation Cheese And Onion. Along the way we’ll be finding out which Europop duo based their entire image on extruded sugar, assessing the commercial potential of a Panini Sticker Scented Candle, and advising what precautions you should take whilst within twelve thousand square feet of anywhere that may or may not have played host to agricultural pesticide at some indeterminate point in history. There’s also a bit of bonus chatter about the Channel 4 transmissions of The Gong Show, and if anyone else remembers The Yellow House, please get in touch!
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You can find a lengthy look at Battle Of The Planets in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, a collection of columns and features with a personal twist which led Rae to remark “Tim is The Oracle… and the Ceefax”. Can’t Help Thinking About Me is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
You can find a feature on Codename Icarus and many other Children’s BBC sci-fi/fantasy serials in Well At Least It’s Free, a further collection of columns and features. Well At Least It’s Free is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
Rae also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Samira Ahmed, Steve Berry, Jacqueline Rayner, Una McCormack, Will Maclean and Tim on the radio talking about the forgotten theme song from The Amazing Adventures Of Morph, which you can find here.
The Sci-Fi That Time Forgot is a feature looking at the various ‘space’-themed television programmes, books, films and even board games that genre fans once turned to between series of their favourite shows – including Battle Of The Planets – and you can find it here.
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