Looks Unfamiliar #14: Samira Ahmed – They All Had Hair Like Russ Tamblyn

Mary Quant's doll Havoc, as discussed by Tim Worthington and journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed in Looks Unfamiliar.

Looks Unfamiliar 14 – Samira Ahmed

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 journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed, who wonders if anyone else has hazy recollections of ITV Saturday Morning show The Saturday Banana, Children’s BBC drama The Changes, Mary Quant-designed action doll Havoc, Nurdin & Peacock Own Brand Cola, ZX Spectrum game Thro’ The Wall (especially if played on the School Computer), childhood misapprehensions about the news, and that time that ITV schools show Picture Box used a clip from Cleopatra Jones. Along the way we’ll be pondering what Jacob Rees-Mogg could have learned from Metal Mickey, swapping stories about writing to Newsround and Week Ending as youngsters, and finding out the appropriate circumstances for marrying off poseable action figures. And if anyone out there can help find the edition of Picture Box in question, please get in touch…!!


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About Samira

Samira is a broadcaster and journalist and more importantly the world’s biggest fan of Space: 1999. You can find Samira’s website here and follow her on Twitter at @SamiraAhmedUK.

Buy A Book!

You can read even more about The Changes and many more spooky BBC children’s serials – as well as a feature on The Mersey Pirate – in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, a collection of columns and features with a personal twist which includes a foreword from Samira. Can’t Help Thinking About Me is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

Further Listening

Havoc’s less jet-setting fashion doll contemporary Pippa is covered in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Jacqueline Rayner, which you can find here.

Samira also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Rae Earl, Steve Berry, Will Maclean, Jacqueline Rayner, Una McCormack and Tim on the radio talking about the lost theme from The Amazing Adventures Of Morph, which you can find here.

Further Reading

Opening Theme, Two Bands Of Incidental Music And Closing Theme is a feature about the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s soundtrack from The Changes which you can find here.

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