Looks Unfamiliar 17: Jacqueline Rayner
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 Jacqueline Rayner, who is keen toknow if anyone else shares her recollections of Tommy Steele’s ITV panto Quincy’s Quest, lurid soft drink Quosh Tropical, comedy battle game Klonks, Bernie Clifton’s comedy character El Bandido, Pippa Dolls and Honey Bear Spread. Along the way we’ll be finding out how to tell if Morecambe And Wise are coming to murder you, the storyline of the best adventure Doctor Who never had, what measures to take when a runaway horse smashes into a bathroom factory, and why you should avoid German Smarties at all costs. And if you can tell us the name of Jac’s mystery scary children’s programme, or alternately who said ‘bastards’ on Radio 4, please let us know…!
Looks Unfamiliar is hosted by Podnose.
You can hear more about long-forgotten doll ranges – this time Mary Quant-designed ‘action doll’ Havoc – in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Samira Ahmed, which you can find here. The discontinued soft drink fun continues with Garreth F. Hirons talking about Quatro here, and there’s more chatter about bizarre board games with Stephen O’Brien on The Morecambe And Wise Game here, Ben Baker on Mysteries Of Old Peking here, and Lisa Parker And Andrew Trowbridge on Matchbix Cascade and The Jaws Game here.
Jac also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Una McCormack, Samira Ahmed, Steve Berry, Will Maclean and Rae Earl, which you can find here.
You can find more about long forgotten radio comedy (though sadly no Bernie Clifton) in Fun At One – The Story Of Comedy At BBC Radio 1, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. There’s also a huge feature on Quincy’s Quest in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
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