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 Jonny Morris, who’s wondering if there is anyone else out there who recalls the BBC Micro Welcome cassette, The Dandy‘s sci-fi strip Jack Silver, non-canonical Mr. Men book Mr. Spendy, BSB’s The Carmen Ejogo Show, Andrew Sachs sitcom Dead Ernest, and Jesta Giggle by The Barron Knights. Along the way we’ll be finding out how to estimate James Bond’s ‘Biorhythms’, what the second worst ZX Spectrum game was, how many times it’s possible to say ‘Padmasambhava’ in one sentence, and why The Barron Knights should have covered T.V.O.D.. Also, we solve two mystery half-recollections live on air!
Jonny Morris is a novelist and dramatist who has worked extensively in Doctor Who spin-off media. You can find Jonny’s website here and follow him on Twitter at @jonnymorris1973. You can find out more about Dick Dixon In The 21st Century, Jonny’s crowdfunded sci-fi sitcom with music by Darrell Maclaine, here, and listen to the pilot episode here.
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Jonny made another appearance on Looks Unfamiliar talking about Galaxy Gold by Neil Norman And His Cosmic Orchestra, Battlestar Galactica action figures, the disastrous second season of Buck Rogers In The 25th Century, H.G, Wells’ The Shape Of Things To Come, Fall Out by DATA and Space Wars – Fact And Fiction; you can find it here.
In The Sofa is covered in more depth in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Will Maclean, which you can find here. Dead Ernest – and more compelling evidence of its astonishing levels of unfunniness – also came up in the Looks Unfamiliar Extra with Melanie Williams which you can find here. Joanne Sheppard joined us for a chat about Roger Hargreaves’ other book series Timbuctoo here.
Jonny also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside James Gent on When The Wind Blows by David Bowie, Darrell Maclaine on the Brennan JB7, Paul Kirkley on The Kids From Fame Again, Ros Ballinger on Microsoft Explorapedia, Garreth Hirons on Sweet 75 and Tim on Betamax Video Club talking about Absolute Beginners, which you can find here.
Mr. Spendy wasn’t the only franchise interloper around at the time, as you can find out in The Ten Most Non-Canonical Non-Canonical Cartoon Characters here.
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