Looks Unfamiliar #21: Darrell Maclaine – The Russ Abbot’s Madhouse Cosplay Kit

Rubik's Clock, as discussed by Tim Worthington and designer Darrell Maclaine in Looks Unfamiliar.

Looks Unfamiliar 21: Darrell Maclaine

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 designer Darrell Maclaine, who shares his hazy recollections of Carols At Christmas by The Greater Manchester Police Choir Featuring The Cast Of Coronation Street, FunFax: Disguise And False Identity, Rubik’s Clock, The Brennan JB7 Advert, The VTech Master Video Painter and The Children’s BBC Broom Cupboard 1996 April Fool’s Day Hoax. Along the way we’ll be debating whether the Chief Constable Of Greater Manchester was Paul Morley or Phil Spector, contemplating the legend of Patrick Bossert’s Rubik Elves, learning how to fake having a limp by actually having a limp, and discovering how to hide your copy of True Identity on VHS in plain sight.


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About Darrell

Darrell Maclaine is a designer and sound engineer. You can find Darrell’s Redbubble store here.

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You can find a feature on the strange story of Rubik’s Clock’s direct ancestor Rubik’s Magic – the ultimate unwanted Christmas Present – in Tim’s book 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.

Further Listening

Darrell returned for another appearance on Looks Unfamiliar – talking about Luv’d Up by Crush, Trev And Simon’s World Tour, Blockbusters Bubble Gum, Learn With Sooty: Be Safe, Find Out More and Spike Milligan’s cameo in Steps Into Summer – which you can find here.

You Can Do The Cube, a bafflingly best-selling book about completing Rubik’s Cube written by a child, is covered in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Stephen O’Brien which you can find here.

Darrell also features in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Jonny Morris, Paul Kirkley, James Gent, Ros Ballinger, Garreth F. Hirons, and Tim on Betamax Video Club talking about Absolute Beginners, which you can hear here.


Looks Unfamiliar is hosted by Podnose. You can help Podnose to continue providing quality podcasts for free by donating to their Patreon here.


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