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.
This time the guest is Tim himself, who’s talking to Stephen O’Brien about the fact that almost literally nobody he has ever met has ever heard of The Only Way by Lisa Stansfield, sixties crime caper movie The Brain, Jackanory‘s adaptation of Starstormers by Nicholas Fisk, the ‘There Were Three Of Them, In A Boat…’ Public Information Film, the original version of I Was Made To Love Magic by Nick Drake, trashy teen novel Secrets From The School Underground, early Mark Radcliffe vehicle Skyman, and forgotten ‘fourth’ Trumptonshire series Rubovia. Not to mention a certain less than reputable unidentified film that used to show up on German cable channels late on Saturday Nights. Along the way we’ll be finding out whether Kim Wilde Doing Abba is preferable to Abba Doing Kim Wilde, watching the Welsh Brass Eye, hearing about when Billy Elliot exploded (and even then wasn’t as good as Musical Youth), and getting annoyed at a fictional schoolboy’s opinions on Monty Python’s Flying Circus. And if you’re listening, Ian Radio 4 Extra, sort those repeats out!
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If you’ve enjoyed this, you’ll also enjoy 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.
You can also find a feature on Rubovia in Not On Your Telly, a collection of columns and features with an archive television slant. Not On Your Telly is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. There’s a detailed look at Skyman and Mark Radcliffe’s career in general in Fun At One – The Story Of Comedy At BBC Radio 1, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
Tim made another appearance as the guest on Looks Unfamiliar – talking about Stop-Go!, It’s A Shame by Kris Kross, Spider-Woman, I Wanted To See You To See If I Wanted You by Moose, The ITV Encyclopedia Of Adventure, The Young Poisoner’s Handbook, the original version of Right Here by SWV and Radio Tip Top – which you can find here. You can also hear his thoughts on the overlooked Doctor Who Christmas Special The Runaway Bride here.
Tim also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Jenny Morrill, Phil Norman, Ben Baker, John Rain, Martin Belam and Jack Kibble-White, which you can find here.
All Its Wonder To Know is a feature looking more closely at the mysterious disappearance of the original version of I Was Made To Love Magic by Nick Drake, which you can find here.
You can find out more about the story behind Rubovia in The TV That Time Forgot here.
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