Looks Unfamiliar #26: Martin Belam – It’s Not Funny Having A Piano Fall On Your Head If Someone’s Just Drawn It

Has a scene gone missing from Flash Gordon since it was first released? Find out when journalist Martin Belam chats to Tim Worthington in Looks Unfamiliar!

Looks Unfamiliar 26: Martin Belam

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 Martin Belam, who’s searching hard for concrete historical evidence of the Laurel And Hardy cartoon, Faith No More being censored by Top Of The Pops, a scene that may or may not have gone missing since the original cinema release of Flash Gordon, an actual space shuttle touring air shows, a Capital Radio documentary on the making of Dr. Mabuse by Propaganda, and when New Order couldn’t work out how to play Your Silent Face live. Along the way we’ll be finding out how to be mistaken for a monarchist by watching the Red Arrows, why Nik Kershaw asked his fans to come and have a go if they thought they were hard enough, and why the science in Iron Man 2 was ‘wrong’.


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Looks Unfamiliar - the podcast about all the things that you remember that nobody else ever does.

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If you’ve enjoyed this, you’ll also enjoy Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

You can find Martin at The Guardian here, and follow him on Twitter at @MartinBelam.

There’s plenty more about forgotten cartoons in other editions of Looks Unfamiliar including Mark Thompson on The Drak Pack here, Chris Shaw on Bailey’s Comets here, and Vikki Gregorich and Jeff Lewis on Animalympics here. You can also hear Tim talking about The Banana Splits on Perfect Night In here.

Martin also features in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Jenny Morrill, John Rain, Phil Norman, Tim Worthington, Ben Baker and Jack Kibble-White, which you can hear here.

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