In this edition of Looks Unfamiliar, Tim Worthington is joined by Ben Baker to take a look back at the show that gave Looks Unfamiliar its name – ITV’s light-hearted Denis Norden-fronted nostalgia show Looks Familiar.
Looks Familiar is itself the stuff of hazy dust-caked photo-pages-falling-out-of-library-book recollections now, but how does it stand up in a world where irony is more important than accuracy when it comes to ‘remembering’ things? Is nostalgia really not what it used to be? Tim and Ben watch a couple of editions of Looks Familiar and have a bit of a chat about the timeless comic potential of endless clips of men dressed as women falling into some water, Richard Murdoch’s cameo in The Wire, and the cinematic careers of Alan Cowboy and ‘Britain’s Rin Tin Tin’ Ian The Dog. Plus, find out who we’d book for a revival of Looks Familiar!
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Ben Baker is the co-host of Don’t Let’s Chart, a podcast counting down ridiculous charts and lists of statistics that nobody needed to collate ever, from The Least High Profile Performers At The Royal Variety Performance to The Top Selling Second Hand Pre-Cert Videos. You can find more about Don’t Let’s Chart at Ben’s website here, and follow the show on Twitter at @dontletschart.
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If you enjoy Looks Unfamiliar, or even Looks Familiar, then you’ll 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.
Ben has appeared on Looks Unfamiliar talking about TV Mayhem, The Onion Bag, Fiendish Feet, the early internet craze for misidentifying every comedy song as ‘by’ Weird Al Yankovic, Bingo Brown and the International Youth Service penpal scheme here, and Toksvig, The Whizzkid’s Guide, Mysteries Of Old Peking, Mo-Ho-Bish-O-Pi, Go (the 1999 film) and Making Your Own TV Listings Magazines here. Ben has also appeared in Looks Unfamiliar Christmas Specials talking about the original version of Now – The Christmas Album, which you can find here, and Bernard And The Genie which you can find here.
You can also hear Ben on The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Martin Belam, Jenny Morrill, Jack Kibble-White, John Rain and Phil Norman, plus Tim on The Zeitgeist Tapes talking about politics and Doctor Who, here.
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