Looks Unfamiliar Looks Familiar Extra
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!
Ben Baker is the co-host (with Phil Catterall) 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. If you’re new to Don’t Let’s Chart, I’d particularly recommend this one featuring Marvel’s Worst Superheroes, The World’s Most Dangerous Toys, and a Richard Nixon Quiz.
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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 been on Looks Unfamiliar as a guest twice (which you can find here and here) and also appeared in another Looks Unfamiliar Extra looking at the original version of Now – The Christmas Album, which you can find here.
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