Looks Unfamiliar 29: Phil Norman
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 animator and writer Phil Norman, who’s fairly confident that very few people will recall S-S-S-Single Bed by Fox, ITV schools show Leapfrog, The Country Life Christmas Box, Humrush by KMD, rock musical drama Body Contact, Oscar The Rabbit In Rubbidge, Erasmus Microman and jaw-dropping Anthony Newley film Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humpe And Find True Happiness?. Along the way we’ll also be speculating on what went on in the Chock-A-Block factory, revealing Fred Harris’ secret Video Nasty links, chronicling the rival warring factions of the ‘puppets on a black background’ phenomenon (none of whom were responsible for an Off-The-Peg Ian Paisley), and trying our hardest to avoid talking about a cannibalistic emulsified cross between Last Tango In Paris and Straw Dogs. And if you can help in finding three seconds of Sylvester McCoy being hit with planks of wood, please let us know!
Phil Norman is an animator and writer and the founder of TV Cream. Phil’s latest book A History Of Television In 100 Programmes is available from Amazon here and you can follow him on Twitter at @MrPhilNorman,
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You can find lots more about the weirder corners of cinematic history 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.
There’s more about preposterous BBC rock operas – this time biblical-riffing sci-fi effort Orion – in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Mitch Benn, which you can find here.
You can hear more about Newsy Ian Paisley – and the ridiculous television station that inspired it – in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Mark Thompson, which you can find here.
Phil also features in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Jenny Morrill, Ben Baker, Martin Belam, Jack Kibble-White, John Rain and Tim on The Zeitgeist Tapes talking to Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding about politics in Doctor Who, which you can find here.
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