Looks Unfamiliar 30: John Rain
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 John Rain, host of SMERSH Pod, who’s querying the lack of public recognition for anarchic Children’s ITV show Your Mother Wouldn’t Like It, E.T. Cola Creams, flop one-off charity event Trading Places Day, TV phone vote thriller Murder In Space, BBC2 sketch show Hello Mum and Oink! comic. Along the way we’ll be finding out what Jaws’ favourite crisp flavour is, enduring a sleep deprivation-derived Showaddywaddy-based hallucination, learning how to keep Doctor Who on the air by eating crisps, and witnessing the single worst attempt at asking Catherine Tate on a date ever.
John Rain is the host of SMERSH Pod, an irreverent look at the James Bond series, Michael Caine’s cinematic output, eighties action movies and much more besides; you can find SMERSH Pod here and follow the show on Twitter at @SMERSHPOD. Thunderbook, John’s guide to the James Bond Cinematic Universe, is available from Amazon here.
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If you’ve enjoyed this, 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.
In One Ear, the Radio 4 comedy show that led to Hello Mum, was one of Justin Lewis’ choices on Looks Unfamiliar; you can listen to him talking about it here.
There’s more about more about ridiculous E.T. cash-in merchandise in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Paul Putner, which you can find here.
John also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Martin Belam, Jenny Morrill, Jack Kibble-White, Phil Norman, Ben Baker, and Tim on The Zeitgeist Tapes talking to Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding about politics and Doctor Who, which you can find here.
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