Looks Unfamiliar Halloween Extra: “Last Play School House On The Left”
It’s time for a creepy treat from the archives as Tim Worthington, Ben Baker and Phil Catterall count down the Top Twenty Five Things That You Were Scared Of As A Youngster That Weren’t Supposed To Be Scary!
Yes, it’s time to hide behind the sofa from Camberwick Green, Return To Oz, BBC Test Card F, Picture Box, Raggerty, World In Action, Professor Yaffle, The Open University, Angie Baby, Ode To Billie Joe, Spitting Image, Vrillon Of Ashtar Galactic Command, The Blue Peter Boat and much, much, terrifyingly more. Along the way we’ll be waving cheerfully to some Video Nasties to avoid looking at the Children’s section, meeting Parky The Lion, learning why The Muppets aren’t frightening but their eyes are, finding out which family friendly cinematic icon was really a man who exploded and went inside out, and in a lighter moment recalling the classic scene where Terry Scott falls through a chair. And right at the end, there’s our very own scary broadcast intrusion featuring a dog dressed as an elephant… stitch that, ‘Pipes’!
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If you enjoyed this extra edition of Looks Unfamiliar, and you want to hear more stories about hiding outside the door until you’d received assurances that ‘The Clown’ wasn’t on, then you’ll probably 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 Baker and Phil Catterall present Don’t Let’s Chart, a podcast looking at ridiculous lists and charts that have no point, purpose or even reason to exist in the first place. You can find a special edition of Don’t Let’s Chart that Ben and Phil did for Looks Unfamiliar here.
There’s more about Picture Box in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Samira Ahmed, which you can find here.
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