Looks Unfamiliar 33: Emma Burnell
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 journalist Emma Burnell, who’s going to the polls with her hazy memories of psychedelic children’s storybook The Royal Potwasher, short-lived easy listening station Melody Radio, Channel 4’s presentation of Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, A Woman In Her Own Right by Anne Dixon, ZX Spectrum epic The Lords Of Midnight and offbeat sitcom Herman’s Head. Along the way we’ll be finding out what happens when you continually ask a radio station that doesn’t have Ghostbusters to play Ghostbusters, what BBC Test Card F has to tell us about Second Wave Feminism, what Channel 4’s ‘Red Triangle’ meant to adolescent boys and adolescent girls respectively, and why we’re all sick of the sight of The Utarg Of Utarg. And there’s a bit of extra chat below…
Looks Unfamiliar #33 Extra: “Big Daddy Is Number One”
You can find some additional chat with Emma, which might just finally explain the longstanding mystery of why Big Daddy was the host of early eighties ITV Saturday Morning programme The Saturday Show and then suddenly wasn’t, here.
Emma Burnell is a journalist and theatre critic who regularly contributes to The Guardian, The Stage, Grazia and BBC and Channel 4 News. You can find Emma’s website here and follow her on Twitter at @EmmaBurnell_. Soaked In Dreams, Emma’s theatre blog, is here.
Emma and Steve Fielding co-present The Zeitgeist Tapes, a podcast looking at where politics and popular culture collide, with Steve Fielding. You can find The Zeitgeist Tapes here and follow the show on Twitter at @ZTPodcast. You can find Tim making a guest appearance on The Zeitgeist Tapes talking about depictions of politics in Doctor Who here and Vote For Froglet, the Clangers Election Special, here.
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Emma made another appearance on Looks Unfamiliar – talking about Whose Side Are You On?, Sweet Valley High, Scoubidou, The Patchwork Monkey, Split Second, and the Ever Ready ‘Power To The People’ advert – which you can find here.
There’s more about Channel 4’s ‘distinctive’ approach to Christmas Day programming in the Looks Unfamiliar Christmas On 4 Extra with Garreth F. Hirons, which you can find here.
Emma also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Justin Lewis, Mark Thompson, Stephen Brotherstone And Dave Lawrence, Stephen O’Brien, Garreth F. Hirons, Vikki Gregorich And Jeff Lewis, Paul Cornell, and Tim talking to Neil Perryman about the BBC edits of The Monkees, which you can find here.
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