Looks Unfamiliar: Emma Burnell – They’re Only Eating Macaroni

The Royal Potwasher by John F. Waters and Jill McDonald (Methuen, 1972) - listen to Emma Burnell and Tim Worthington talking about it in Looks Unfamiliar.

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. Plus there’s a bit of extra Saturday Morning TV chat below…

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Looks Unfamiliar Saturday Morning 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 originally the host of early eighties ITV Saturday Morning programme The Saturday Show and then suddenly wasn’t, here.

Looks Unfamiliar #33 Extra: "Big Daddy Is Number One" Looks Unfamiliar

About Emma

Emma Burnell is a journalist and theatre critic who regularly contributes to The GuardianThe StageGrazia 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 the point where politics and popular culture collide. You can find The Zeitgeist Tapes here and follow the show on Twitter at @ZTPodcast. You can find Tim making guest appearances on The Zeitgeist Tapes talking about politics in Doctor Who here, the Clangers Election Special Vote For Froglet here and the election-themed episode of The Prisoner here.

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If you’ve enjoyed this, 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.

Alternately, if you’re just feeling generous, you can buy me a coffee here. We’ll get Alexander to wash the mug afterwards.

Further Listening

Emma made another appearance on Looks Unfamiliar – talking about Whose Side Are You On?Sweet Valley High, Scoubidou, The Patchwork MonkeySplit Second, and the Ever Ready ‘Power To The People’ advert – which you can find here. Emma also appeared in the Looks Unfamiliar Selection Box talking about Christmas-themed episodes of The West Wing, which you can find here, and about a long-forgotten stage version of When Harry Met Sally here.

Emma has also appeared on Tim’s Marvel Cinematic Universe podcast It’s Good, Except It Sucks talking about Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, 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.

Further Reading

There’s more about what Jennifer Aniston did after Herman’s Head in The One Where I Talk About The One With The Football here.

Looks Unfamiliar - 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.

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