Looks Unfamiliar #33: Emma Burnell – They’re Only Eating Macaroni

The Royal Potwasher, as discussed by Tim Worthington and journalist Emma Burnell in Looks Unfamiliar.

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…


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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.


Looks Unfamiliar - the podcast about all the things that you remember that nobody else ever does.

Looks Unfamiliar is hosted by Podnose.

You can find Emma’s previous appearance on Looks Unfamiliar here. Emma’s official website is here, and you can follow her on Twitter at @EmmaBurnell_. Emma co-presents The Zeitgeist Tapes, a podcast looking at where politics and popular culture collide, with Steve Fielding. You can find The Zeitgeist Tapes here, and if you want to hear an edition with me making a guest appearance to talk about all things Doctor Who and politics, from the social attitudes of Marco Polo’s retinue to the referendum on Starship UK and beyond, then you can find that 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. You can also find more about unlikely computer games – in this case a Frankie Goes To Hollywood game – in another of Garreth’s Looks Unfamiliar appearances here, while  Phil Catterall tells us about the Platoon game (yes there really was one) here.

If you’ve enjoyed this, you’ll enjoy Tim’s new book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.


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