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 nineties 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 girls respectively, and why we’re all sick of the sight of The Utarg Of Utarg.
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 is hosted by Podnose.
Emma co-presents The Zeitgeist Tapes, the podcast looking at where politics and popular culture collide, with Steve Fielding. You can find it 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 Marco Polo’s retinue to Starship UK and beyond, then you can find that here.
There’s more about Channel 4’s peculiar 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 another of Garreth’s Looks Unfamiliar appearances here, and in Phil Catterall’s edition here.
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