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 writer Chris Hughes, who’s ‘moving house’ to BBC1 in search of evidence of the existence of Ceefax-derived Saturday Morning oddity Buzzfax, Hector The Help The Aged Dog, Home Computing-themed comic Load Runner, The Gillette Video Show, novelty confectionery The One-Two Bar, impenetrable satirical cartoonist Mordillo, Inspector Morse-themed dance record Morse (He’s A Mystery To Me) by Codex, and The British Banknote Keyring. Along the way we’ll be finding out how to insult Noel Edmonds via Teletext, why Elton John shimmying between two pianos in mid-air was embraced by mid-eighties Action Movie audiences, and what you’ll need to establish your very own Gonch Gardener lookalike agency.
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Chris Hughes is a writer and regular contributor to TV Cream. You can hear Chris talking about little-discussed archive television on TV Cream‘s podcast What We Just Watched here,
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You can find lots more about Battle Of The Planets, The Monkees and Buzzfax in 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 available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
Alternately, if you’re just feeling generous, you can buy me a coffee here. I do actually own a Buzzfax mug if that helps.
You can find more about the undilutable grubbiness of Battle Of The Planets in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Rae Earl here. Gillian Kirby talked about the murky late-night shenanigans of late-night ‘adult’ Teletext as one of her choices on Looks Unfamiliar, which you can find here here. Mainframe, the band who did the flexidisc that came free with Load Runner, featured in the Looks Unfamiliar with Mark Griffiths, which you can find here.
Chris also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Anna Cale on Wendy Cracked A Walnut, Jim Sangster on The Ballad Of Lady Di by The Hon. Nick Jones And Ian Macrae, Melanie Williams on Rimmel Coffee Shimmer, Pete Prodge on The Evil Horde, Paul Abbott on The Compleat Beatles and a hopeless attempt by Tim and assorted previous guests at successfully playing some TV tie-in DVD games, which you can find here.
Sadly Buzzfax didn’t put in an appearance on the final day of Ceefax, but you can read more about what did happen in Hang On A Minute Lads, I’ve Got A Great Idea… here.
Looks Unfamiliar is hosted by Podnose. You can help Podnose to continue providing quality podcasts for free by donating to their GoFundMe here.
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