Looks Unfamiliar #46: Paul Abbott – So I Started Writing Stories About Gobots Instead

Zeeb Joins The Band by John Webster and Ian McCullough (Golden Acorn Books, 1979), as discussed by Tim Worthington and musician Paul Abbott in Looks Unfamiliar.

Looks Unfamiliar 46: Paul Abbott

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 musician Paul Abbott, who’s frantically trawling defunct search engines for any mention of VHS-only documentary The Compleat Beatles, the Cadbury’s Smash spin-off Zeeb And The Martians books, short-lived CBBC puppet Crab E. Crab, Rock Lords spin-off action figure rangle Narlies, high concept home computer the Commodore Plus/4, Signal Radio’s The Late Night Funster Show, and a couple of extra surprises involving Dudley Moore and Paul’s family record collection. Along the way we’ll be finding out what the rare John Lennon Transformer turned into, recalling the only joke ever told on The Comedians, debating the correct pronunciation of ‘Adrian Mole’ and spelling of ‘Compleat’, and definitely not finding out what time Crab E. Crab is on. Plus there’s a live appearance by a Narlie!


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Winnie The Pooh and Teddy Bear's Picnic by Kenneth Connor and Cheryl Kennedy/Jim Dale (Music For Pleasure, 1969).

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 more hardcore historical Beatles detail in Tim’s book The Larks Ascending – A Guide To Comedy On BBC Radio 3, which is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

You can find Paul’s website here and follow him on Twitter here. Paul also provided the music for Mark Griffiths’ play about Douglas Adams We Apologise For The Inconvenience; you can hear Mark on Looks Unfamiliar (and find out more about the play) here. You can also find Tim’s feature on We Apologise For The Inconvenience in Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

Transformers Action Masters are covered in an edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Garreth F. Hirons, which you can find hereSaboteur was also covered in another appearance by Garreth which you can find here.


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