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 actor Darrell Maclaine, who’s hoping to make it through to the Gold Run with his memories of Luv’d Up by mid-nineties chart hopefuls Crush, PG Tips’ Trev And Simon giveaway cassette, Blockbusters bubble gum, Learn With Sooty: Be Safe, Find Out More magazine, and Spike Milligan’s cameo in Steps Into Summer. Along the way we’ll be revealing Phil Redmond’s secret superhero ability, explaining how the ‘Hand Jive’ era of Blockbusters was entirely illicitly funded by holes in grandparents’ pockets, revisiting Peter Skellern’s ‘Lurpak Years’, anticipating Mark Kermode’s L.A. 7 documentary, and looking at what happened when Thames went to Thames at the end. And keep an eye out for this edition’s ‘Big Bad’…
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You can read about some of Spike Milligan’s slightly more satisfying comedy ventures in The Larks Ascending – A Guide To Comedy On BBC Radio 3, 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’m not going to try and convince you that there was an official tie-in Bob Holness Raise The Roof coffee. Unless that would actually help to convince you.
Darrell has also been on Looks Unfamiliar talking about Carols At Christmas by The Greater Manchester Police Choir Featuring The Cast Of Coronation Street, FunFax: Disguise And False Identity, Rubik’s Clock, The Brennan JB7 Advert, The VTech Master Video Painter and The Children’s BBC Broom Cupboard 1996 April Fool’s Day Hoax here, and Christmas With Rutland Weekend Television here.
Darrell also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Suzy Norman on Hugo The Hippo, Mitch Benn on Two Stage Self-Assembly Ice Cream Cones, Richard Littler on the episode of The Waltons with a poltergeist and Gary Bainbridge on Radio City’s Jack Your Body parody Deadly Boring, as well Tim on The Zeitgeist Tapes talking to Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding about the Clangers Election Special, which you can find here.
Who wants to know about mid-nineties pop sensation Jimmy Ray? If you do, you can find I’m Meaner, I’m Leaner, I Ain’t No In Betweener here.
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