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 and designer Darrell Maclaine, who’s hoping to reach 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 superhero ability, investigating 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 slightly more satisfying Spike Milligan ventures in Tim’s book The Larks Ascending – A Guide To Comedy On BBC Radio 3, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
Darrell made another appearance 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 – which you can find here, and also chatted about Christmas With Rutland Weekend Television here.
Darrell also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Suzy Norman, Mitch Benn, Richard Littler, and Gary Bainbridge, as well Tim on The Zeitgeist Tapes talking to Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding about the Clangers Election Special, which you can find here.
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