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 illustrator and custodian of Scarfolk Museum Richard Littler, who’s hearing things that go bump in the night that he thinks might just be the episode of The Waltons with a poltergeist, the Star Wars tableau in the 1978 Blackpool Illuminations, mysterious annual Ghost Special No. 2, MAD Magazine’s Protect And Survive parody Meet Mr. Bomb, the Six Million Dollar Man’s adversary Maskatron, railway safety film The Finishing Line, BBC Records And Tapes’ Sound Effects No. 13 – Death And Horror, ITV children’s horror serial Come Back Lucy and Richard Williams’ animated version of A Christmas Carol. Along the way we’ll be finding out what Richard Stilgoe rhymed with ‘poltergeist’, debating ‘Giant Haystacks Bloke’s position in Star Wars continuity, announcing our nominations for the Weird Mechanical Chicken Award and scrutinising Terry Wogan’s controversial C3P0 origin story. And there’s more about Quosh Tropical too…
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You can find some extra chat with Richard about a BBC transmission of 2001: A Space Odyssey that might well have been tampered with by the ‘Backroom Boys’ here.
Richard Littler is a designer and a keen historian of the Northern English town of Scarfolk. You can find the Scarfolk Council website here and follow them on Twitter at @Scarfolk. You can also follow Richard himself at @Richard_Littler. You can get The Scarfolk Annual from here.
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Top Of The Box Vol. 2 is the story behind every album released by BBC Records And Tapes, from Play School Play On to Russell Grant’s Zodiac Jukebox. Top Of The Box Vol. 2 is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
Alternately, if you’re just feeling generous, you can buy me a coffee here. Just ignore The Waltons if they start claiming that the mug moved by itself.
Ghosts, Monsters And Legends (And Tennis Prodigies) is a look at the many spooky supernatural children’s serials that the BBC showed in the run up to Christmas in the seventies and eighties; you can find it here.
There’s more about Quosh Tropical in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Jacqueline Rayner, which you can find here. BBC Records And Tapes’ Off Beat Sound Effects also features in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Mark Griffiths, which you can find here.
Richard also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Darrell Maclaine, Mitch Benn, Suzy Norman 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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