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 Gary Bainbridge, who’s doing his best to revisit without actually revisiting Lenny Henry comedy film Screen Two: Coast To Coast, Radio City’s Jack Your Body parody Deadly Boring, cash-in off-brand superhero movie Supersonic Man, Audisee’s book-and-tape presentation of The War Of The Worlds, Buddy Comic strip Limp-Along Leslie, That Look In Your Eye by Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks, the Ace Reports Annual 1981, and Unbranded Soluble Cola Tablets. Along the way – when not otherwise occupied with reminiscing about dodgy cinemas and only marginally less dodgy Serafinowicz-frequented ‘alternative’ clubs – we’ll be pondering why local radio was so obsessed with records with ‘Of The’ in the title, critically evaluating Peabo Bryson’s most challenging duet, and assessing the financial viability of setting yourself up as a Those Spidery Octopus Things That Rolled Down Windows influencer.
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There’s much more about what Lenny Henry was up to in the eighties in Fun At One – The Story Of Comedy At BBC Radio 1, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
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Gary has also appeared on Looks Unfamiliar talking about Googi The Liverpool Duck, Big Bubbles, No Troubles by Ellis Beggs And Howard, Derry Daring, Bugs Bunny In Space, The London Connection, Cliff Richard’s dance record as ‘Black Knight’, DJ Spuddles Original Gourmet Fries, The Shinsei Miracle and Shut Yer Gob by Lee Brennan; you can find it here.
Gary has also appeared on Tim’s Marvel Cinematic Universe podcast It’s Good, Except It Sucks talking about The Incredible Hulk here, Daredevil here, The Amazing Spider-Man here and the 1978 Dr. Strange television pilot here.
Hilary Machell joined me for a chat about Ace Reports‘ replacement CBTV on Looks Unfamiliar here, and Ben Baker enthused about Lenny Henry’s other big late eighties television comedy film Bernard And The Genie here.
Gary also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Darrell Maclaine on Blockbusters Bubblegum, Mitch Benn on Two-Stage Self-Assembly Ice Cream Cones, Richard Littler on the episode of The Waltons with a poltergeist, Ben Baker on the original version of Now – The Christmas Album, Phil Catterall on the On The Hour Christmas Special and Suzy Norman on Hugo The Hippo, as well Tim on The Zeitgeist Tapes talking to Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding about the Clangers Election Special, which you can find here.
You can find a look at how Ace Reports‘ Children’s ITV ancestor Magpie celebrated Christmas in 1976 in Christmas With Children’s ITV here.
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