Looks Unfamiliar Christmas Extra: “It’s Like A Choose Your Own Adventure Of News”

Stewart Lee And Richard Herring - listen to Phil Catterall and Tim Worthington talking about their 1995 Christmas Special for BBC Radio 1 - as well as the Christmas Specials of On The Hour and The Chris Morris Music Show - in the Looks Unfamiliar Christmas Extra.

Looks Unfamiliar Christmas Extra

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 for a special Christmas edition is podcaster Phil Catterall, who’s here to talk about the Christmas Specials of BBC radio comedy shows On The Hour, The Chris Morris Music Show and Lee And Herring. Along the way we’ll be learning how to pronounce ‘BBC7’, discussing how to defend yourself from a bear armed only with a book about Week Ending, testing Phil’s On The Hour Karaoke skills, and lamenting the terrible fate of the Breakaway theme music. Also, if you’re taking part in ‘Whigageddon’, you might want to have a think before listening to this…

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 About Phil

Phil Catterall is the co-host (with Ben Baker) of Don’t Let’s Chart, a podcast counting down ridiculous charts and lists of statistics that nobody needed to collate ever, from The Least High Profile Performers At The Royal Variety Performance to The Top Selling Second Hand Pre-Cert Videos. You can find more about Don’t Let’s Chart at Ben’s website here, and follow the show on Twitter at @dontletschart. If you’re new to Don’t Let’s Chart, I’d particularly recommend this one featuring Marvel’s Worst Superheroes, The World’s Most Dangerous Toys, and a Richard Nixon Quiz.

You can find Phil on Twitter at @fil5000.

Buy A Book!

You can read much more about On The Hour, The Chris Morris Music Show and Lee And Herring in Tim’s book Fun At One, the story of comedy at BBC Radio 1. Fun At One is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

Further Listening

Phil can be heard making another appearance on Looks Unfamiliar – talking about Madballs Comic, Wise Up!, Phantom 2040, the Platoon computer game, Birdseye Steakhouse Grills adverts, and Star Wars: Droidshere.

Phil has also appeared on Tim’s Marvel Cinematic Universe podcast It’s Good, Except It Sucks talking about Iron Man here, Iron Man 3 here, Inhumans here and Ant-Man And The Wasp here.

Further Reading

Come With Me Now, Into The Swirling Mists Of Human Inadequacy… is a feature on the story behind Lee And Herring’s early radio series Lionel Nimrod’s Inexplicable World, which you can find here.

There’s much more about my love of the Fist Of Fun book in The Books I Couldn’t Help Thinking About – a feature about the books that have had the greatest influence on my own writing – here.

Amongst Them Trevor The Sheep is a feature about Chris Morris’ later Radio 1 show Blue Jam, which you can find here.

Richard Herring on Plastic Bertrand, from Fist Of Fun (BBC Books, 1995).
Stewart Lee on The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, from Fist Of Fun (BBC Books, 1995).

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