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

Lee And Herring, as discussed by Tim Worthington and Phil Catterall 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 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’, finding out 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.

Phil is 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 appeared as a guest on Looks Unfamiliar – talking about Madballs Comic, Wise Up!, Phantom 2040, the Platoon computer game, Birdseye Steakhouse Grills adverts, and Star Wars: Droids – which you can find here.

Further Reading

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

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.

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.

Stewart Lee on The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.


Looks Unfamiliar is hosted by Podnose. You can help Podnose to continue providing quality podcasts for free by donating to their GoFundMe here.

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