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.
This is a collection of highlights from shows forty nine to fifty four, featuring Suzy Norman on Hugo The Hippo, Richard Littler on the episode of The Waltons with a Poltergeist, Gary Bainbridge on Radio City’s Jack Your Body parody Deadly Boring, Tim Worthington on It’s A Shame by Kris Kross, Phil Catterall on the On The Hour Christmas Special, Ben Baker on Now – The Christmas Album, Mitch Benn on Two-Stage Self-Assembly Ice Cream Cones, and Darrell Maclaine on Blockbusters Bubblegum. Along the way we’ll be finding out what Richard Stilgoe rhymed with ‘poltergeist’, speculating on what local radio’s obsession with records with ‘Of The’ in the title was all about, recounting how the cast of The Sullivans got caught up in a South-East turf war, debating Steve Ditko’s role in the invention of Cornetto, going to see a time-travelling Candy Flip, investigating how the ‘Hand Jive’ era of Blockbusters was entirely illicitly funded by holes in grandparents’ pockets, revisiting Peter Skellern’s ‘Lurpak Years’, lamenting the terrible fate of the Breakaway theme music, and unveiling our new foolproof scheme for alluding to now-disgraced celebrities without actually naming them. Plus there’s also a bit of extra chat with Richard about an unusual BBC showing of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and something you might not have heard before – Tim on The Zeitgeist Tapes talking to Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding about the long-forgotten Clangers Election Special Vote For Froglet!
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You can hear the full version of The Zeitgeist Tapes – Vote For Froglet here.
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It’s A Shame puts in a well-deserved appearance in a rundown of The Ten Least Effective Protest Songs, which you can find here.
You Can’t Imagine Summer Without It is a look at Now – The Summer Album, the bizarre follow-up to Now – The Christmas Album, which you can find here.
You can find the full version of The Zeitgeist Tapes – Vote For Froglet here.
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