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 comedian Meryl O’Rourke, who’s literally rooting through her drawers as we speak in search of BBC Schools programme Sam On Boff’s Island, early portable television the Roadstar, early word processor the Canon StarWriter, Thames Television’s kids club magazine Telereporter, LWT magazine show The Six O’Clock Show, Tom Hanks sitcom Bosom Buddies, and The International Shoparound Exotic Glamourwear Catalogue. Along the way we’ll be estimating how many pills make Michael Rosen larger, failing to impress Russell Harty in a lift, considering the audience Venn Diagram for Dramarama: Spooky and Button Moon, puzzling over why less underwear costs more, and trying not to think too much about the operational logistics behind party invites reading ‘Graham is bringing his porn’.
Meryl O’Rourke is a comedian; you can find details and dates for Meryl’s current show Vanilla – and much more besides – on Twitter at @MerylORourke.
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And You And I Would Call Them Dragonfiles is a feature on the music from that slightly better known collaboration between Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin and John Faulkner and Sandra Kerr, Bagpuss; you can find it here.
You can hear Tim talking about another obscure Smallfilms production – Vote For Froglet, the little-seen Clangers Election Special – with Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding on The Zeitgeist Tapes here.
Meryl also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Shanine Salmon on the 1993 version of the EastEnders theme, Lydia Mizon on Stoppit And Tidyup, Jenny Morrill on The Elvis Special 1983, Al Kennedy on Steve Jackson’s Battle Cards, David Smith on Little Clowns Of Happytown, Lisa Parker And Andrew Trowbridge on Furzlin’ With Shag Connors And The Carrot Crunchers and Tim talking about Space Sentinels, which you can find here.
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