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 to take a browse through some of her favourite baffling children’s annuals is writer Jenny Morrill, who’s trying unsuccessfully to play the board games in The Elvis Special 1983, The Home And Away Special 1990, The Sun Annual For Girls 1974, The Daily Mirror Book For Girls 1980 and The V Annual 1986. Along the way we’ll be finding out why you need to pass a wordsearch test in order to become an Elvis Presley fan, wondering whether Sally from Home And Away ages in real time, and debating the best way of getting on a bus upstairs. Plus there’s yet another inexplicable appearance by The Real Thing…
Looks Unfamiliar Annuals Extra: "We Don't Want To Learn A History Of Sodding Cutlery" – Looks Unfamiliar
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If you’ve enjoyed this, then you’ll find more about Tim’s own experiences with baffling annuals – including those bewildering non-copyright Play School ones – in Can’t Help Thinking About Me, a collection of columns and features with a personal twist. Can’t Help Thinking About Me is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
Jenny appeared on another edition of Looks Unfamiliar – talking about Boots Global Collection, The Just Seventeen Yearbook, P&O’s La Mer Advert, an animation about a bird that gets turned into a bat, Diary Of A Manic Street Preachers Fan, and a film her dad remembers about some sheep – which you can find here.
There’s more about V the series in Looks Unfamiliar with Mark Thompson here.
Jenny 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, 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 Meryl O’Rourke on The International Shoparound Exotic Glamourwear Catalogue, which you can find here.
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