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 author, restaurant critic and broadcaster Grace Dent, who’s refusing to eat anywhere that doesn’t remember Magic Smile by Rosie Vela, a mystery clown who appeared on the television from nowhere, the BBC’s 1986 Domesday Project, Puddles In The Lane by Alan Parker, ITV stunt cycling show BMX Beat, BBC Scotland summer holidays children’s programme The Untied Shoelaces Show, gritty ITV teen drama Going Out, eighties backing vocalists extraordinaire The Fabulous Wealthy Tarts, eighties video shop favourite Wacko and That’s Life! trying to whip up a bit of panic about raw kidney beans. Along the way we’ll be recounting Phil Redmond’s ascent to superstardom in the Netherlands, gauging The Beastie Boys’ impact on social statistic analysis, betting on a pay-per-view smackdown between Esther Rantzen and Delia Smith, and finding out just how many people it’s possible to fall out with over a black and white portable television.
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If you’re not already spooked enough by That’s Life!‘s warnings about kidney beans, you can listen to Bob Fischer on Looks Unfamiliar talking about the terrifying Triffid-like march of Giant Hogweed here and Joanne Sheppard on guarding the shores against invasion by the Colorado Beetle here.
Magic Smile by Rosie Vela surprisingly didn’t find its way onto the 1986-defining compilation album Hits 5, but you can read much more about what did here.
If you enjoyed our chat about Smash Hits, you can read much more about the influence that it had on me in We Are Very Quiet Persons Who Do Not Like To Brag here.
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