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, and they’re comparing notes on what they would bring to an Ultimate Christmas Experience including the Have A Cracking Christmas At Woolworths and Christmas ’82 – Today’s Tesco adverts, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer pilot The Weekenders, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie pilot The Crystal Cube, John Peel’s Festive Fifty, The NME Singles Of The Year 1991, Sky Star Search, the lost Doctor Who panto episode from 1965, The Butthole Surfers appearing on Snub TV, a disastrous interview from Channel 4’s Naked City, Chas’n’Dave’s Christmas Knees-Up, Chorlton In The Iceworld, Banned From The Pubs by Peter And The Test Tube Babies, Weed Bus by The Stairs, and some unwelcome intrusions from Max Headroom, a shower of ‘refreshed’ Granada announcers and the Test Card Clown – but no Test Card Girl. Along the way we’ll be testing the scientific veracity of Schrodinger’s Peel Session, querying whether David Quantick is the real Santa, suffering from Hugh Laurie Seasickness, discovering the exact wrong Pulp song to serenade someone with, and calling for the immediate abolition of Sexually Assertive Butter Men.
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You can hear another appearance by Grace on Looks Unfamiliar – talking about Magic Smile by Rosie Vela, a mystery clown who appeared on the television from nowhere, the BBC Domesday Project, Puddles In The Lane by Alan Parker, BMX Beat, The Untied Shoelaces Show, Going Out, The Fabulous Wealthy Tarts, Wacko and That’s Life!‘s raw kidney bean campaign – here.
You can read more about The Max Headroom Broadcast Signal Intrusion Incident – if you dare – in Emergency Questions here.
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