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 musician, comedian and writer Mitch Benn, who’s trying to get a team of light entertainment stars to decipher his mimes for Children’s BBC celebrity panel shows Star Turn and Star Turn Challenge, evil Grange Hill teacher Mr. Hicks, Subbuteo-rivalling tabletop football game Striker, Lines by The Planets, Marvel UK strip Night Raven and the craze for having international celebrities acting in pop videos. Along the way we’ll be debating whether the most glamorous showbiz spectacular would be a ‘Challenge’ or ‘On Ice’, revealing when you should stage a Rihanna-Off or indeed a Rhianna-Off, and enjoying a couple of rounds of The Official John Craven Soccer Game.
Mitch Benn is a comedian, musician, journalist, author, actor and pretty much everything else along those lines you can think of. You can find Mitch’s website here and his Patreon here, and follow him on Twitter at @MitchBenn.
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Mitch has appeared on Looks Unfamiliar talking about Nobody’s House, Don’t Stand So Close To Me ’86 by The Police, Cyborg and Muton, Orion, Two Stage Self-Assembly Ice Cream Cones and Get Stuffed here, 54321, Logan’s Run The Series, Matchbox Zoomy Balloonies, Action Man’s Atomic Man and Bullet Man, King Swamp, and fifties nostalgia in the seventies here, and Monday Morning 5.19 by Rialto, The Laughing Prisoner, Oh Baby by Rhianna, Pocketeers, O.T.T. and the original pre-Geoffrey incarnation of Rainbow here.
Mitch has also appeared on Tim’s Marvel Cinematic Universe podcast It’s Good, Except It Sucks talking about Captain America: Civil War, which you can find here.
Al Kennedy joined us for a chat about another rarely glimpsed Marvel character – the forgotten Captain Marvel Genis-Vell – in Looks Unfamiliar here.
A Fast Exciting All Action Game is a look back at Denys Fisher Toys’ frequently baffling seventies and eighties television and celebrity tie-in board games; you can find it here.
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