Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which I chat to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. You can find all of the episodes to download below, or if you’d prefer you can subscribe in iTunes here.
Lydia Mizon – “There was no Dicaprio rhyme”
QI Elf Lydia Mizon on Stoppit And Tidyup, Fervour, Alphabet Castle, Roseanne And The Magic Mirror, Party Mania and a book about Lydia who hated cress.
Gary Bainbridge – “There must be some kid getting a hundred and fifty grand”
Writer Gary Bainbridge on Coast To Coast, Deadly Boring, Supersonic Man, Audisee’s The War Of The Worlds, Limp-Along Leslie, That Look In Your Eye bv Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks, Ace Reports Annual 1981 and Unbranded Soluble Cola Tablets.
Richard Littler – “This is all that is left… of a wall”
Scarfolk creator Richard Littler on The Waltons: The Changeling, Star Wars Blackpool Illuminations, Ghost Special No. 2, Meet Mr. Bomb, Maskatron, The Finishing Line, Sound Effects No. 13 – Death And Horror, Come Back Lucy and Richard Williams’ A Christmas Carol.
Suzy Norman – “I kept this sweaty scarf in my drawer for about two years”
Novelist Suzy Norman on Sugar Box by Then Jerico, Hugo The Hippo, peculiar Welsh family sayings, Jennifer And Josephine, EastEnders‘ ‘Cat And Mouse’ storyline and Chambourcy Real Chocolate Mousse.
Darrell Maclaine – “Imperial Phase Matthew Corbett”
Writer and designer Darrell Maclaine on Luv’d Up by Crush, Trev And Simon’s World Tour, Blockbusters Bubble Gum, Learn With Sooty: Be Safe, Find Out More and Spike Milligan’s cameo in Steps Into Summer.
Tim Worthington – “That perfect collision of Time, Place and Loud Ties”
Writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington on Stop-Go!, It’s A Shame by Kris Kross, Spider-Woman, I Wanted To See You To See If I Wanted You by Moose, The ITV Encyclopedia Of Adventure, The Young Poisoner’s Handbook, the original version of Right Here by SWV and Radio Tip Top.
Mitch Benn – “The Marvel and DC of Ice Cream”
Comedian Mitch Benn on 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.
Pete Prodge – “Paul Nuttalls of the UCHIPS”
Comedian Pete Prodge on How Dare You!, School Fun, Curse Of Sherwood, The Evil Horde, Burton’s Potato Puffs and the Dune sticker album.
Jim Sangster – “A horrible bee-in-a-jar type noise”
Writer Jim Sangster on A Small Problem, The Ballad Of Lady Di by The Hon. Nick Jones and Ian Macrae, They Came From Somewhere Else, Worlds Beyond, Spice World for the PlayStation and Rubovia.
Paul Abbott – “So I started writing about Gobots instead”
Musician Paul Abbott on The Compleat Beatles, Zeeb And The Martians, Crab E. Crab, Rock Lords: Narlies, the Commodore Plus/4 and The Late Night Funster Show.
Melanie Williams – “She was just completely expunged from the Girl-verse”
Academic Melanie Williams on Kelly Monteith, Aubrey, Kellogg’s Rise And Shine, Patty’s World, Mustard Mind, The Man Who Juggled Blocks On Variety Shows and Rimmel Coffee Shimmer.
Chris Hughes – “The Mr. Wilmott-Brown of chocolate bars”
Writer Chris Hughes on Buzzfax, Hector The Help The Aged Dog, Load Runner, The Gillette Video Show, The One-Two Bar, Mordillo, Morse (He’s A Mystery To Me) by Codex and The British Banknote Keyring.
Anna Cale – “Mrs. Mangel’s living room was the bane of my life”
Writer Anna Cale on the Neighbours sticker album, Wendy Cracked A Walnut, Rogue, Sosmix, Secrets Of The Sea and the Shackleton’s High Seat Chairs advert.
Bob Fischer – “False Flag Giant Hogweed”
Broadcaster Bob Fischer on The Tom O’Connor Roadshow, Giant Hogweed, Can’t Get A Ticket (For The World Cup) by Peter Dean, Glee Bars, J. Edward Oliver’s ‘Abolish Tuesdays’ and How To Be A Wally.
Chris Shaw – “It’s half three and something is happening”
Beatle Academic Chris Shaw on Bailey’s Comets, Evoluon, Rock School, The Phantom Tollbooth, Robbie Vincent’s Phone-In Show and F.I.S.T..
Andy Lewis – “It was as though someone had phoned through a description of what Coke tasted like”
Musician Andy Lewis on The Aeronauts, Spy In Space by Patrick Moore, Sir Galaxy, Gorgo, The Secret Of Steel City and Vintage Anti-Enoch Powell Graffiti.
Paul Putner – “There’s no Drill version of the theme to Hunted”
Actor Paul Putner on Phone Home by Johnny Chingas, The Night Walker, Treborland, Holmes And Yoyo, Out Of Town and Vectrex Arcade System.
Gillian Kirby – “What’s not Work Safe about sick worms?”
Juggler Gillian Kirby on an unidentified episode of Dramarama, Teletext After Hours, Transvision Vamp, Orbitz, Seattle Coffee Company, bolt.com and S.T.A.R.S..
Michael Livesley – “He was pitching his fellow potatoes into the fat”
Actor and musician Michael Livesley on The Rupert Bear Flexidisc, The How And Why Wonder Book Of Dinosaurs, Murphy’s Crisps, a newsflash about Violet Carson, Topps Football ’78 and Clumsy Colin Action Biker.
Paul Cornell – “You don’t want a less powerful mantra for frippery Astral Travel”
Writer Paul Cornell on Phoenix Five, Fear In Firland, Danny Dunn, Outa-Space, Astral Projection Instruction Manuals and Terry Wogan’s eccentric playlist choices.
Stephen Brotherstone And Dave Lawrence – “We’ll Definitely Eat These Meatballs”
Writers Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence on The Lone Ranger by Quantum Jump, Roger Moore And The Crimefighters, 10-4 Action, Pictures, Deus Ex Machina and a withdrawn Williams Furniture Superstore advert.
Justin Lewis – “It Sounds Like Regional Sweep”
Writer and editor Justin Lewis on Neither Fish Nor Flesh by Terence Trent D’Arby, In One Ear, The London Symphony Orchestra version of Tommy, Orbit, Pop Score and the Welsh Language dubbed version of Trumpton.
Emma Burnell – “They’re Only Eating Macaroni”
Journalist Emma Burnell on The Royal Potwasher, Melody Radio, Channel 4’s Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, A Woman In Your Own Right, The Lords Of Midnight and Herman’s Head.
Vikki Gregorich And Jeff Lewis – “No It’s Just A Radio That’s Been Left On”
Game Developer Jeff Lewis and Board Game Collector Vikki Gregorich on Animalympics, Conrad’s War, Paul Biegel, Deathworld, The Last American and The Secret Cabaret.
Mark Thompson – “Libby’s Difficult Second Carton Drink”
Political commentator Mark Thompson on Libby’s Moonshine, A. Mazing Monsters, Agony, Being Erica, Hawkeye Collins And Amy Adams – Can You Solve The Mystery? and We Know Where You Live.
John Rain – “They Probably Made Mick Fleetwood And Samantha Fox Look Like The Hitman And Her”
SMERSH Pod host John Rain on Your Mother Wouldn’t Like It, E.T. Cola Creams, Trading Places Day, Murder In Space, Hello Mum and Oink!.
Phil Norman – “Salvador Dali’s Scalextric Set”
Animator Phil Norman on S-S-S-Single Bed by Fox, Leapfrog, The Country Life Christmas Box, Humrush by KMD, Body Contact, Oscar The Rabbit In Rubbidge, Erasmus Microman and Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humpe And Find True Happiness?.
Jenny Morrill – “I Just Get Pictures Of Actual Boots”
Writer Jenny Morrill on 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.
Jack Kibble-White – “You’ll Never Silence Paul Coia”
Writer Jack Kibble-White on Don’t Give Up Your Day Job by Richard Digance, Games World, United Kingdom: Working For The Enemy, Arken Sword, Who’s Next, and a competition to write a new This Morning theme tune.
Martin Belam – “It’s Not Funny Having A Piano Fall On Your Head If Someone’s Just Drawn It”
Journalist Martin Belam on the Laurel And Hardy cartoon, Faith No More on Top Of The Pops, missing scenes from Flash Gordon, touring space shuttles, a documentary on Dr. Mabuse by Propaganda, and New Order not being able to play Your Silent Face live.
Tim Worthington – “People Don’t Really Go On About Psychedelic Blue Peter”
Writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington on The Only Way by Lisa Stansfield, The Brain, the Jackanory adaptation of Starstormers, a Public Information Film about boat safety, I Was Made To Love Magic by Nick Drake, Secrets From The School Underground, Skyman and Rubovia.
Garreth F. Hirons – “I Backed The Betamax Of Nirvana Spinoffs”
Musician and writer Garreth F. Hirons on The Yellow Album by The Simpsons, The Frankie Goes To Hollywood Computer Game, Sweet 75, Linc’s, Transformers Action Masters, The Way Of The Tiger and Quatro.
Ros Ballinger – “I Can’t Remember If It Was The First Leg Or The Second Leg”
Comedian Ros Ballinger on Henry’s Leg, Waiting For Aliens, ice creams with real fruit in them, a schools safety video with Hannah Taylor Gordon, Microsoft Explorapedia and The Adventures Of Fat Freddy’s Cat.
James Gent – “A Cross Between The Prisoner And Test Match Special”
Writer James Gent on The Golden Oldie Picture Show, When The Wind Blows by David Bowie, Beeb Magazine, T-Rex Greatest Hits albums without any of the hits on them, Boxpops and the Montreux Special of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
Darrell Maclaine – “The Russ Abbot’s Madhouse Cosplay Kit”
Designer Darrell Maclaine on Carols At Christmas by The Greater Manchester Police Choir, FunFax: Disguise And False Identity, Rubik’s Clock, The Brennan JB7 Advert, VTech Master Video Painter and the Children’s BBC Broom Cupboard 1996 April Fool’s Day Hoax.
Paul Kirkley – “The Most Memorable Movie Ferret Sacrifice Ever”
Writer Paul Kirkley on The Kids From Fame Again, The A-Team Novels, Del Amitri by Del Amitri, David Nobbs’ Henry Pratt Novels, The Beastmaster, The Saturday Picture Show and the Adam Ant comic strip.
Jonny Morris – “What Was Actually In The Dandy?”
Writer Jonny Morris on the BBC Micro Welcome tape, Jack Silver, Mr Spendy, The Carmen Ejogo Show, Dead Ernest and Jesta Giggle by The Barron Knights.
Una McCormack – “Revolution 9 For Descant Recorder And Woodblock”
Writer Una McCormack on Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay, Screw-Top Virgin Marys, Desert Wellies, The Melendy Family Novels, Tales From The Edge Of The World and Trick Sticks.
Jacqueline Rayner – “She Went To The Ball In A Horse-Drawn Bath”
Writer Jacqueline Rayner on Quincy’s Quest, Quosh Tropical, Bernie Clifton’s ‘El Bandido’, Klonks, Pippa Dolls and Honey Bear Spread.
Will Maclean – “Barnaby’s Apocalypse”
Writer Will Maclean on Once Upon A Time… Man, Galaxy High, In The Sofa, Powers Of Ten, The Snake and The Episode Of The Sooty Show Where Sweep Had Brain Surgery.
Steve Berry – “I Survived The Great Nostalgia Wars Of 1989”
Writer, broadcaster and TV Crisp Expert Steve Berry on Single Versions Of Pop Songs That Never Get Played Any More, Elastoplast Heroes, United States Of Television, Skoal Bandits, Starblazer Electronic Space Command Belt and Morning Has Broken.
Samira Ahmed – “They all had hair like Russ Tamblyn”
Journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed on The Saturday Banana, Havoc, The Changes, Childhood Misapprehensions About The News, Nurdin & Peacock Own Brand Cola, The School Computer and that time that Picture Box used a clip from Cleopatra Jones.
Rae Earl – “I think it was a cerebral Cheggers Plays Pop”
Writer Rae Earl on Rock’n’Bubble, The Home Cookery Club, Codename Icarus, Puzzle Party, comedy duo Cheese And Onion, and the episodes of Battle Of The Planets where Zoltar was a woman.
Steve O’Brien – “E.T. Pretzel Design”
Entertainment journalist Steve O’Brien on Simon In The Land Of Chalk Drawings, KP Sky Divers, Health And Efficiency, Ice Cold Cube and High Time by The Stone Roses, Brat Farrar and the Alfred Hitchcock And The Three Investigators books.
Lisa Parker And Andrew Trowbridge – “He looks like a normal boy with a nose”
Podcasters Lisa Parker and Andrew Trowbridge on Big John Little John, Virtual Murder, Matchbox Cascade, the Bobby Brewster books, Enid Blyton’s Mr Pink-Whistle, and the Jaws game.
Mark Griffiths – “It was definitely an audience member, if you’ll pardon the pun”
Writer Mark Griffiths on Five Minutes by Mainframe, The Bloke Who Pulled His Pants Down On Kilroy, Disneyland by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Charles Hawtrey as a vampire on Runaround, BBC Records And Tapes’ Off Beat Sound Effects, and missing the first episode of a new series of Doctor Who because you were at the Doctor Who exhibition in Blackpool.
Martin Ruddock – “I made a plasticine Harold Macmillan”
Writer Martin Ruddock shares his recollections of The Baker Street Boys, Doomlord, Robotix, The Fairy Tale Adventure, The Legend Of Tim Tyler and Thurman. [Download]
Jem Roberts – “ET is a definite thing”
Comedy historian and storyteller Jem Roberts tells us about Doop, Dizzy (the ZX Spectrum game), Alien Blood, Nibbit Wheelz, Wet Wet Wet Being Any Good, and an advert reuniting Neil and Vyvyan from The Young Ones.
Ben Baker – “Just a bit massively stereotypical”
Ben Baker is back for a second appearance talking about Toksvig, The Whizzkid’s Guide, Mysteries Of Old Peking, Mo-Ho-Bish-O-Pi, Go (the 1999 film), and Making Your Own TV Listings Magazines.
Emma Burnell – “Jessica Wakefield is Jessica Fletcher writ large”
Broadcaster, columnist and standup comic Emma Burnell on Whose Side Are You On?, Sweet Valley High, Scoubidou, The Patchwork Monkey, Split Second, and the Ever Ready ‘Power To The People’ advert.
Ben Baker – “The famous Fourth Universal Monster”
Writer, broadcaster and quizmaster Ben Baker on TV Mayhem, The Onion Bag, Fiendish Feet, the early internet craze for misidentifying every comedy song as ‘by’ Weird Al Yankovic, Bingo Brown, and the International Youth Service penpal scheme.
Stephen O’Brien – “The classic ‘Four Calculators’ sketch”
Writer Stephen O’Brien on The Office (the Steven Moffat one), LM magazine, You Can Do The Cube, Brilliant (the band), The Beachcombers and other last-minute ITV emergency schedule replacement standbys, and The Morecambe And Wise Board Game. [Download]
Mark Thompson – “I’m quite happy with my passport colour to be honest”
Radio host and political pundit Mark Thompson on Whiz Kids, Crash ZX Spectrum, Night Shift, Public Information Film family The Blunders, The Last Train, and The Drak Pack.
Garreth F. Hirons – “Piers Morgan, I want my Sizzlin’ Bacon back!”
Musician and writer Garreth F. Hirons on The Bigger The God, Food Fighters, Saboteur, The Triangle Of Terror, Sizzlin’ Bacon Monster Munch, and Fun At The Funeral Parlour. [Download]
Phil Catterall – “Here is Pyramint, buy Pyramint”
Gamer Phil Catterall on Madballs Comic, Wise Up!, Phantom 2040, the Platoon computer game, Birdseye Steakhouse Grills adverts, and Star Wars: Droids.
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