Episode Summary

As a special extra Christmas treat for Looks Unfamiliar listeners, here's a compilation of highlights from the archives, with extracts from Christmas-themed podcasts of Christmases past by Tim Worthington, Ben Baker, Phil Catterall and Darrell Maclaine-Jones. A lot of this hasn't been available for years, and a lot of it is still rather funny, so we hope you enjoy it! Along the way we talk about Now - The Christmas Album, Val Doonican, A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector, School Fairs, Department Store Grottos, Last-Minute Shopping and Disastrous Office Parties; run down charts of Bad Santas, The Worst Ever Christmas Songs and The Best Ever Christmas Quotes; and listen to bewildering Christmas Singles by Russ Conway, Rotterdam Termination Source, Mr. Christmas, Percy Sugden from Coronation Street and The Count from Sesame Street. We'll also be finding out who Tim thinks is more important than Father Christmas, who Ben suspects might be Father Christmas, what happened when Phil went carol singing, and what the other tape in Darrell's house was. Not to mention who recorded a song called 'Santa's A Big Fat Fuck'...

Ben Baker's Festive Double Issue is an informative and hilarious book looking at the good, the bad and the plain baffling from forty years of Christmas TV, from Morecambe And Wise and The Box Of Delights to some thing with Willy Rushton as Santa stuck in the Wild West. No I'm not making that up. It comes very highly recommended and you can get it in time for Christmas from https://benbaker.ecwid.com/Ben-Bakers-Festive-Double-Issue-Forty-Years-Of-Christmas-TV-p95383976

Episode Notes

As a special extra Christmas treat for Looks Unfamiliar listeners, here's a compilation of highlights from the archives, with extracts from Christmas-themed podcasts of Christmases past by Tim Worthington, Ben Baker, Phil Catterall and Darrell Maclaine-Jones. A lot of this hasn't been available for years, and a lot of it is still rather funny, so we hope you enjoy it! Along the way we talk about Now - The Christmas Album, Val Doonican, A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector, School Fairs, Department Store Grottos, Last-Minute Shopping and Disastrous Office Parties; run down charts of Bad Santas, The Worst Ever Christmas Songs and The Best Ever Christmas Quotes; and listen to bewildering Christmas Singles by Russ Conway, Rotterdam Termination Source, Mr. Christmas, Percy Sugden from Coronation Street and The Count from Sesame Street. We'll also be finding out who Tim thinks is more important than Father Christmas, who Ben suspects might be Father Christmas, what happened when Phil went carol singing, and what the other tape in Darrell's house was. Not to mention who recorded a song called 'Santa's A Big Fat Fuck'...

Ben Baker's Festive Double Issue is an informative and hilarious book looking at the good, the bad and the plain baffling from forty years of Christmas TV, from Morecambe And Wise and The Box Of Delights to some thing with Willy Rushton as Santa stuck in the Wild West. No I'm not making that up. It comes very highly recommended and you can get it in time for Christmas from https://benbaker.ecwid.com/Ben-Bakers-Festive-Double-Issue-Forty-Years-Of-Christmas-TV-p95383976

About the Show

Writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington is joined by a series of guests for a bit of a chat about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever does. From Coming On Strong by Broken English and The Order Of The McVitie's Hobnob, to whichever TV programme it was that ended with footage of dandelion seeds being blown away, we're here to try and help, and to confirm that no, nobody else remembers them either.