It's another returning guest, as Looks Unfamiliar host Tim Worthington is back, and he's brought some Morons From Outer Space with him. Directed by Mike Hodges, who also brought us Get Carter, a very different movie.

Starring Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones, there are lots of comparisons with other British TV comedians and the numerous sci-fi films that this film rips off and perhaps inspired.

During the pod, I reference a BFI piece about the movie, including a video interview with the director. Here's the link:

Hopefully Tim will return to discuss some more movies - in the meantime, his podcast is essential listening and is one of a number of nostalgia goldmines on his website


For episode 21, I'm joined by my friend Ian Callaghan to talk about one of the cult kids films of the 80s, Flight Of The Navigator.

We probably libel ourselves talking about Pee-Wee Herman, discuss the criminal activities of the child star and query why NASA force people to watch Jeopardy in their own homes.

Ian has two projects running on Instagram which are good fun to follow, the first is taking a photo a day of his various activities ( and the other where he takes some alternative looks at buildings and structures (

We do make reference to a previous recording - this was done earlier in 2018 but the tech gremlins ballsed it up so this was recorded in his living room.


20. This Is Spinal Tap

Unfortunately not episode 11, I'm joined by Absolute Radio DJ and voiceover artist Claire Sturgess to talk about the most famous mockumentary of all - This Is Spinal Tap.

There are anecdotes, name-drops and suggestions throughout, as well as a couple of clips from the film.

Note the cover of the podcast had to be changed as some podcast carriers refused to post it, so I've gone black - how much more black could this be? None.


I'm jumping on the World Cup bandwagon with a look at the official FIFA films of the World Cups of 1982 and 1986.

G'Ole, about the tournament in Spain in 1982, was narrated by Sean Connery. Hero, based on Mexico 86, was narrated by Michael Caine. Both had soundtracks provided by Rick Wakeman.

Returning to the club is Chris Oakley, brains behind Kitbliss, who are doing a World Cup of World Cup Kits, well worth getting involved in.


A Cannon classic here, as I'm joined by Stephen Graham (PlopGazette on Twitter) to discuss a film about He-Man without mentioning He-Man very much - we talk more about a competition winner playing a role with no lines...

As always, any shares, feedback or reviews are hugely appreciated.


I'm joined by Edward Carter, aka Dotmund, for this episode - a parody of Blaxploitation films by Keenen Ivory Wayans, director of White Chicks...

It's quite silly, and this podcast includes a couple of clips from the film. The film was not released in UK cinemas, so rather than the usual number one song, I've included a poem by "Flyguy", recited at the Pimp Of The Year competition.

Ed will be back for future episodes, looking at The Terminator and Beverly Hills Cop 2.


16. The Dead Zone

It's another trip to the mind of Stephen King, as I'm joined by Paul Jenkins to talk about 1983's The Dead Zone, starring Christopher Walken and Martin Sheen.

Paul is one of the people behind 24 Stories, a collection of short stories, the profits of which will benefit survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire and Trauma Response Network.

There are a few crackles on some of the sound of the podcast, apologies in advance.


15. Stir Crazy

It's time to go to prison for a crime I didn't commit... Joining me to discuss 1980's Stir Crazy is Carla Francis, half of the awesome Theme Park Films podcast and one of the drivers behind the Brit Pod Scene network.

We discuss whether Shawshank Redemption was a spiritual sequel to this, why isn't rodeo popular in the UK and the somewhat lax justice system in Arizona.

If you like what you hear, please let your friends know - while an iTunes review would be wonderful. Thank you.


14. Big

A 12-year-old boy wishes he was big (didn't we all) and wakes up as Tom Hanks...

I'm joined by Chris Oakley, designer of the podcast logo and also from the excellent Kitbliss website, to talk about a body swap fantasy involving an arcade wish machine and when being "on top" with a woman means the top bunk.



13. The Breakfast Club

Episode 13 of Betamax sees me in Saturday detention, left to think about what I've done. I'm not sure whether I'm the jock, the criminal or even the princess, but I'll find out. Also being punished is ITN producer and journalist Lindsey Bowers, who can be found on Twitter here and she blogs here

The reason we're in detention is in honour of a John Hughes masterpiece, The Breakfast Club, which like this podcast, was set on Saturday March 24th.

This was recorded in January 2018, before my paternity leave, but thankfully most of the references appear to have aged well.

As ever, feedback, sharing and subscribing is hugely appreciated.


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