Look Around You


BBC Two (UK)



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Look around you. Look around you. Just look around you. What do you see? A tree. A weather-vane. A discarded lollipop-wrapper. A traffic shop. All of these things, and any other things you may care to mention, have one thing in common. Can you work out what it is? The first series of this British comedy show, filmed in 2002, was a send-up of the earnest programmes for schools made in the 1960s and 1970s. The second series (2005) is a friendlier spoof of the BBC's own slightly wacky 'Tomorrow's World' programme (1965-2002), and it gives a view from somewhere around 1982 of what life might be like in the early 21st century. The new series is again written by Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz and consists of six thirty-minute shows, a big improvement on the ten-minute format of the first series. The new episodes are all wonderfully daft... Remember to have your jotter and your copy book handy!

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S2E4 - Food

As our lives have become busier, there has been less time for food. However, one solution has been to eat 'fast food', and it seems that Britain's favourite kind of fast food is casserole. The BBC's crack science team get to grips with food, from the latest fully automated casserole restaurant to Slimby's patented weight-loss system. Peter, Jack, Pealy and Pam tuck into another menu from the future.

Air Date: 21 Feb 2005 16:00 (CDT)

S2E5 - Computers

By the year 1990 there may be up to 10,000 computers in Britain. The Look Around You team prepare you for a computed future with the help of Computer Jones and the most powerful computer in Britain, called Bournemouth. Also in this episode, the first computer designed for women - the Petticoat 5.

Air Date: 28 Feb 2005 16:00 (CDT)

S2E6 - Live Final

The Look Around You Invention of the Year Award comes to you live from BBC Television Centre in Shepherd's Bush, London. Six leading inventors are in the studio hoping to take the big trophy. The finalists include the team behind a machine which can change your sex in minutes, and it will be tested live on the show.

HRH Prince Charles will be announcing the winner and awarding the grand prize, always supposing he is not busy somewhere else...

Air Date: 07 Mar 2005 16:00 (CDT)