Thursday, September 10, 2009


Look Around You is a British television comedy series devised and written by Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz. The first series of eight 10-minute shorts was shown in 2002, and the second series of six 30-minute episodes in 2005, both on BBC2.

Series one episodes ("modules") satirize and pay homage to late 1970s and early 1980s educational films and schools programmes which were re-run for many years after they were made. A different scientific subject is covered in each episode.

In series 2, the programme is set around 1980-81. To reinforce the show's retro look, each episode's opening continuity announcement (typically narrated by Serafinowicz) played over the 2-dimensional BBC Two ident from 1979–1986. Additionally, location footage was shot on 16mm film, of the type used for location filming at the time. Episode 1 features a Top of the Pops-style introduction complete with the real TOTP theme music from the early 80s - "Yellow Pearl" by Phil Lynott.

Features such as the song contest in the "Music 2000" episode also ground the series in the 1980s. Contestants showcase the futuristic songs they believe we could expect to hear in the far-off year 2000. Runners-up "Machadaynu", performed by Tony Rudd (played by Kevin Eldon) and Anthony Carmichael's "The Rapping Song" are beaten in the contest by Toni Baxter's track, "Sexual Interface".

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