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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
10 October 2002 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
A parody of educational programs. Just don't believe anything in the show is true.
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Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A masterpiece in comedy See more (9 total) »

Cast

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Peter Serafinowicz ... Scientist / ... (13 episodes, 2002-2005)
James Serafinowicz ... Student with Copybook (9 episodes, 2002-2005)
Nigel Lambert ... Narrator (8 episodes, 2002)

Robert Popper ... Jack Morgan (8 episodes, 2002-2005)

Olivia Colman ... Pam Bachelor (6 episodes, 2005)

Josie D'Arby ... Pealy Maghti (6 episodes, 2005)

Edgar Wright ... Scientist / ... (6 episodes, 2002-2005)
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Series Directed by
Tim Kirkby (14 episodes, 2002-2005)
 
Series Writing credits
Robert Popper (14 episodes, 2002-2005)
Peter Serafinowicz (14 episodes, 2002-2005)

Series Produced by
Karen Beever .... line producer (14 episodes, 2002-2005)
Robert Popper .... producer (14 episodes, 2002-2005)
Peter Serafinowicz .... producer (14 episodes, 2002-2005)
Peter Fincham .... executive producer (8 episodes, 2002)
Ash Atalla .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2005)
Mark Freeland .... executive producer: BBC (6 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Original Music by
Robert Popper (8 episodes, 2002)
Peter Serafinowicz (8 episodes, 2002)
 
Series Cinematography by
John E. Walker (9 episodes, 2002-2005)
 
Series Film Editing by
Chris Dickens (8 episodes, 2002)
Paul Machliss (6 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Casting by
Sarah Crowe (1 episode, 2005)
 
Series Production Design by
Rosy Thomas (14 episodes, 2002-2005)
 
Series Art Direction by
Tayyaba Irtizaali (1 episode, 2005)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Benjamin Brougham (1 episode, 2005)
 
Series Costume Design by
Wiz Francis (9 episodes, 2002-2005)
Georgina Napier (8 episodes, 2002)
 
Series Makeup Department
Vanessa Alves .... makeup designer (8 episodes, 2002)
Stuart Conran .... special makeup effects artist (4 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bianca Bewley .... assistant director (1 episode, 2005)
Steve Roberts .... assistant director (1 episode, 2005)
Tracey Warren .... assistant director (1 episode, 2005)
 
Series Art Department
Marc Everett .... art department / graphics / ... (9 episodes, 2002-2005)
Antony Hariades .... art department / special makes / ... (9 episodes, 2002-2005)
James Serafinowicz .... art department (8 episodes, 2002)
Peter Fentem .... property master (6 episodes, 2005)

Ben Wissett .... graphic artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Ian Currie .... sound recordist / location sound (9 episodes, 2002-2005)
Ian Gillespie .... dubbing mixer (8 episodes, 2002)
Matt Stronge .... dubbing mixer (2 episodes, 2005)

Anthony Faust .... adr mixer (unknown episodes, 2005)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dom Greyer .... assistant camera (8 episodes, 2002)
 
Series Animation Department
Gideon Corby .... animator (9 episodes, 2002-2005)
 
Series Editorial Department
J.P. Davidson .... on-line editor (1 episode, 2005)
Peter Phillips .... vision mixer (1 episode, 2005)
 
Series Other crew
Nadia Ali .... production team (8 episodes, 2002)
Caroline Clark .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 2002)
Jenny Hay .... head of production (8 episodes, 2002)
Jane Jackson .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 2002)
James Lindsay .... location manager (8 episodes, 2002)
Ben Mangham .... location manager (8 episodes, 2002)
Theo Park .... production team (8 episodes, 2002)
Sophia Roberts .... archive researcher (8 episodes, 2002)
Matthew Mulot .... production team (5 episodes, 2005)
Lois Drysdale .... production accountant (2 episodes, 2002-2005)
 

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30 min (6 episodes) (season 2) | 9 min (8 episodes) (season 1)
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Australia:M | UK:12 | USA:TV-PG (cable rating)

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Trivia:
The first (2002) series was a parody of the patronising 1970s "For Schools and Colleges" programmes, especially ITV's series "Experiment". The second (2005) series was a parody of "Tomorrow's World" (1965).See more »
Quotes:
Narrator:In the meantime, thanks ants. Thants.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spin off from Calcium (2001)See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece in comedy, 15 February 2010
Author: mr_squirrel_man from United Kingdom

Look Around You is quite possibly my favourite comedy show ever. (Particularly series 2, which this review relates more to.)

A lot of people might not see why it's so funny, and I can understand that reaction. After all, it's pretty slow-paced and has hardly any "jokes".

All I can tell you is that when I watch an episode, I sit there laughing hysterically almost uninterrupted for 30 minutes. (And I'm not someone who laughs out loud much while watching TV.)

So what's so good about Look Around You? For me, there are five main reasons:

1. ACCURACY. First, it's funny because it's an uncannily accurate pastiche of early 80s educational programmes. The attention to detail is staggering, and it's those little details that are funny. Things like over-use of camera zooming; the announcer noisily opening his mouth before speaking; the somewhat more formal manner of TV presenters of the time. It's all so subtly done, and all these subtle little details are where the humour lies. If you don't fondly remember 70s/80s television, this will be lost on you completely.

2. SURREALISM. Hidden below the surface of this apparently serious TV programme are all kinds of completely off-the-wall, surreal elements (such as people flying, or people french-kissing in the most inappropriate of contexts). But these surreal elements are usually either very brief or not immediately obvious, giving them more comedy impact when they do surface. For me, Look Around You is bit like one of those "What's wrong with this picture?" drawings: at first all seems to be normal, but when you notice something is "wrong", it's extremely rewarding and funny.

3. IMPRACTICAL INVENTIONS. A large part of the fun of the programme is that almost all the inventions are impractical, idiotic, dangerous, or often downright sinister and creepy; yet they are all presented in the most cheerfully optimistic manner. As with the surreal elements, a lot of the fun comes from "spotting" that something is very wrong with the invention, despite the presenter assuring you that all is well.

4. NOSTALGIA. Humour aside, I just can't help but adore this programme for the nostalgic quality. It's a heart-warming trip back in time to my childhood, only with the tongue-in-cheek sensibility of a contemporary comedy show.

5. TALENT. On top of it all, I have such admiration and respect for creators Peter Serafinowicz and Robert Popper. These men are creative geniuses. Writing and producing the show, they also created all the music themselves, and every piece of music is utterly outstanding in every way, from the title theme, to the unforgettable entrants for "Music 2000" competition (which I can't stop singing/rapping). There seems to be no end to the talents of these two men. They also both make extremely charismatic and likable TV presenters. Watching the show, it is quite clear how much care, attention and scrutiny these men have put into every detail.

Overall, this is just a perfect comedy series for me. The Prince Charles finale (with the two "Hanks" at the end) is an amazing conclusion. I only wish there were more episodes.

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