Sci-tech educational parody show "Look Around You" now on DVD in the USA


24 Responses to “Sci-tech educational parody show "Look Around You" now on DVD in the USA”

  1. rwmj says:

    B3ta users did all the computer games. You can find the original b3ta challenge here.

  2. Doctor Popular says:

    Magnificent! That music is perfect too.

  3. Glastafarian says:

    I wonder if Eddie Yorke would have gone on to direct Spaced and Shaun of the Dead if he’d have kept the big bushy beard?

    • solstone says:

      I think you mean Edgar Wright, and you have the timelines wrong. Spaced was created before Look Around You. And Shaun of the Dead falls inbetween Look Around You season 1 and season 2 (2002 and 2005 respectively for the two seasons, Shaun of the Dead was released in 2004, and Spaced is way back in 1999).

      • Glastafarian says:

        In Eddie Yorke’s time-line Look Around You was made in the early 80′s, way before Spaced! And besides Edgar looks about 15 in that, just how I remember him when he was stacking shelves in what was then my local supermarket, which later became a location in Hot Fuzz. Shall we put this down to a sarcasm fail?


        • Narmitaj says:

          @ Glastfarian – Ah, you’re from Wells originally, eh? I live a few miles away… I went for a cross-country walk and turned up in Wells to find them shooting Hot Fuzz in the market square (carefully not showing the cathedral, as “Sandford” was supposed to be a village).

          I even went to see the film in the Wells Film Centre (for those not local, it’s a small three-theatre cinema set up by a couple and their six daughters which, despite being housed in a former Scout “hut”, managed to wangle a digital projector through a national grant project; and Edgar Wright apparently worked there at some point).

          They’ve been refurbishing Somerfield (the relevant supermarket) in recent weeks.

  4. jamiethehutt says:

    Birds. What are birds? We just don’t know.

  5. Narmitaj says:

    @ Anon – Zero X was a Mars-going spaceship in TV21 / Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds universe, which I imagine is the reference point. See it launch:

  6. Narmitaj says:

    Did you know that the film editor of several Look Around You episodes – including Water, where the “birds?” quote comes from – has an Oscar? For Editing? Fact! He also edited Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and the upcoming Paul. (Chris Dickens. However, his Oscar was for Slumdog Millionaire.)

  7. scifijazznik says:

    Thanks to this show, my four-year-old knows that germs are from Germany.

  8. woid says:

    Xeni, every name you list is a man’s name. Were there any women writers and comedians there at all?

    • nutbastard says:

      Of course there were, obviously Xeni just left them out on purpose to keep women down.

      : \

      *wah wah wah waaaah…. WAAAAaaaaaah*
      /price is right

      • woid says:

        Just wondering about the ratio. Do you prefer “comedienne” or “comediette”?

        • nutbastard says:

          I find both to be silly, though I also think that female fire suppression personnel ought to simply be called ‘firemen’. Nothing wrong with truncating the ‘wo’. I find gender specific titles to be divisive rather than celebratory. How condescending is it to be known as ‘the first black ______’ or ‘the first female ______’? It’s like some sort of asterisk that highlights the fact that whatever you’ve done, a white male did it before you, which is irrelevant. Accomplishments should stand on their own merit; to constantly make the distinction is to perpetuate the idea that we’re unequal, divided by race or gender, and that somehow the accomplishment of one member of some group constitutes a ‘win’ for that group. It implies that if one weren’t of some group, their accomplishment would mean less. THAT’S discrimination. Just like 10x more people know who walked on the moon first over who walked on it second. If the second guy had been black, would he be known as ‘the first black man to walk on the moon’? Probably. But I say it’s people. We’re all just people.

          Comedian, then. Or Comic. No need for comicess or any such silliness.

          • woid says:

            That’s too bad, I was about to suggest “comicina”.

            Xeni, my question wasn’t “were there women?” — it was “were there funnywomen?” namely comedy writers and performers. From what you say, I guess the answer is “not so you’d notice”.

            Not surprising, as women in the comedy world are still few and far between, while men continue to be numerous and packed close together.

    • Xeni Jardin says:

      I’m sure there were, but I did not know them personally or recognize them by face. In other news, I, too, am a woman.

      And in still other news, there were dozens of people present, not all of whom are named in this blog post.

  9. planto says:

    Another show to check out that is similar in tone is the trippy Dare to Believe from around the same period.

    • sg1969 says:

      aaaaah that’s what it was called! I couldn’t remember the name of the show, but at least I stumbled upon Look Around You by chance while looking for it.

  10. Margot Dent says:

    I was there! It was so much fun. Also spotted Rich Fulcher and Chris O’Dowd.

  11. Anonymous says:

    No we don’t. We refer to it as ‘Noughts and Crosses’. ‘Zero Ex’ is a joke.

    A Briton.

  12. Dungeonbrownies says:

    Geeze, I loved these things, but theyre seriously terrible for the science squad sorta people. Funny? yes, very funny.. BUT they screw with your head pretty bad if youre not careful. I remember once I was sitting in lab and grabbed fastening buchner funnel to a drying flask when I suddenly thought, “I wonder if I’d need a keck clamp/interface to hook this up to the jane gray tube” before suddenly realizing there’s no such thing. -_-;

  13. icerunner says:

    Thanks Xeni.


  14. Anonymous says:

    Do Brits really refer to “Tic Tac Toe” as “Zero Ex”? I’ve never heard that.

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