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Look Around You : Complete BBC Series 2 [DVD]

Robert Popper , Peter Serafinowicz , Tim Kirkby    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Robert Popper, Peter Serafinowicz
  • Directors: Tim Kirkby
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CCE228
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,998 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Taking inspiration from the golden era of late Seventies and early Eighties television, Look Around You looks at the very latest developments in science and technology in one of the most consistently funny parodies you're ever likely to see.

This brilliantly original second series has the same well-observed hilarious brand of humour as the first BAFTA nominated series and is presented by the very talented Jack Morgan (Robert Popper), Peter Packard (Peter Serafinowicz), Pam Bachelor (Olivia Colman) and Pealy Maghti (Josie D'Arby). In a blaze of 1980's big hair, sideburns, ra-ra skirts and jumpsuits, this series also features cameos from some of the UK's finest comedy performers including Harry Enfield, Matt Lucas, Simon Pegg and Sarah Alexander.

Each episode the team considers the future of music, health, sport, music, food and computers - much as they did in the original 'Tomorrow's World' series. Each week they are joined by guests, inventors and science specialists, looking at different inventions and testing out the latest technology.

The series culminates in a live final of the 'Look Around You Invention Of The Year Award' presented by HRH Sir Prince Charles. But with an excited live studio audience, a nervous group of contestants and one rather difficult and unpredictable guest, can the Look Around You team manage to keep everything going alright on the night?

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Taking inspiration from the golden era of late Seventies and early Eighties television, Look Around You looks at the very latest developments in science and technology in one of the most consistently funny parodies you're ever likely to see. This brilliantly original second series has the same well-observed hilarious brand of humour as the first BAFTA nominated series and is presented by the very talented Jack Morgan (Robert Popper), Peter Packard (Peter Serafinowicz), Pam Bachelor (Olivia Colman) and Pealy Maghti (Josie D'Arby). In a blaze of 1980's big hair, sideburns, ra-ra skirts and jumpsuits, this series also features cameos from some of the UK's finest comedy performers including Harry Enfield, Matt Lucas, Simon Pegg and Sarah Alexander. Each episode the team considers the future of music, health, sport, music, food and computers - much as they did in the original 'Tomorrow's World' series. Each week they are joined by guests, inventors and science specialists, looking at different inventions and testing out the latest technology. The series culminates in a live final of the 'Look Around You Invention Of The Year Award' presented by HRH Sir Prince Charles. But with an excited live studio audience, a nervous group of contestants and one rather difficult and unpredictable guest, can the Look Around You team manage to keep everything going alright on the night? SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...Look Around You - Series 2 ( Look Around You 2 ) ( Look Around You - Series Two )


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Crookedmouth HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Look Around You S2 takes the general theme set by its predecessor - a spoof of 70's educational programming for schools - but turns its eye on another iconic TV programme from the era. "Tomorrow's World" was a BBC popular science series which, on a weekly basis, explored upcoming "scientific marvels" but was more in the line of a progenitor to today's gadget shows. TW was broadcast live (why?) and was notorious for the way in which it's demonstrations of these gadgets invariably went wrong.

LAY2 follows this format in six episodes themed acording to music, health, sport, food and computers, with the sixth episode being the culmination of a technology competition, the prize being awarded by His Royal Highness Sir Prince Charles. As per S1, it is nostalgia humour done with a surrealist's poker face and may fall flat for those viewers who haven't experienced its subject. Unlike S1, however, it's a more flashy sort of production with a bigger cast: Serafinowicz, d'Arby, Colman and Popper get the Tomorrow's World presenters down to a cheesy, smarmy "T" and there is admirable back-up from the UK's TV comedy talent list (Harry Enfield, Mark Heap, Sarah Alexander, Kevin Eldon, Simon Pegg & Adam Buxton to name but a few).

It does the job easily as well as its predecessor although I think I would give S1 half a star for its more intimate feel and gentler treatment of its subject. I would certainly say that if you have one, you need the other.

Look out for the BBC continuity announcer's introduction to each episode, listing the mythical programmes to follow and check out the extras which include the world's scariest picture.

"Peter Packard: Well, unfortunately...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is such a brilliant concept for a show and I loved it when it was first broadcast back in 2005. It's a fantastic spoof 1970s/80s 'tribute' to Tomorrow's World headed by writer/performer Peter Serafinowicz heads as anchor, Peter Packard, assisted by writer/performer Robert Popper as 'pretty boy' Jack Morgan and with the female presenters Pealy Maghti and Pam Batchelor being played by Josie D'Arby and Olivia Coleman respectively.

There are six shows each with a different theme: music, health, sport, food and computers with the live final featuring HRH Sir Prince Charles. All of the episodes are laugh out loud funny and are ably assisted by a talented supporting cast of comedy performers such as Harry Enfield, Mark Heap, Matt Lucas, Sarah Alexander, David Mitchell and many others. My personal favourites include the food episode which included the instant casserole machine and computers with the first PC especially designed for women - the Petticoat 5, complete with extra long keys to accomodate long nails, a pop up mirror, a tissue dispenser and an atomiser!

It's worth mentioning that it also takes the mickey out of some of BBC's output during those decades with special theme nights. I loved the 'Antmass Eve' selection of programmes and 'St Frankenstein's Day'. It was a great show and it's such a shame it didn't return for a third series!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look at science differently....... 28 Nov 2005
Format:DVD
I stumbled across this show when it was shown earlier this year, and I tell you, I am mightily glad I did.
From the electro-pop synth-ed theme music, to the presenters' cheesy linking to each other, each of the first five episodes is set around a different theme, leading up to the "live" grand final (with a special appearance by Sir Prince Charles).
It's like the early eighties BBC TV show Tomorrow's World gone a bit sideways, as the presenters Jack Morgan, Peter Packard, Pam Bachelor and Pealy Maghti introduce us to the wierd and wonderful world of science.
Bottom line of this is personally, I don't care if there aren't any extras on the DVD (Although I hope there are) you should buy this DVD just for the pure comedy value, as it will have you screaming and howling with laughter!
Thanks Amazon - Thamazon!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wait is over! 6 Feb 2006
Format:DVD
Thank god the BBC finally got round to releasing this DVD of one of the comedy highlights of 2005, although if it had been out before Christmas all of my friends and family would have got the same present!
If you've never heared of this, just buy it now anyway. Think The Day Today meets The League of Gentlemen - in a 1980's Tomorrow's World format! The Invention of the Year live final is one of the great 30 minutes of comedy, and yes it really is hosted in the presense of HRH Sir Prince Charles.
And yet again, the Look Around You boys have packed the DVD full of extras.
Great stuff! Gruff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different, but still good 1 Feb 2009
By Ginger
Format:DVD
If you're looking for a re-hash of series 1 then you'll be sorely disappointed, but if you find the overall concept appealing (spoof of popular/educational science programmes) then there is enough to keep you amused in series 2.

I won't repeat what others have said about the format, but will add that I found the ensemble to work well, and the humour pleasantly subtle, and treading the right side of the line between total silliness and plausibility. There are enough running gags to make you feel at home ('Thanks Andy...') but not too much repetition.

I know that many were disappointed not to get more of the 'Open University' style spoofs, but really I don't think that format could have run to a second series without the joke wearing thin. Similarly, I can't see there being enough mileage in another series of the 'Tomorrow's World' format. There is an art to knowing when to stop, and it's nice to be able to enjoy these two series which were done well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny. i enjoyed it when it was first broadcast ...
Very funny. i enjoyed it when it was first broadcast on BBC and it is just as good as I remembered it.
Published 5 days ago by M Randle
5.0 out of 5 stars Dvd
Quick dispatch, and really happy with product.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Bostock
5.0 out of 5 stars More fun from the "Look Around You" Team
Changing up from an education programme viewed in schools to a weekly TV show highlighting the lated in science and innovation this is great viewing for the whole family.
Published 13 months ago by Robert Miotti
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy sequel
If you liked Look Around You, then you will LOVE this sequel. A humurous take on all those 'Tomorrow's World' type programmes, you will be laughing lots!
Published 15 months ago by JohnDWebb
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for Look Around You 2!!
This dvd is epic, the whole series is epic. DVD arrived on time, quicker than expected. And was in my dvd player quicker than you can say 'write that in your copy books ..now! Read more
Published 15 months ago by officemonkey
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Not as funny as the first series, still has a few laughs in it, but not family watching as there are quite a few swear words in it.
Published 16 months ago by Leepy Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
The first series is very funny - using The Open University lectures as their model, but this is a spoof on Tomorrow's World and it is as bad as watching the original whith no extra... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sefton
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
The change in format from 'school science programme' to 'just like Tomorrow's World' works a treat. Brilliant writing and totally committed performances. Just funny.
Published 19 months ago by Richard Hayter
5.0 out of 5 stars for a friend
Got this for a friend who loves Peter Serafinowicz. I bought her season 1 while I toured the UK and then got this for her to add to her collection - I liked it too, however it... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tania Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars First class parody
If you remember Open University presenters in tank-tops and flares and watching presenters on Tomorrow's World telling us how one day every home will have a...... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Old Pomfretian
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