Look Around You

BBC Two (ended 2005)


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Episode Guide

  • Season 2
    • Live Final
      Live Final
      Episode 6
      The Look Around You Invention of the Year Award comes to you live from the BBC's Television Centre in Shepherd's Bush. About 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, Prince of Wales, Lord of the Isles, Duke of Cornwall, a well-known expert on architecture and talking to plants, will be announcing the winner and awarding the Grand Prize, always supposing he is not busy getting married or attending an inquest somewhere.moreless
    • Computers
      Episode 5
      The gang looks at some hot new computer technology and meets the world's first computer for women, the Petticoat 5, and its inventor, Patricia (Belinda Stewart-Wilson). We also meet an e-boffin who has officially changed his name to Computer Jones (Paul Jerrico). Computer introduces the UK's most powerful computer, called Bournemouth. In this week's Challenge, can Bournemouth escape from a reinforced steel cage?

      The Invention of the Week is the Memory Helmet - can Pam learn all of Shakespeare's plays in the studio in half a minute?

      The team visits the Grithiffths Game Megamart, where manager Lee Grithiffths (Alex Lowe) shows off one or two of his hottest new computer games.

      Lastly, we see the latest in computerized bathroom technology - no one should drown in the bath.moreless
    • Food
      Episode 4
      We look at advances in food science and technology, and the world's one and only Vegetable Orchestra, led by Teddy Clarke, performs live for us in the studio. We meet Andy Gough, Slimmer of the Year, a fellow who lost fifty-two stone [for American viewers: one stone is quite a lot] in six weeks, thanks to a controversial slimming powder. We also visit the food industry's annual show and see some inspiring hi-tech developments. A special report looks at the growth of fast food Casserole joints, stepping into the world's only computer-run Casserole Cafe where the menu features four types of casserole - beef, chicken, ham and porcupine. Lastly, the gang throws a futuristic birthday party for Pam - with a surprise guest.moreless
    • Sport
      Episode 3
      This week, we look at sports technology. The World Champion at 400,000-metres, Ros Lamb, demonstrates a new serum based on caramel-flavoured rocket fuel. This will help her to run at up to 3,500 miles per hour. And Ros faces this week's Challenge - can she run the 524 miles from London to Aberdeen in under five minutes? (Viewers should note that there was no way of knowing in advance that Ros would arrive in Scotland just half her original size.) We also meet two of the clones of the late Sebastian Jackson, the world's most illustrious football designer. The Invention of the Week is a gambling system, based on a machine made of straw and designed by a race-horse. Finally, the team visits the U.S. to report on the new sport of Gonnis - an inspired cross between golf and tennis.moreless
    • Health
      Episode 2
      The team looks at health-care, and Jack Morgan goes under the knife as Dr Fu supervises the efforts of a robot-surgeon called Medibot to create the perfect face. Other members of the gang try out a new toothbrush which burns away plaque - though with one rather worrying side effect. And in a special report, we visit a Sleep Institute and meets its director, Professor Craven, a man with some cutting-edge ideas. If not edge-cutting.moreless
    • Music 2000
      Music 2000
      Episode 1
      We visit the Look Around YouMusic 2000 Competition, a search for the sounds people will be listening to in the year 2000. Three contestants have half a minute each to perform the music of tomorrow. Contestant Anthony Carmichael gives us England's first ever performance of rap music. The contest is judged by Look Around You's resident music expert, the Ghost of the composer Tchaikovsky, who speaks through an interpreter. We also meet the chairman of the Royal Pop and Rock Association, Sir Alan Rees, who as it just so happens is also the reigning French-kissing champion.moreless
  • Season 1