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-> ''Look around you... Look around you... Just look around you... There. Now, take a closer look... Have you worked out what we're looking for?... Correct. The answer is ''Calcium''.''

-> ''"Jean is shorter than Brutus, but taller than [[AerithAndBob Imhotep]]. Imhotep is taller than Jean, but shorter than Lord Scotland. Lord Scotland is twice the height of Jean and Brutus combined, but only one-tenth of the height of Millsy. Millsy is at a constant height of ''x'' − ''y''. If Jean stands exactly one [[AmericanCustomaryMeasurements nautical mile]] away from Lord Scotland, how tall is Imhotep?"[[labelnote:The answer:]]Imhotep is invisible.[[/labelnote]]''

An AffectionateParody of educational programming such as ''Television for Schools'' in series 1, and later a {{Mockumentary}} in the style of ''Tomorrow's World''. The series mimics perfectly the style of British programming in the 1970s, right down to using authentic period cameras and effects. The science seen in the series bears no resemblance to that of the real world (mixing sulphur with champagne gives sulphagne, and it gives you powerful EyeBeams if you drink it; passing nitrogen gas through mains water produces whisky, and iron was invented in the 18th century by a cyclops named "Lord Iron de Haviland"), but, nevertheless, the spot-on parodies of educational programming and "almost-correct" science means the writers have ShownTheirWork.

The BBC have recently added old clips of ''[[Series/TomorrowsWorld Tomorrow's World]]'' to their [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/tomorrowsworld/index.shtml website]]. However, they've [[BlatantLies hidden ''Look Around You'' episodes with it]]. Can you guess which ones are which?

The second series was almost a [[GenreShift total change]] from the first -- the 10 minute episodes became 30, the action moved from lab to studio, and the faceless voiceover was replaced by presenters delivering parodic WittyBanter.

After 8 unbearable years of NoExportForYou, as of July 20th, 2010, the BBC have '''finally''' released a Region 1 DVD set of the first series.

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!!This series contains examples of the following tropes:

* AerithAndBob: Helen, Rosie and Partario.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Although Bournemouth has a sinister knack for escape artistry, he otherwise seems like a perfectly nice computer.
* AnachronismStew: "Man has been using iron since the Stone Age."
%%* AndIMustScream: The Helvetica Scenario.
* AscendedExtra: Jack Morgan was a one-shot character for Series 1, but was brought back for Series 2 as a main character.
* AutoDoc: Medibot, from the second season, is a ''very'' unstable prototype of one.
* BackFromTheDead: Parodied. "Viewers distressed at the death of Clive Pounds, who died during production of this programme, may be pleased to hear that he has since come back to life." Also the ill professor from 'Germs' shows up as a spirit in 'Ghosts', implying he suffered from a BusCrash.
* BakersDozen: a bonus, double-length episode about calcium (the unaired pilot) is included with the DVD of the first series.
%%* {{Bathos}}
* BeneficialDisease: There's a disease called "Cobbles", which causes the skin to take on the appearance of stone until the victim looks like a pile of rocks, but also grants the ability to fly. The scientist who discovered a cure for the disease, a sufferer himself, opted not to use it because he liked being able to fly so much.
* BlackHumor: Much of the humor derives from the narration blithely ignoring the detrimental effects of the experiments on the subjects (for instance, the boiled-egg experiment, where the subject retrieves the eggs from the boiling water with an increasingly burned hand).
* TheBlank:
** In the last episode of Series 2, HRH Sir Prince Charles ends up looking faceless after Leonard Hatred sprays him with his "Psilence" liquid skin. (It's not explained how His Royal Highness is able to breathe after this happens, but he seems to manage.)
%%** The Helvetica Scenario, as depicted in the Calcium pilot.
* BlatantLies: Do not trust Look Around You as a source of reliable information of any kind.
* BleepDammit: When the survey for men's preferences from ''Popular Men's Leisure Magazine'' is displayed, the word "sex" (coming in at #2) is written as "s*x".
%%* BodyHorror: The Helvetica Scenario.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs:
** A RunningGag features the narrator repeating a courtesy in the form of a portmanteau. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrryML0XVuY "Thanks, ants. Thants."]]
** Anti-Cobbles cream contains cream, potassium, nitrates, potassium nitrates, and nitrate of potassium nitrate.
* BrownNote: The ''boîte diabolique'', a keyboard which plays notes that humanity was not meant to hear.
* CloudCuckoolander: The show itself follows the most cloud-cuckoolandish logic imaginable and, depending on how you interpret it, either the fictional creators are a bunch of {{Cloud Cuckoolander}}s, or they're straightforward scientists living in a pure CloudCuckooland universe.
* ContinuityNod: The ill professor from 'Germs' shows up in 'Ghosts' as a spirit. Also, the incredibly inaccurate periodic table shows up every so often.
* CreditsGag: false continuity announcements are run over the ending credits, and some episodes are prefaced by fake adverts listing the line-up for "St. {{Frankenstein}}'s Day" and "Antmas Eve".
* CurseCutShort: In the outro to the "Music" episode, the fuse of a bunch of dynamite burns down. Just as it's about to hit the dynamite (with a [[TooDumbToLive scientist staring intently at it from about a foot away]]), the credits finish.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The first series likes this trope, which often results in the narrator giving hilariously circular and unhelpful descriptions.
** "But we do know that water is the most powerful substance on Earth, and, whatever form it's in, be it ice, vapour, or just water..."
** "Here is a model of an iron molecule. And here is a model of a model of an iron molecule, modelled in iron."
** On the brain: "Think of it as a kind of modified heart, only with a mind, or brain."
** On germs: "They're basically a form of malevolent bacteria with one purpose: to spread germs."
** From the second series: "That's according to the latest survey carried out by popular men's leisure magazine, ''Popular Men's Leisure Magazine''."
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Pam discusses the new-fangled "computer games" with a man playing one, frantically waggling a joystick held in his lap with mounting excitement.
* DressesTheSame: One of the "Maths" exercises is to compute the probability of this happening. [[spoiler:The party gets canceled.]]
* DVDBonusContent: the bonus content includes a quiz with incorrect answers, a badly scrambled [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceefax Ceefax]] page, and authentic captioning, in the style of 1980s Ceefax subtitles.
* DVDCommentary: parodied by having Jack Morgan commenting on the "Little Mouse" video
%%* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: Imhotep.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Jack Morgan, according to Peter Packard in the Health episode.
* ExpoLabel: old-style red [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embossing_tape laboratory labels]] on ''absolutely everything'' in the first series.
%%* ExtremeOmnivore: "The Human Dustbin"
* EyeBeams: one test subject gains them by ingesting a mixture of champagne and powdered sulphur, or "sulphagne." (''Sulfane'' is another word for hydrogen sulfide, a hideously poisonous gas that also gives rotten eggs their stench.)
** Future Pam also demonstrates an eye beam with her nuclear eye.
* FakeShemp: Subverted. HRH Sir Prince Charles is played up throughout the entire series with a single stock photograph, then in the final episode, he is introduced with several obscured-face and back-of-head shots. When he arrives in the studio, he is portrayed by adeptly blended-in archive footage and convincingly dubbed by Peter Serafinowicz.
* FeeFiFauxPas: In the last episode:
-->'''Pam:''' And Sam, how about you? How many times have you had sex?\\
''(the StudioAudience laughs a bit)''\\
'''Pam:''' Sorry. Um, how many times have you changed sex?
* FictionalSport: One episode in the second season features "gonnis" (golf tennis).
* FiveTokenBand: Jean, Brutus, Millsy, Lord Scotland, and Imhotep.
* {{Flight}}: the series takes for granted that some people can fly, complete with footage of people flying to work accompanied by an entirely matter-of-fact voice-over including the line "if you can fly".
** The second series also features Cobbles, a disease that literally reduces its victims into piles of rock, but "it's not all bad - at least you can fly".
* FunWithAcronyms: "Maths" sands for "[[RecursiveAcronym Mathematical]] Anti-Telharsic Harfatum Septomin".
* FunWithSubtitles: In the last episode, Pam and Peter's names are switched when initially shown, and was quickly corrected. Later, when Simon Teigh's invention was shown, his name was briefly displayed as "Caption".
* FutureBadass: Pam meets her future self as a birthday present. ([[FutureMeScaresMe Shockingly]], she is unsurprised, even when she finds out what her life will be like.
* GenderBender: The sex change machine, derived from a dry cleaning machine. It takes five minutes and sprays you with hormones.
* GlassShatteringSound: High-pitched tones cans break glass. Low-pitched tones can reconstruct it.
* HappyBirthdayToYou: Sung at the end of the "Food" episode, with additional lyrics.
* HaveAGayOldTime: "Here's a pair of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit_(bird) tits]]." Purely intentional.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Keep an eye out for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in bit parts.
** EdgarWright can be seen as a lab assistant in some episodes.
* HollywoodMagnetism: In the episode "Sulfur", they test to see whether sulfur has any magnetic properties. So they use a sheet of paper to "shield" the sulfur from the magnet until everything is in place.
* IncrediblyLamePun: During the "Iron" episode's electricity experiment: "We're using AC/DC because it's heavy metal."
** In the "Maths" episode, the narrator says a pencil bag should contain "a pair of compasses". Cue the scientist pulling two (navigational) compasses out of a pencil bag.
** In the "Water" episode, while boiling eggs: "Make sure you look out for the release of the new albumen. It's out now."
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Peter's reaction to "Rap" music.
* LittleKnownFacts: the entire point of the series.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Leonard Hatred seems to have some issues.
* NoLastNameGiven: Patricia [==] from the second series' "Computers" episode is a subversion. She has a surname but it's silent.
* NoOshaCompliance: The scientist performing the experiments has absolutely no regard for his own safety, gluing objects to his hand, reaching into a beaker of boiling water three times...
* ObituaryMontage: parodied with a voiceover at the end of the episode stating "viewers distressed at the death of Clive Pounds, who died during production of this programme, may be pleased to hear that he has since come back to life."
%%* {{Otaku}}: Synthesizer Patel.
%%* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: "Water, water, what hast thou donst?"
* OnceAnEpisode: Every episode of the first series included the "copybook clip", showing an amusingly intent-looking schoolboy (played by an adult) with a LookAroundYou textbook.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted in the second series' "Music", which features three contestants named Tony, Toni, and Antony.
* OnTheNext: each episode of the first series ended with a clip from what was supposedly the next episode, even though no such episode existed, and each clip generally ended with some sort of mistake (a scientist standing next to a lit stick of dynamite, or confusing flowers with flours)
* OurGraphicsWillSuckInTheFuture
* ParodicTableOfTheElements: The entire Periodic Table of the Elements as used on Look Around You is available on the BBC website [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/lookaroundyou/series1/periodic.shtml here]], featuring such elements as "manganesium", "music", "toronto", "jazz", and "hello". It can also be seen on the season 1 DVD if you squint.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: the show regularly throws out convincing but completely made-up scientific jargon, particularly in the first series which has several per episode. Included are fictitious chemicals ("bumcivilian", "segnomin"), laboratory equipment ("Besselheim plate", "gribbin"), units of measurement ("billigrams", "quorums per second") and many more.
* PoesLaw: Almost inevitable.
* PokemonSpeak: Medibot.
* {{Portmanteau}}: "Thanks, ants. ''Thants''." Turned into a RunningGag throughout the second series.
** "[[SenselessSacrifice Bless you, ants]]. -{{beat}}- Blants."
** Also subverted somewhat in the last episode. "Thanks Hanks -{{beat}}- Thanks."
* PostModernMagik: the Hallowe'en episode Ghosts considered the science of ghosts, such as what would happen if a roll of Sellotape was possessed, or how effective a lab partner ghosts were.
%%* {{Retraux}}
%%* RhymesOnADime
* RunningGag:
** The ridiculous {{Portmanteau}}s lasted the entire run. The first series also had the opening sequences in which clips of stock footage that clearly did not indicate today's topic would be played while the narrator intoned "Look around you... can you tell what you are looking for? Correct. It's [BIZARRE TOPIC]."
** "Write that down in your copybook now" is uttered at random points for often-irrelevant factoids.
** The calcium episode begins by demonstrating the adhesive power of calcium, sticking a coin on the back of the scientist's hand. Later experiments, the coin is still there.
** In the episode about iron a scientist demonstrates the use of it in handcuffs by snapping on a pair. In a later experiment, the handcuffs are still worn albeit with the chain cut.
* ScareEmStraight: an example of a new fat loss program includes a horrifying picture supposed to scare people from eating, suppress appetite and even cause fat to ooze from the sweat glands. The episode features a lengthy [[ContentWarnings "send your children out of the room"]] sequence, only for the actual image (a stuffed bear and a model skeleton) to be hilariously tame.
%%* ScienceShow: What season 1 was parodying.
* ShoutOut: At the beginning of Music, the bottles' embossing tape read the following: [[ThePowerOfRock Rock]], [[Music.HeavyMetal Metal]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth,_Wind_%26_Fire Earth, Wind, and Fire]].
* ShrinkingViolet: Toni Baxter, a Music 2000 contestant.
* StockFootage: frequently parodied in the first series (the footage that appeared was bizarre to say the least: a man with no teeth trying to eat a burger, children graffiting calculus onto the walls of a house, and an old lady asking how much 5p scraps of meat cost), while the second series digitally edits stock footage of Prince Charles so he appears to be presenting the Look Around You award.
* StylisticSuck: Jack's "Little Mouse" and "Reggae Man" singles and all three Music 2000 entries.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The aforementioned flight and EyeBeams, as well as other activities that are treated as mundane, such as experimenting on ghosts.
* VideoInsideFilmOutside: Probably purposely done for a {{Retraux}} feel.
* WidgetSeries: The series as a whole is quite strange and rather British.
* YouFailBiologyForever: "Almost all living things have brains. [[StealthPun If we look inside one of these peas, we can see its tiny brain]]."
* YouLookFamiliar: Computer Jones previously appeared as the Ghost of Tchaikovsky's attendant.
%%* YourHeadAsplode: Never eat moth apples.
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-> ''Look around you... Look around you... Just look around you... There. Now, take a closer look... Have you worked out what we're looking for?... Correct. The answer is ''Calcium''.''

-> ''"Jean is shorter than Brutus, but taller than [[AerithAndBob Imhotep]]. Imhotep is taller than Jean, but shorter than Lord Scotland. Lord Scotland is twice the height of Jean and Brutus combined, but only one-tenth of the height of Millsy. Millsy is at a constant height of ''x'' − ''y''. If Jean stands exactly one [[AmericanCustomaryMeasurements nautical mile]] away from Lord Scotland, how tall is Imhotep?"[[labelnote:The answer:]]Imhotep is invisible.[[/labelnote]]''

An AffectionateParody of educational programming such as ''Television for Schools'' in series 1, and later a {{Mockumentary}} in the style of ''Tomorrow's World''. The series mimics perfectly the style of British programming in the 1970s, right down to using authentic period cameras and effects. The science seen in the series bears no resemblance to that of the real world (mixing sulphur with champagne gives sulphagne, and it gives you powerful EyeBeams if you drink it; passing nitrogen gas through mains water produces whisky, and iron was invented in the 18th century by a cyclops named "Lord Iron de Haviland"), but, nevertheless, the spot-on parodies of educational programming and "almost-correct" science means the writers have ShownTheirWork.

The BBC have recently added old clips of ''[[Series/TomorrowsWorld Tomorrow's World]]'' to their [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/tomorrowsworld/index.shtml website]]. However, they've [[BlatantLies hidden ''Look Around You'' episodes with it]]. Can you guess which ones are which?

The second series was almost a [[GenreShift total change]] from the first -- the 10 minute episodes became 30, the action moved from lab to studio, and the faceless voiceover was replaced by presenters delivering parodic WittyBanter.

After 8 unbearable years of NoExportForYou, as of July 20th, 2010, the BBC have '''finally''' released a Region 1 DVD set of the first series.

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!!This series contains examples of the following tropes:

* AerithAndBob: Helen, Rosie and Partario.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Although Bournemouth has a sinister knack for escape artistry, he otherwise seems like a perfectly nice computer.
* AnachronismStew: "Man has been using iron since the Stone Age."
%%* AndIMustScream: The Helvetica Scenario.
* AscendedExtra: Jack Morgan was a one-shot character for Series 1, but was brought back for Series 2 as a main character.
* AutoDoc: Medibot, from the second season, is a ''very'' unstable prototype of one.
* BackFromTheDead: Parodied. "Viewers distressed at the death of Clive Pounds, who died during production of this programme, may be pleased to hear that he has since come back to life." Also the ill professor from 'Germs' shows up as a spirit in 'Ghosts', implying he suffered from a BusCrash.
* BakersDozen: a bonus, double-length episode about calcium (the unaired pilot) is included with the DVD of the first series.
%%* {{Bathos}}
* BeneficialDisease: There's a disease called "Cobbles", which causes the skin to take on the appearance of stone until the victim looks like a pile of rocks, but also grants the ability to fly. The scientist who discovered a cure for the disease, a sufferer himself, opted not to use it because he liked being able to fly so much.
* BlackHumor: Much of the humor derives from the narration blithely ignoring the detrimental effects of the experiments on the subjects (for instance, the boiled-egg experiment, where the subject retrieves the eggs from the boiling water with an increasingly burned hand).
* TheBlank:
** In the last episode of Series 2, HRH Sir Prince Charles ends up looking faceless after Leonard Hatred sprays him with his "Psilence" liquid skin. (It's not explained how His Royal Highness is able to breathe after this happens, but he seems to manage.)
%%** The Helvetica Scenario, as depicted in the Calcium pilot.
* BlatantLies: Do not trust Look Around You as a source of reliable information of any kind.
* BleepDammit: When the survey for men's preferences from ''Popular Men's Leisure Magazine'' is displayed, the word "sex" (coming in at #2) is written as "s*x".
%%* BodyHorror: The Helvetica Scenario.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs:
** A RunningGag features the narrator repeating a courtesy in the form of a portmanteau. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrryML0XVuY "Thanks, ants. Thants."]]
** Anti-Cobbles cream contains cream, potassium, nitrates, potassium nitrates, and nitrate of potassium nitrate.
* BrownNote: The ''boîte diabolique'', a keyboard which plays notes that humanity was not meant to hear.
* CloudCuckoolander: The show itself follows the most cloud-cuckoolandish logic imaginable and, depending on how you interpret it, either the fictional creators are a bunch of {{Cloud Cuckoolander}}s, or they're straightforward scientists living in a pure CloudCuckooland universe.
* ContinuityNod: The ill professor from 'Germs' shows up in 'Ghosts' as a spirit. Also, the incredibly inaccurate periodic table shows up every so often.
* CreditsGag: false continuity announcements are run over the ending credits, and some episodes are prefaced by fake adverts listing the line-up for "St. {{Frankenstein}}'s Day" and "Antmas Eve".
* CurseCutShort: In the outro to the "Music" episode, the fuse of a bunch of dynamite burns down. Just as it's about to hit the dynamite (with a [[TooDumbToLive scientist staring intently at it from about a foot away]]), the credits finish.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The first series likes this trope, which often results in the narrator giving hilariously circular and unhelpful descriptions.
** "But we do know that water is the most powerful substance on Earth, and, whatever form it's in, be it ice, vapour, or just water..."
** "Here is a model of an iron molecule. And here is a model of a model of an iron molecule, modelled in iron."
** On the brain: "Think of it as a kind of modified heart, only with a mind, or brain."
** On germs: "They're basically a form of malevolent bacteria with one purpose: to spread germs."
** From the second series: "That's according to the latest survey carried out by popular men's leisure magazine, ''Popular Men's Leisure Magazine''."
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Pam discusses the new-fangled "computer games" with a man playing one, frantically waggling a joystick held in his lap with mounting excitement.
* DressesTheSame: One of the "Maths" exercises is to compute the probability of this happening. [[spoiler:The party gets canceled.]]
* DVDBonusContent: the bonus content includes a quiz with incorrect answers, a badly scrambled [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceefax Ceefax]] page, and authentic captioning, in the style of 1980s Ceefax subtitles.
* DVDCommentary: parodied by having Jack Morgan commenting on the "Little Mouse" video
%%* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: Imhotep.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Jack Morgan, according to Peter Packard in the Health episode.
* ExpoLabel: old-style red [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embossing_tape laboratory labels]] on ''absolutely everything'' in the first series.
%%* ExtremeOmnivore: "The Human Dustbin"
* EyeBeams: one test subject gains them by ingesting a mixture of champagne and powdered sulphur, or "sulphagne." (''Sulfane'' is another word for hydrogen sulfide, a hideously poisonous gas that also gives rotten eggs their stench.)
** Future Pam also demonstrates an eye beam with her nuclear eye.
* FakeShemp: Subverted. HRH Sir Prince Charles is played up throughout the entire series with a single stock photograph, then in the final episode, he is introduced with several obscured-face and back-of-head shots. When he arrives in the studio, he is portrayed by adeptly blended-in archive footage and convincingly dubbed by Peter Serafinowicz.
* FeeFiFauxPas: In the last episode:
-->'''Pam:''' And Sam, how about you? How many times have you had sex?\\
''(the StudioAudience laughs a bit)''\\
'''Pam:''' Sorry. Um, how many times have you changed sex?
* FictionalSport: One episode in the second season features "gonnis" (golf tennis).
* FiveTokenBand: Jean, Brutus, Millsy, Lord Scotland, and Imhotep.
* {{Flight}}: the series takes for granted that some people can fly, complete with footage of people flying to work accompanied by an entirely matter-of-fact voice-over including the line "if you can fly".
** The second series also features Cobbles, a disease that literally reduces its victims into piles of rock, but "it's not all bad - at least you can fly".
* FunWithAcronyms: "Maths" sands for "[[RecursiveAcronym Mathematical]] Anti-Telharsic Harfatum Septomin".
* FunWithSubtitles: In the last episode, Pam and Peter's names are switched when initially shown, and was quickly corrected. Later, when Simon Teigh's invention was shown, his name was briefly displayed as "Caption".
* FutureBadass: Pam meets her future self as a birthday present. ([[FutureMeScaresMe Shockingly]], she is unsurprised, even when she finds out what her life will be like.
* GenderBender: The sex change machine, derived from a dry cleaning machine. It takes five minutes and sprays you with hormones.
* GlassShatteringSound: High-pitched tones cans break glass. Low-pitched tones can reconstruct it.
* HappyBirthdayToYou: Sung at the end of the "Food" episode, with additional lyrics.
* HaveAGayOldTime: "Here's a pair of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit_(bird) tits]]." Purely intentional.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Keep an eye out for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in bit parts.
** EdgarWright can be seen as a lab assistant in some episodes.
* HollywoodMagnetism: In the episode "Sulfur", they test to see whether sulfur has any magnetic properties. So they use a sheet of paper to "shield" the sulfur from the magnet until everything is in place.
* IncrediblyLamePun: During the "Iron" episode's electricity experiment: "We're using AC/DC because it's heavy metal."
** In the "Maths" episode, the narrator says a pencil bag should contain "a pair of compasses". Cue the scientist pulling two (navigational) compasses out of a pencil bag.
** In the "Water" episode, while boiling eggs: "Make sure you look out for the release of the new albumen. It's out now."
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Peter's reaction to "Rap" music.
* LittleKnownFacts: the entire point of the series.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Leonard Hatred seems to have some issues.
* NoLastNameGiven: Patricia [==] from the second series' "Computers" episode is a subversion. She has a surname but it's silent.
* NoOshaCompliance: The scientist performing the experiments has absolutely no regard for his own safety, gluing objects to his hand, reaching into a beaker of boiling water three times...
* ObituaryMontage: parodied with a voiceover at the end of the episode stating "viewers distressed at the death of Clive Pounds, who died during production of this programme, may be pleased to hear that he has since come back to life."
%%* {{Otaku}}: Synthesizer Patel.
%%* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: "Water, water, what hast thou donst?"
* OnceAnEpisode: Every episode of the first series included the "copybook clip", showing an amusingly intent-looking schoolboy (played by an adult) with a LookAroundYou textbook.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted in the second series' "Music", which features three contestants named Tony, Toni, and Antony.
* OnTheNext: each episode of the first series ended with a clip from what was supposedly the next episode, even though no such episode existed, and each clip generally ended with some sort of mistake (a scientist standing next to a lit stick of dynamite, or confusing flowers with flours)
* OurGraphicsWillSuckInTheFuture
* ParodicTableOfTheElements: The entire Periodic Table of the Elements as used on Look Around You is available on the BBC website [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/lookaroundyou/series1/periodic.shtml here]], featuring such elements as "manganesium", "music", "toronto", "jazz", and "hello". It can also be seen on the season 1 DVD if you squint.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: the show regularly throws out convincing but completely made-up scientific jargon, particularly in the first series which has several per episode. Included are fictitious chemicals ("bumcivilian", "segnomin"), laboratory equipment ("Besselheim plate", "gribbin"), units of measurement ("billigrams", "quorums per second") and many more.
* PoesLaw: Almost inevitable.
* PokemonSpeak: Medibot.
* {{Portmanteau}}: "Thanks, ants. ''Thants''." Turned into a RunningGag throughout the second series.
** "[[SenselessSacrifice Bless you, ants]]. -{{beat}}- Blants."
** Also subverted somewhat in the last episode. "Thanks Hanks -{{beat}}- Thanks."
* PostModernMagik: the Hallowe'en episode Ghosts considered the science of ghosts, such as what would happen if a roll of Sellotape was possessed, or how effective a lab partner ghosts were.
%%* {{Retraux}}
%%* RhymesOnADime
* RunningGag:
** The ridiculous {{Portmanteau}}s lasted the entire run. The first series also had the opening sequences in which clips of stock footage that clearly did not indicate today's topic would be played while the narrator intoned "Look around you... can you tell what you are looking for? Correct. It's [BIZARRE TOPIC]."
** "Write that down in your copybook now" is uttered at random points for often-irrelevant factoids.
** The calcium episode begins by demonstrating the adhesive power of calcium, sticking a coin on the back of the scientist's hand. Later experiments, the coin is still there.
** In the episode about iron a scientist demonstrates the use of it in handcuffs by snapping on a pair. In a later experiment, the handcuffs are still worn albeit with the chain cut.
* ScareEmStraight: an example of a new fat loss program includes a horrifying picture supposed to scare people from eating, suppress appetite and even cause fat to ooze from the sweat glands. The episode features a lengthy [[ContentWarnings "send your children out of the room"]] sequence, only for the actual image (a stuffed bear and a model skeleton) to be hilariously tame.
%%* ScienceShow: What season 1 was parodying.
* ShoutOut: At the beginning of Music, the bottles' embossing tape read the following: [[ThePowerOfRock Rock]], [[Music.HeavyMetal Metal]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth,_Wind_%26_Fire Earth, Wind, and Fire]].
* ShrinkingViolet: Toni Baxter, a Music 2000 contestant.
* StockFootage: frequently parodied in the first series (the footage that appeared was bizarre to say the least: a man with no teeth trying to eat a burger, children graffiting calculus onto the walls of a house, and an old lady asking how much 5p scraps of meat cost), while the second series digitally edits stock footage of Prince Charles so he appears to be presenting the Look Around You award.
* StylisticSuck: Jack's "Little Mouse" and "Reggae Man" singles and all three Music 2000 entries.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The aforementioned flight and EyeBeams, as well as other activities that are treated as mundane, such as experimenting on ghosts.
* VideoInsideFilmOutside: Probably purposely done for a {{Retraux}} feel.
* WidgetSeries: The series as a whole is quite strange and rather British.
* YouFailBiologyForever: "Almost all living things have brains. [[StealthPun If we look inside one of these peas, we can see its tiny brain]]."
* YouLookFamiliar: Computer Jones previously appeared as the Ghost of Tchaikovsky's attendant.
%%* YourHeadAsplode: Never eat moth apples.
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-> ''"Jean is shorter than Brutus, but taller than [[AerithAndBob Imhotep]]. Imhotep is taller than Jean, but shorter than Lord Scotland. Lord Scotland is twice the height of Jean and Brutus combined, but only one-tenth of the height of Millsy. Millsy is at a constant height of ''x'' − ''y''. If Jean stands exactly one [[AmericanCustomaryMeasurements nautical mile]] away from Lord Scotland, how tall is Imhotep?"''

An AffectionateParody of educational programming such as "Television for Schools" in series 1, and later a {{Mockumentary}} in the style of ''Tomorrow's World''. The series mimics perfectly the style of British programming in the 1970s, right down to using authentic period cameras and effects. The science seen in the series bears no resemblance to that of the real world (mixing sulphur with champagne gives sulphagne, and it gives you powerful EyeBeams if you drink it; passing nitrogen gas through mains water produces whisky, and iron was invented in the 18th century by a cyclops named "Lord Iron de Haviland"), but, nevertheless, the spot-on parodies of educational programming and "almost-correct" science means the writers have ShownTheirWork.

The BBC have recently added old clips of ''[[TomorrowsWorld Tomorrow's World]]'' to their [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/tomorrowsworld/index.shtml website]]. However, they've [[BlatantLies hidden ''Look Around You'' episodes with it]]. Can you guess which ones are which?

The second series was almost a [[GenreShift total change]] from the first - the 10 minute episodes became 30, the action moved from lab to studio, and the faceless voiceover was replaced by presenters delivering parodic WittyBanter.

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-> ''"Jean is shorter than Brutus, but taller than [[AerithAndBob Imhotep]]. Imhotep is taller than Jean, but shorter than Lord Scotland. Lord Scotland is twice the height of Jean and Brutus combined, but only one-tenth of the height of Millsy. Millsy is at a constant height of ''x'' − ''y''. If Jean stands exactly one [[AmericanCustomaryMeasurements nautical mile]] away from Lord Scotland, how tall is Imhotep?"''

Imhotep?"[[labelnote:The answer:]]Imhotep is invisible.[[/labelnote]]''

An AffectionateParody of educational programming such as "Television ''Television for Schools" Schools'' in series 1, and later a {{Mockumentary}} in the style of ''Tomorrow's World''. The series mimics perfectly the style of British programming in the 1970s, right down to using authentic period cameras and effects. The science seen in the series bears no resemblance to that of the real world (mixing sulphur with champagne gives sulphagne, and it gives you powerful EyeBeams if you drink it; passing nitrogen gas through mains water produces whisky, and iron was invented in the 18th century by a cyclops named "Lord Iron de Haviland"), but, nevertheless, the spot-on parodies of educational programming and "almost-correct" science means the writers have ShownTheirWork.

The BBC have recently added old clips of ''[[TomorrowsWorld ''[[Series/TomorrowsWorld Tomorrow's World]]'' to their [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/tomorrowsworld/index.shtml website]]. However, they've [[BlatantLies hidden ''Look Around You'' episodes with it]]. Can you guess which ones are which?

The second series was almost a [[GenreShift total change]] from the first - -- the 10 minute episodes became 30, the action moved from lab to studio, and the faceless voiceover was replaced by presenters delivering parodic WittyBanter.



->''(The answer? [[spoiler:Imhotep is invisible]].)''



!!Tropes used and parodied by the series:

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!!Tropes used and parodied by !!This series contains examples of the series:following tropes:



** Also see the page quote. AerithAndBob in maths exercises is something of a StockParody, and ''LookAroundYou'' runs with it gleefully.



* AndIMustScream: The Helvetica Scenario.

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* %%* AndIMustScream: The Helvetica Scenario.



* {{Bathos}}

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* %%* {{Bathos}}



* TheBlank: In the last episode of Series 2, HRH Sir Prince Charles ends up looking faceless after Leonard Hatred sprays him with his "Psilence" liquid skin. (It's not explained how His Royal Highness is able to breathe after this happens, but he seems to manage.)
** The Helvetica Scenario, as depicted in the Calcium pilot.

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* TheBlank: TheBlank:
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In the last episode of Series 2, HRH Sir Prince Charles ends up looking faceless after Leonard Hatred sprays him with his "Psilence" liquid skin. (It's not explained how His Royal Highness is able to breathe after this happens, but he seems to manage.)
** %%** The Helvetica Scenario, as depicted in the Calcium pilot.



* BodyHorror: See again the Helvetica Scenario.

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* %%* BodyHorror: See again the The Helvetica Scenario.



** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrryML0XVuY "Thanks, ants. Thants."]]
*** [[TearJerker "Bless you, ants. Blants."]]

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** A RunningGag features the narrator repeating a courtesy in the form of a portmanteau. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrryML0XVuY "Thanks, ants. Thants."]]
*** [[TearJerker "Bless you, ants. Blants.
"]]



* BrownNote: the ''boîte diabolique'', a keyboard which plays notes that humanity was not meant to hear.

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* BrownNote: the The ''boîte diabolique'', a keyboard which plays notes that humanity was not meant to hear.



* ContinuityNod: The ill professor from 'Germs' shows up in 'Ghosts' as a spirit. Also the hilariously-inaccurate periodic table shows up every so often.
** The calcium episode begins by demonstrating the adhesive power of calcium, sticking a coin on the back of the scientist's hand. Later experiments, the coin is still there.
** Similarly, in the episode about iron, a scientist demonstrates the use of it in handcuffs by snapping on a pair. In a later experiment, the handcuffs are still worn albeit with the chain cut.

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* ContinuityNod: The ill professor from 'Germs' shows up in 'Ghosts' as a spirit. Also Also, the hilariously-inaccurate incredibly inaccurate periodic table shows up every so often.
** The calcium episode begins by demonstrating the adhesive power of calcium, sticking a coin on the back of the scientist's hand. Later experiments, the coin is still there.
** Similarly, in the episode about iron, a scientist demonstrates the use of it in handcuffs by snapping on a pair. In a later experiment, the handcuffs are still worn albeit with the chain cut.
often.



* CurseCutShort crossed with GoryDiscretionShot, possibly RelaxOVision: In the outtro to the "Music" episode, the fuse of a bunch of dynamite burns down. Just as it's about to hit the dynamite (with a [[TooDumbToLive scientist staring intently at it from about a foot away]]), the credits finish.

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* CurseCutShort crossed with GoryDiscretionShot, possibly RelaxOVision: CurseCutShort: In the outtro outro to the "Music" episode, the fuse of a bunch of dynamite burns down. Just as it's about to hit the dynamite (with a [[TooDumbToLive scientist staring intently at it from about a foot away]]), the credits finish.



* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: Imhotep.

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* %%* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: Imhotep.



* ExtremeOmnivore: "The Human Dustbin"

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* %%* ExtremeOmnivore: "The Human Dustbin"



* {{Otaku}}: Synthesizer Patel.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: "Water, water, what hast thou donst?"

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* %%* {{Otaku}}: Synthesizer Patel.
* %%* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: "Water, water, what hast thou donst?"



* {{Retraux}}
* RhymesOnADime
* RunningGag: The ridiculous {{Portmanteau}}s lasted the entire run. The first series also had the opening sequences in which clips of stock footage that clearly did not indicate today's topic would be played while the narrator intoned "Look around you... can you tell what you are looking for? Correct. It's [BIZARRE TOPIC]."
** "Write that down in your copybook now."

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* %%* {{Retraux}}
* %%* RhymesOnADime
* RunningGag: RunningGag:
**
The ridiculous {{Portmanteau}}s lasted the entire run. The first series also had the opening sequences in which clips of stock footage that clearly did not indicate today's topic would be played while the narrator intoned "Look around you... can you tell what you are looking for? Correct. It's [BIZARRE TOPIC]."
** "Write that down in your copybook now."now" is uttered at random points for often-irrelevant factoids.
** The calcium episode begins by demonstrating the adhesive power of calcium, sticking a coin on the back of the scientist's hand. Later experiments, the coin is still there.
** In the episode about iron a scientist demonstrates the use of it in handcuffs by snapping on a pair. In a later experiment, the handcuffs are still worn albeit with the chain cut.



* ScienceShow: What season 1 was parodying.

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* %%* ScienceShow: What season 1 was parodying.



* YourHeadAsplode: NEVER eat moth apples.
** But...I heard they taste sweet! [[SchmuckBait Why shouldn't I eat them?]]

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* %%* YourHeadAsplode: NEVER Never eat moth apples.
** But...I heard they taste sweet! [[SchmuckBait Why shouldn't I eat them?]]
apples.
18th Oct '13 4:53:27 AM boldreporter
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** Also subverted somewhat in the last episode. "Thanks Hanks -{{beat}}- Thanks."
30th Jul '13 8:27:37 AM sturmovik
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* AndIMustScream: The Helvetica Scenario.
19th May '13 3:48:24 PM Dwedit
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* AnachronismStew: "Humans have been using iron since the Stone Age."

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* AnachronismStew: "Humans have "Man has been using iron since the Stone Age."
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