If you grew up during the 80s (or even the 70s) in the UK, like me, you were probably subjected to some pretty rubbish teaching programmes during science classes - they were usually narrated by Chris Tarrant, if that helps jog your memory. Joe has just reminded me of the marvellous first series of Look Around You, in which Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz mercilessly and very surreally sent up "television for schools and colleges".
I won't say too much about it, since it really does speak for itself. Here's a scary clip of the 'Helvetica Scenario' from the pilot episode, Calcium, for those that just want a sample.
For those with more time and who liked that taster, here's the entire pilot episode. Be warned, you will feel a palpable sensation of nostalgia within about five seconds if you are over 30 and British.
And here's the Sulphur episode, which is one of my favourites:
If you're in the US, you can watch all the episodes (with a few adverts) on Adult Swim's web site, since it's currently airing on Sunday nights. If you're in the UK, if you loved it, you can buy the whole series, including pilot episode, on DVD.
There was also a second series that sent up Tomorrow's World and Micro Live, but it wasn't as good IMHO - although it was still pretty hilarious at times. Here's a sample - you can get it on DVD, too.
PS: At no point should you rely on Look Around You for accurate scientific information.
In the US: Wednesdays, 9/8c, ABC In the UK: Sundays, 9pm, Sky One. Starts 25th January 2009
Ah, don't we all remember those glorious days when Lost was simple and easy to understand?
No? Just me? Oh wait, it was always a bit tricky, wasn't it? Now I remember.
However, relative to season five, season one was a breeze where everything was clear, well understood and you wondered where all the mystery was. Ever since then, we've been getting flashforwards, flashbacks, time travel, ghosts, Jacob, the others, the Dharma Initiative, Jim from Neighbours, mysterious not-French women and smoke monsters.
Season five carries on directly from where season four left off. Except three years later. And in the 70s. And the 40s. And possibly in the year umtidllyumptious as well. The dead walk the earth and maybe come back to life. Yes, it's the fabled zombie season, here at last.
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