Look Away Now. Image shows from L to R: Richie Webb, Laurence Howarth, Garry Richardson, Dave Lamb, Katherine Jakeways. Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Look Away Now

Topical Radio 4 sports-based sketch show which presents hot-off-the-press sketches, spoof interviews and non-expert analysis

Genre:
Sketch Show
Broadcast:
2007 - 2010  (BBC Radio 4)
Episodes:
19 (4 series)
Starring:
Garry Richardson, Laurence Howarth, Richie Webb, Dave Lamb, Miles Jupp, Mark Evans, Katherine Jakeways, Alistair McGowan, Danielle Ward, Nadia Kamil
Writers:
Laurence Howarth, Richie Webb, Dave Lamb, Miles Jupp, Mark Evans, Katherine Jakeways
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation

Look Away Now is a Radio 4 comedy series which pokes fun at the world of sport.

Featuring hot-off-the-press bulletins, sports sketches, spoof interviews, non-expert analysis and music, Look Away Now covers the past five days of sport as well as the sporting weekend ahead. It proudly looks backwards and forwards at the same time - a bit like Linda Blair in The Exorcist, except with less vomit and more badminton.

Many correspondents are also in action, with vital news from events such as the Henley Royal Regatta and the running of the bulls in Pamplona.

Features in past series have included an interview with Jenson Button's Formula 1 car (called Trevor); a chat with the England Cricket team's morale-sapping Australian sports psychologist ahead of the first Ashes Test; plus an investigation into how Great Britain are planning to build a cyborg tennis player.

The show is anchored by 'Mr Sport' Garry Richardson, who presents the show in the same authoritative manner as he does Sportsweek or his sports bulletins on Today, providing the pivot around which the comedy action takes place.

Our Review: Our favourite sports-related comedy programme. The show is presented with vigour and genuine enthusiasm by the team, and features some great acting and writing. There's some top class impressions too - the team mimic people like Rio Ferdinand perfectly.

It doesn't matter if you're not a knowledgeable sports fan: the gags are broad and the humour is aimed squarely at a mainstream audience. Give it a try.