A Look Back At The Nineties

A satirical look at the decade, from the writers of Spitting Image.

Written by Mark Burton, John O'farrell and Pete Sinclair.

Presenter: Brian Perkins.

Producer: Caroline Leddy.

An interesting speculative concept: this series looked back on the period of the 1990s which hadn't actually happened yet, from the perspective of New Year's Eve 1999 (the show was supposedly going out on the BB-Sky-C).

The show was written by ex-Spitting Image writers Mark Burton, John O'farrell and Pete Sinclair, and was similar to the ITV show in using satirical sketches driven by impressions of public figures; the news stories this time, however, were fictitious (for obvious reasons) and generally fantastical.

The regular performers were the three writers and impressionist Kate Robbins (also ex-Spitting Image), and a different guest impressionist also appeared each week: Griff Rhys Jones, Jack Dee, Steve Coogan and Rory Bremner were among those featured.

The real star of the show, however, was newsreader Brian Perkins.

On the Hour had recently demonstrated the hysterical possibilities of presenting absurd news stories as sober, serious fact; Look Back went further in employing a real-life sober, serious newsreader to deliver its one-liners, and, as expected, Perkins' deadpan delivery revealed a comic genius.

The show was garlanded with awards, picking up the Sony Gold for comedy, the Premios Ondas and the Comedy Award for radio; a mooted television version reached the pilot stage, but was not in the end transmitted.

The original five episodes (transmitted in Week Ending's slot during one of its periodic breaks) each tackled one of the years 1995 to 99; another episode, dealing with 1994, was transmitted on the eve of that year.

A second series went out the following year, slightly retitled as A Look Back at the Future.

Episodes

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20100910 (BBC7)

Recorded in July 1993 - Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie 'look back' at the decade that was yet to happen.

Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie 'look back' at a year that was yet to happen.

20100924 (BBC7)

Recorded in July 1993 - Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie 'look back' at the decade that was yet to happen.

Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie 'look back' at the decade yet to happen.

20101001 (BBC7)

Recorded in July 1993 - Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie 'look back' at the decade that was yet to happen.

Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie 'look back' at the decade yet to happen.

20100917 (BBC7)

Recorded in July 1993 - Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie 'look back' at the decade that was yet to happen.

Recorded in July 1993 - a 'look back' at the decade that was yet to happen.

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A A satirical look back at the decade, from the writers of Spitting Image. This week, 1995! Starring Kate Robbins , Chris Barrie and Brian Perkins. With writers Mark Burton ,

John O'Farrell and Pete Sinclair.

Producer Caroline Leddy

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930709]

Unknown: Kate Robbins

Unknown: Chris Barrie

Unknown: Brian Perkins.

Unknown: Mark Burton

Unknown: John O'Farrell

Unknown: Pete Sinclair.

Producer: Caroline Leddy

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930710]

A satirical look back at the decade.

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A look back at the decade, from the writers of Spitting Image. This week, 1996! Starring Kate Robbins , Hugh Dennis and Brian Perkins. With writers Mark Burton , John O'Farrell and Pete Sinclair.

Producer Caroline Leddy

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930716]

Unknown: Kate Robbins

Unknown: Hugh Dennis

Unknown: Brian Perkins.

Unknown: Mark Burton

Unknown: John O'Farrell

Unknown: Pete Sinclair.

Producer: Caroline Leddy

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930717]

A satirical look back at 1996.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930723]

A satirical look back at the decade. This week, 1997! Starring Kate Robbins , Steve Coogan and Brian Perkins. With writers Mark Burton , John O'Farrell and Pete Sinclair.

Producer Caroline Leddy

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930723]

Unknown: Kate Robbins

Unknown: Steve Coogan

Unknown: Brian Perkins.

Unknown: Mark Burton

Unknown: John O'Farrell

Unknown: Pete Sinclair.

Producer: Caroline Leddy

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930724]

A satirical look back at 1997.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930730]

This week, 1998! Starring Kate Robbins , Jack Dee and Brian Perkins. With writers

Mark Burton , John O'Farrell and Pete Sinclair.

Producer Caroline Leddy

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930730]

Unknown: Kate Robbins

Unknown: Jack Dee

Unknown: Brian Perkins.

Unknown: Mark Burton

Unknown: John O'Farrell

Unknown: Pete Sinclair.

Producer: Caroline Leddy

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930731]

A satirical look back at 1998.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930806]

The satirical look back at the decade ends this week with... 1999! Starring Kate Robbins , Rory Bremner and Brian Perkins. With writers Mark Burton , John O'Farrell and Pete Sinclair. Producer Caroline Leddy

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930806]

Unknown: Kate Robbins

Unknown: Rory Bremner

Unknown: Brian Perkins.

Unknown: Mark Burton

Unknown: John O'Farrell

Unknown: Pete Sinclair.

Producer: Caroline Leddy

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930807]

A last satirical look back at 1999.

01199520100910 (BBC7)
20141120 (BBC7)
20160902 (BBC7)

Recorded in July 1993, Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie 'look back' at the decade that was yet to happen.

02199620120103 (BBC7)
20141127 (BBC7)
20160909 (BBC7)

Kate Robbins, Brian Perkins and Chris Barrie take a satirical look back at the decade that had yet to happen. Recorded in July 1993.

03199720141204 (BBC7)
20160916 (BBC7)

Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie 'look back' at the decade that was yet to happen. Recorded in July 1993.

04199820101001 (BBC7)
20141211 (BBC7)
20160923 (BBC7)

Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie 'look back' at the decade that was yet to happen. Recorded in July 1993.

05199920120124 (BBC7)
20160930 (BBC7)

Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie 'look back' at the decade that was yet to happen. Recorded in July 1993.

05 LAST199920120124 (BBC7)
20141218 (BBC7)

Kate Robbins, Chris Barrie and Rory Bremner take a satirical look back at the 1990s - before they happened - and relive the year aliens came for our stupidity. From July 1993.

01011995!1993070920031202 (BBC7)
20041231 (BBC7)
20051229 (BBC7)
20051230 (BBC7)
20070206 (BBC7)
20070207 (BBC7)
20111227 (BBC7)

A satirical look at the decade, from the writers of Spitting Image.

Written by Mark Burton, John O'farrell and Pete Sinclair.

Presenter: Brian Perkins.

Producer: Caroline Leddy.

An interesting speculative concept: this series looked back on the period of the 1990s which hadn't actually happened yet, from the perspective of New Year's Eve 1999 (the show was supposedly going out on the BB-Sky-C).

The show was written by ex-Spitting Image writers Mark Burton, John O'farrell and Pete Sinclair, and was similar to the ITV show in using satirical sketches driven by impressions of public figures; the news stories this time, however, were fictitious (for obvious reasons) and generally fantastical.

The regular performers were the three writers and impressionist Kate Robbins (also ex-Spitting Image), and a different guest impressionist also appeared each week: Griff Rhys Jones, Jack Dee, Steve Coogan and Rory Bremner were among those featured.

The real star of the show, however, was newsreader Brian Perkins.

On the Hour had recently demonstrated the hysterical possibilities of presenting absurd news stories as sober, serious fact; Look Back went further in employing a real-life sober, serious newsreader to deliver its one-liners, and, as expected, Perkins' deadpan delivery revealed a comic genius.

The show was garlanded with awards, picking up the Sony Gold for comedy, the Premios Ondas and the Comedy Award for radio; a mooted television version reached the pilot stage, but was not in the end transmitted.

The original five episodes (transmitted in Week Ending's slot during one of its periodic breaks) each tackled one of the years 1995 to 99; another episode, dealing with 1994, was transmitted on the eve of that year.

A second series went out the following year, slightly retitled as A Look Back at the Future.Guest Chris Barrie.

Sketches: the Honesty Act; Army sponsorship; Jason Donovan libel action; innacurate surveys; Government declares every day is Christmas Day; Eastern Bloc National Anthems; new Criminal's Charter;

School Crimewatch and Superstore Wars.

With Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie.

Recorded in July 1993, Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie 'look back' at the decade that was yet to happen.

Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie 'look back' at a year that was yet to happen.

01021996!1993071620030719 (BBC7)
20031209 (BBC7)
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20060106 (BBC7)
20070213 (BBC7)
20070214 (BBC7)
20090809 (BBC7)
20090810 (BBC7)
20120103 (BBC7)

Brian Perkins and Co review 1996 from the vantage point of, er, 1993.

Including Privatising Music and Abandoned Hedges.

Guest Hugh Dennis.

Sketches: Abandoned Hedges; Antarctica becomes World Park; "coming out" as a Swede; privatisation of the musical scale; new quiz show 'Are They Dead Yet'; parental negligence; newsreaders' strike; EC

standardisation of animal noises; Blue Peter Appeal; teenager doll and the End of the World.

A satirical look back at a year that hadn't yet happened.

With Kate Robbins, Brian Perkins and Hugh Dennis.

: Kate Robbins, Brian Perkins and Chris Barrie take a satirical look back at the decade that had yet to happen. Recorded in July 1993.

In 1993, Chris Barrie took a satirical look back at the decade that had yet to happen.

01031997!1993072320031216 (BBC7)
20050114 (BBC7)
20060112 (BBC7)
20060113 (BBC7)
20070220 (BBC7)
20070221 (BBC7)

Guest Steve Coogan.

Sketches: Panorama documentary of discrimination against the dead; first entire person transplant; '20 Irritating Noises of Today'; terrorism World Cup; Road Circles; dangerous dogs; similar news; new Bond movie theme song 'The Spy With Not Much To Do'; death of Bill the Flower Pot Man; 'Prince Philip - His True Story'; Karaoke Nite at Covent Garden Opera House and the 'Lose the Election Special'.

01041998!1993073020031230 (BBC7)
20040131 (BBC7)
20050121 (BBC7)
20060119 (BBC7)
20060120 (BBC7)
20070227 (BBC7)
20070228 (BBC7)
20120117 (BBC7)

There's VAT on poverty and Prince Charles misses out again.

First heard July 1993.

Guest Jack Dee.

Sketches: the devaluation of the foot; police raids; talking lifts; 'Surprise, Surprise'; VAT on Poverty; sound effects only episode of The Archers; 'D.I.V.V.O.R.S' sung by the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of York; communicating with dolphins, the Surreal Times Table; child geniuses; Jilly Cooper's latest bestseller 'Married For

a Long Time' and Prince William, the Teenager King.

: Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie 'look back' at the decade that was yet to happen. Recorded in July 1993.

Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie 'look back' at the decade yet to happen.

0105 LAST1999!1993080620030719 (BBC7)
20040106 (BBC7)
20050128 (BBC7)
20060126 (BBC7)
20060127 (BBC7)
20070306 (BBC7)
20070307 (BBC7)
20120124 (BBC7)

Relive the year aliens came to take our stupidity, with Brian Perkins, Rory Bremner and Kate Robbins.

Sketches: American troops solving faction struggle at Tottenham Hotspur; new sign of the zodiac; Teach Yourself defence from boring characters; reggae horse racing commentary; political debate on cats and dogs; husbands and wives working together; England cricket team; song 'Number One Again'; Intensive Care In the Community; new chess pieces

and an alien landing.

Kate Robbins, Chris Barrie and Rory Bremner take a satirical look back at the 1990s - before they happened - and relive the year aliens came for our stupidity. From July 1993.

Chris Barrie and Rory Bremner take a satirical look back at the 90s, before they happened.

01SP1994!19931231

Guest Alastair McGowan. The award-winning series returns for a New Year's Eve look back at 1994. Sketches: the government closing all reservoirs; auditions for the

voice of Gerry Adams; Princess Diana on 'Blind Date'; the World Cup in America; fishing hooliganism; low government majority; mortgages; new Christmas record 'Happy Cliffmas'; kidnapping of John Major