Joining Garry Richardson each week will be a host of different stand up comedians and sporting celebrities ...
Laurence Howarth is a familiar name and voice to Radio 4 listeners.
He was the writer of the acclaimed Radio 4 sitcom Rigor Mortis, starring Peter Davison, which ran for three series between 2003-6. He is also a working on a pilot for a TV version.
He has also had a new sitcom about an arms dealer, Safety Catch, commissioned by Radio 4. It will be broadcast in summer 2007.
He is one half of the double-act Laurence and Gus, who have recorded two series for Radio 4, Untold Stories and Men in Love, as well as appearing on 28 Acts in 28 Minutes and Loose Ends. They will be making a new series, Hearts and Minds, to be broadcast in 2008.
Laurence won the British Comedy Award and the Sony Gold Award as one of the head writers for ten series of Dead Ringers. He also wrote for the show when it transferred to BBC2. He was one of the writers of the multi-award-winning The Sunday Format and wrote a one-off half-hour comedy for Stanley Baxter and Friends on Radio 4: A Brush with Change starred Stanley Baxter, Maureen Lipman and Claire Bloom.
He contributes regular column pieces to both Front Row and Open Book and has appeared in Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off, High Table, Lower Orders, Jon Ronson on… and Bleak Expectations.
For television, he has written for That Mitchell and Webb Look (BBC2), The Armstrong and Miller Show (BBC1), The Omid Djalili Show (BBC1) and Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression (BBC1).
As a performer, Laurence has appeared in Hyperdrive (BBC2), After You’ve Gone (BBC1), Blessed (BBC1), The Robinsons (BBC2), My Hero (BBC1), TLC (BBC2), The Harringham Harker (BBC2) and Oblivious Popstars (ITV1). He also starred as Brother Cedric in the 1999 ITV sitcom Dark Ages.
In 2004 he was, strange but true, the face of BBC Sport.
Richie Webb is a three-headed beast. An actor, a comedy writer, and a composer. Occasionally all three heads work together - such as on his successful BBC Radio 4 series of 15 Minute Musicals, currently in its fourth run - but more often than not, they work separately or in pairs.
He has contributed in some way to a huge number of recent BBC comedy shows (That Mitchell an Webb Look, Dead Ringers, Comedy: Shuffle) as well as being very prolific in the world of children’s television (Jackanory, Bamzooki, Doodle Do). Past glories that he still goes on about include composing all the songs for Goodness Gracious Me, performing live comedy every Saturday morning for two years on Live and Kicking, and being the ‘funny musical one’ in legendary Radio 4 sketch troupe The Cheese Shop.
Not content with this three-pronged assault on the world, he has recently formed his own Production Company, Top Dog, along with four colleagues (who had collectively been responsible for the acclaimed Radio 4 series The Bigger Issues). Top Dog have a large number of comedy irons in the fire.
He lives in Warwickshire and is a West Bromwich Albion season ticket holder.
Dave Lamb was always quite good at sport. At football he was top scorer during Sheredes junior school’s historic 1979-80 double winning season. At rugby he was knocked unconscious during a Hertfordshire U-16’s county trial match after 3 minutes and so missed out on selection. At cricket he represented East Herts U-13’s and once played against a young Mark Ramprakash, being stumped off the future England test player’s bowling for 3. At hockey he was top scorer as Broxbourne U-18’s were runners-up in the Mercian Home Counties cup in 1987. He was awarded a stick for his achievements.
Then at the age of twenty, realising that he would only ever be “quite good” he retired from sport. He has since gone on to be “quite good” at acting and writing and is filming a new sit-com “The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle” with Jennifer Saunders and Miranda Richardson at the same time as making this first series of “Look Away Now”.
If neither of these projects are successful Dave is toying with the idea of returning to sport and trying to make it as a snooker professional. He feels that with seven hours a day’s practice he could still be world champion.
Katherine is the newest addition to the Look Away Now team, having been bought from Radio 2's Buy Me Up TV for an undisclosed fee.
She has also played at Radio 4's Deep Trouble (where she was leading scorer for two seasons) and Radio 2's Parsons and Naylor's Pull-Out Section.
On TV she's been a utility player for BBC1's The Armstrong And Miller Show and series 2 of Extras.