Adam and Joe Go Tokyo

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Adam and Joe Go Tokyo
StarringAdam Buxton
Joe Cornish
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes8
Running time25 Minutes
Original networkBBC Three
Original release30 May (2003-05-30) –
25 July 2003 (2003-07-25)

Adam and Joe Go Tokyo was a series of eight episodes created for BBC Three (also airing in full on BBC One at a later timeslot as promotion for the new channel). It starred Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish of The Adam and Joe Show and aired from 30 May 2003 to 25 July 2003. The aim of the show was to offer an alternative insight into the lives of Tokyo's citizens, with the obligatory look at a number of gadgets and toys along the way. The show took the format of a mature Blue Peter outlining many pastimes of the average (or less so) Japanese person, everything from competitive speed eating to manga cosplay. Each episode would end with a Japanese band joining the show to perform.

Gaijin Invasion[edit]

In each episode, Adam and Joe documented their attempts to become "Big in Japan". In one episode, they resorted to busking in a local park. They performed an unnamed tribute to Tokyo wearing sneakers and black diving suits. As luck would have it, they were spotted by somebody working for a Japanese music television show and were asked to participate in it.


Each week there were around two guests on the show ranging from professional cosplayers to the Japanese expert on fish.

Episode details[edit]

#TitleDirector(s)Writer(s)Original Airdate(s)
1TBATBATBA30 May 2003 (2003-05-30)
In their first attempt to get big in Japan, the pair posed as celebrities at Shibuya Crossing. Guests included inventor Dr Nakamatsu and comedy duo Tetsu and Tomo. Adam and Joe also explored the cosplay scene at a convention. Music from Polysics
2TBATBATBA6 June 2003 (2003-06-06)
Trying to further their attempts in getting famous in Japan, Adam and Joe attended a book signing with glamour duo The Kano Sisters. Fish expert Sakana Kun [ja] was in the studio, as were Michael Arias and Shinichiro Watanabe, who were discussing the Animatrix. Music from Loop Junktion.
3TBATBATBA13 June 2003 (2003-06-13)
This time in their attempts to get big in Japan, Adam and Joe went to the premier of The Matrix Reloaded in eyecatching outfits. Keiji Oguni, Shinya Takahashi (speed eaters [ja]) had a competition, Daisuke Inoue (the inventor of karaoke) was interviewed and judged Adam and Joe's karaoke skills, and music from Dogggy Style (band).
4TBATBATBA20 June 2003 (2003-06-20)
Nobumichi Tosa (Meiwa Denki [ja]), HALCALI (band).
5TBATBATBA4 July 2003 (2003-07-04)
Susumu Kurobe (original Ultraman), Tokyo Shock Boys (performing artists), Guitar Wolf (band).
6TBATBATBA11 July 2003 (2003-07-11)
Kenta Fukasaku (Battle Royale II: Requiem director), Tatsuya Fujiwara (actor), Gaijin Invasion, Hoover's Ooover (miscredited as Hoover Over) (band).
7TBATBATBA18 July 2003 (2003-07-18)
Dandy Sakano (comedian), Mc Simoneta (band), DJ Takeshit (band).
8TBATBATBA25 July 2003 (2003-07-25)
Papaya Suzuki & Oyaji Dancers (performing artists), Plus-Tech Squeeze Box (band).

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