Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe on television news

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Series four of Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe is currently screening in the UK. Screenwipe is a bit like Eating Media Lunch, only because it's the BBC, it has a slightly higher low budget.

    In this episode, Brooker took a look at television news, including the modern phenomenon of the 24-hour news channels who need to find stuff to occupy all that time.

    And amid the humour and anger is a short made by Adam Curtis ("The Power of Nightmares") about TV reporters over the ages.

    It's based around British news, but there's a lot New Zealand TV viewers can get from it.

    Part two, part three.

    Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report

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  • Russell Brown,

    Watched this last night -- it's brilliant.

    Interestingly, Steve Maharey used Charlie Brooker in his speech to the recent digital broadcasting conference in Wellington.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    it's brilliant


    With an excellent, important thing missing from far too much current affairs television.

    A Thesis

    Oh, and length.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report

  • Thom James,

    Charlie Brooker's Screen Burn column for the Guardian is hilarious. You can practically taste the bile...angry, angry man. But damn funny.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2007 • 63 posts Report

  • Stuff n Things,

    If you haven't already come across it, Brass Eye is also worth a look for some good satire:


    Wellywood • Since Apr 2007 • 50 posts Report

  • jon_knox,

    Season 4 of Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe has just started.

    It is availablbe on BBC's iPlayer.

    Belgium • Since Nov 2006 • 464 posts Report

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Oh brilliant! On problem - the BBC's iPlayer is geofenced to exclude anyone outside the UK. I'll have to see if my friends in England can video it for me.

    Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Oh look what I found!

    Part 2, Part 3

    Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report

  • jon_knox,

    Here's a link to a series 4 episode examining (perhaps "mocking" is more accurate description) the news media.

    Belgium • Since Nov 2006 • 464 posts Report

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    BTW, that's the same episode that I'm talking about right at the top of this thread. (Only the YouTube clips I linked to back then then have been removed now. It's a great episode, though!)

    Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report

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