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Old February 1 2013, 10:10 PM   #16
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Re: Charlie Brooker's Wiping again

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Who is Charlie Brooker and what is a "wipe"?
His seminal show was Screenwipe, a cynical yet outrageously funny examination of television. It combined reviews of TV shows, his opinions on current trends in television, and behind the scenes investigations of how TV shows are made. The humour ranged from smart jokes to offensive jokes to intentionally bad jokes, but the show also set out to educate viewers about TV production, and the manipulative tricks TV producers use to keep us watching. Here's one of my favourite sequences:



However, Brooker's best show was Newswipe, an even more cynical and even more outrageously funny examination of the news media. It explored how the media sensationalise events and attempt to make themselves relevant by reporting things that aren't actually news. A good episode of Newswipe left you with the impression that our world is doomed.

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Old February 1 2013, 10:54 PM   #17
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Re: Charlie Brooker's Wiping again

^Classic Brooker


And thanks for the thread! -if not for this I wouldn't have seen Weekly Wipe yet.
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Old February 2 2013, 11:54 AM   #18
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Re: Charlie Brooker's Wiping again

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Thank you very much. How could I ignore his existence until now?
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Old February 2 2013, 09:01 PM   #19
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Re: Charlie Brooker's Wiping again

If you like those clips, you can find full episodes of Screenwipe, Newswipe, and Brooker's other BBC shows on Youtube. He allows them to be uploaded because they're not on DVD so their presence isn't hurting him financially, so you don't have to feel bad about it... except the time he made fun of his YouTube viewers in an episode of Screenwipe. Some of the shows he talks about are no longer on the air, and the news stories in Newswipe are obviously from several years ago, but they're still worth a watch.
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Old February 2 2013, 09:09 PM   #20
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Re: Charlie Brooker's Wiping again

^And his column in The Guardian is usually worth a read...

Charlie Brooker wrote:
Because I'm no longer 13 years old, I haven't really paid much attention to teenywink Canadian singing sensation Justin Bieber since he was first hammered into the collective unconscious like a nail of frozen piss into a cabbage, but I've just seen a photo of him and God, he's grown. He's now 36 years old and is played by a gangling miscast Jim Carrey action figure. And none of his costumes fit any more, which means he has to take to the stage wearing trousers that only come down to his knees and a child-size baseball cap optimistically Pritt-sticked to his hairdo.
... Even the old ones; I'm currently reading my copy of "Dawn of the Dumb".
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Old February 2 2013, 09:17 PM   #21
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^And his column in The Guardian is usually worth a read...

Charlie Brooker wrote:
Because I'm no longer 13 years old, I haven't really paid much attention to teenywink Canadian singing sensation Justin Bieber since he was first hammered into the collective unconscious like a nail of frozen piss into a cabbage, but I've just seen a photo of him and God, he's grown. He's now 36 years old and is played by a gangling miscast Jim Carrey action figure. And none of his costumes fit any more, which means he has to take to the stage wearing trousers that only come down to his knees and a child-size baseball cap optimistically Pritt-sticked to his hairdo.
... Even the old ones; I'm currently reading my copy of "Dawn of the Dumb".
I want "I Can Make You Hate." But I might have to go back and read his older ones.
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Old February 2 2013, 09:19 PM   #22
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^ - I'm just warming up to get it
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Old February 2 2013, 09:22 PM   #23
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Gotta love the look on his face on the cover.
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Old February 4 2013, 05:47 AM   #24
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Re: Charlie Brooker's Wiping again

I watched the year in review one and I'm surprised he brought up the Jimmy Carr thing since he was peripherally related to it... but hey, if Carr can make jokes about it now, why not I suppose.

Glad to have him back any how!
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Old February 4 2013, 11:05 PM   #25
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Re: Charlie Brooker's Wiping again

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^And his column in The Guardian is usually worth a read...

Charlie Brooker wrote:
Because I'm no longer 13 years old, I haven't really paid much attention to teenywink Canadian singing sensation Justin Bieber since he was first hammered into the collective unconscious like a nail of frozen piss into a cabbage, but I've just seen a photo of him and God, he's grown. He's now 36 years old and is played by a gangling miscast Jim Carrey action figure. And none of his costumes fit any more, which means he has to take to the stage wearing trousers that only come down to his knees and a child-size baseball cap optimistically Pritt-sticked to his hairdo.
... Even the old ones; I'm currently reading my copy of "Dawn of the Dumb".
I want "I Can Make You Hate." But I might have to go back and read his older ones.
It's a really good collection in that one. I actually got it signed by the man himself the day it came out. He was struggling to be offensive enough so just wrote 'You shit!" and signed the title page. Legend. All his bile is clearly reserved for clips of things like Splash and those American gun adverts.
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Old February 4 2013, 11:09 PM   #26
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^When signing, does he take suggestions? -I'd love a copy of anything of his with his catchphrase: "Go away"
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Old February 5 2013, 09:14 PM   #27
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Well he was struggling to write anything so he'd probably appreciate the help
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Old October 30 2013, 01:32 AM   #28
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Re: Charlie Brooker's Wiping again

Charlie Brooker will front a Channel 4 documentary about the impact of video games as part of a special night dedicated to gaming next month.

How Video Games Changed the World is a one-off two-hour doc, hosted by Brooker, which will look at the history of video games and how they have changed society,
http://www.digitalspy.com/british-tv...the-world.html

The long awaited sequel to Gameswipe! Well, not really, but it should be good anyway.
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Old October 31 2013, 10:46 AM   #29
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Re: Charlie Brooker's Wiping again

^I was going to say that Brooker (along with Dara) is one of the few cultural commentators that 'gets' video games.

One of my favourite Brooker moments:

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Old November 5 2013, 04:28 PM   #30
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2013 Wipe and Weekly Wipe series 2 have been announced.
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