Brass Eye (1997–2001)

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Controversal spoof of current-affairs TV and the role of celebrity in the UK.

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Christopher Morris ...
 Christopher Morris / ... (7 episodes, 1997-2001)
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 'Would You?' Man / ... (7 episodes, 1997-2001)
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 Alan, Role Play Husband / ... (5 episodes, 1997-2001)
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 Accelorata Jengold / ... (5 episodes, 1997-2001)
David Cann ...
 Vicar / ... (4 episodes, 1997)
Barbara Durkin ...
 French Woman / ... (4 episodes, 1997)
Amelia Bullmore ...
 Beauty Pageant Mother / ... (3 episodes, 1997-2001)
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 Clerk of the Court / ... (3 episodes, 1997)
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 Libby Shuss / ... (3 episodes, 1997)
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 Board Member / ... (3 episodes, 1997)
Bill Moody ...
 Bill Laswell / ... (3 episodes, 1997)
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 Granny Ram Raider / ... (3 episodes, 1997)
Bill Bailey ...
 Eyewitness / ... (2 episodes, 1997)
Peter Baynham ...
 Sven Yabbsley / ... (2 episodes, 1997)
Bill Cashmore ...
 Jury Foreman / ... (2 episodes, 1997)
Paul Garner ...
 'Technology!' man (2 episodes, 1997)
Sinead Griffin-Lennon ...
 Desiree Wastrey / ... (2 episodes, 1997)
Simon Kunz ...
 Captain Mervyn Bruge / ... (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Granita Rocksand (2 episodes, 1997)
Harriet Norcott ...
 Sophie V'Haalbjje (2 episodes, 1997)
Claire Rayner ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1997)
John McCririck ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1997)
Frankie Fraser ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1997)
David Sullivan ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1997)
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Controversal spoof of current-affairs TV and the role of celebrity in the UK.

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An untransmitted pilot episode of Brass Eye called "Torque TV" exists, though for some reason it was never included on the Brass Eye DVD. It was made in 1995 by Christopher Morris and the rest of the crew. Most of the material in "Torque..." was re-used for the Animals episode of this series, but there are several scenes that are either unique to "Torque...", or were edited down for inclusion in the series. Of note is an entirely excised interview between David Jatt (Morris) and Sir Peregrine Worsthorne, ex-editor of The Sunday Telegraph talking about domestic hippos; an extended WOFDCAP sequence in which the animal rights activists have a telephone conversation with Martin Amis about the plight of Karla the elephant; a thrilling look at how animals are gaining respect, including the heartwarming tale of a mouse that saved a drowning tramp; an extended sequence in which Dr. Jonathan Kwattes (Ian Gelder) explains why all animals are vegetarian - even the carnivores - to a press conference; a heartfelt plea from murderous scamp Reggie Kray, and an extended interview with Carla Lane. See more »

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Ted Maul: Kids burst shops by filling them with rice, and pouring in water: then standing back and laughing, while the bricks are ripped apart by the swelling food.
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Pure Genius
30 July 2001 | by (Windsor, England) – See all my reviews

Brass Eye is a quite awesome achievement. As I write this review, most of Britain's press is up in arms over the recent one-off episode which satirised the particularly sensitive subject of paedophilia. The majority of people claim that it is simply sick to even attempt to make a comedy based on such a theme. However, while not for the easily offended, Chris Morris' style has always been to approach serious issues using interesting methods. This particular episode managed to make some very interesting points, often highlighting the gross inconsistencies in the way in which crime and taboo subjects are dealt with.

A great deal of the humour comes from Morris managing to get celebrities to say the stupidest things. The fact that they are so easily convinced to speak such nonsense, highlights the ignorance and paranoia surrounding the whole subject. Amongst other things, we are told that paedophiles can feel children's faces via computer screens, that they occupy an area of internet the size of Ireland, that they can make toxic fumes rise from keyboards to make children more suggestible, that, genetically, they have more in common with crabs than people. At one stage, Kate Thornton tells us with utter seriousness that HOECS games are used by paedophiles to interact with children. It is quite incredible to see these people saying such things with such belief.

Other highlights include the Eminem spoof, JL B8; a story about a cheeky cockney ex-paedophile who does bus tours of his 'old haunts' - a brilliant spoof of the way the press treats the old east-end London gangsters these days; and an on-going news report showing a crowd lynching a paedophile when released from prison and burning him in a wicker phallus: scarily reminiscent of the mobs that ran wild in Britain in summer 2000.

To dismiss this or any other episode in the '97 series as sick and utterly unamusing, is to display an ignorance or unwillingness to address the very serious issues being dealt with. Just because there is humour involved, does not mean the issues are being sanitised - it actually makes them more poignant.


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