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9 items from 2014


Brass Eye, Brits and Boyle: What is the most shocking TV moment ever?

1 December 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Channel 5 will count down the Most Shocking TV Moments tonight (Monday, December 1) from 10pm.

In the 3-hour special, celebrities will recall Tom Cruise's sofa jump, Charles Ingram's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? con, Oliver Reed's drunken chat show antics and much more.

Digital Spy can reveal which shock moments have made the top ten, though you'll have to tune in tonight to find out which order they come in, and which has claimed the top spot.

Michael Jackson's performance at the 1996 Brit Awards is interrupted by a stage invasion from Pulp's Jarvis Cocker

Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff is surprised to be partnered with John Sergeant back in 2008

Diana, Princess of Wales gives a revealing interview on Panorama in November 1995

A Blind Date contestant believed to be a secretary is revealed to be a journalist writing an article for Cosmopolitan magazine

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Tsr Exclusive: ‘The Guest’ Interview with Director Adam Wingard, Writer Simon Barrett, and Actor Dan Stevens

17 September 2014 4:50 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

From You’re Next director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett comes The Guest, a wacko action/horror comedy that rocks and rolls like a midnight madness movie, where expectations about pacing and tone are challenged, and good ol’ cinematic chaos reigns. Leading the film is Dan Stevens, formerly of BBC series “Downton Abbey,” who plays a kind ex-soldier named David who shows up one day at the Peterson family’s door, and begins to cozy into their daily lives. However, as the soldier spends more time as visitor, he slowly reveals himself to be a strangely wired individual, whose charm and incredible presence only provides a mask for his true origins.

Along with You’re Next, Wingard & Barrett have also made films like A Horrible Way to Die, and the V/H/S anthology shorts. Both of them also appeared as actors in Joe Swanberg’s post-Drinking Buddies experimental murder mystery 24 Exposures. »

- Nick Allen

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10 Ridiculous Fake Status Updates Your Friends Shared On Facebook

19 August 2014 4:35 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

arstechnica.com

In the last day or so, news has been filtering down through the internet about the possibility of Facebook testing a ‘satire’ tag for use with the increasing number of satirical news websites out there. Just so people are aware: satirical news is not news about satire. A satirical news story is a comedy story published online that mimics the format of real news sites.

Now, obviously The Onion and The Daily Mash have been around for a number of years, and The Day Today and Brass Eye were doing this back before the Internet was a glimmer of free porn in a lonely geek’s eye. Nonetheless, Facebook still feels the needs to signpost satire – because a horrifying proportion of its regular users will not check the background of a story before sharing it with all of their friends.

But this massive, widespread gullibility isn’t just »

- Ben Cooke

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10 Wtf TV Moments You Won’t Believe They Got Away With

29 June 2014 2:51 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Channel 4

When something controversial, bizarre or shocking graces your tellybox, do you change the channel? Or even shut it off? No, of course you don’t; the last thing you want to do is look away. That’s why the most Wtf TV moments – even those discussed in hushed whispers – experience a special kind of longevity, still frequently referenced and remembered decades after their initial run.

True, there have been many moments of this variety to send the outraged and disgusted crying to Ofcom over the years – ecstasy trial Drugs Live, nineties magazine show The Word and anarchic black comedy Brass Eye to name just a few. But controversial TV doesn’t always have to be morally divisive, or mouth-agape awkward, or abrasive satire. The spooky and the strange have also caused their fair share of upset, with legendary faux-documentary Ghostwatch and Derren Brown’s Seance ranking as some »

- Stephanie Farrell

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Anna Kendrick Ready For Cake

1 April 2014 11:07 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Though its title would suggest light-hearted bakery rom-coms or potentially a Brass Eye spin-off drug pic, indie drama Cake actually focuses on a pain support group and has Jennifer Aniston as producer and star. She’s just gained a batch of fellow cast members in Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Chris Messina, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Britt Robertson, Lucy Walters, Camille Mana, Manuel Garcia Rulfo and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.Never Back Down’s Daniel Barnz is set to direct, with Patrick Tobin providing the script. Aniston will be the acerbic Claire, who becomes obsessed with one of the other attendees in her chronic illness support group, Nina (Kendrick). When Nina commits suicide, Claire tries to find out more about her life and starts a relationship with Nina’s husband (Worthington), while also dealing with her own traumas. Lest you think Kendrick will appear briefly then vanish from the film, she sticks »

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'Twitter is the Stasi for Angry Birds generation': Stewart Lee returns

25 February 2014 3:53 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Stewart Lee returns to BBC Two this weekend and judging from the first preview clip of his new series, the stand-up has lost none of his brilliantly astute, bone-dry cynicism.

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle series 3:

In the preview clip for the first episode, 'Shilbottle', Lee launches into one of his trademark rants about his dislike for the internet, and in particular, Twitter.

Lee points out that his entire life could be traced back using only inane Twitter updates from members of the public and compares the social networking service to "a state surveillance agency staffed by gullible volunteers".

"It's the Stasi for the Angry Birds generation," he concludes.

The third series of Comedy Vehicle will feature the return of Brass Eye and The Day Today creator Chris Morris to TV. Morris has replaced Armando Iannucci in the sketches placed between Lee's stand-up sets.

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle returns on Saturday, »

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5 Most Disturbing British TV Comedies

21 February 2014 2:31 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

BBC

For those of us who love to be uncomfortable, Britain has spawned some of the most warped, unsettling and notorious programs ever to make us laugh. But sadly, our darkest comics are often our most overlooked and underrated. They’ve been lauded by some, yet alienated many others; caused widespread controversy, whilst somehow paving the way for lighter entertainers. Would Little Britain have ever existed without The League of Gentlemen, for example?

The fact is, we laugh at horrible things. We know we shouldn’t, but we do anyway. Laughing is the best coping mechanism we have. That’s why giggling in sombre situations, whilst highly frowned upon, is actually not considered that abnormal. And that’s also why these shows are funny. Often because we’re seeing something we recognise, but simply never really talk about because it isn’t ‘done.’ Sometimes we’re seeing a reflection of something we’ve experienced ourselves, »

- Stephanie Farrell

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Charlie Brooker Promises More Episodes of His Brilliant Anthology Series 'Black Mirror'

10 January 2014 10:33 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The British techno-anxiety anthology series "Black Mirror" was one of the best things to sneak onto U.S. television last year (via DirecTV's Audience Network) -- check out our review here. The series originally ran for two three-episode seasons on the U.K.'s Channel 4 in 2011 and 2013, and now creator Charlie Brooker has promised that at least two more episodes are on the way. Brooker broke the news on a BBC Radio show hosted by Lauren Laverne, saying "There will be more -- I don't think I'm allowed to say quite when. There's going to be some and then there's going to be some more -- you'll get one helping and then there'll be another helping." Brooker, who also created the zombie series "Dead Set" and wrote episodes of "Brass Eye," "The 11 O'Clock Show" and "Nathan Barley," currently hosts BBC Two series "Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe." Of »

- Alison Willmore

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Charlie Brooker Promises More Episodes of His Brilliant Anthology Series 'Black Mirror'

10 January 2014 10:33 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The British techno-anxiety anthology series "Black Mirror" was one of the best things to sneak onto U.S. television last year (via DirecTV's Audience Network) -- check out our review here. The series originally ran for two three-episode seasons on the U.K.'s Channel 4 in 2011 and 2013, and now creator Charlie Brooker has promised that at least two more episodes are on the way. Brooker broke the news on a BBC Radio show hosted by Lauren Laverne, saying "There will be more -- I don't think I'm allowed to say quite when. There's going to be some and then there's going to be some more -- you'll get one helping and then there'll be another helping." Brooker, who also created the zombie series "Dead Set" and wrote episodes of "Brass Eye," "The 11 O'Clock Show" and "Nathan Barley," currently hosts BBC Two series "Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe." Of »

- Alison Willmore

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