Brass Eye: Season 2, Episode 0

Paedophilia (26 Jul. 2001)

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When it was first shown in 2001, this episode galvanised press and public opinion. Chris Morris' satire challenged what he perceived as the hysterical way in which the media treated the issue of paedophilia.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amelia Bullmore ...
Beauty Pageant Mother
Valise Belcher / Glam Rock Singer / Tyrona Smollox / Beauty Pageant Mother
Glam Rock Guitarist / Beauty Pageant Father
Paul Mark Elliott ...
Fenton Beasley (as Paul Mark Elliot)
Young Jez North
Swanchita Haze
Christopher Morris ...
Christopher Morris / Ted Maul / Austen Tassletine / Adam Glape / David Quoosp / Pedo-Files Presenter / JLb-8
Gerard Chote
Sebastian Coe ...
Himself (as Lord Coe of Ranmore)
Neil Fox ...
Himself (as Dr. Fox)
Andy McNab ...
Gerald Howarth ...
Himself (as Gerald Howarth MP)


When it was first shown in 2001, this episode galvanised press and public opinion. Chris Morris' satire challenged what he perceived as the hysterical way in which the media treated the issue of paedophilia.

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This special was a parody of the hysteria over paedophilia stoked by the British news media in 2000. Channel 4 received over 3,000 complaints and the network issued a public apology. Politicians also condemned the programme but many of them admitted that they had not actually seen it. Christopher Morris never publicly addressed the controversy. See more »


Chris Morris: [talking about paedophile Jes North] One day, a stairwell nonce-bashing left him quadrospazzed on a life-glug.
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Chris Morris proves himself once again as a comedic God
6 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Chris Morris' Brass Eye TV series had always generated a large number of complaints, both from the audience and from the people taking part. But, nothing he has done has managed to stir up more controversy than this. The 2001 Brass Eye Special. Before the hugely overrated Jerry Springer Opera arrived, the Brass Eye Special held the record for the most complaints received about any TV program ever aired.

The sheer volume of complaints that the general public made towards the Brass Eye Special was unbelievable! Many complaints were voiced by people who never even watched the program! The subject that the program handled turned many heads, but the message was widely misinterpreted. The message was even lost on some who enjoyed the program. This was not a show that mocked the subject of paedophilia. The show was purely about the media and it's presentation of the subject. Morris, is and always will be, a media satirist. The notion that the program 'makes fun' of paedophiles and children who have been abused is completely laughable! Morris never attempts to do either such thing. He merely draws our attention to the overwhelming, and very often stupid media hype surrounding the subject.

Using many of his established 'Brass Eye' characters, such as, Ted Maul and others, Morris shows just how much the media over blow every little thing about a subject that they themselves created and built up, and the result is as funny, if not funnier, than anything Morris has done previously. Using his tried and tested formula, Morris manages to trick several gullible celebrities into believing that they are working on a serious documentary. In actuality, they are made to look like exactly what they are. Retards.

All in all, the Brass Eye Special needs to be seen to be believed. And, with one opening line, Morris manages to sum up the entire media situation as it stood in 2001: "Welcome to Paedo-Gedden!"

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