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 »


Richard Blackwood: The child smells of hammers.
An MP: The child was stuck in an area of Internet the size of Ireland.
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I Laughed Out Loud
18 July 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

This BRASS EYE special PAEDO-GEDDON was swamped by complaints ( More on that later ) when it was broadcast in 2001 following a national debate around a possible " Sarah`s law " following the abduction and murder of school girl Sarah Payne . In fact it`s scheduling was delayed while Phil Collins took legal advice after he found out he`d been fooled by the show`s maker Chris Morris into a starting a campaign entitled Nonce-sense

If truth be told this show is probably more remembered for the controversy than the content which is in very poor taste but I do confess that I laughed out loud . The edition centres around paedophiles and how society treats both them and their victims . Chris Morris plays the presenter who tells the audience that an infamous paedophile has been launched into space then confesses that an eight year old child has accidentally been placed into the capsule along with the paedophile . Cue the child`s frightened screams . Like I said very poor taste

Other highlights of the show include Dr Fox giving a scientific lecture that paedophiles share an identical nervous system to crabs ( " No one knows this but it`s a scientific fact " ) Labour MP Barbara Follet giving a public warning about equipment paedophiles put on their genitals while surfing the net and Kate Thornton warning viewers that paedophiles can send gas through the internet which makes young children suseptable to sexual predators including one victim " Who was once a shy innocent child and who now has the sexuality of a sixty year old Colonel " . Morris also shows a police officer in the child protection squad a serious of photos wanting to know if they`re classed as obscene . The photos included Barbie surrounded by a marital aids and a composite photo featuring a young boys head , a dog`s body and an erect penis that could only have belonged to John Holmes . Hey I never said this show was tasteful did I ?

It`s impossible to mention PAEDO-GEDDON without the hypocritical fall out that surrounded it where politicians , childrens organizations and policemen rushed to condemn the show for making fun of a very serious subject . The show was poor taste despite me laughing all the way through it but it`s a biting satire . Perhaps the critics should take a long hard look in the mirror where a liberal elite allows convicted paedophile slime to walk around the streets of Britain before they criticise a mere TV show for exacerbating tensions .

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