Nathan Barley (2005– )

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After publishing a rant about 'idiots' - frantically hip, ignorant scenesters - Dan Ashcroft finds these same people embracing him as his idol and his nerves constantly tested by his biggest fan, moronic scene personality Nathan Barley.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Nicholas Burns ...
 Nathan Barley (7 episodes, 2005)
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 Dan Ashcroft (7 episodes, 2005)
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 Claire Ashcroft (7 episodes, 2005)
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 Rufus Onslatt / ... (7 episodes, 2005)
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 Ned Smanks (6 episodes, 2005)
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 Jonatton Yeah? (6 episodes, 2005)
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 Toby (6 episodes, 2005)
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 Pingu (6 episodes, 2005)
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 Jones (5 episodes, 2005)
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 Sasha (5 episodes, 2005)
David Hoyle ...
 Doug Rocket (4 episodes, 2005)
Joe Van Moyland ...
 Mudd (4 episodes, 2005)
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 15Peter20 (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Nikolai the Barber (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Paul Chipes (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Robin (2 episodes, 2005)
Celia Meiras ...
 Dajve Bikinus (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Shop Assistant (2 episodes, 2005)
Franck Alba ...
 Mandolin Man (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Monika (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Troll (2 episodes, 2005)
Vincenzo Nicoli ...
 Paolo (2 episodes, 2005)
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Dan Ashcroft, a bad-tempered and chaotic journalist working for hip magazine 'Sugar Ape', believes that he is surrounded by what he calls 'idiots': hedonistic scenesters who care about nothing but the latest trend. Nathan Barley is a prime example of this species, so logically he and his website 'trashbat.co.ck' are a hit with Dan's dim-witted workmates. No matter how much Dan tries to avoid him, Nathan keeps causing awkward situations for both Dan and his sister, earnest film-maker Claire. Can the rise of the idiot be stopped? Written by Cineastin

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11 February 2005 (UK)  »

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Box of Slice  »

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In 15Peter20's exhibition, there is a photograph that appears to show political activist 'Mark Thomas VI' urinating through the letterbox of Number 10 Downing Street. See more »

Quotes

Jonatton Yeah?: [after watching Nathan Barley's prank video]
[blank expression]
Jonatton Yeah?: That's hilarious and co.
Rufus Onslatt: We should give Nathan Barley a column.
Ned Smanks: Yeah, we should give Nathan Barley a column.
Rufus Onslatt: Yeah like call it..."Nathan Barley's Column"?
Ned Smanks: Hey, let's just call it "Barley", man.
Rufus Onslatt: Yeah, man, or like "Nathan".
Ned Smanks: Yeah, ?cause like, that could be like two columns.
Dan: [sarcastic] Two columns.
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The Surreal Deal
7 March 2005 | by (Bradford, England) – See all my reviews

I am a big fan of Chris Morris' previous work and was looking forward to this show. Having watched it I think that it will split fans of Morris. I however think this show is absolutely hilarious, the surrealness of it makes it a very enjoyable programme. The lead character of Nathan is so annoying, yet you have to laugh as we all on people who are like him, and just like in real life we laugh at their pathetic attempt to be the most hip person around.

More often than not it is the subtle things that you notice that draw the biggest laughs, unlike Morris' Brass Eye special on paedophiles. Although it is not what many people expect, I think that it is up there with Morris' best work. If you are unsure about it, watch it on your own and make up your own mind.


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