Quirky comedy comprised of numerous humorous news programmes spliced not-so-randomly together. Enjoy the stuffed-shirt stylings of ex-Babylonian Claudia Christian, young Cadbury Cookiecrunch and the voice of Lloyd's TSB.
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 Julia Regan - IBS 6 episodes, 2005
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 Richard Pritchard - ESN 6 episodes, 2005
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 Katie Tate - ESN 6 episodes, 2005
Phil Nice ...
 Russ - Look Out East 6 episodes, 2005
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 Sarah Holt - Look Out East 6 episodes, 2005
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 Anthony Markovitz - IBS 6 episodes, 2005
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 Adam Lockwood - PVS 6 episodes, 2005
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 Melanie Bellamy - ESN 6 episodes, 2005
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 Phil Curdridge - Look Out East 6 episodes, 2005
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 Frances Walsh - PVS 6 episodes, 2005
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 Natalie Gosling - Go Sports 6 episodes, 2005
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 Colin Kay - So News 6 episodes, 2005
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 Guy Batson - Go Sports / ... 6 episodes, 2005
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 Claire - Traffic Reports 6 episodes, 2005
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 Kevin Peters 6 episodes, 2005
Phil Nichol ...
 Josh Cashman - So News 6 episodes, 2005
Lucy Porter ...
 Claudia Van Sant - So News 6 episodes, 2005
Roderic Culver ...
 Richard Harbinger (PVS -- Network Reporter) 6 episodes, 2005
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 Sam French - Bullet Points Presenter 6 episodes, 2005
Simon Scardifield ...
 Nick Andrews - Look Out East Network Reporter 6 episodes, 2005
Robin Weaver ...
 Penny Watson - Look Out East Network Reporter 6 episodes, 2005
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 Laura Berthould 6 episodes, 2005
Ashley Blake ...
 Alexis Fantom - ESN Reporter 6 episodes, 2005
Sumit Bose ...
 Andrew Clayton 6 episodes, 2005
Rob Butler ...
 Andrew Farley 6 episodes, 2005
Max Digby ...
 Andrew Adams 6 episodes, 2005
Melissa Lloyd ...
 Sam Graham - Bullet Points Presenter 6 episodes, 2005
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 Mitchell Oatis - Aronovitz 5 episodes, 2005
Kevin Day ...
 Gary Mills - Aronovitz 5 episodes, 2005
Lauren Ward ...
 Alecia - IBS 5 episodes, 2005
Alice Arnold ...
 Sam Foskett - Bullet Points Presenter 5 episodes, 2005
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 Nick Burnham 5 episodes, 2005
Beth Chalmers ...
 Laura Hughes 5 episodes, 2005
Sian Jones ...
 Wendy Fox - Weather 5 episodes, 2005
Kate Maravan ...
 Laura Dunnford 5 episodes, 2005
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 Anita Ratchathani 5 episodes, 2005
Tom Skippings ...
 Andrew Evans 5 episodes, 2005
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 Loren Peterson (IBS -- Network Reporter) 4 episodes, 2005
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 Miles Anderton (IBS -- Network Reporter) 4 episodes, 2005
Jon Briggs ...
 Joe Alloway - Weather 4 episodes, 2005
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 Joe Randall / ... 4 episodes, 2005
Sunita Shroff ...
 Wendy Sandhu - Weather 4 episodes, 2005
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 Wendy Watts - Weather 4 episodes, 2005
Joanna Ampil ...
 Michelle Wong - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
John Chancer ...
 Tom Mitchell - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
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 Todd Todmore - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
Chris French ...
 Dan Evans - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
Britta Gartner ...
 Katerina Schultheiss - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
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 Johan Fleischer - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
Haruka Kuroda ...
 Kyoko Ogura - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
Luis Soto ...
 Francis Xavier-Menensez - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
Ralph Van Dijk ...
 Brett Mackensie - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
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 Will Parker 3 episodes, 2005
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 Ben Black 3 episodes, 2005
Hugh Parker ...
 Justin Rustin - ESN Network Reporter 3 episodes, 2005
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 Sam Gregory - Bullet Points Presenter 3 episodes, 2005
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 Katie Willard 3 episodes, 2005
Lauretta Gavin ...
 Wendy Bridge - Weather 3 episodes, 2005
Yiolanda Koppel ...
 Wendy Allan - Weather 3 episodes, 2005
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 Amanda Panda 3 episodes, 2005
Lucy Briers ...
 Sam Henman - Bullet Points Presenter 2 episodes, 2005
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 Ben Green 2 episodes, 2005
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Quirky comedy comprised of numerous humorous news programmes spliced not-so-randomly together. Enjoy the stuffed-shirt stylings of ex-Babylonian Claudia Christian, young Cadbury Cookiecrunch and the voice of Lloyd's TSB.

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5 continents, 25 channels, 227 reporters...All the news you're ever going to need in 30 minutes.

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This is not a sketch show
24 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

What some of the people commenting on this series don't seem to understand is that this is not a sketch show.

The fact that none of the characters are particularly memorable, the fact that the news stories are not particularly surreal and the fact that each "channel" starts to feel repetitive even before the end of the episode are all deliberate.

As with "People like us", John Morton is able to avoid focusing on the superficial humour (the "jokes") at the expense of the deep humour (satire).

And that is all there. The bad grammar, the lack of scientific knowledge and basic research of the average journalist, the milking of non-events to fill hours of airtime, the patronising xenophobia of some US networks, the obsession with "live" coverage for the sake of it, the overly dramatic music, the distortion of facts so the reporter can end his story with a "witty" catchphrase or cliché. It's all there.

There are also plenty of jokes and nonsense, but I suspect most of those are just there so you won't mistake the show for a real news network. It's their way of saying "unlike the 'real' news networks, we are still sane enough to realise that this whole thing is ludicrous".

Some of the references will only make sense to people working in the field, but anyone who has spent 10 minutes zapping between different "news" networks will be able to relate.

Be warned, though: there are no pauses to let you laugh and no punchlines telling you when to laugh (a lot of people can't seem to understand humour without the latter). If you laugh, you miss something. In fact, even if you don't laugh, it's hard not to miss something (another obvious reference to the information overload - or "noise" - in modern news broadcasts).

To be watched with a progressively widening mental grin.


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