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Charlie Brooker has spoken to Digital Spy about the lack of computer game shows on mainstream TV, arguing that they are neglected because of the false stereotype that the medium is aimed primarily at children.
> Charlie Brooker's 5 computer games that changed the world
Brooker is hosting a documentary for Channel 4 on the history of gaming this weekend, and the writer and comedian said that the lack of gaming on TV "boils down to a lack of imagination".
"Games are an evolving medium and there are lots of topics of discussion around them. A video game can be anything from The Last of Us, which is an HBO boxset in video game form, »
The Story Of Now
Fittingly, there's quite a bit of filler on this history of the Now That's What I Call Music! franchise, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Screenwipe's own Barry Shitpeas would be hard-pressed to top, say, Sean Paul's memories of those early vinyl versions ("I used to smell it. I used to look at the pictures for hours"). However, as Dom Joly says, this is undoubtedly "social history" of a kind; and thanks to industry wheeler-dealing, it certainly helped to give some lesser-sung artists a bigger platform. Ajc
The oddballs have been buzzed out of the building and now the ratings rhino hits a week of live semi-finals in which the »
- Ali Catterall, Hannah Verdier, Martin Skegg, Andrew Mueller, Julia Raeside, Mark Jones, Gwilym Mumford
Charlie Brooker is no doubt a great journalist, an arguably decent comedian, and has created some fantastic shows about the strange and horrible world of working in television. Not just that: he also created Black Mirror, a TV show about what technology has done and might do in the future, should we continue to be so reliant on it. It’s a wonderfully dark and miserable place which tickles me pink.
One idea that seems to have slipped Brooker’s mind, though, is Gameswipe. Gameswipe’s first and only episode aired on 29th September 2009 in the UK, so it perplexes me as to why he’s so hesitant to create another. Here’s a list of 5 reasons why Charlie Brooker should make Gameswipe: Part 2 in the not-too-distant future.
5. The Guests
The guests alone are enough of a reason to run to the BBC trousers down and start shooting. Each »
- Tom James Hunt
The professional ranter and part-time TV writer is one of the most in-demand talents on British TV, splitting his time between endless comedy, drama and entertainment projects over the last couple of years.
From the silliness of Touch of Cloth, the political commentary of 10 O'Clock Live to the sinister Black Mirror series, Brooker always delivers the goods.
Digital Spy has looked back at his finest work and picked out six of his best since he made the move from TVGoHome satirist to fully-fledged TV comic.
Mixing his love for horror films with his morbid curiosity for Big Brother, Dead Set was a surprising, shocking and twisted five-part zombie thriller that was much more exciting than anything real that's happened in the Celebrity Big Brother house since »
Charlie Brooker is one of those UK wonders who hasn't made the jump to American audiences yet, and that is a damn shame. Wildly prolific, Brooker seems to produce about 600 hours of new television every year, shows like "How TV Ruined Your LIfe" and "Them From That Thing" and "10 O'Clock Live" and "Newswipe" and "Screenwipe" and the oh-so-fiendish "Dead Set," and he's the author of the blisteringly funny "Pedophilia" episode of the great "Brass Eye." Brooker is an astute media critic as well as a wicked wit, and that's a combination that I hoped would have made him much »
- Drew McWeeny
What's the worst TV programme ever made? What's going on with your hair? And what do you think of Guardian commenters? Charlie Brooker answers your questions. Grudgingly
What's up with your hair? @OnAgathasBehalf
People go on about it as if some big makeover decision was taken or that I looked through a catalogue of haircuts designed to enrage fanbases – which would be a brilliant catalogue. But no, what actually happened is that I stopped cutting my hair. Basically, my hair is very thick and it grows really fast. Nobody ever knows what to do with it. So it's not a conscious attempt to do anything with it, and if people see it that way then fashion must be in a pretty poor state, frankly.
Have you ever been close to a column deadline and thought: "Shit, I've had a great week, I'd better pretend something's annoyed me?" @LarboIreland
No. Well, »
- Guardian readers
Charlie Brooker has revealed that his wife Konnie Huq often comes up with some of his "best lines". The Screenwipe host praised the former Xtra Factor presenter for her "dry" sense of humour, and admitted that he sometimes steals her quotes for various TV shows. When asked if Huq helped co-write the upcoming second series of Black Mirror like its first run, he told Channel 4 News: "She was busy, yes, but she chipped in with the odd note here and there. "She's far more cynical and has a dryer sense of humour than many people realize. When I'm doing the Wipe shows she often watches the footage with me and comes out with some of the best lines. Lines which I then steal." Charlie Brooker and Konnie Huq married at an intimate ceremony in Las Vegas back in August 2010. They welcomed (more) »
- By Tom Eames
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