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Brass Eye 

Controversal spoof of current affairs television, and the role of celebrity in the UK.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Christopher Morris ...  Christopher Morris / ... 7 episodes, 1997-2001
Mark Heap ...  'Would You?' Man / ... 7 episodes, 1997-2001
Kevin Eldon ...  Alan / ... 5 episodes, 1997-2001
Doon Mackichan ...  Accelorata Jengold / ... 5 episodes, 1997-2001
David Cann David Cann ...  Vicar / ... 4 episodes, 1997
Barbara Durkin ...  French Woman / ... 4 episodes, 1997
Amelia Bullmore ...  Beauty Pageant Mother / ... 3 episodes, 1997-2001
Albert Welling ...  Clerk of the Court / ... 3 episodes, 1997
Gina McKee ...  Libby Shuss / ... 3 episodes, 1997
Claire Skinner ...  Board Member / ... 3 episodes, 1997
Bill Moody Bill Moody ...  Bill Laswell / ... 3 episodes, 1997
Frazer Brown ...  Granny Ram Raider / ... 3 episodes, 1997
Bill Bailey ...  Eyewitness / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Peter Baynham Peter Baynham ...  Sven Yabbsley / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Bill Cashmore ...  Jury Foreman / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Paul Garner Paul Garner ...  'Technology!' man 2 episodes, 1997
Sinead Griffin-Lennon Sinead Griffin-Lennon ...  Desiree Wastrey / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Simon Kunz ...  Captain Mervyn Bruge / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Janene Possell ...  Granita Rocksand 2 episodes, 1997
Harriet Norcott Harriet Norcott ...  Sophie V'Haalbjje 2 episodes, 1997
Claire Rayner Claire Rayner ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1997
John McCririck John McCririck ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1997
Frankie Fraser Frankie Fraser ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1997
David Sullivan David Sullivan ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1997
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Controversal spoof of current affairs television, and the role of celebrity in the UK.

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1997 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

BrassEye See more »

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Production Co:

TalkBack Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

An unaired pilot episode of this show, called "Torque TV" exists, though for some reason it was never included on the Brass Eye DVD. It was made in 1995 by Christopher Morris, and the rest of the crew. Most of the material in "Torque TV" was re-used for the Animals episode of this series, but there are several scenes that are either unique to "Torque TV", or were edited down for inclusion in the series. Of note is an entirely excised interview between David Jatt (Morris) and Sir Peregrine Worsthorne, ex-Editor of The Sunday Telegraph talking about domestic hippos; an extended WOFDCAP sequence, in which the animal rights activists have a telephone conversation with Martin Amis about the plight of Karla the elephant; a thrilling look at how animals are gaining respect, including the heartwarming tale of a mouse that saved a drowning tramp; an extended sequence in which Dr. Jonathan Kwattes (Ian Gelder) explains why all animals are vegetarian - even the carnivores - to a press conference; a heartfelt plea from murderous scamp Reggie Kray, and an extended interview with Carla Lane. See more »

Quotes

Christopher Morris: The most obvious explanation is that it's a ball of lightning bouncing off a strut. But try telling that to any of these bog-brained murphies. You'd have a better chance of getting a blow-job off the pope.
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Alternate Versions

When the show first aired in 1997, some of the more controversial sketches were cut on the orders of the then-head of Channel 4 programming Michael Grade, most notably a piece concerning a musical based on the life of and starring the serial killer Peter Sutcliffe. The edition of the show in which the sketch would have featured was allegedly broadcast containing a onscreen subliminal message lasting 1/25 of a second that read "Grade is a cunt". The series was repeated in 2001 with the Sutcliffe sketch and some other material shown uncut, and with the subliminal message removed. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 100 Greatest TV Moments (1999) See more »

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Brass neck, keen eye
4 July 2004 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Chris Morris' brilliant 'Brass Eye', a satire on tabloid television, the ascendancy of the celebrity class and, more generally, the culture of stupidity, is arguably the most subversive television comedy ever made, and one the funniest. In an age where programs abound in which the rich and famous are invited to gently send themselves up, on the grounds that all publicity is good, Morris triumphantly shatters the myth, as a rich stream of unwitting victims emerge exposed as the idiots they are. Some tried to get the program banned, but undeterred, Morris retorted by making a special episode on the taboo issue of paedophilia. The wholly staged segments are good as well, and though 'Brass Eye' occasionally makes for uncomfortable viewing, this is to the credit of a program designed to force one to think about one's beliefs. Personal favourite scenes include MP Rhodes Boyson gormlessly endorsing the deployment of Batman as a way of fighting crime, and the jam-making company which encourages the use of illegal drugs to enhance performance. A program to watch and enjoy, but also to remember the next time you're asked to take something for granted.


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