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Brass Eye 

TV-MA | | Comedy | TV Series (1997–2001)
Controversal spoof of current affairs television, and the role of celebrity in the UK.
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2001   1997  
Top Rated TV #174 | 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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 ...  Self 2 episodes, 1997
John McCririck John McCririck ...  Self 2 episodes, 1997
Frankie Fraser Frankie Fraser ...  Self 2 episodes, 1997
David Sullivan David Sullivan ...  Self 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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During the "all animals are vegetarian" sketch, an edition of the journal "Nature" is shown that seems to have published a hoax article on the subject. See more »

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Christopher Morris: You haven't got a clue have you? But you will do, if you watch for thirty minutes!
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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 »

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Featured in X-Rated: The TV They Tried to Ban (2005) See more »

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Pure Genius
30 July 2001 | by BStalkerSee all my reviews

Brass Eye is a quite awesome achievement. As I write this review, most of Britain's press is up in arms over the recent one-off episode which satirised the particularly sensitive subject of paedophilia. The majority of people claim that it is simply sick to even attempt to make a comedy based on such a theme. However, while not for the easily offended, Chris Morris' style has always been to approach serious issues using interesting methods. This particular episode managed to make some very interesting points, often highlighting the gross inconsistencies in the way in which crime and taboo subjects are dealt with.

A great deal of the humour comes from Morris managing to get celebrities to say the stupidest things. The fact that they are so easily convinced to speak such nonsense, highlights the ignorance and paranoia surrounding the whole subject. Amongst other things, we are told that paedophiles can feel children's faces via computer screens, that they occupy an area of internet the size of Ireland, that they can make toxic fumes rise from keyboards to make children more suggestible, that, genetically, they have more in common with crabs than people. At one stage, Kate Thornton tells us with utter seriousness that HOECS games are used by paedophiles to interact with children. It is quite incredible to see these people saying such things with such belief.

Other highlights include the Eminem spoof, JL B8; a story about a cheeky cockney ex-paedophile who does bus tours of his 'old haunts' - a brilliant spoof of the way the press treats the old east-end London gangsters these days; and an on-going news report showing a crowd lynching a paedophile when released from prison and burning him in a wicker phallus: scarily reminiscent of the mobs that ran wild in Britain in summer 2000.

To dismiss this or any other episode in the '97 series as sick and utterly unamusing, is to display an ignorance or unwillingness to address the very serious issues being dealt with. Just because there is humour involved, does not mean the issues are being sanitised - it actually makes them more poignant.


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29 January 1997 (UK) See more »

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TalkBack Productions See more »
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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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