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Paedophilia 

When it was first shown in 2001, this episode galvanised press and public opinion. Chris Morris' satire challenged what he perceived as the hysterical way in which the media treated the issue of paedophilia.

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... Beauty Pageant Mother
... Valise Belcher / Glam Rock Singer / Tyrona Smollox / Beauty Pageant Mother
... Glam Rock Guitarist / Beauty Pageant Father
Paul Mark Elliott ... Fenton Beasley (as Paul Mark Elliot)
... Young Jez North
Mandy Lomax
... Swanchita Haze
... Christopher Morris / Ted Maul / Austen Tassletine / Adam Glape / David Quoosp / Pedo-Files Presenter / JLb-8
... Gerard Chote
... Himself
Sebastian Coe ... Himself (as Lord Coe of Ranmore)
... Himself
Neil Fox ... Himself (as Dr. Fox)
Andy McNab ... Himself
Gerald Howarth ... Himself (as Gerald Howarth MP)
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When it was first shown in 2001, this episode galvanised press and public opinion. Chris Morris' satire challenged what he perceived as the hysterical way in which the media treated the issue of paedophilia.

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The child actor who played Christopher Morris's son was not present when Morris asks Simon Pegg's character if he wants to have sex with the boy. The boy's reaction shots were shot separately. See more »

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Chris Morris: [talking about paedophile Jes North] One day, a stairwell nonce-bashing left him quadrospazzed on a life-glug.
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24 Hour Staring at Children - ENDEMOL See more »

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Quite possibly the funniest satirical TV show ever
21 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

The premise of "paedogeddon" is simple: it is to satirise the hysterical tone of media coverage of the predatory paedophile trope. If I had been writing this my benchmark for success would be outraged pieces in the Daily Mail the following day. Result.

"Genetically, paedophiles have more genes in common with crabs than they do with you and me. Now that is scientific fact. There's no real evidence for it, but it's scientific fact" - one of my favourite lines from any TV comedy ever and a fabulous way of making the point that some people will completely suspend normal critical faculties if they believe they are doing it "for the children". Sorry, Neil Fox, they got you, but console yourself with the fact that you delivered a priceless moment of pure comedy gold - and you did it with such panache.

Morris offers a wonderfully accurate satire on the way the very word paedophile causes the tabloids to abandon all connection with reality. He takes on the taboo - you can't joke about paedophilia? yes you can! - but most of all he delivers a truly brilliant pastiche of media hysteria.

If Chris Morris had never made another programme, this would still secure his place in the comedy hall of fame. The record number of complaints he received - balanced by a record number of supportive letters - is a mark of how accurately he hit the bullseye with this one.


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