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Nathan Barley 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Mini-Series (2005)
After publishing a rant about 'idiots' - frantically hip, ignorant scenesters - Dan Ashcroft finds these same people embracing him as his idol and his nerves constantly tested by his biggest fan, moronic scene personality Nathan Barley.




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Series cast summary:
Nicholas Burns Nicholas Burns ...  Nathan Barley 7 episodes, 2005
Julian Barratt ...  Dan Ashcroft 7 episodes, 2005
Claire Keelan ...  Claire Ashcroft 7 episodes, 2005
Spencer Brown ...  Rufus Onslatt / ... 7 episodes, 2005
Richard Ayoade ...  Ned Smanks 6 episodes, 2005
Charlie Condou ...  Jonatton Yeah? 6 episodes, 2005
Rhys Thomas ...  Toby 6 episodes, 2005
Ben Whishaw ...  Pingu 6 episodes, 2005
Noel Fielding ...  Jones 5 episodes, 2005
Nina Sosanya ...  Sasha 5 episodes, 2005
David Hoyle ...  Doug Rocket 4 episodes, 2005
Joe Van Moyland Joe Van Moyland ...  Mudd 4 episodes, 2005
Iddo Goldberg ...  15Peter20 3 episodes, 2005
Kevin Eldon ...  Nikolai the Barber 2 episodes, 2005
Frank Boyce Frank Boyce ...  Paul Chipes 2 episodes, 2005
Benedict Cumberbatch ...  Robin 2 episodes, 2005
Celia Meiras Celia Meiras ...  Dajve Bikinus 2 episodes, 2005
Mathew Horne ...  Shop Assistant 2 episodes, 2005
Franck Alba Franck Alba ...  Mandolin Man 2 episodes, 2005
Montserrat Lombard ...  Monika 2 episodes, 2005
Ramon Tikaram ...  Troll 2 episodes, 2005
Vincenzo Nicoli ...  Paolo 2 episodes, 2005


Dan Ashcroft, a bad-tempered and chaotic journalist working for hip magazine 'Sugar Ape', believes that he is surrounded by what he calls 'idiots': hedonistic scenesters who care about nothing but the latest trend. Nathan Barley is a prime example of this species, so logically he and his website 'trashbat.co.ck' are a hit with Dan's dim-witted workmates. No matter how much Dan tries to avoid him, Nathan keeps causing awkward situations for both Dan and his sister, earnest film-maker Claire. Can the rise of the idiot be stopped? Written by Cineastin

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In 15Peter20's exhibition, there is a photograph that appears to show political activist 'Mark Thomas VI' urinating through the letterbox of Number 10 Downing Street. See more »


Jonatton Yeah?: [after watching Nathan Barley's prank video]
[blank expression]
Jonatton Yeah?: That's hilarious and co.
Rufus Onslatt: We should give Nathan Barley a column.
Ned Smanks: Yeah, we should give Nathan Barley a column.
Rufus Onslatt: Yeah like call it..."Nathan Barley's Column"?
Ned Smanks: Hey, let's just call it "Barley", man.
Rufus Onslatt: Yeah, man, or like "Nathan".
Ned Smanks: Yeah, ?cause like, that could be like two columns.
Dan: [sarcastic] Two columns.
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Spun-off from TV Go Home (2001) See more »

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12 May 2005 | by maxraelSee all my reviews

It's always a shame when you get fans who won't allow an artist to move on...

Chris Morris is back with new TV show called Nathan Barley, and of course it's absolutely wonderful... And of course yet again decidedly splits the Morris fan base.

Do not expect The Day Today or Brass Eye or Jam or anything like his previous work... Do expect classic Morris humour and observations on society weaved around the classic half hour sitcom format centring on the truly hateful Nathan Barley, a "self-facilitating media node" first found in co-writer Charlie Brooker's "TV Go Home", and the people in his life.

It's full of tiny subtle touches that welcome repeated viewing, is brilliantly shot and edited, and has some of the finest music ever to grace a sitcom. (a mixture of great songs and an extreme form of electronica which of course Morris had a hand in concocting).

In the opinion of this humble reviewer Morris remains a genius satirist, one who doesn't see any value in repeating himself and continues to push and develop his art into new forms. It's a great shame more people didn't get it.

Bring on the DVD release and a second series...


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11 February 2005 (UK) See more »

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TalkBack Productions See more »
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(6 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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