Brass Eye. Chris Morris. Copyright: TalkbackThames
Brass Eye

Brass Eye

  • TV comedy
  • Channel 4
  • 1997 - 2001
  • 7 episodes (1 series)

Anarchic spoof news programme fronted by Chris Morris. Also features Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon, Doon Mackichan, David Cann, Barbara Durkin and more.

Brass Eye. Chris Morris. Copyright: TalkbackThames

Key details

Genre
Comedy
Broadcast
1997 - 2001
Channels
Channel 4
Episodes
7 (1 series)
Stars
Chris Morris, Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon, Doon Mackichan, David Cann, Barbara Durkin, Amelia Bullmore, Albert Welling and more
Writers
Chris Morris, Peter Baynham, Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan
Director
Michael Cumming
Producers
Caroline Leddy, Chris Morris, Peter Fincham and Alison MacPhail
Companies

Following on from the Radio 4 series On The Hour and its BBC Two TV adaptation The Day Today, Chris Morris moved to Channel 4 for this show satirising the news media.

Acting as the anchor as well as acting as various reporters, in Brass Eye Morris mocks the sensationalism and moral panics going on in the news at the time, delving into subjects such as animal right, the war on drugs, and most infamously the moral panic in the press over paedophilia.

As well as mocking the news, the show also attacked celebrity campaigns, coming up various mock campaigns and getting real-life celebs to spout nonsense, most notably over "cake" - a completely fictional drug that ended up being mentioned in Parliament by an MP at the time.

Additional details

Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
Music by Chris Morris and Jonathan Whitehead.

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 29th January 1997 at 9:30pm on Channel 4
Last new broadcast
Thursday 26th July 2001 at 10:35pm on Channel 4
All previous repeats
  • Tuesday 21st August 2012 at 12:35am on 4seven
  • Friday 17th August 2012 at 11:55pm on 4seven - Episode 1
  • Thursday 16th August 2012 at 11:30pm on C4 - Episode 1

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