Brass Eye. Chris Morris. Copyright: TalkbackThames.

Brass Eye

Channel 4 comedy parodying the news. 7 episodes (1 series), 1997 - 2001. Stars Chris Morris, Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon, Doon Mackichan and others.

Brass Eye. Image shows from L to R: Chris Morris, Chris Morris. Copyright: TalkbackThames.

Brass Eye

Anarchic spoof news programme fronted by Chris Morris

Genre
Comedy
Broadcast
1997 - 2001
Channel
Channel 4
Episodes
7   (1 series)
Starring
Chris Morris, Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon, Doon Mackichan, David Cann, Barbara Durkin, Amelia Bullmore, Albert Welling and others
Writer
Chris Morris
Director
Michael Cumming
Producers
Caroline Leddy and Chris Morris

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.

Production Details

Production company
Soundtrack
Music by Chris Morris and Jonathan Whitehead.
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 29th January 1997 on Channel 4 at 9:30pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 26th July 2001 on Channel 4 at 10:35pm
Last repeat
Tuesday 21st August 2012 at 12:35am on 4seven

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