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Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe

BBC Four factual. 29 episodes (5 series), 2006 - 2009. Features Charlie Brooker and Al Campbell.

Series 5

1. Episode One

First broadcast: Tuesday 18th November 2008

Charlie Brooker admits he is probably well on the way to being the worst TV presenter audiences have ever seen. He decides to discover what a TV presenter is anyway. Plus, Brooker examines the state of television in the current economic climate.

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2. Episode Two

First broadcast: Tuesday 25th November 2008

In an advertising special, there are reports from a mysterious insider dishing the dirt on all that is bad in the industry, plus a potted history of advertising. Brooker reveals the changing psychology used to keep people buying and how the portrayal of men and women in advertising have changed, while poet Tim Key gives us an advert-related verse.


Special: Writing Special

First broadcast: Tuesday 2nd December 2008

In a writers' special, Brooker is joined by some of the best in the business to talk about how you make a TV programme actually happen. The people and pens behind Doctor Who, Father Ted, Peep Show, Life on Mars, Shameless and many more lead us through the joys and pitfalls of writing, with the added benefit of some of the best bits from the programmes.


4. Episode Four

First broadcast: Tuesday 9th December 2008

Charlie Brooker takes a scalpel to 'mission' documentaries.

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5. Episode Five

First broadcast: Tuesday 16th December 2008

Charlie Brooker turns his gaze to the state of kids' TV, giving a potted history of the genre and taking a look at psychedelic kids' shows both old and new. He also pays tribute to Oliver Postgate.


Special: Review Of The Year 2008

First broadcast: Wednesday 24th December 2008

Charlie Brooker celebrates Christmas by taking a look back at all that's happened in TV land over the past year, including reviews of the very best and worst shows to grace our screens in 2008 and reflections on all the big issues.