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Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe

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

Press Clippings

25 of Charlie Brooker's most cutting jokes and insults

To make up for the absence of Brooker's 2017 wipe, we've collected some of the comic writer's most cutting and witty jokes.

Finlay Greig, i Newspaper, 8th December 2017

Charlie Brooker confirms more 'Wipe' TV shows

Comic writer and agent provocateur Charlie Brooker has confirmed that he will return with a new strand of his 'Wipe' TV series.

On The Box, 28th August 2012

Charlie Brooker: A guide to the buzzwords of 2011

Been duped by a 'sock puppet'? Had a go at 'planking'? Living in a 'structured reality'? 2011 threw up some new words and concepts - and here they are explained.

Charlie Brooker, The Guardian, 28th December 2011

Charlie Brooker: 10 of the best Screen Burn columns

Here are some of his most memorable TV columns from the past decade. Which are your favourites?

Tim Lusher, The Guardian, 16th October 2010

Charlie Brooker: Why I'm calling time on Screen Burn

TV stars can breathe a little easier: our uniquely grumpy critic has decided to call it quits.

Charlie Brooker, The Guardian, 15th October 2010

In a cry for help about the show's lack of resources, the last episode is a clippy summary of this series and the previous. It's always a frustrating watch. Bloated, tawdry TV news urgently needs criticising, nobody else is doing it, and if Brooker's dismantling of reporting cliches can attract a million YouTube hits (see it at, he must be striking a chord. But he too often does that by stating the obvious, shying away from anything too politically challenging and rehashing observations The Day Today made 16 years ago. It's cathartic but, in the end, conservative.

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 23rd February 2010

We'd love this show even if it didn't star the Guide's moonlighting TV critic. This year, Charlie has mainly been watching Nick Griffin on Question Time, the rise of Jedward on X Factor and Five's "news offering", Live at Studio Five.

The Guardian, 22nd December 2009

I like Charlie Brooker, I like Dara O'Briain and I like Graham Linehan. If those three can't persuade me to take an interest in computer games, nobody can. All three contributed to Gameswipe, a helpful guide to the computer game, with Brooker as host.

Brooker was his usual grumpy, caustic, brilliant self, but the subject matter just left me cold. The show helpfully introduced the uninitiated to the various categories of game available - platform, shoot 'em up, role play, combat - and provided a brief history of each. By far the best bits featured archive clips of anxious teachers, concerned parents and fretful community leaders getting all hot under the collar at the latest screen outrage, of which there have been many over the years.

But even with sumptuously realised and immaculately detailed graphics, the games under review appeared infantile and repetitive. Especially the modern shoot 'em ups, which have somehow contrived to make the act of mass murder appear very dull indeed.

Harry Venning, The Stage, 5th October 2009

TV Review: Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe

Aside from the serious(ish) stuff, it was great just to see Brooker talking about games that have been forgotten and for a gaming geek like me, it was wonderful to see the segment from the Consolvania crew talking about the wild array of utterly mental games you could get on the ZX Spectrum.

mofgimmers, TV Scoop, 30th September 2009

Most children I know would have been in deep mourning for their video games, the very first of which was demonstrated in footage from a Yuletide Tomorrow's World in which the old-school presenter Raymond Baxter played tele-tennis from his sofa with a non-speaking woman who may have been his wife, daughter, housekeeper or secretary (darker theories still crawl around my head). The same clip was shown on Gameswipe with Charlie Brooker, a blissfully archive-heavy history of computer games in which Brooker attempted to marshal a defence of them. The trouble is that if Tony Blair as a Prime Minister had no reverse gear, Brooker as a critic has no praise mode and the more he talked the more hellishly pointless the games seemed. As always with Brooker, however, the documentary contained more original ideas in 50 minutes than most of us have in a career.

Andrew Billen, The Times, 30th September 2009

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