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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

10 satire shows we need back on our TV screens

It's fair to say that we don't have much satire on TV at the moment. So, are we really beyond satire now? Have things become too surreal? Well, I'm not so sure. In no particular order, here are ten shows that I think need a revival in these turbulent times.

Rhianna Evans, Super Ink, 7th August 2019

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