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Don't Watch That Watch This

BBC Four sketch show. 19 episodes (3 series), 2005 - 2006. Stars John Fortune, Alex Lowe, Lewis Macleod, Lucy Montgomery, Adam Buxton and Kate O'Sullivan.

Series 1

1. Episode One

First broadcast: Thursday 13th January 2005

Take some footage, cut into small portions, re-edit, add extra sound as required, season with celebrities, bring to the boil with sportsmen add a dash of of politicians then serve on a dish of lightly roasted George Bush. Welcome to cannibal TV. This is viral television for the jpeg generation as we present the world and its players' as you've never seen them before.


2. Episode Two

First broadcast: Thursday 20th January 2005

More carnage in the cutting room. Hot from the editing suite comes the archive show with its firm pledge; the words remain the same, only their order has changed. Re-dubbed, re-cut, re-mixed, re-shot, re-worked, re-touched, welcome back to another half hour of cannibalised television.


3. Episode Three

First broadcast: Thursday 27th January 2005

What have Robert Kilroy Silk, a sheep, a singing Geoff Hoon and a Shiny Happy George Bush all got in common? Answer: they all co-exist in this week's watchable myopic world of Don't Watch That Watch This. Not so much a news alternative more an explosion in the editing suite. It's time to open the doors for a third time on cannibal TV as the line between fake and fiction turns blurry before our eyes.


4. Episode Four

First broadcast: Thursday 3rd February 2005

Jerry Bruckheimer directs his cut of the National Trust series, Tony Blair has a nasty incident on the train, Arsene Wenger has a few things to say to the Manchester United squad as he wanders the touchline at their training ground, focus at Michael Portillo's dinner party is now at what is happening under the table, Geoff Hoon has got his toys out, and we learn just what America had in mind for Cuba in 1962. It's the real world but not as you've seen it before, courtesy of Don't Watch That Watch This, the show that puts words into people's minds, invariably their own.


5. Episode Five

First broadcast: Thursday 10th February 2005

There's an Eskimo on the newsdesk, a Michael Howard frog ring tone, cocktails from the Today studio and Michael Portillo finally gets to pay the bill. More sliced up, spliced up fun with footage from the cannibalised TV team.


6. Episode Six

First broadcast: Thursday 17th February 2005

Another week, another barrowload of archive as Don't Watch That Watch This introduces you to the inside of the Queen's carriage, the best ever Mastermind candidate, Geoff Hoon's misuse of the office photocopier, a Punch & Judy reconstruction for the CBBC version of Crimewatch, and another collection of cut 'n' paste speeches from the rich and famous. All the words are genuine, it's just the order they come in that may not be.