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Nathan Barley. Nathan Barley (Nicholas Burns). Copyright: TalkbackThames.

Nathan Barley

Channel 4 sitcom satirising a young webmaster. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2005. Stars Nicholas Burns, Julian Barratt, Claire Keelan, Richard Ayoade and others.

Nathan Barley. Nathan Barley (Nicholas Burns). Copyright: TalkbackThames.

Nathan Barley

Comedy series which mercilessly parodies the lifestyles of young London media types

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2005
Channel
Channel 4
Episodes
6   (1 series)
Starring
Nicholas Burns, Julian Barratt, Claire Keelan, Richard Ayoade, Ben Whishaw, Rhys Thomas, Noel Fielding, Spencer Brown and others
Writers
Charlie Brooker and Chris Morris
Director
Chris Morris
Producer
Derrin Schlesinger

Comedy series written by Charlie Brooker and Chris Morris to mercilessly parody the lifestyles of young London media types.

Nathan Barley is 26. He is a Webmaster, guerrilla filmmaker, screenwriter, DJ and in his own words, a "self-facilitating media node". He is convinced he is the epitome of urban cool and therefore secretly terrified he might not be, which is why he reads Sugar Ape Magazine - his bible of cool.

Dan Ashcroft writes searing columns for Sugar Ape. He's considered astonishingly cool, but only by those he despises. He is surrounded by idiots and practically worshipped by Nathan.

Claire Ashcroft, 27, is Dan's sister. Like Dan she despises "cool". She hasn't met Nathan yet, but like him she is a filmmaker. Unlike him she despises novelty, trash, irony and gadgets. She is furious that no one will fund her hard-hitting documentary about a choir of reformed junkies.

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