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.

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Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker's prophetic Channel 4 sitcom skewered east London hipster culture to a tee through its odious protagonist, a self-proclaimed "self-facilitating media node" and purveyor of witless viral videos via his website TrashBat.co.ck (registered in the Cook Islands).

But the show's true concern was the plight of depressed journalist Dan Ashcroft (Julian Barrett), surviving unhappily in the offices of Sugar Ape, too ill-motivated and sickened by the buffoons around him to better himself. His article "Rise of the Idiots", in which he takes his tormentors to task, only makes matters worse, proving a hit and seeing him hailed as "Preacher Man" by the same fools he sought to destroy.

His sister Claire (Claire Keelan), an aspiring and idealistic documentarian, is similarly thwarted by Barley and his kind.

Ashcroft's failed interview at The Sunday Times, where he humiliates himself by stating a preference for "Dutch wine", is excruciating and made worse by his having to return contrite to Hosegate to retract his resignation from Charlie Condou's withering editor, Jonathan Yeah? (the question mark added by deed poll), who gloats deliciously.

Joe Sommerlad, The Independent, 6th September 2018

20 of the most absurdly funny quotes from Nathan Barley

It might have been an under-the-radar ratings flop when it aired on late night Channel 4 back in 2005, but Nathan Barley lives on in pop culture memory.

Nick Mitchell, i Newspaper, 6th April 2018

7 clips that prove Chris Morris's also a musical genius

Looking back at Morris's body of work, 20 years after the first episode of Brass Eye was broadcast on January 29, 1997, it's clear that few people have combined music and comedy quite as successfully. Whether he's creating strung-out ambient music for a short film about a talking dog or parodying Eminem to highlight the media hysteria surrounding paedophilia, Morris's use of music strikes the balance between creating black comedy and something that's actually listenable. Below are seven of his finest music moments - just be careful not to find yourself jazzing to the bleep tone of a life support machine.

Scott Wilson, Fact Mag, 29th January 2017

Your most underrated TV shows

Five classics that never got the kudos they deserved, according to our readers. Includes Money Dust, Nathan Barley, Early Doors and Families at War.

James Welsh, The Guardian, 3rd August 2016

Radio Times launches a poll to name the best sitcom since 2000

Radio Times has launched a poll to name the best British TV sitcom broadcast since the year 2000. There are 40 shows in the shortlist.

British Comedy Guide, 19th July 2016

Video: Nicholas Burns - what Nathan Barley would do now

Ten years after Nathan Barley first aired on Channel 4, digital agency DigitasLBi (yeh?) invited Nicholas Burns, the actor behind Barley, to discuss the character's legacy.

Sabotage Times, 9th October 2015

Old comedy turned out to be a documentary about future

When Charlie Black Mirror Brooker came up with his trustafarian new media parody Nathan Barley for TV Go Home, no one suspected the character would last this long -- or be so relevant.

Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, 11th February 2015

Nathan Barley is 10

Looking back at Charlie Brooker's debut TV series.

Tom Mansell, Digital Spy, 11th February 2015

Remember when Benedict Cumberbatch was in Nathan Barley

The actor - looking very young indeed - played a character called Robin, business manager to eccentric musician Doug Rocket (David Hoyle) - who 'sits in his office all day looking at charts'.

Caroline Westbrook, Metro, 11th February 2015

Nathan Barley: 10 years old and more relevant than ever

The British sitcom Nathan Barley is ten years old, and it is still painfully, searingly relevant.

Cara Ellison, Paste Magazine, 10th February 2015

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