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You Have Been Watching

Channel 4 panel show. 16 episodes (2 series), 2009 - 2010. Stars Charlie Brooker.

Press Clippings

You Have Been Watching postponed

Tonight's crime-themed You Have Been Watching has been postponed following the Cumbrian shootings.

British Comedy Guide, 3rd June 2010

Our man in the know bows out after a second successful run of You Have Been Watching. As ever, due to the late production of the show, it's impossible to know what Charlie Brooker's going to be lampooning with his guests. We do know that among them are regulars Rufus Hound and Josie Long. Joining them is the first man of British satire, Armando Iannucci, whose brilliant lancing of Westminster in The Thick Of It saw him have an almost Dimbleby-sized presence on election night television.

Will Dean, The Guardian, 3rd June 2010

Brooker's one to watch

Never one to mince his words, Charlie Brooker has a stinging descriptions of what it's like filming You Have Been Watching: "Like having a controlled mental breakdown".

Wales Online, 25th April 2010

Charlie Brooker interview

He possesses the sharpest keyboard in the country, but what do you really know about writer and presenter Charlie Brooker?

Andrew Dickens, ShortList, 22nd April 2010

The televised election debates kick off tonight on ITV1, however a more important debate occurs straight afterwards on Channel 4, as Charlie Brooker returns with a new series of telly debate/quiz show You Have Been Watching.

The first series was a bit patchy, with its success depending on the balance of both guests and clips. The quiz element didn't really work, except in the week Victoria Coren was on and got uber-competitive, although this element remains in the second series. Expect discussion over the course of the series to involve the televised political debates, Doctor Who, Ashes to Ashes, Britain's Got Talent and the best of international telly. Oh, and Lord Charlton has a horrible new haircut, but hopefully that won't stick around.

Ruth Deller, Low Culture, 15th April 2010

A well-deserved second series for Charlie Brooker's vitriolic panel show, which vents its spleen on the best and worst of the week's crop of telly. It's essentially a more mainstream format of Brooker's show Screenwipe - although not as mainstream as the BBC's similar effort, As Seen On TV - which was more of a projectile vomit than a TV burp.

YHBW is usually a good place to catch up with all those digital TV oddities that might have escaped your attention while you were watching Countryfile.

On this week's show Liza Tarbuck, David Baddiel and Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges will be trying to score points and attempting to work up the same head of amusing, free-flowing rage that Brooker manages so effortlessly.

Jane Simon, The Mirror, 15th April 2010

Recent RTS winner Charlie Brooker returns to primetime for a second series of TV comedy quiz YHBW. The emphasis is of course on the funny, with great and/or odd clips of recent TV, and gags from guests Liza Tarbuck, David Baddiel and Kevin Bridges.

The Guardian, 15th April 2010

For most TV aficionados, Charlie Brooker winning Best Newcomer at last year's British Comedy Awards was a strange one. The man whose full name is actually "The Acerbic TV Critic Charlie Brooker" has been around for a while now, but an award of some kind was fully deserved. You Have Been Watching is one of those comedy panel shows that masquerades as a quiz. Brooker invites three celebrity guests to join him as he shouts and shakes his fist at the world of telly. Points are awarded, but there are never right or wrong answers - just biting, satirical wit and surreal silliness.

Joe Clay, The Times, 15th April 2010

Charlie Brooker returns for a second series of this wryly amusing panel show, in which he goes through a selection of topical TV clips with three guests, quizzing them on the content and generally being a cynical wit: think Harry Hill's TV Burp meets Have I Got News for You, with minimal emphasis on actual point-scoring. Tonight, Brooker's guests are David Baddiel, Liza Tarbuck and comedian Kevin Bridges.

Pete Naughton, The Telegraph, 15th April 2010

Charlie Brooker ashamed to beat Britain's Got Talent

Charlie Brooker has claimed that he was "ashamed" to triumph over Britain's Got Talent at the recent RTS Awards.

Dan French, Digital Spy, 14th April 2010