Thursday, February 22, 2018

Brass Eye (1997) TV series

Creator: Christopher Morris

Directors: Michael Cumming, Tristram Shapeero

Writers: Christopher Morris, Arthur Mathews, Graham Linehan, Peter Baynham

Composers: Christopher Morris, Jonathan Whitehead, Adrian Sutton

Starring: Christopher Morris, Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon, Doon Mackichan, David Cann, Barbara Durkin, Amelia Bullmore, Albert Willing, Gina McKee, Julia Davis, Simon Pegg, Britt Ekland, PHil Collins, Michael Winner

More info: IMDb

Plot: Controversial spoof of current affairs television, and the role of celebrity in the UK.

My rating: 9/10

Will I watch it again?  YESSSSSS!!!

If you're inclined, watch the above episode and laugh your ass off.  I'll warn you, though, it's the last and best episode so it's downhill from there.  The show debuted and ran for six episodes in 1997 and then they came back in 2001 for the one-off Paedogeddon episode.  Me being a fan of British comedy since I was a kid in the 70s, I ate this shit right up and went for seconds and thirds.  The satire is spot on and it's a fast paced half hour show with an enormous amount of gags.  Not all of them work but it doesn't matter because the shit is flying so fast that there's bound to be a big laugh in a few seconds.  It's purposefully overproduced from the busy graphics to the loud, bombastic, urgent music.  The humor is absurd and offensive and it's right up my alley.   I'm sure most people will find the pedophile episode horrifying but for me it's pure comedy gold.  This was the show that woke me up to Christopher Morris and wanting to see absolutely everything he's done.  This guy's a fucking comedy genius who isn't afraid to "go there".

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