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Brass Eye 

Controversal spoof of current affairs television, and the role of celebrity in the UK.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Christopher Morris ...  Christopher Morris / ... 7 episodes, 1997-2001
Mark Heap ...  'Would You?' Man / ... 7 episodes, 1997-2001
Kevin Eldon ...  Alan / ... 5 episodes, 1997-2001
Doon Mackichan ...  Accelorata Jengold / ... 5 episodes, 1997-2001
David Cann David Cann ...  Vicar / ... 4 episodes, 1997
Barbara Durkin ...  French Woman / ... 4 episodes, 1997
Amelia Bullmore ...  Beauty Pageant Mother / ... 3 episodes, 1997-2001
Albert Welling ...  Clerk of the Court / ... 3 episodes, 1997
Gina McKee ...  Libby Shuss / ... 3 episodes, 1997
Claire Skinner ...  Board Member / ... 3 episodes, 1997
Bill Moody Bill Moody ...  Bill Laswell / ... 3 episodes, 1997
Frazer Brown ...  Granny Ram Raider / ... 3 episodes, 1997
Bill Bailey ...  Eyewitness / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Peter Baynham Peter Baynham ...  Sven Yabbsley / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Bill Cashmore ...  Jury Foreman / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Paul Garner Paul Garner ...  'Technology!' man 2 episodes, 1997
Sinead Griffin-Lennon Sinead Griffin-Lennon ...  Desiree Wastrey / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Simon Kunz ...  Captain Mervyn Bruge / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Janene Possell ...  Granita Rocksand 2 episodes, 1997
Harriet Norcott Harriet Norcott ...  Sophie V'Haalbjje 2 episodes, 1997
Claire Rayner Claire Rayner ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1997
John McCririck John McCririck ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1997
Frankie Fraser Frankie Fraser ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1997
David Sullivan David Sullivan ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1997
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Controversal spoof of current affairs television, and the role of celebrity in the UK.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1997 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

BrassEye See more »

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TalkBack Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(6 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

An unaired pilot episode of this show, called "Torque TV" exists, though for some reason it was never included on the Brass Eye DVD. It was made in 1995 by Christopher Morris, and the rest of the crew. Most of the material in "Torque TV" was re-used for the Animals episode of this series, but there are several scenes that are either unique to "Torque TV", or were edited down for inclusion in the series. Of note is an entirely excised interview between David Jatt (Morris) and Sir Peregrine Worsthorne, ex-Editor of The Sunday Telegraph talking about domestic hippos; an extended WOFDCAP sequence, in which the animal rights activists have a telephone conversation with Martin Amis about the plight of Karla the elephant; a thrilling look at how animals are gaining respect, including the heartwarming tale of a mouse that saved a drowning tramp; an extended sequence in which Dr. Jonathan Kwattes (Ian Gelder) explains why all animals are vegetarian - even the carnivores - to a press conference; a heartfelt plea from murderous scamp Reggie Kray, and an extended interview with Carla Lane. See more »

Quotes

Ted Maul: From the moon, Cowsick's a little dot. From the ground, it's a huge mess! Like Dante meets Bosch in a crack lounge!
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Alternate Versions

When the show first aired in 1997, some of the more controversial sketches were cut on the orders of the then-head of Channel 4 programming Michael Grade, most notably a piece concerning a musical based on the life of and starring the serial killer Peter Sutcliffe. The edition of the show in which the sketch would have featured was allegedly broadcast containing a onscreen subliminal message lasting 1/25 of a second that read "Grade is a cunt". The series was repeated in 2001 with the Sutcliffe sketch and some other material shown uncut, and with the subliminal message removed. See more »

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Sheer bloody genius
28 September 1999 | by SC-14See all my reviews

There is actually very little point in writing this- it will never be repeated on British television as it offended too many of the moronic b-list celebrities who unwittingly contributed it; it is unlikely that American TV will show it, as even HBO would probably baulk at the content; it is almost definite that it will never be released on video. Yet, to the lucky few who actually saw it- as opposed to the hysteria that followed its only broadcast- it remains the greatest satire of the 1990s, perhaps of the television age.

Chris Morris is merciless in his humour- an abused girl is asked if her attacker was as good-looking as he is; in completely convincing fake American news extracts, we are told of menaces to American society such as the increase of priests with guns, and of the forgotten fourth man of the Apollo 11 mission whose role was that of sexual slave to the other three. Celebrities are fooled into supporting all kinds of ridiculous causes- Jilly Cooper and Alexandra Paul support an elephant in a German zoo which has stuck its trunk in its anus in a fit of depression; Stephen Berkoff warns us of the perils of 'heavy electricity' falling out of wires; and, controversially, several celebrities and Members of Parliament speak out against the fictitious drug 'Cake'- questions were even raised in Parliament, which led to the postponement of the original showing.

Many have found this programme grossly offensive, yet the conclusion is obvious- either celebrities are stupid, or they will jump on any bandwagon to promote themselves. The boldness too- Morris is a man who will take a hidden camera and ask real drug dealers for non-existent drugs whilst wearing only a nappy (diaper)and a beach ball.

Chris Morris is God.


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