Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe
Screenwipe is a television programme, presented by comedian Charlie Brooker, which reviews other British television programmes with a caustic and humorous tone.
Brooker analyses specific programmes and genres, regularly making jokes about how programmes are created, and criticizing what he states is the bureaucracy behind programme-making.
Brooker often pays particular attention to more obscure channels on satellite, Freeview and cable, such as those dedicated to gambling, shopping, horoscopes and pornography.
He explores the probable effects of television on society and how programmes can often create in the viewer feelings of inadequacy, depression, fear and anxiety.
To balance things, one segment of each show is usually dedicated to positive reviews, with analysis on why the style and content are so absorbing.
Much of the programme is filmed in Brooker’s living room, with shots of him sitting in front of his TV (and laptop) with remote control in hand talking to camera, occasionally bellowing insults or sarcastic comments at whatever happens to be shown at the time, interspersed with shots of TV shows. Also check out: How TV Ruined Your Life.
Watch the full documentary now (playlist – 11 hours, 30 minutes)