You Have Been Watching

11:40pm Wednesday, July 7 on E4

Another chance to see Charlie Brooker’s corrosive comedy quiz show that reviews the weird and wonderful world of television.

11:10pm Wednesday, June 30 on E4

Another chance to see the acerbic Charlie Brooker host the second series of You Have Been Watching – the corrosive comedy quiz show which reviews the weird and wonderful world of television.

11:30pm Wednesday, June 23 on E4

Another chance to see the acerbic Charlie Brooker host the second series of the corrosive comedy quiz show which reviews the weird and wonderful world that is television.

10:00pm Thursday, June 3 on C4

Charlie Brooker hosts the final show in the current series of the corrosive comedy quiz, and this time he is joined by Armando Iannucci, Josie Long and Rufus Hound for a Crime Special. Leaving the comfort of his sofa, Charlie and his guests shout and shake their fists at the world of TV in all its diverse glory. They give their take on an array of clips presented for their delectation and dissection and, in the spirit of competition, answer questions about them too.

10:00pm Thursday, April 15 on C4

Fresh from his success at the RTS Programme and British Comedy Awards, the acerbic Charlie Brooker returns to host a new series of the corrosive comedy quiz show which reviews the weird and wonderful world of television. Charlie invites three funny and discerning guests to join him as they give their take on an array of television clips presented for their delectation and dissection. You Have Been Watching absorbs the highs and lows of TV – from both the UK and around the world, laughing at shows that command the biggest following, and championing all that is truly great about television.

Channel 4 has commissioned a second series of Charlie Brooker‘s comedy quiz You Have Been Watching.

In fairness, the rest of this article is filler and opinion, so if you walk away now, I wouldn’t blame you one bit. That said, if you walk away now, you’ll miss something about him posing nude.

It’s hardly surprising that Channel 4 decided to have some more as Brooker’s star is rising sharply at the minute… a bit like a space shuttle before it explodes above our heads. If you didn’t know, Brooker won Best Male Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards and got the dubious honour of being placed above Delia Smith and Michael Palin on a leaked BBC league table of talent.

Still, you can’t imagine any of this made him particularly happy, can you?

The Channel 4 entertainment and comedy commissioning editor, Darren Smith, said: “Charlie’s uniquely comic voice is a perfect fit on Channel 4. I’m looking forward to him becoming a big part of our comedy entertainment output in 2010.”

So is this it? Is this when Charlie Brooker really faces the wrath of his devotees? He looks like he’s going to become properly, properly famous in 2010.

Will he end up doing talking head segments on a 6 hours long I HEART LEAP YEARS show on E4? Will he make a Christmas comedy single? Will he pose nude in a glossy magazine?

Probably not. You Have Been Watching will air next year.

Charlie Brooker has been the nation’s favourite TV critic for the best part of a decade, largely thanks to the small fact that no-one actually knows of any other TV critics. Still, that’s testament to him being able to make a name outside of writing about the idiot lantern. Of course, he’s much more than a simple critic as he’s consistently trod the path of game-keeper as well as poacher.

His CV is impressive. He wrote the wonderful Dead Set, gave us the acerbic Screen Wipe and News Wipe. He’s about to bring Games Wipe to BBC Four. He wrote for Chris Morris doom-sketch show Jam and was half of the Nathan Barley team. Along with his articles, he could pretty much do no wrong. That is, until he started smiling.

Brooker’s latest show, You Have Been Watching, has seen Everyone’s Favourite Grump actually enjoying himself. As a result, alt.fun fanboys have been spitting feathers and crying “SELL OUT!” at their screens without ever processing proper thoughts.

The fact is, Charlie Brooker hasn’t ‘sold out’. Rather, he’s doing what he always did… it just happens that his surroundings are a bit more glamorous. Okay, considerably more glamorous. However, this hasn’t seen Brooker donning a gold sequin jacket and sporting a dung-eating grin. He’s still appallingly rude about TV shows (just the way we like him, of course) and now he’s got guests on to egg him on.

Last night’s show saw Frankie Boyle and Brooker trying to out puke each other while Sarah Millican and Reece Shearsmith (writer of the wonderful Psychoville and League of Gentlemen) chipping in with their own lovely vowels.

The first episode of Brooker’s latest project starred Jamelia which invariably rubbed a few people up the wrong way, by virtue of the fact that she’s not very bright and has very shiny and sociable breasts… but so what? It’s TV right? It’s nice to have a toothpaste commercial in amongst the bile.

The real reason that people are struggling to retune their brains is down to Brooker having fun. He’s not supposed to have fun is he? He’s supposed to be miserable and holed up with the curtains drawn, swearing under his breath and hating absolutely everything in this fetid, rotten, arsecheek of a world.

Right?

Wrong. If you think that’s Brooker’s role on the planet, then you’ve been reading him wrong all these years. He’s clearly a man who doesn’t mean a lot of what he says… he’s clearly a human being who isn’t an objectionable idiot who slings handfuls of faeces at the walls everytime he sees another human.

As such, this show sees him showing what he’s really like. The Charlie who goes down the pub and jokes with his mates and smiles now-and-then. Can you believe it? And there’s you scowling away and leaving inert comments on forums about how he’s not as funny as he used to be…

Tuesday, July 14 on 4

Writer, comedian and TV presenter Charlie Brooker hosts a brand new comedy quiz about TV. Each week Charlie offers his unique interpretation on the curious, wonderful and often inglorious world of television, and guests are quizzed on the week’s TV highlights. You Have Been Watching features the highs and lows of programming both in the UK and worldwide, presenting a unique take on the shows that command the greatest following – but perhaps shouldn’t – and revealing some of the worst programmes that claim to be entertainment.
An interview with Charlie Brooker will be available on the press website under Programme Info/ Future Highlights/ July, from Thursday 25th June.

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