Charlie Brooker


Charlie Brooker, Romesh Ranganathan Set For Inaugural BBC Comedy Festival – Global Bulletin

Funny guys Charlie Brooker and Romesh Ranganathan are set to appear at the BBC’s first-ever comedy festival this May. The festival will take place from May 11–13 in Newcastle upon Tyne, which has been designated the first BBC City of Comedy, with a variety of panels, screenings, stand-up and talent talks as well as the premiere of “The Outlaws” season 2.
Picture for Charlie Brooker, Romesh Ranganathan Set For Inaugural BBC Comedy Festival – Global Bulletin

'Cat Burglar': Charlie Brooker and Mike Hollingsworth on the Netflix Show's Challenges and the "Brutal Anarchy" of Tex Avery Cartoons

Netflix juggernauts Black Mirror and BoJack Horseman once had precious little in common. Now, though, the creative forces who catapulted those shows to dizzying heights are uniting for an interactive cartoon reminiscent of the works of Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, and other animation pioneers. Enter Cat Burglar, a clever interactive experience boasting over an hour of animation to unlock and explore. The premise is simple: the thieving Rowdy Cat must break into a museum and steal a priceless treasure. The only thing standing between the cat burglar and his score is the museum security dog, Peanut.
Picture for 'Cat Burglar': Charlie Brooker and Mike Hollingsworth on the Netflix Show's Challenges and the "Brutal Anarchy" of Tex Avery Cartoons

Charlie Brooker compares Boris Johnson to Keith Lemon: ‘We’ve got a s*** comedy character running the country’

Charlie Brooker has compared Boris Johnson to Leigh Francis’s comedy character Keith Lemon.The Black Mirror creator, who is promoting his new interactive cartoon Cat Burglar, was talking about his career mixing comedy with sci-fi and dystopia when he made the comments.He was explaining that, while he enjoys the presence of comedy on TV screens or on the page, he wishes it had not entered politics.“It is bizarre that we’ve got Keith Lemon running the country,” Brooker told The Guardian.“We’ve got a character, a s*** comedy character, running the country. And we let that happen. Our generation let that happen....

‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ was supposed to be more complex, says Charlie Brooker

Charlie Brooker has revealed that his interactive Black Mirror film Bandersnatch was originally going to be more complex. The Netflix one-off originally dropped during the 2018 festive period, and follows a young video game programmer (Fionn Whitehead) as viewers guide his decisions with a series of interactive choices. Reflecting on...

Netflix to release Charlie Brooker-backed ‘Death To 2021’ this month

Netflix has confirmed that it will release Death To 2021, a TV special from Charlie Brooker’s production company, later in December. The follow-up to last year’s Death To 2020 will mix archival footage of real events from across the past year with commentary from fictitious characters. Returning cast members from...

Attack of the Hollywood Cliches! Charlie Brooker and Rob Lowe churn out a shoddy tropefest

I have long made peace with the fact that I will never figure Netflix out. Maybe that is the point: Netflix, like the shining face of God, is not ever meant to be fully understood, just watched in awe from afar. But where once Netflix made sense – the first series of Orange is the New Black! The first three series of House of Cards! The mega-success of the Queer Eye reboot! – now some of the commissioning decisions seem to be made by a pulsing cluster of AI servers. This is why we have Nailed It!, for instance. Why He’s All That with Addison Rae exists. Season 5 of Arrested Development and that nine-movie Adam Sandler deal. These were designed by a robot in a lab to make me wistful for an era when the company sent out DVDs in little square envelopes in the post.

Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker talks about his jealousy of Succession and helping introduce The Wire to British viewers

Before his massive Black Mirror success, Brooker was a TV critic writing and filming video segments about reality TV, TV news and The Wire. "It was one of the first shows that did things where it didn’t hold your hand; it didn’t patronize you," Brooker says of The Wire. 'You’d see a random scene – the mayor having a chat to his adviser or something – and then the story for that episode would just carry on. And you’d think: what was that about? That was about nothing. I don’t understand what was going on there. Then it might pay off in three episodes’ time. It was rewarding your attention; it wasn’t ambient noise with pictures, which a lot of television can be. It also had that realistic tone to it, where, you know, a lot of the time the problem is they need to get a f*cking piece of paper signed by somebody so that they can do the wiretap. But it would take them like four episodes to get the fucking wiretap up and running. Because they have to deal with a load of paperwork, bureaucracy and internal politics. It was frustrating sometimes but it wasn’t spoon-feeding you the same stories over and over again. I can’t think of many other things that were of that tone and calibre at the time. But all I did was write: 'You should be watching this show. It is good,' over and over again." As for Succession, Brooker says: "The jealousy does ruin things. Succession was so good it made me furious with envy. Even if I enjoy your show, I don’t really enjoy it any more. That’s awful, isn’t it? But to be honest I have those feelings all the time, it doesn’t have to be watching TV. The other day I had to use a jet washer on the patio. Have you ever used a jet washer?"

Charlie Brooker: ‘Succession made me furious with envy’

The Black Mirror creator recalls his days as an acerbic TV critic, insulting rock royalty, and the shows that he is most jealous of in 2021. In 2000, a relatively unknown video games journalist called Charlie Brooker took over as the Guardian Guide’s TV reviewer. His Screen Burn columns were like nothing else in British media before or since. Passionate and merciless, they guided readers through a decade that saw the beginnings of reality TV and the “golden age” of drama. The columns spawned two books and the BBC TV series Screen Wipe. Brooker wrote his final Screen Burn column in 2010, and then disappeared into obscurity – save for producing the TV phenomenon Black Mirror, which boasts Jon Hamm, Michaela Coel and Daniel Kaluuya among its stars, as well as inking a multi-show deal with Netflix, the fruits of which include last year’s Death to 2020 and, arriving on 28 September, Attack of the Hollywood Clichés!. The Guide caught up with Charlie to discuss TV criticism, causing an international incident involving George W Bush and the mysteries of The White Lotus’s notorious suitcase scene …

Charlie Brooker creates new Netflix special hosted by Rob Lowe

Charlie Brooker has announced a new Netflix special targeting movie tropes in classic films. Titled Attack Of The Hollywood Clichés!, the hour-long special will be hosted by actor Rob Lowe (Parks And Recreation, St Elmo’s Fire) as he dissects classic films from cinematic history alongside celebrity guests. A synopsis reads:...

Charlie Brooker in Conversation with Adam Curtis

Fifteen years ago, Adam Curtis made a couple of films for Charlie Brooker’s BBC show, Screenwipe. Famously, since then Charlie has been adopted by America following the success of ‘Black Mirror’. Meanwhile, ‘Hypernormalisation’ – Adam's last film – put him on the brink of real global notoriety. We thought we’d...