England’s premiere satirist Charlie Brooker — perhaps best known internationally as the creator of last year’s brilliant Black Mirror series and for his regular Guardian column — returns this year with an irreverent new series about “things that are happening” titled Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe, combining the review content of Screenwipe and current affairs-skewing of Newswipe. The first two episodes have aired this month on BBC2, and they see Al Campbell and Diane Morgan reprise their characters from Brooker’s 2012 Wipe (“Barry Shitpeas” and “Philomena Cunk”, respectively) for some hilarious British television mockery, an analysis of the latest controversies in the headlines (gun control; Beyoncé’s lip-syncing; Mali), a (surprisingly lame) segment on America by comedian Doug Stanhope, a humourous look at what people are saying on Twitter (“Point Off You”), a new release film review (Django Unchained; Hitchcock), and a savaging of awful advertisements (“The World of SHITVERTS”). Needless to say, Weekly Wipe is essential viewing for fans of Brooker, but it should also serve as an ideal introduction to his insightful worldview for others as well as a comprehensive summary of the week in news for the cynically-inclined.
Watch the first two episodes of Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe below.
If you missed Brooker’s 2012 Wipe, check it out below.