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Chris Morris' Brass Eye is a brilliantly funny spoof on current affairs media that carries on where his previous The Day Today left off. The show ran for one single, contentious series in 1997, to be followed by an even more controversial one-off in 2001. While these episodes might cause offence to those not versed in Morris' satirical methods, and while one occasionally suspects his work is informed by a dark seam of malice and loathing rather than a desire to educate, Brass Eye remains vital satire, magnificently hilarious and, in its own way, fiercely moral viewing.

Brass Eye satirises a media far too interested in generating dramatic heat and urgency for its own sake than in shedding light on serious issues. Morris mimics perfectly the house style of programmes such as Newsnight and Crimewatch, with their spurious props and love of gimmickry. Meanwhile his presenter--an uncanny composite of Jeremy Paxman, Michael Buerk and Richard Madeley among others--delivers absurd items about man-fighting weasels in the East End and Lear-esque lines such as "the twisted brain wrong of a one-off man mental" with preposterously solemn authority. Much as the media itself is wont to do, each programme works itself up into a ridiculous fever of moral panic. Most telling is the "drugs" episode, in which, as ever, real-life celebrities, including Jimmy Greaves and Sir Bernard Ingham, are persuaded to lend their name to a campaign against a new drug from Eastern Europe entitled Cake. The satirist's aim here isn't to trivialise concern about drugs but to point up the media's lack of attention to content.

A response to the ill-conceived News of the World witch-hunt, in the wake of the Sarah Payne affair, the 2001 "paedophilia" special was the most supremely controversial of the series. It followed the usual formula--duping celebs such as Phil Collins into endorsing a campaign entitled "Nonce Sense", urging parents to send their children to football stadiums for the night for their own safety and mooting the possibility of "roboplegic" paedophiles--and prompted the sort of hysterical and predictable Pavlovian response from the media that Brass Eye lampoons so tellingly.

On the DVD: Brass Eye on DVD includes brief outtakes, such as "David Jatt" interviewing celebrities about breeding hippos for domestic purposes, an hilarious exchange with Jeffrey Archer's PA ("He's a very wicked little man") as well as trailers for the paedophilia special.--David Stubbs
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#1
didn't even know this existed. never ever heard of the series!

still, on the basis of the above description and a few of the (all 5star) reviews on amazon, i've ordered it.

heat + rep to OP
#2
Brass eye was the funniest thing ever.
Please do not watch unless you are willing to take it in the way it is intended.
But watch this anyway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwylBRucU7w
banned#3
scrumpypaul
didn't even know this existed. never ever heard of the series!

still, on the basis of the above description and a few of the (all 5star) reviews on amazon, i've ordered it.

heat + rep to OP


god I wish i was in your shoes!
Its probably the best comedy programme of all time.
#4
Mascherano
god I wish i was in your shoes!
Its probably the best comedy programme of all time.


i don't watch a massive amount of tv, only caught my first episode of peep show about 9 months ago. certainly looking forward to this though.
#5
Hilarious series, if you haven't seen this you're seriously missing out.
#6
This set the TV standard for all 'serious' spoof TV.
Chris Morris did an Orson Welles with some of his stuff. Genius.
#7
Genius
#8
Great price!

Remember all the 1997 episodes and the 2001 special are free to watch legally at SeeSaw...

http://www.seesaw.com/TV/Comedy/s-4718-Brass-Eye
#9
I like it when they blast the paedophile into space but accidentally put a 12 year old boy in there with him and they're like, ....''This was the one thing we didn't want to happen.''
#10
seen clips but never the whole thing...purchased.
#11
olliehayman
I like it when they blast the paedophile into space but accidentally put a 12 year old boy in there with him and they're like, ....''This was the one thing we didn't want to happen.''


lol. :-D I forgot how funny it was

This program is abolutely hilarious. I'm sure there will be some with no sense of humour who find this kind of program offensive
[Moderator]#12
this show was superb , shame it got banned, voted hot :)
#13
What is hilarious is how this exposes the media whoring that so called celebrities will perform and endorse with no idea of what they are talking about.

I bought this for Father's day for my dad via this site at a slightly higher price and completely forgot about it, so double Heat if it were possible!
#14
Thanks, Amibees. I've been reminded of Brass Eye's satirical approach recently as I've watched the media's treatment "with preposterously solemn authority" of the Bird killings in Cumbria.
#15
Smug and unfunny IMHO. What's worse is those who rate it think themselves intellectual for "getting it"
#16
Flombard
Smug and unfunny IMHO. What's worse is those who rate it think themselves intellectual for "getting it"


Try changing the word "think" to "thinking" unless you are happy making sweeping generalisations............
#17
Brass Eye is the best thing ever on tv... Chris Morris is a genius.. I can't wait to watch 4 lions :)
#18
if you like this then get "The Day Today" and "On The Hour"(Radio Show).......all you people 10 years behind the times

1. "Main News Attack" (19 January 1994)

Features reports on Prince Charles volunteering to go to prison, the London Jam Festival, bullying in the Church of England, medieval alternative medicine, and a sheepdog piloting an out of control helicopter. Also features Barbara Wintergreen's report on the Elvis styled execution of American serial killer Chapman Baxter, and Alan Partridge covering the Tour de France and Boxing.

2. "The Big Report" (26 January 1994)

Features reports on the Junior Minister for health resigning, Marlon Brando being sold at auction in Sotheby's, illegal back street dentists, and Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan reporting on the new European trade quota rates. Also features The Pool, a documentary set in a public swimming pool, a segment from RokTV, and Alan Partridge covering the horse racing at Marple.

3. "Meganews" (2 February 1994)

Features reports on an infestation of wild horses in the London underground, the BBC's new soap opera The Bureau (replacing the Nine O'Clock News), a fight between Queen Elizabeth and John Major, and an air jam. Also features Barbara Wintergreen's report on Chapman Baxter being executed via marriage, a continuation of The Pool, and Alan Partridge interviewing soccer players and a female show jumper.

4. "Stretchcast" (9 February 1994)

Features reports on suspicions that British police officers are eating their suspects, Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan interviewing the government minister for ships regarding recent accusations, the IRA's use of explosives hidden in dogs, the immense popularity of The Bureau in Italy, the Home Office releasing the Sorted videos aimed at young people, and near-death experiences. Also features Barbara Wintergreen reporting on the natus (a method of prosthetic pregnancy), and Alan Partridge's Countdown to World Cup '94.

5. "Magnifivent" (16 February 1994)

Features reports on the British Pound being stolen, the plummeting ratings of The Bureau, the clamping of the homeless in London, a reminiscence of events in 1944, government ministers contracting a disease that inhibits reading, and the trade agreement and subsequent war between Australia and Hong Kong. Also features Barbara Wintergreen reporting on Chapman Baxter being executed by the reanimated corpse of his last victim, and Alan Partridge riding with a female rally driver.

6. "Newsatrolysis" a.k.a. "Factgasm" (23 February 1994)

Features reports on Buckingham Palace culling 40 members of staff, passengers stuck on a train in Hampshire, Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan reporting on General Motors making 35000 (sic) workers redundant, Colin Poppshed reporting from the gay desk, the decline of the NHS, and a roundup of international news. Also features a documentary set at the office of a pharmaceutical company, and Alan Partridge covering self-defence.
#19
[QUOTE][Don't forget "Brass Eye" if you like " The Day Today" it followed a few years later and is also a masterpiece of comic genius. Chris Morris really is the Man it's a shame he never became an MP and stood for parliament he would have made a great PM.!!!

Also check out "The Armando Iannucci Show" on DVD that's also very funny./QUOTE]

From "The Day Today" post 31st May 2010
#20
Cake- it's a made up drug

Classic
#21
[QUOTE=Mike-e-boy.]
[Don't forget "Brass Eye" if you like " The Day Today" it followed a few years later and is also a masterpiece of comic genius. Chris Morris really is the Man it's a shame he never became an MP and stood for parliament he would have made a great PM.!!!

Also check out "The Armando Iannucci Show" on DVD that's also very funny./QUOTE]

From "The Day Today" post 31st May 2010


I'm probably not reading this right, but Brass Eye definitely followed The Day Today and the Day today followed the other Chris Morris genius that is "JAM" Now that was the weirdest out of all three of them by far.... Jam just messes with your head, but it's just so damn good to watch :thumbsup:

Now it is not on offer but anyone who loves Brass eye or The day today check out Jam too http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/5890244/Jam/Product.html
#22
Yes, a great series.
#23
Richard blackwood sniffing a keyboard was a highlight
#24
i got into an arguement with my PC brother in a bar in Lake Tahoe, California, and was 'apparantly' about to get lynched by the locals for talking about the peodophile special a bit too loudly.

He didnt get the point but anyone with an open mind will find the show pure comedy gold at its best!!!
#25
Maybe we should ask the answer prancer.
#26
Love this series. Very well done. They showed the paedophile episode at Uni and surprisingly for a Media lecture how so few actually got it. Brilliant clever stuff.
#27
Excellent from start to finish. I wish Morris and co. would do stuff like this every year!

"Splatted by a roboplegic wrongcock!"

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