Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe

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Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe
Weekly Wipe Title Card.png
Genre Review
Cultural critic
Created by Charlie Brooker
Presented by Charlie Brooker
Theme music composer Nathan Fake
Opening theme You Are Here (FortDax Remix)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Zeppotron
Distributor Endemol UK
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Two
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original run 31 January 2013 (2013-01-31) – Present
Chronology
Related shows Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe
Newswipe with Charlie Brooker
Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe
External links
Website

Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe is a British television review programme created and presented by Charlie Brooker. It is the most recent addition to Brooker's Wipe series, and the first to be broadcast in HD.[1] The programme is an amalgam of the earlier Wipe series, with reviews of current television programmes, news events, games, and films.

The programme was commissioned by the BBC in November 2012, with six episodes ordered.[2] It began airing on 31 January 2013, and was broadcast on BBC Two. A second series of six episodes began airing on 9 January 2014. A third series will air from January 2015 consisting of six episodes.[3][4][5]

Format[edit]

Weekly Wipe follows a similar format to Brooker's earlier works. It features Brooker commenting on a range of recent programmes, events, games, and films. Brooker presents the programme from both his living room and a presenters' desk, similar to Newswipe. Brooker also narrates news footage, and other VTs, commenting humorously on their content. Whilst covering the most prominent events of the week, Weekly Wipe also satirises more commonplace or minor occurrences.

Weekly Wipe features Al Campbell as "Barry Shitpeas" and Diane Morgan as "Philomena Cunk", and segments by comedians Doug Stanhope, Tim Key, Limmy and Jake Yapp.[2] In the first series, alongside these contributors, guest stars such as Richard Osman and Susan Calman joined Brooker in a chat show segment, discussing recent events of interest.[6]

The programme includes segments used by Brooker in his year-in-review wipes, such as the "World of Bullshit" section; these short clips cover the more mundane elements of otherwise newsworthy events. Brooker also regularly links news stories together to make them more humorous, and satirises popular opinions to make light of otherwise serious events. In a similar section, "World of Shitverts", Brooker satirises popular adverts. As with much of Brooker's work, Weekly Wipe openly mocks other shows, people, and news events.

Weekly Wipe comments on media, public reaction, and how the two influence each other. Although Brooker makes his opinions on the subjects discussed known, the programme is equally derogatory to both sides of most debates, and rarely demonstrates a positive commentary outlook on world affairs.

Reception[edit]

Weekly Wipe has received generally positive reviews from critics, who praise Brooker's return to the original Wipe format.[7] The studio-based chat show element of the first episode was criticised, with its jarring change of pace separating it from the rest of the monologic episode,[8] as was Stanhope's contribution.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Two- Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe". BBC. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Charlie Brooker gets a fresh weekly ‘wiping’ on BBC Two". Endemol UK. November 8, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a609845/charlie-brookers-weekly-wipe-to-return-2014-wipe-confirmed.html#~oVx0j2zamW6bhW
  4. ^ http://www.nme.com/filmandtv/news/bbc-renew-people-just-do-nothing-and-charlie-brook/363776
  5. ^ http://www.comedy.co.uk/news/story/000001654/charlie_brookers_weekly_wipe_2015/
  6. ^ McGinley, Sheena (January 31, 2013). "Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe". entertainment.ie. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe - Reviews and Press Article". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ Bryan, Nick (January 31, 2013). "Weekly Wipe - Review". Television. The Digital Fix. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ Brown, Jessica (February 1, 2013). "Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe - Episode 1 Review". Shiny Potato Entertainment. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 

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