How TV Ruined Your Life

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How TV Ruined Your Life
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Genre Satire
Written by Charlie Brooker
Presented by Charlie Brooker
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Annabel Jones
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Zeppotron
Distributor Endemol UK
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Two
Original run 25 January 2011 (2011-01-25) – 8 March 2011 (2011-03-08)
External links
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How TV Ruined Your Life is a six-episode BBC Two television series written and presented by Charlie Brooker.[1] Charlie Brooker, whose earlier TV-related programmes include How to Watch Television, Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe and You Have Been Watching, examines how the medium has bent reality to fit its own ends. Produced by Zeppotron, the series aired its first episode in January 2011.[1]

Reception[edit]

The series was reviewed mildly positively, with some criticism of the series' topic (criticism of television), some positive remarks about specific segments, and some abuse in jest from Brooker's colleagues at The Guardian: "Ha! I mean, boo! I hate him."[2] In the Scotsman, it was noted that "though so far Brooker hasn't been pulling any punches", some of Brooker's topics were deemed too broad, some of his targets were called "too familiar", like his mockery of 1970s public service safety announcements, and Brooker himself "may be heading towards one of those programmes he has so savagely parodied."[3] The Metro enjoyed Brooker's making "merrily sardonic hay", and found his skewering of some TV fearmongering "spot on", but found his targets pretty easy, "nicking TV news (‘like looking directly in the face of terror’) with flesh-wounds when once upon a time he would have gone for the heart", and described the show as "cobbled together."[4]

Episode list[edit]

# Title Written by Original air date
1 "Fear"[5] Charlie Brooker 25 January 2011 (2011-01-25)
From hysterical public information films to grisly crime dramas, terror spills out of almost every channel. As Charlie explores TV's approach to fear, you won't know whether to laugh or scream.
2 "The Lifecycle"[6] Charlie Brooker 1 February 2011 (2011-02-01)
From kids' shows to Countdown, TV has something to infuriate anyone of any age.
3 "Aspiration"[7] Charlie Brooker 8 February 2011 (2011-02-08)
From Dallas to Grand Designs, television continually rubs desirable lifestyles in your face, making you feel inadequate in the process.
4 "Love"[8] Charlie Brooker 15 February 2011 (2011-02-15)
Charlie Brooker argues that TV has warped our expectations of romance with a toxic combination of Blind Date and rom-coms. Do 'soulmates' even exist?
5 "Progress"[9] Charlie Brooker 1 March 2011 (2011-03-01)
From the moon landings to Blake's 7 to CSI: Miami, Charlie Brooker argues that television has warped our relationship with technology.
6 "Knowledge"[10] Charlie Brooker 8 March 2011 (2011-03-08)
Charlie Brooker traces how TV's notion of knowledge has changed from bespectacled experts to celebrity presenter drivel.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wolf, Ian. "How TV Ruined Your Life". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Wollaston, Sam (25 January 2011). "TV review: How TV Ruined Your Life and Pleasure and Pain With Michael Mosley". The Guardian (UK) (London). 
  3. ^ Mullaney, Andrea (28 January 2011). "TV review: How TV Ruined Your Life". The Scotsman (Edinburgh). 
  4. ^ Watson, Keith (25 January 2011). "How TV Ruined Your Life seemed cobbled together". The Metro (UK). 
  5. ^ "Fear". BBC Online. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Lifecycle". BBC Online. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Aspiration". BBC Online. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Love". BBC Online. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Progress". BBC Online. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Knowledge". BBC Online. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 

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