You Have Been Watching

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You Have Been Watching
You Have Been Watching logo 2009.jpg
GenreComedy panel game
Presented byCharlie Brooker
Opening theme"Golden Gun" by Suede
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes16 (list of episodes)
Production location(s)Riverside Studios (2009)[1]
BBC Television Centre (2010)
Running time35-40 minutes
Production company(s)Zeppotron[2]
DistributorEndemol UK
Original networkChannel 4
E4 (4 August 2010)
Original release7 July 2009 (2009-07-07) –
4 August 2010 (2010-08-04)

You Have Been Watching is a British comedy panel game presented by Charlie Brooker, produced by Zeppotron for Channel 4 and filmed at BBC Television Centre (pilot and series 2) and Riverside Studios (series 1) in London. It first aired on 7 July 2009, for a weekly eight-episode run.[3][4][5] Each week Brooker is accompanied by a panel of three guests. The focus of the quiz is television - before recording, guest panellists watch selected episodes of various television shows. They may then be asked to suggest hypothetical improvements to the format, critically assess it, or to answer quiz questions on the content.[6]

The title derives from the caption David Croft used to list the cast members in his trademark end credit sequences [7]

A second series of the show began on 15 April 2010. Its final episode, a crime special, was postponed until August due to the Cumbria shootings having taken place that week.[8][9][10]

The series had a website, "YHBW! TV Club", providing the show with an interactive element. A topic of next week's show is revealed at the end of each episode so that viewers may watch and submit their own comments.[11]

An Australian version of the show written and hosted by comedian Peter Berner, premiered on The Comedy Channel on 17 February 2011.[12]



  1. ^ "Sro audiences". Sro audiences. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Zeppotron web site". Zeppotron. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  3. ^ "sro audiences". sro audiences. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
  4. ^ "You Have Been Watching!". 23 April 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  5. ^ "You Have Been Watching! - Panel Show - British Comedy Guide". Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  6. ^ Logged in as click here to log out (25 April 2009). "Charlie Brooker to host You Have Been Watching!, a Channel 4 show about TV | Media |". Guardian. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  7. ^ Croft, David (2004). You Have Been Watching - The Autobiography of David Croft. London: BBC Books.
  8. ^ "Second Series to air". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  9. ^ Wolf, Ian. "You Have Been Watching! postponed". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  10. ^ The Crime Special at British Comedy Guide.
  11. ^ Next-time:. "You Have Been Watching!". Channel 4. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  12. ^ Jevon Saba (14 December 2010). "British hit You Have Been Watching! heads Down Under". Retrieved 20 March 2011.

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