Charlie Brooker's 2013 Wipe

Charlie Brooker's 2013 Wipe
Radio Times
Review by:
Jonathan Holmes

Should auld grievance be forgot? Not while Charlie's on the case. He's back with his acerbic recap of the past 12 months, and what a year it was: from horsemeat to twerking, government shut downs to a royal baby. This is edited up to the last minute, but expect Brooker's trademark mix of TV clips and apocalyptic ranting.

Traditionally, these reviews get a bit exhausting, and the later months are less polished for obvious reasons. But the gags are always hilarious and occasionally downright insightful. A shot of bile and cynicism is the perfect send off for 2013. Before you start the New Year, you've got to suffer through the hangover of the old one.

About this programme

The writer and broadcaster takes a satirical look back at the events of the past 12 months, which included the horse-meat scandal, the charging of athlete Oscar Pistorius with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and Pope Benedict XVI's resignation. Charlie also comments on the leaking of NSA intelligence documents by Edward Snowden, the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son George, the death of Margaret Thatcher, Russell Brand's appearance on Newsnight and the US government shutdown. American stand-up Doug Stanhope also gives his own take on the year's events.

Cast and crew


Charlie Brooker
Doug Stanhope
Diane Morgan
Al Campbell


Executive Producer
Charlie Brooker
Charlie Brooker
Jason Hazeley
Joel Morris
Ben Caudell

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