Anyone missing the scabrous wit of Charlie Brooker in these cold winter months is in luck – the writer and broadcaster is coming back to screens very soon.
Brooker will return to BBC2 at the end of the year for his annual round up of the year’s news, TV and other milestones in 2014 Wipe, before beginning a new six-part run of Weekly Wipe in January.
The 2014 special “will look back on a relentlessly grim year where the cheeriest stories were people throwing ice over themselves, couples consciously uncoupling and an installation of poppies celebrating the untimely death of millions of young men,” according to production company Endemol,
Weekly Wipe will see the return of characters Barry Shitpeas and Philomena Cunk (played by Al Campbell and Diane Morgan respectively), as well as comedians Brian “Limmy” Limond and Jake Yapp and a few new faces yet to be announced.
This December will also see a festive special of Brooker’s dystopian satire Black Mirror starring Jon Hamm, Oona Chaplin and Rafe Spall, described by Channel 4 as “the most mind-bending episode yet, showcasing three interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia.”
Brooker’s wife Konnie Huq – who worked with him on the special – discussed the episode with RadioTimes.com in October, saying: “It is very very good, although it hasn’t finished filming yet so I’m just saying all this because it’s the right thing to say! It’s being filmed as we speak, in a tower block in Feltham.
“Jon Hamm might not be playing the part that you’d expect him to play,” she added, “because he often plays a certain type of character.”
Charlie Brooker’s 2014 Wipe will return this December