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Charlie Brooker's Antiviral Wipe

  • 2020
  • Arts and culture
  • Documentary and factual

Summary

The writer and broadcaster returns to front his own show since the award-winning Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe, to take a satirical look at life under lockdown. As well as the crisis itself, he will be finding out what people have been watching to while away the hours, with help from the ever-insightful Philomena Cunk.

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Review

The last time Charlie Brooker produced one of his Wipes, back at the end of 2016, the headlines were dominated by Brexit and Trump, and “haunted art gallery owner” Theresa May had only been prime minister for a few months.

It all seems a very long time ago now. But with the news increasingly resembling one of his own dystopian Black Mirror screenplays, it’s fitting that Brooker is returning for a one-off Wipe looking at life in lockdown and dissecting the TV coverage of the crisis. For anyone wearying of comedians scrambling to “put a smile back on the nation’s faces”, a dose of his bleakly sardonic commentary should be a welcome antidote.

We’re also promised the return of resident talking head Philomena Cunk (Diane Morgan), doubtless offering her own take on “this thing called social distancing”.

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PresenterCharlie Brooker

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Executive producerCharlie Brooker
Executive producerAnnabel Jones
Series producerAlison Marlow

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