Friday, December 13, 2013

Brass Eye Review

Brass Eye was created by Chris Morris who also starred in the series as the anchorman and various news reporters. There are 7 episodes in all which all focus on a different topic. The show is a mock up newscast with over the top special effects which are alarmingly similar to those seen on real news programmes.

The subject matter is highly controversial, most notably in the final episode. Morris aims to shock and toe the line between the unacceptable politically incorrect. Unsurprisingly it caused a bit of a storm when released. It is basically a more extreme version of the previously released The Day Today.

The first 6 episodes of Brass Eye were shown on Channel 4 in the UK in 1997. The last episode was a special which was shown in 2001. It was the final episode which caused the biggest stir with thousands of complaints and politicians even joined in.

The show is compelling viewing from start to end. This is possibly the best comedy series ever produced. Morris has a sledgehammer wit which holds no bars. He is excellent in all the roles he plays as are the other familiar faces.

What really sets this show apart from almost anything else is the sheer dedication to entertainment. The humour is dark and uncompromising. The sets and production obviously had an immense amount of effort put in.

There are some cringe worthy moments, especially with the celebrities who are duped into making ridiculous statements by Morris. The final episode is particularly uncomfortable in parts. But it is all worth it and you will find yourself watching this series over and over again.

Anyone who does not know Chris Morris might recognise him as Denholm, the boss from the first series of the more recent IT Crowd. Unfortunately there isn’t much else he has appeared in besides a cameo appearance of I’m Alan Partridge as the “posh sod with quacking plums in his mouth”.

He also created Jam after Brass Eye which is a very dark and atmospheric series and then Nathan Barley. Both are excellent but do not compare to Brass Eye or the earlier The Day Today. Most recently he created  the movie Four Lions which is fantastic. Hopefully we will see a lot more of him in the future.