Controversal spoof of current-affairs TV and the role of celebrity in the UK.
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 Christopher Morris / ... (7 episodes, 1997-2001)
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 'Would You?' Man / ... (7 episodes, 1997-2001)
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 Alan / ... (5 episodes, 1997-2001)
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 Accelorata Jengold / ... (5 episodes, 1997-2001)
David Cann ...
 Vicar / ... (4 episodes, 1997)
Barbara Durkin ...
 French Woman / ... (4 episodes, 1997)
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 Beauty Pageant Mother / ... (3 episodes, 1997-2001)
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 Clerk of the Court / ... (3 episodes, 1997)
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 Libby Shuss / ... (3 episodes, 1997)
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 Board Member / ... (3 episodes, 1997)
Bill Moody ...
 Bill Laswell / ... (3 episodes, 1997)
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 Granny Ram Raider / ... (3 episodes, 1997)
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 Eyewitness / ... (2 episodes, 1997)
Peter Baynham ...
 Sven Yabbsley / ... (2 episodes, 1997)
Bill Cashmore ...
 Jury Foreman / ... (2 episodes, 1997)
Paul Garner ...
 'Technology!' man (2 episodes, 1997)
Sinead Griffin-Lennon ...
 Desiree Wastrey / ... (2 episodes, 1997)
Simon Kunz ...
 Captain Mervyn Bruge / ... (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Granita Rocksand (2 episodes, 1997)
Harriet Norcott ...
 Sophie V'Haalbjje (2 episodes, 1997)
Claire Rayner ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1997)
John McCririck ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1997)
Frankie Fraser ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1997)
David Sullivan ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1997)
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Controversal spoof of current-affairs TV and the role of celebrity in the UK.

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29 January 1997 (UK)  »

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The Paedogeddon Special is the third most complained-about episode of television ever (first and second are the Jerry Springer Opera and Big Brother 2000) See more »

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Christopher Morris: Your comments are in and they've been described as "tedious, boring and stultifyingly ill-informed." So thanks for that.
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Followed by Jam (2000) See more »

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Sheer bloody genius
28 September 1999 | by (London) – See all my reviews

There is actually very little point in writing this- it will never be repeated on British television as it offended too many of the moronic b-list celebrities who unwittingly contributed it; it is unlikely that American TV will show it, as even HBO would probably baulk at the content; it is almost definite that it will never be released on video. Yet, to the lucky few who actually saw it- as opposed to the hysteria that followed its only broadcast- it remains the greatest satire of the 1990s, perhaps of the television age.

Chris Morris is merciless in his humour- an abused girl is asked if her attacker was as good-looking as he is; in completely convincing fake American news extracts, we are told of menaces to American society such as the increase of priests with guns, and of the forgotten fourth man of the Apollo 11 mission whose role was that of sexual slave to the other three. Celebrities are fooled into supporting all kinds of ridiculous causes- Jilly Cooper and Alexandra Paul support an elephant in a German zoo which has stuck its trunk in its anus in a fit of depression; Stephen Berkoff warns us of the perils of 'heavy electricity' falling out of wires; and, controversially, several celebrities and Members of Parliament speak out against the fictitious drug 'Cake'- questions were even raised in Parliament, which led to the postponement of the original showing.

Many have found this programme grossly offensive, yet the conclusion is obvious- either celebrities are stupid, or they will jump on any bandwagon to promote themselves. The boldness too- Morris is a man who will take a hidden camera and ask real drug dealers for non-existent drugs whilst wearing only a nappy (diaper)and a beach ball.

Chris Morris is God.


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