A quirky comedy comprised of numerous humorous news programmes spliced not-so-randomly together.
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Series cast summary:
Claudia Christian ...  Julia Regan - IBS 6 episodes, 2005
Duncan Duff ...  Richard Pritchard - ESN 6 episodes, 2005
Sharon Horgan ...  Katie Tate - ESN 6 episodes, 2005
Phil Nice Phil Nice ...  Russ - Look Out East 6 episodes, 2005
Carli Norris ...  Sarah Holt - Look Out East 6 episodes, 2005
Colin Stinton ...  Anthony Markovitz - IBS 6 episodes, 2005
Steve Toussaint ...  Adam Lockwood - PVS 6 episodes, 2005
Indira Varma ...  Melanie Bellamy - ESN 6 episodes, 2005
Kim Wall ...  Phil Curdridge - Look Out East 6 episodes, 2005
Clare Wille ...  Frances Walsh - PVS 6 episodes, 2005
Joanna Bobin ...  Natalie Gosling - Go Sports 6 episodes, 2005
Philip Brodie ...  Colin Kay - So News 6 episodes, 2005
Tom Goodman-Hill ...  Guy Batson - Go Sports / ... 6 episodes, 2005
Sarah Hadland ...  Claire - Traffic Reports 6 episodes, 2005
James Howard ...  Kevin Peters 6 episodes, 2005
Phil Nichol Phil Nichol ...  Josh Cashman - So News 6 episodes, 2005
Lucy Porter Lucy Porter ...  Claudia Van Sant - So News 6 episodes, 2005
Roderic Culver Roderic Culver ...  Richard Harbinger (PVS -- Network Reporter) 6 episodes, 2005
Pip Torrens ...  Sam French - Bullet Points Presenter 6 episodes, 2005
Simon Scardifield Simon Scardifield ...  Nick Andrews - Look Out East Network Reporter 6 episodes, 2005
Robin Weaver Robin Weaver ...  Penny Watson - Look Out East Network Reporter 6 episodes, 2005
Amber Aga ...  Laura Berthould 6 episodes, 2005
Ashley Blake Ashley Blake ...  Alexis Fantom - ESN Reporter 6 episodes, 2005
Sumit Bose Sumit Bose ...  Andrew Clayton 6 episodes, 2005
Rob Butler Rob Butler ...  Andrew Farley 6 episodes, 2005
Max Digby Max Digby ...  Andrew Adams 6 episodes, 2005
Melissa Lloyd Melissa Lloyd ...  Sam Graham - Bullet Points Presenter 6 episodes, 2005
Roger Barclay ...  Mitchell Oatis - Aronovitz 5 episodes, 2005
Kevin Day Kevin Day ...  Gary Mills - Aronovitz 5 episodes, 2005
Lauren Ward Lauren Ward ...  Alecia - IBS 5 episodes, 2005
Alice Arnold Alice Arnold ...  Sam Foskett - Bullet Points Presenter 5 episodes, 2005
Darren Boyd ...  Nick Burnham 5 episodes, 2005
Beth Chalmers Beth Chalmers ...  Laura Hughes 5 episodes, 2005
Sian Jones Sian Jones ...  Wendy Fox - Weather 5 episodes, 2005
Kate Maravan Kate Maravan ...  Laura Dunnford 5 episodes, 2005
Preeya Kalidas ...  Anita Ratchathani 5 episodes, 2005
Tom Skippings Tom Skippings ...  Andrew Evans 5 episodes, 2005
Lorelei King ...  Loren Peterson (IBS -- Network Reporter) 4 episodes, 2005
John Schwab ...  Miles Anderton (IBS -- Network Reporter) 4 episodes, 2005
Jon Briggs Jon Briggs ...  Joe Alloway - Weather 4 episodes, 2005
Derek Gibbons ...  Joe Randall / ... 4 episodes, 2005
Sunita Shroff Sunita Shroff ...  Wendy Sandhu - Weather 4 episodes, 2005
Wendy Wason ...  Wendy Watts - Weather 4 episodes, 2005
Joanna Ampil ...  Michelle Wong - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
John Chancer John Chancer ...  Tom Mitchell - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
Ian Duncan ...  Todd Todmore - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
Chris French Chris French ...  Dan Evans - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
Britta Gartner Britta Gartner ...  Katerina Schultheiss - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
Jack Gustav ...  Johan Fleischer - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
Haruka Kuroda ...  Kyoko Ogura - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
Luis Soto ...  Francis Xavier-Menensez - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
Ralph Van Dijk Ralph Van Dijk ...  Brett Mackensie - World Money Today 4 episodes, 2005
Benedict Cumberbatch ...  Will Parker 3 episodes, 2005
Tim Bentinck ...  Ben Black 3 episodes, 2005
Hugh Parker Hugh Parker ...  Justin Rustin - ESN Network Reporter 3 episodes, 2005
Stuart Nurse ...  Sam Gregory - Bullet Points Presenter 3 episodes, 2005
Nicola Walker ...  Katie Willard 3 episodes, 2005
Lauretta Gavin Lauretta Gavin ...  Wendy Bridge - Weather 3 episodes, 2005
Yiolanda Koppel Yiolanda Koppel ...  Wendy Allan - Weather 3 episodes, 2005
Belinda Stewart-Wilson ...  Amanda Panda 3 episodes, 2005
Lucy Briers Lucy Briers ...  Sam Henman - Bullet Points Presenter 2 episodes, 2005
Nicholas Rowe ...  Ben Green 2 episodes, 2005
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A quirky comedy comprised of numerous humorous news programmes spliced not-so-randomly together.

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5 continents, 25 channels, 227 reporters...All the news you're ever going to need in 30 minutes.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Megszakítjuk adásunkat... See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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This is not a sketch show
24 October 2006 | by delnegro-IMDbSee all my reviews

What some of the people commenting on this series don't seem to understand is that this is not a sketch show.

The fact that none of the characters are particularly memorable, the fact that the news stories are not particularly surreal and the fact that each "channel" starts to feel repetitive even before the end of the episode are all deliberate.

As with "People like us", John Morton is able to avoid focusing on the superficial humour (the "jokes") at the expense of the deep humour (satire).

And that is all there. The bad grammar, the lack of scientific knowledge and basic research of the average journalist, the milking of non-events to fill hours of airtime, the patronising xenophobia of some US networks, the obsession with "live" coverage for the sake of it, the overly dramatic music, the distortion of facts so the reporter can end his story with a "witty" catchphrase or cliché. It's all there.

There are also plenty of jokes and nonsense, but I suspect most of those are just there so you won't mistake the show for a real news network. It's their way of saying "unlike the 'real' news networks, we are still sane enough to realise that this whole thing is ludicrous".

Some of the references will only make sense to people working in the field, but anyone who has spent 10 minutes zapping between different "news" networks will be able to relate.

Be warned, though: there are no pauses to let you laugh and no punchlines telling you when to laugh (a lot of people can't seem to understand humour without the latter). If you laugh, you miss something. In fact, even if you don't laugh, it's hard not to miss something (another obvious reference to the information overload - or "noise" - in modern news broadcasts).

To be watched with a progressively widening mental grin.


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