'Brass Eye' satirist returns to the spotlight on Channel 4
The Daily Mail will not be happy. Chris Morris, after pushing television regulations to their limits and racking up record numbers of complaints from broadcasting watchdogs, is set to return to the screens.
Channel 4 confirmed yesterday that it was in talks with the satirist for a new comedy project likely to be shown next year. It is almost three years since a spoof documentary on paedophilia for a special edition of Brass Eye, his Channel 4 show, provoked 992 viewer complaints, the highest number received for a non-religious programme in the history of the Independent Television Commission (ITC).
The programme provoked the Daily Mail to attack the "brass neck of Brass Eye" and condemned the programme as "sickening" and "sordid".
A spokesman for Channel 4 said yesterday: "We are working closely with Chris on a long-term project but do not want to comment further at this stage."
Sources close to the project suggested that the satirist was planning to produce something more conventional than Brass Eye, which became known for its ability to dupe politicians and celebrities into supporting fictitious campaigns.
The paedophilia special featured Phil Collins talking "Nonce Sense" (he later threatened to sue), while Richard Blackwood, the comedian, claimed that you could tell if your children had been abused because they "smelt like hammers". Most memorable of all was the spectacle of Neil Fox, the DJ, insisting that "paedophiles have more genes in common with crabs than they do with you or me. Now that is scientific fact. There's no actual evidence for it but it is a fact".
Morris later said that he was "staggered at how gullible they were". He said: "It's simply a case of identifying the right blind spot and exploiting it."
Another edition of Brass Eye launched a crusade against a dangerous new drug called "cake". When it emerged that the narcotic in question was a figment of Morris's imagination, Noel Edmonds, the arch practical joker, said that there were some things you should never joke about and drugs was one of them.
After the broadcast of the paedophilia special (over which the ITC received as many supportive letters as it did complaints), Beverley Hughes, the former Home Office minister, agreed to go on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme to condemn Brass Eye. Ms Hughes then found herself floundering as she was forced to admit she had not seen the show.
Morris is understood to be working with Charlie Brooker, the co-creator of the satirical website TVGoHome, for his latest project, which is thought to be a sitcom.
Swedish stars ask fans for £195 pledges on crowd-funding website
sportNapoli 2 Arsenal 0: Gunners must now face either Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid or Barcelona in knock-out stages
musicAs Mariah Carey and Noddy Holder rake in the royalties from their classics, why there hasn't been a decent festive hit for 20 years?
theatreAuthor Daniel Rosenthal recalls the mishaps that almost brought the curtain down on the likes of John Gielgud and Diana Rigg
lifeFull of the joys and want to help your fellow man? December isn't the time to do it
lifeAs the Royal Mail plans to phase out deliveries on two wheels, it's no wonder posties are in a spin
techLuke Blackall reports on precision engineered prams and babygros that monitor your child 24-7
The ten coldest places on Earth
Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute
David Cameron explains selfie with Obama and Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Mandela Memorial
Krokodil in Mexico? Teenager hospitalised after 'injecting drug into her genitals'
Australia incest case: Filthy and severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 1 Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute
- 2 It’s shameful that our universities have accepted gender segregation under pressure from the most oppressive religious fanatics
- 3 Kenyan politician Mike Sonko left red-faced after photoshopping himself next to Nelson Mandela
- 4 Exeter to Edinburgh and back in a day: How one fresher's lost bet left him facing a 900-mile round trip
- 5 Selfie at funeral: Cameron squeezes in on Obama snap at Mandela memorial
- < Previous
- Next >
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: This company delivers display ad...
£21000 - £27000 per annum + Benefits: Corporate Traveller: We're looking for t...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + excellent benefits : PCR Recruitment Limited: CRM ...
£23000 - £27000 per annum + £18K & Uncapped Commission & Benefits: Flight Cent...