Ian Burrell: iPlayer shows its funny face
Ian Burrell is Assistant Editor and Media Editor at The Independent, i paper and Independent on Sunday. He covers news from the whole media sector from television, press, radio and advertising to technology. His weekly column on the media appears every Monday in The Independent and i paper. He also writes on media, music and culture, including long-form pieces for The Independent’s Saturday magazine and the Independent on Sunday’s magazine, New Review. He is a regular presenter of BBC Radio 4’s What The Papers Say and a specialist commentator to Monocle 24 radio. He has contributed to most major broadcast outlets including BBC television and radio, CNN, Sky News, Al Jazeera and LBC. He has also written on media for GQ magazine. Ian has been reporting on the media industry for The Independent for more than a decade. Previously he was the newspaper’s Home Affairs Editor. He worked at The Sunday Times for five years, including as a member of the investigative Insight team, covering stories on political funding, industrial espionage and the arms industry. Previously he worked in ITV for London Weekend Television, on a weekly current affairs programme presented by Danny Baker. Ian trained at the Birmingham Post & Mail and was Regional Reporter of the Year in Press Gazette’s national awards.
Monday 24 March 2014
Morgana Robinson is one of my favourite comedians and one of the most acerbic commentators on the inanity of most British popular television.
Very Important People, which she made with Terry Mynott for Channel 4, was one of the best impressionist shows in many years. Robinson moved effortlessly between portraying vacuous reality contestants and soap stars such as Amy Childs and Natalie Cassidy to singers (Adele) and male celebrities (Russell Brand). Each was cut to pieces with a ruthless precision that I haven’t seen from an impressionist in years.
Inexplicably, the show was not recommissioned. Robinson’s previous sketch-based The Morgana Show, also for Channel 4, featured Gilbert, the teenage television interviewer, and the wonderful “news reporters”, a male-female pairing who treated each other with absolute venom up till the moment they went on air.
So I’m pleased that Morgana (who appears in the returning BBC2 show House of Fools with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer) will star in Channel Morgana, an iPlayer project in which she will be impersonating Miley Cyrus and dissecting British TV shows including Benefits Street. Let’s hope it gets a decent run.
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