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Weekly Wipe

Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe is a British television review programme created and presented by Charlie Brooker. It is the most recent addition to Brooker's Wipe series, and the first to be broadcast in HD. The programme is an amalgam of the earlier Wipe series, with reviews of current television programmes, news events, games, and films.

The programme was commissioned by the BBC in November 2012, with six episodes ordered. It began airing on 31 January 2013, and was broadcast simultaneously on BBC Two and BBC HD. A second series of six episodes began airing on 9 January 2014.


This series is part of a group of Charlie's show refereed to as "the wipe series" which includes Screenwipe, Newswipe and Gameswipe.

Format Edit

Weekly Wipe follows a similar format to Brooker's earlier works. It features Brooker commenting on a range of recent programmes, events, games, and films. Brooker presents the programme from both his living room and a presenters' desk, similar to Newswipe. Brooker also narrates news footage, and other VTs, commenting humorously on their content. Whilst covering the most prominent events of the week, Weekly Wipe also satirises more commonplace or minor occurrences.

Weekly Wipe features Al Campbell as "Barry Shitpeas" and Diane Morgan as "Philomena Cunk", and segments by comedians Doug Stanhope, Tim Key, Limmy and Jake Yapp.[2] In the first series, alongside these contributors, guest stars such as Richard Osman and Susan Calman joined Brooker in a chat show segment, discussing recent events of interest.[3]

The programme includes segments used by Brooker in his year-in-review wipes, such as the "World of Bullshit" section; these short clips cover the more mundane elements of otherwise newsworthy events. Brooker also regularly links news stories together to make them more humorous, and satirises popular opinions to make light of otherwise serious events. In similar section, "World of Shitverts", Brooker satirises popular adverts. As with much of Brooker's work, Weekly Wipe openly mocks other shows, people, and news events.

Weekly Wipe comments media, public reaction, and how the two influence each other. Although Brooker makes his opinions on the subjects discussed known, the programme is equally derogatory to both sides of most debates, and rarely demonstrates a positive commentary outlook on world affairs.

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