Monday, November 14, 2005

Bark: One to watch

I don't know if you've seen this yet, but Broken News on BBC2 has been brilliant over the last couple of weeks. It's a fantastic spoof on the 24 Hour News phenomenon. There's a lot of rhetorical and nonsensical dialogue, but the real charm of the program is sheer lunacy of some of the characters: Kevin Day's stockmarket watcher is a real treat, as is the utter hypocrisy of the film critic, plus the concept of an ESN reporter being "embedded" on the International Space Station with NASA.

The beauty of the program is in the details: the absurdist items in the headline tickers, the overly brusque reporters, the anchor switching in the middle of sentences, the "standing up news", and many, many more. It's terribly well observed and very funny.
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