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TV Preview: Black Mirror: White Christmas, C4

When critics heard that Charlie Brooker had become a father there was talk of him becoming more sentimental. Going soft. That certainly doesn’t seem to be the case if the seasonal, sinister and sour Black Mirror: White Christmas is any guide.

At times while watching this it almost feels as if he is more poisonous, more nasty and, in particular, more cynical than ever about the potential for technology to take us over and screw us up.

News: Charlie Brooker to host Chris Morris Documentary?*

Radio 4 Extra is making a three-hour documentary about the work of Chris Morris. The programme, entitled Raw Meat Radio, is due to be broadcast on November 29 at 7pm.

The project came about after the digital channel re-ran Morris’ influential radio show Blue Jam earlier this year. The producer is Morris superfan Sophie Black, who has been interviewing a number of people who have worked with the elusive auteur over the years.

News: Mad Men's Jon Hamm to Star in Black Mirror

Mad Men's Jon Hamm is to star in the Black Mirror Christmas special. Hamm will link together three separate stories "binding them togther into a suitably unsettling whole."

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News: IT Crowd Tops Comedy Nominations in TV BAFTAS

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced the nominations for this year’s awards. The biggest comedy nominee is The IT Crowd. Co-stars  Richard Ayoade and Chris O’Dowd compete with The Wrong Mans’ Mathew Baynton and James Corden in the Male Performance in a Comedy Programme category.

TV Review: Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe, BBC2

I've got a theory that every entertainer – apart from Daniel Kitson, of course – ends up doing something very different to what they originally imagined themselves doing. Johnny Vegas ends up selling tea, Ben Elton ends up writing The Wright Way. I don't know what Charlie Brooker's original ambitions were, to be honest, but I've always felt he wanted to stand outside the establishment tent pissing in, not in it pissing out. But then what do I know about what goes on in Charlie Brooker's brain?

Review: Russell Howard's Good News, BBC3

Russell Howard's Good News can hardly be called one of TV's best kept secrets. It has regularly topped the BBC3 ratings and is one of the most viewed programmes on iPlayer. It was voted BBC3's Best Ever Show by Digital Spy and Howard was voted the number one Weird Crush by Heat Magazine earlier this year. Not sure if that last one is a compliment or not.

Opinion: If I Ruled...10 O'Clock Live

Three episodes into its third series 10 O'Clock Live seems to have entered adolescence and has got a bit surly and angry. It is good, but it could still be even better. In the first in an occasional series offering careers advice, here is my ten-point plan to making 10  O'Clock Live essential viewing

 

1. Do something about the rainbow-coloured set – it's like an old disused Top of The Pops set tarted up with Fisher Price paints to look like a children's nightclub.

Opinion: 10 O'Clock Live – Satsuma-Shaped Satire

Maybe I was not paying attention but the new series of 10 O'Clock Live seemed to slip out without much in the way of advance fanfare last night. Perhaps that was a shrewd move. This is the third run but somehow it always seems to need time to bed in, as if the stars, Charlie Brooker, David Mitchell, Lauren Laverne and Jimmy Carr need a while to get their satirical chuckle muscles working.

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