The Best Episodes Directed by Al Campbell
#1 - Episode Five
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 3 - Episode 5
Brooker looks into TV elimination shows and he creates his own to demonstrate how they can be edited to distort the truth. He reviews Pete's P.A. and Any Dream Will Do.
#2 - Aspiration
How TV Ruined Your Life Season 1 - Episode 3
From Dallas to Grand Designs, TV continually rubs desirable lifestyles in your face, making you feel inadequate in the process. Warning: contains Sophie Dahl and coffins.
#3 - Episode Five
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 4 - Episode 5
Brooker focuses on children's television from past to present, and even has a go at being a children's TV presenter on Toonattik. He reviews Johnny Ball Games, In The Night Garden, Yo Gabba Gabba! and LazyTown. Kirsten O'Brien talks about ChuckleVision and Andy Nyman talks about The Junior Christian Science Bible Lesson. The end of the episode includes a tribute to Bagpuss creator Oliver Postgate who had died the previous week.
#4 - Episode Five (Screenwipe USA)
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 1 - Episode 5
Screenwipe USA. In this USA special, Brooker goes in depth into American TV and compares the main differences between British and American Television. He reviews American soap operas, American reality crime shows, To Catch a Predator and The Wire. Lewis Black talks about his experiences with television.
#5 - Love
How TV Ruined Your Life Season 1 - Episode 4
Charlie Brooker argues that TV has warped our expectations of romance with a toxic combination of Blind Date and rom-coms. Do 'soulmates' even exist? Warning: this episode contains traces of Dirty Den and suggestive swimwear.
#6 - The Lifecycle
How TV Ruined Your Life Season 1 - Episode 2
From kids shows to Countdown, TV has something to infuriate anyone of any age. Warning: this episode contains creepy dolls and the 1980s Oxo dad.
#7 - Episode Two (TV Advertising Special)
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 4 - Episode 2
Brooker talks about television advertising; the guidelines, its history and how they work. He reviews Mad Men. Tim Key recites another poem.
#8 - Episode Four
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 1 - Episode 4
Charlie dissects Hollyoaks, late-night gameshow The Mint, Dragons' Den and more. Plus, what the people listed in the credits of TV shows actually do.
#9 - Episode Three (TV Writing Special)
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 4 - Episode 3
In this slightly extended episode, Brooker is joined by some of the best TV writers in the business today. They talk about how they started out and how they go about writing a television show. Featured in this episode are; Russell T Davies, Paul Abbott, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Graham Linehan and Tony Jordan.
#10 - Fear
How TV Ruined Your Life Season 1 - Episode 1
From hysterical public information films to grisly crime dramas, terror spills out of almost every channel. As Charlie explores TV's approach to fear, you won't know whether to laugh or scream. Warning: contains traces of Michael Buerk and a semi-naked lady.
#11 - Progress
How TV Ruined Your Life Season 1 - Episode 5
From the moon landings to Blake's 7 to CSI: Miami, Charlie Brooker argues that television has warped our relationship with technology. Warning: this episode contains a computerised Simon Cowell and a lady in a silver catsuit.
#12 - Episode Four
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 3 - Episode 4
Brooker talks about television that is aimed at today's youth. He reviews My Super Sweet 16, America's Next Top Model and The Tudors. Matt Berry about television theme tunes, especially those of Ronnie Hazelhurst.
#13 - Episode Four
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 2 - Episode 4
Brooker talks about how video and editing techniques and technology have improved over time. He reviews Primeval and The Sex Inspectors. Stewart Lee talks about how the perception of teenagers on TV has changed over the years. Grace Dent talks about love storylines in soap operas.
#14 - Episode One
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 4 - Episode 1
Brooker discusses the notion of people complaining about television. He reviews Britannia High, Paul Ross's Big Black Book of Horror. Liza Tarbuck talks about Tales of the Riverbank.
#15 - Episode Three
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 3 - Episode 3
In this television news special, Brooker talks about the need to entertain on the news and also the rise of 24-hour news. Adam Curtis talks about the rise and fall of the television journalist.
#16 - Episode Two
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 3 - Episode 2
Brooker talks about the decline of the ending credits on TV programmes. He reviews Ann Widdecombe Versus Prostitution, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Street Doctor. Richard Herring talks about Big Cook, Little Cook.
#17 - Episode Three
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 2 - Episode 3
Brooker discusses what it's like to be the "talent" on a TV show. He reviews shows aimed at men; Ross Kemp on Gangs, Top Gear and Britain's Hardest. He also reviews courtroom reality show The Verdict. Reginald D Hunter talks about British TV from an American perspective.
#18 - Episode Three
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 1 - Episode 3
Brooker looks into sex on television. He reviews where TV is heading in the future and where it is now, Emmerdale, cookery shows and Deadwood. Catherine Townsend talks about unrealistic sex on television.
#19 - Episode One
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 1 - Episode 1
Brooker talks about how difficult it is to actually make the smallest bit of TV. Brooker reviews the morning slots on television, Doctor Who, EastEnders and aspirational TV. Jamie Whyte talks about advertising on TV.
#20 - Episode Two
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 1 - Episode 2
Brooker discusses why some people want to be famous and will do anything to get on TV. He reviews psychic and medium programmes, Big Brother and Love Island. David Quantick discusses his gripes with "list" shows.
#21 - Episode One
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 2 - Episode 1
Brooker talks about the guidelines that TV has to adhere to. He reviews Celebrity Big Brother 5, Psychic Private Eyes and Battlestar Galactica. Doug Stanhope gives his views on television.
#22 - Episode One
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 3 - Episode 1
Brooker looks into the lies TV tells us. He reviews Heroes, Have I Been Here Before? and The X Factor. Nicholas Parsons talks about Saturday night entertainment.
#23 - Episode Four
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 4 - Episode 4
Brooker talks about the change in direction that modern day documentaries have taken. He launches his own mission documentary; "Konnie's Great British Wee", fronted by Konnie Huq. He reviews Miss Naked Beauty and Jamie's Ministry of Food.
#24 - Episode Two
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Season 2 - Episode 2
Brooker discusses what TV ratings are and how they work. He reviews 24, video games not getting as much respect as television and Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway. Gia Milinovich talks about video on the web.
#27 - Defuse an Unexploded Bomb
James May's Man Lab Season 1 - Episode 1
The first of a new series that sees James May on a mission to save modern man - from themselves. From his Man Lab HQ, James and his team set out on a series of action-packed challenges that will help modern man relearn some of the vital skills, once cherished by his forefathers, that are now in danger of being lost forever. In this episode, we learn how to defuse an unexploded bomb, build a kitchen out of concrete, how to serenade a woman, transform a fishfinger sandwich, and create the world's first motorised picnic table.