Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe

The BEST episodes of Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe

Every episode of Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe!

Screenwipe is a television programme about television programmes; the cost, the surprising amount of work and bureaucracy involved, how programmes are selected for broadcast, and, usually scathing, analysis of specific programmes and genres. Brooker often pays particular attention to more obscure channels on satellite, freeview and cable, such as those dedicated to gambling, shopping, horoscopes, and pornography. He explores the probable effects of television in society, and how often programmes can create in the viewer feelings of inadequacy, depression, fear, and anxiety. To balance things, usually one segment of each show is dedicated to positive reviews, with analysis on why the style and content is so absorbing.

Last Updated: 11/16/2022Network:BBC Four
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Episode Five (Screenwipe USA)
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9.29
7 votes

#1 - Episode Five (Screenwipe USA)

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/17/2006

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode Five
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8.97
40 votes

#2 - Episode Five

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/16/2008

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode Four
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8.86
7 votes

#3 - Episode Four

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/10/2006

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode Five
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8.86
7 votes

#4 - Episode Five

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/23/2007

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode Two (TV Advertising Special)
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8.57
69 votes

#5 - Episode Two (TV Advertising Special)

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/25/2008

Brooker talks about television advertising; the guidelines, its history and how they work. He reviews Mad Men. Tim Key recites another poem.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode Three (TV Writing Special)
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8.37
41 votes

#6 - Episode Three (TV Writing Special)

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/2/2008

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode Four
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8.19
70 votes

#7 - Episode Four

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/16/2007

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode Four
star
7.89
73 votes

#8 - Episode Four

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/26/2007

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode Two
star
7.72
71 votes

#9 - Episode Two

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/2/2007

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode Three
star
7.71
69 votes

#10 - Episode Three

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/9/2007

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode One
star
7.70
73 votes

#11 - Episode One

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/18/2008

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode Two
star
7.66
110 votes

#12 - Episode Two

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/12/2007

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode Three
star
7.64
75 votes

#13 - Episode Three

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/19/2007

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode One
star
7.57
104 votes

#14 - Episode One

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/20/2006

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode Three
star
7.55
100 votes

#15 - Episode Three

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/3/2006

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode One
star
7.55
102 votes

#16 - Episode One

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/5/2007

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode One
star
7.51
101 votes

#17 - Episode One

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/25/2007

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode Four
star
7.47
38 votes

#18 - Episode Four

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/9/2008

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.

Directors: Al Campbell
Episode Two
star
7.30
87 votes

#19 - Episode Two

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/27/2006

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.

Directors: Al Campbell

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