The Best Episodes of Nathan Barley

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2018

Nathan Barley is 26. He is a webmaster, guerrilla filmmaker, screenwriter, DJ and in his own words, a "self-facilitating media node". He is convinced he is the epitome of urban cool and therefore secretly terrified he might not be, which is why he reads Sugar Ape Magazine - his bible of cool. Dan Ashcroft writes searing columns for Sugar Ape. He's considered astonishingly cool, but only by those he despises. He is surrounded by idiots and practically worshipped by Nathan (whom he considers to be their king). He is 34. Why has he failed to move on? Claire Ashcroft, 27, is Dan's sister. Like Dan she despises "cool". Unlike Nathan she despises novelty, trash, irony and gadgets. She is furious that no one will fund her hard-hitting documentary about a choir of reformed junkies.

Episode 1

#1 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1

Baffled human wreck Dan Ashcroft watches in horror as his world is over-run with 24 carat berks, led by a strutting, brainless cock-of-the-walk called Nathan Barley, who, distressingly, has designs on Dan's sister Claire.

star 8.15
51 votes
Directors: Chris Morris
Writers: Chris Morris, Charlie Brooker
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Episode 3

#2 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3

While Dan is plagued by a shrieking twit of a photographer called 15Peter20, Nathan grooms Claire with alcohol and unsolicited breast massage.

star 7.78
32 votes
Directors: Chris Morris
Writers: Chris Morris, Charlie Brooker
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Episode 2

#3 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2

Dan is canonised against his will, while Nathan throws a party for his God-defeatingly rubbish website and oozes closer to Claire.

star 7.78
40 votes
Directors: Chris Morris
Writers: Chris Morris, Charlie Brooker
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Episode 5

#4 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5

Editor Jonatton wants Dan to take part in some straight-on-straight gay action. A coke-blasted model proves an irresistible lure for Nathan.

star 7.61
23 votes
Directors: Chris Morris
Writers: Chris Morris, Charlie Brooker
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Episode 4

#5 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4

Dan accidentally creates a new hairstyle after sleeping in paint. Nathan tries to impress glam TV chick Dajve ""dave"" Bikinus. Something is killed.

star 7.59
27 votes
Directors: Chris Morris
Writers: Chris Morris, Charlie Brooker
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Episode 6

#6 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6

In the final episode, Nathan finds his way into Claire's meeting with a TV commissioner, Pingu is finally broken like a rag doll and Dan discovers a way to get rid of Nathan.

star 7.48
27 votes
Directors: Chris Morris
Writers: Chris Morris, Charlie Brooker
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