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''Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe'' is a television program written and hosted by CharlieBrooker, a British CausticCritic, about television and how it's made. The show is similar in content to the ''Screen Burn'' columns that Brooker wrote until recently for ''[[BritishNewspapers The Guardian]]''. Started in 2006 and ended in 2008.

The show usually involves a couple of different segments. He reviews shows and programs, with a shot similar to the one at the top of the page of him in the living room of his house with his remote (and often various other peripherals such as a laptop, or PS2 or ''GuitarHero'' controllers), scathingly reviewing whatever's on screen. Secondly the show often has segments that show how difficult and painful it is to make a television program, or what a career in television is like. The show also features animations by internet animator David Firth (of ''SaladFingers'' fame), and various other famous (or not) people talking about various aspects of television.

Part of ''Screenwipe'''s appeal is the SophisticatedAsHell contrast of watching Charlie swing between being an incisive, intelligent,commentator on modern culture and a poo-flinging ManChild bellowing profanity at the screen and pretending to masturbate.

The show inspired [[Creator/BenCroshaw Yahtzee]]'s [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation review style]], and is generally a very entertaining and educational watch, even if you're not a fan of television. Due to the nature of the show, it makes excellent viewing for tropers.

{{Spinoff}}s includes ''Series/{{Newswipe}}'' and ''Gameswipe'', and he also made ''HowTVRuinedYourLife'', which is a kind of SpiritualSuccessor.

A new series in 2013 called ''Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe'' essentially combined elements of ''Newswipe'' (such as Doug Stanhope's monologues) and the original ''Screenwipe''.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[invoked]] In his analysis of the FoxNewsChannel, Brooker describes various hosts as characters from an '80s teen comedy -- Sean Hannity as the JerkJock bully, [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]] as the [[DeanBitterman disapproving, uptight principal]], and Radio/GlennBeck as the ClassClown.
* AtomicFBomb: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59OJ17raqWw&t=40s Emphatically]] rejecting the false dream of glamour TV sells us. Note that his face turns bright red.
* AuthorFilibuster: [[TropesAreNotBad The show is built on them]].
* BitingTheHandHumor: TheBBC, and production company Endemol. Both pay his bills, and both get speared quite often on his show. Television in general - StewartLee mocks him in his sketch for essentially being part of the machine he is criticizing. Brooker himself likened it to being a particularly sarcastic bird, sitting in a crocodile's mouth.
* BlackComedy: And lots of it, such as adding slide-whistle effects to the opening titles of ''Animal Hospital''.
* ButYouScrewOneGoat: Discussed during a critique of Ross Kemp's gangs. Kemp was set on fire by Russian Neo-Nazis as part of their initiation ritual:
-->'''Kemp''' (*on television): This is, without doubt, the hardest initiation I've ever done.
-->'''Brooker''': Yeah? Wait 'till you meet the Minnesota Bear-Fuckers.
* CatchPhrase: "Welcome to Screenwipe, a program all about television."
* CausticCritic
* ChildHater: Hates kids and never misses an opportunity to show it. He even states that one of the reasons he loves ''Series/DoctorWho'' is because "[[NightmareFuel/DoctorWho it scares kids shitless!]]"
** [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/16202837 He later had a baby with Konnie Huq]]. He described how it affected him, in his usual style, in [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/01/can-say-i-get-babies this column]] for The Guardian.
* CreditsGag
* CreditsPushback: Or more accurately, a constant battle against it. Brooker hates the BBC's policy of squashing and speaking over the credits, and one episode's unforgettable denouement featured him standing gagged and furiously saluting "our lords and masters" as the credits rolled. The poor announcer who had drawn the short straw sounded more than a little embarrassed.
** Additional attempts to flummox the continuity rules included scrolling the credits in the middle of the show, and putting an ass with eyes stuck to it in front of a microphone so you could pretend the voice over guy was literally an ass. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSHbgYgumMo Note that they decided not to include a continuity speaker in the reruns of this particular episode]]...
*** The original showing was hilarious as the announcer said villainously "Yes Charlie, Merry Christmas to you too. But you're forgetting! We can squeeze it! And you won't feel a thing!"
** Strictly, there's no rule about when credits can be shown. So most shows put them at the end, but they're allowed maybe a minute or so [[TheStinger stinger]] afterwards. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yrm2dj6bIU0 Brooker took advantage of this]] by running them ''10 seconds after the starting sequence'', pretending the show had ended (making any pushback voiceover on the credits completely useless) and getting Victoria Coren, of all people, to run a fake documentary about corners before performing a HostileShowTakeover ''of his own show'' and going into a rant against this trope. Since he'd already run the credits, there was nothing at the end and the episode just slammed straight back into the adverts.
** He mentioned this again in context of ''Series/DoctorWho'', demanding to know the point of getting an orchestra to record ''Doctor Who'''s ThemeTune if they're just going to talk all over it.
* {{Deconstruction}} of television.
* DescriptionCut: In a piece about shooting sprees in America, a psychologist is interviewed on the news and gives advice about how to avoid sensationalising such events, intercut with news channels doing exactly what he warned against.
* FanDisservice: He spends an entire episode shirtless. It's not likely to be a titillating sight.
** At the ending of one episode in which he commented on the double standard regarding male and female nudity, he said that over the end credits he would make up for it by having full, unsimulated sex, to climax, with a loaf of bread. He has TheGruntingOrgasm, then looks down at the bread on his penis, says "Oh, I feel depressed now," and wanders off forlornly with the bread still attached.
* HeyItsThatGuy: You may not believe it at first, especially when the man himself is uncredited, but Mr. Noseybonk was portrayed by [[spoiler:StuartAshen himself]]. [[http://www.ashens.com/post/1716177903/noseybox-on-the-tellybonk Really]].
** Charlie also comments that the principal from ''Series/BritanniaHigh'' is the bank manager from the Nationwide adverts. He's also [[HilariousInHindsight Chalky from]] ''WaterlooRoad''.
** In his review of ''{{Deadwood}}'', he refers to this trope as "Oh, It's ''Him''!".
-->The whole town is populated by one solid character actor after another, most of whom are real "Oh, It's ''Him''!" faces. For instance, "Oh, it's ''him'' from ''[[Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest]]''!" plays the kindly local doc; "Oh, it's ''him'' from ''[[FerrisBuellersDayOff Ferris Bueller's Day Off]]''!" plays the newspaper guy; and "Oh, it's ''him'' from ''Film/BladeRunner''!" plays the wonderfully creepy no-good mayor, so sleazy that every word he utters sounds like a gobful of worms landing in your lap.
* HypocriticalHumour: Especially about the way TV shows are made. Also, in the 2007 retrospective the storm of scandals over faked phone-in contests and a misleading trailer about the Queen damaged people's trust in TV as a whole, illustrated by [[VoxPops asking a member of the public]]:
-->'''Charlie:''' Do you believe anything you see on TV?\\
'''Interviewee:''' Yeah.\\
'''Charlie:''' Would you mind...just for this...saying that you don't believe anything? Is that all right?\\
[cut]\\
'''Charlie:''' Do you believe anything you see on TV?\\
'''Interviewee:''' No, not really.
* IllBeInMyBunk: And then some: upon viewing disturbing or violent imagery, Charlie's reaction is to utter "oh yeah" and stick a hand down his pants.
* InsultBackfire: In the "Aspirational TV" segment (see AtomicFBomb above)
--> '''Charlie:''' ''[In the face of a random socialite]'' [[NoIndoorVoice FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOFF!]]
--> '''Random Socialite:''' ''[Unflinching]'' [[LittleNo No]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Charlie's JerkassFacade is really paper-thin. He's clearly horrified when some of the show's participants for a parody of ''Series/TheApprentice'' mistake him for an actual mean git, and quickly tries to make amends.
** Also watch his sensitive and balanced coverage of the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.
*** "Perhaps surprisingly, some of the most measured coverage came from [[FoxNewsChannel Fox News]]."
** As well as his heartfelt [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAftt3UnzoI tribute to Oliver Postgate]].
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: As Charlie explains in the first episode, the BBC has a blanket license to use commercial music on broadcast TV - something Screenwipe uses liberally - the theme music is a commercial song, as is virtually all background and incidental music. However, this license does ''not'' extend to DVD or downloads, and the complexities of licensing all that music for that purpose (or removing it) mean that Screenwipe will ''never'' have a DVD release. As such, the only way you can now watch it is to watch uploads on YouTube or torrent it (something Brooker ''unofficially'' encourages).
* LampshadeHanging: During the show, they claimed they interviewed "TV insiders", but to conceal their identity, they filmed them in a darkened room, and used one of the researchers in their place instead.
* LogicBomb: In an episode that examines televisual trickery used to bend the truth, Charlie presents the "Truthbot 2000", a [[BeepingComputers deliberately low-budget prop]] he claims can detect falsehoods and alert the viewers. Truthbot instantly points out that it is just a box with some lights and circuits inside with a voice dubbed on later. Charlie asks it how it knows this if it's just a cheap prop, the paradox causes it to overload and explode.
-->'''Charlie:''' [[BigNo Noo-ooo-ooo!]] Truthbot! Why!?
* MaleFrontalNudity: Shows up when talking about how it usually doesn't show up.
** In ''Weekly Wipe'''s 2013 wrap-up, a screen full of penises are displayed for a few seconds as parity for showing several scenes from the uncensored video of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines".
* ManipulativeEditing: A segment about reality television demonstrated quite aptly that with exactly the same footage, you can create almost any narrative you want.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' "is like a bag of pistachio nuts, really. You have keep reaching for one more, before you know it, your table is covered in empty shells and your fingers stink of salt. Actually, that's where the analogy breaks down."
* MoodWhiplash: Deliberately invoked in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59OJ17raqWw his piece about aspirational TV]]; shows such as ''{{Dallas}}'', ''SexAndTheCity'' or ''DesperateHousewives''. In contrast to the glamorous world of the beautiful people on TV, he's dishevelled and grimy, sharing a litter-strewn concrete backlot with a homeless bum, all filmed in a washed-out filter and set to the bleak "[[RequiemForADream Lux Aeterna]]".
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: A past-lives "investigation" show featured "A top A-list celebrity (or Eddie Large.)"
* NameMcAdjective: The most obvious example, "Shouty [=McHeadwoundman=]", is from ''Series/{{Newswipe}}''. "Dermot Q Thingie", "Kate Hugamaboobs" were his names for the hosts of ''TheXFactor''. Piers Morgan was dubbed "Shitslug O'Ballbags". He also likes to use funny names or 'thingy' for people whose names he can't be bothered to remember.
** And of course his frequent interview subject Barry Shitpeas
* OddFriendship: In his ''Screen Burn '' columns in ''The Guardian'', he always held the opinion that humanity would be fractionally improved if everyone who had ever appeared on ''Series/BigBrother'' was loaded into a rocket and [[HurlItIntoTheSun fired into the Sun]], and in one episode of ''Screenwipe'' he reviewed the seventh series of ''Series/BigBrother'' with no softening of this view. Later on he became friends with one of the most memorable contestants of that series, glamour model Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace, (occasionally referred in ''Screen Burn'' as "my improbable friend Aisleyne") and she appeared in a few episodes and ''Screemwipe'' Christmas specials.
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope
* {{Postmodernism}}: "We're so bloody postmodern we're about to post a screenshot of me typing this very entry into the example list [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQB2mL4UBvs#t=1m11s itself]]!"
* PrecisionFStrike: When the SoundEffectBleep is omitted from Charlie's f-bombs, it's done for a good reason
* ReactionShot
* RealSongThemeTune: Grandaddy's ''Am180'', also known as the "''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''s Shopping scene" song.
* RecycledPremise: Charlie notes the proliferation of [[CookingShow cooking shows]] differentiated only by setting.
-->It's surely only a matter of time before we start getting ''Underwater Cookery'' or ''Graveyard Cookery'' or ''Cookery Near Some Pencils''.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: Charlie frequently responds to lines from clips he watches, which can produce this trope.
--->'''Woman in diet commercial:''' Who says you can't lose weight and enjoy yourself?
--->'''Charlie:''' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Sands#Hunger_strike Bobby Sands?]]
* RunningGag: The three monsters who attack and piss on people. They also appear on ''Website/TVGoHome''.
** Barry Shitpeas, one of the recurring [[VoxPops talking heads]].
** Philomena Cunk, another of the recurring [[VoxPops talking heads]], who also becomes an AscendedExtra in the 2014 series of ''Weekly Wipe''.
* SelfDeprecation: Very often.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYce_R9mBVM#t=6m45s I've got a face like a pedophile walrus.]]"
** Having dismissed ''Britannia High'''s apparent theme, that vapid pop stardom is the pinnacle of achievement:
--> Everyone knows that having your own low-budget show on BBC4, where you sit around and pick holes in the things, ''that'' is where...true...greatness...(breaks down sobbing)
** While discussing ''Paul Ross' Big Black Book of Horror'':
--> Seriously, who the hell's going to tune in just to watch some unattractive, increasingly paunchy and irrelevant TV presenter just sitting around on his own in his house, just talking...and talking...and talking...(gets sad face)
** From the beginning of the very first episode: "In fact, I'm probably well on my way to being the worst TV presenter you've ever seen."
* SexSells: Attacked in #10 of "The Ten Biggest Cocks in Advertising": "I think mortgages should have holes you can put your nob in!"
* SoundEffectBleep: Even though the show is shown post-{{watershed}}, Charlie gets bleeped almost every time he says "fuck".
** Note that while Charlie's speech is censored, clips from shows he's reviewing aren't.
** {{Lampshaded}} in one bit of the show where it's revealed that Charlie censors himself via a foot pedal (A ''RockBand'' drumkit pedal) which he presses down on whenever he says the f-word, thus creating the sound effect beep.
** Brooker explained this disparity on {{Twitter}}, saying that bleeped swearing is funnier.
* TakeThat
* TotallyRadical: In the links for a segment on yoof TV, Charlie is dressed in a hoodie, baggy jeans and a chunky gold chain.
--> TV is largely run by people in their thirties who only dimly remember what it's like to be young. Consequently, when TV tries to court youth, it ends up looking as ridiculous as I do right now. Y'GET ME?
* TriviallyObvious: Vapid commentators Philomena Cunk and Barry Shitpeas are often given descriptions like "Lifeform," "Entity" or "Vertebrate".
* VoxPops: Parodied, as above in HypocriticalHumour.
* VulgarHumor:
-->''And now, because [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity we could do with some free publicity]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfZBSq19WLE here's a special offensive version of our end credits]] in case any of you feel like complaining to Ofcom - please do. Good night.''
* YourMom
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