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Charlie Brooker's Newswipe is a spinoff of Screenwipe, Charlie Brooker's television-review show, focusing particularly on news reporting. It's especially interesting because Charlie Brooker admits in the first episode that he hardly knows anything about current events, the news, or anything else, and was hoping to learn more as part of this show. This gives the show more accessibility than most shows about the news, or indeed the news itself.

The show - while still funny - is usually quite bleak in tone, and not for the faint of heart in some instances. It exposes many of the lies and sensationalism inherent in much of the news reporting. Altogether educational but also disheartening at times.

The show also usually features a guest reporter supplying his view (it's his view) on news reporting and politics.



  • Most News Tropes are pointed out with Charlie Brooker's trademark caustic wit.
  • An Aesop: Following a school shooting in Germany, Charlie Brooker intersects an interview with a forensic psychiatrist, in which he disperses some advice in how the media should deal with such an event, with footage of news broadcasts doing the exact opposite. The dour music and the bitter, resigned tone of Charlie Brooker's voice make it abundantly clear that he is not amused and wants the audience to think how he does about this.
  • Artifact Title: The title of Brooker's previous series, Screenwipe, refers to an editing technique, whereas the title of Newswipe is just nonsensically derived from it.
  • B-Roll Rebus: One of the tropes mocked in the "How to Report the News" segment.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm Doug Stanhope, and that's why I drink."
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  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Resident Poet Tim Key, who delivers vague stream of consciousness poems only barely related to a topic that Charlie has just discussed
  • Credits Gag: At the end of each show, you see Charlie Brooker messing around in some way in the fake news set while the credits scroll.
  • Deconstruction of the news.
  • Double Vision: In a spoof of how rolling news presents breaking stories, Charlie acts as both studio anchorman and on-the-scene reporter filling time as they wait for a third Charlie to return home and continue the show.
  • Human-Interest Story: Brooker puts up the death of Jade Goody as the most disgusting version of this, especially for the hypocrisy of the media demonising her for the racism row on Celebrity Big Brother, then turning round to make her a saint when she was dying of cancer a few months later.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Subverted during a deconstruction of on-the-street news segments.
    Brooker as the narrator: And then the final summary, ending on a whimsical shot of something nearby, accompanied by a wry sign off.
    Brooker as the street reporter: Usually a bit of wordplay fit for a king or, in other words, a... "regent's treat."
    (camera pans up to a sign for "Regent Street")
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Charlie Brooker described the telethon for Haiti's post-earthquake aid as "a collection of all the musicians you would ever want to listen to... and Sting."
  • Self-Demonstrating Article: This piece on the cast-iron format of British TV news reports.
  • Take That!: The extremely crude censorship of one of the first guests on the show is a giant "fuck you" to the BBC and litigious lawsuits in general.
    • "Still if Dappy gets annoyed at getting called "vile" in a text message, imagine how disrespected he'd feel if we put his photo on the screen and called him a: Two-foot, prancing, mosquito-voiced, little tit-a-ma-boob in a baby's hat, and a nincompoop, and a twerp, and a twit, and an oaf, and a git, and a..."
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: The disclaimer of 'It's his view' was put in to prevent controversy and lawyerness.
    • And spoofed with Doug Stanhope: Voice of of America*
      *Mr Stanhope's views do not necessarily represent those of America