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Don't know if this has been mentioned or not:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/mar/2...ooker-channel-4

Charlie Brooker to host Channel 4 show reviewing previous week's TV

• Charlie Brooker show will be called You Have Been Watching

• Guardian columnist will discuss past week's TV with a guest

Guardian columnist Charlie Brooker is to write and present a new Channel 4 series in which he and a guest will dissect the week's television output.

You Have Been Watching, an eight-part series, will air this summer and will involve Brooker airing his familiarly trenchant views on broadcasting, alongside what Channel 4 calls "funny and famous guests who each in turn will be quizzed on the week's TV shows".

The series, unveiled today as part of Channel 4's spring/summer 2009 programming lineup, is being made by Zeppotron, the Endemol-owned independent producer behind previous Brooker shows including BBC4 series Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe and zombie horror drama Dead Set.

Brooker's new Zeppotron-produced BBC4 show News Wipe, a six-part series focusing on the news media, launches tonight.

You Have Been Watching will be executive produced by Ruth Phillips and Endemol UK's creative director, Richard Osman.

"You Have Been Watching is a brilliant hybrid of comedy quiz show and TV review programme," said the Zeppotron managing director, Annabel Jones. "Charlie has shouted his views on television from the loneliness of his sofa for many years and now it's time for others to try to get a word in edgeways. Charlie will be joined by a funny and thoughtful lineup to give TV the beating it deserves."

The Channel 4 commissioning editor, Darren Smith, added: "Charlie Brooker is absurdly talented, and after the success of Dead Set we are only too happy to be working with him again."

In the BBC4 show Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe, Brooker took an often coruscating look at the television industry and onscreen content.

He co-wrote the Channel 4 comedy series Nathan Barley with Chris Morris, which satirised the pretensions of the Hoxton-dwelling eponymous antihero.

Nathan Barley first appeared on the cult website TV Go Home, which Brooker created as a weekly spoof version of the Radio Times.

Zeppotron is the producer of both Nathan Barley and Screenwipe and also a short-lived attempt to make a television version of TV Go Home for E4 in 2001.

Brooker writes a weekly TV preview piece, Screen Burn, for the Guardian's Saturday supplement The Guide, and a Monday column for the paper's G2 features section.

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I'm not sure that I like the idea of guests.

Depends on the guests I suppose - the writers edition of Screenwipe worked pretty well. Plus, the majority of the contributors to Screen/Newswipe are generally interesting and informed types with something meaningful to say about the subjects they're discussing. As long as the quality of guest is up to scratch, then I don't see it being a problem.

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It depends on the guests, I'm sure they will choose wisely. Charlie Booker is too on the ball to turn it into a shit panel show. Although, personally I think his current format doesn't need changing.

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Looking forward to it - while the in depth bits of Screenwipe are fantastic, I always want to see more of his TV show reviews, so it's nice to get more of them. And apparently there's a new series of Screenwipe later in the year, so it's win-win!

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Aye, more Charlie on the telly can only be a good thing! I hope he gets Harry Hill as a guest, that would be like the ultimate show!

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As soon as Jimmy Carr, Russell Brand or Justin Lee Collins feature as guests, I'll lose all modicum of respect I have for Brooker. Anyway, guests is a bad idea; Brooker's unhinged, irrational but often spot-on vitriol waxes and wanes when other people are involved.

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I can't really see Brooker having turds like Justin Lee-Collins on. As mentioned, the writer's episode of Screenwipe was excellent. Graham Linehan every week, please.

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I don't have high hopes for this, most of the time when Brooker is interviewing it comes across as incredibly awkward. Though somehow the writer's episode did manage not to be too bad in that respect.

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Starts 7 July apparently, and is a panel show. As much as I love Brooker, I'm not convinced this'll be anything special, as the faux-quiz format is a little overdone by now and I'm not convinced he's suited for the format, but we'll see.

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