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Nathan Barley: Series 1 [DVD]

Nicholas Burns , Julian Barratt , Chris Morris    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nicholas Burns, Julian Barratt, Claire Keelan, Ben Whishaw, Richard Ayoade
  • Directors: Chris Morris
  • Producers: Derrin Schlesinger
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Dec 2005
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A7PTG8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,526 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Nathan Barley is Charlie Brooker and Chris Morris' latest assault on society; a satirical parody of the Hoxton-finned, style-obsessed world of new media. Meet Nathan Barley: a 26 year-old webmaster, guerrilla filmmaker, screenwriter, DJ and--in his own words--a "self-facilitating media node". Convinced he's the epitome of urban cool and therefore secretly terrified he might not be, Nathan reads "Sugar Ape Magazine"--aka his bible of cool--religously. The Nathan Barley DVD contains the complete six-part series broadcast in early 2005.

Special Features

Special features on the Nathan Barley DVD include: the original pilot episode; a 48-page booklet of Nathan Barley's "works"; deleted scenes; the option to view an entire episode re-dubbed with the wrong voices; newly recorded excerpts from Barley's internet radio show; extensive hi-res gallery of stills and programme graphics on DVD-Rom; the original tvgohome compilation; and hidden extras.


Episode 1: Baffled human wreck Dan Ashcroft (columnist on Sugar Ape) watches in horror as his world is over-run with 24-carat berks, led by a strutting, brainless c***-of-the-walk called Nathan Barley, who, distressingly, has designs on Dan's sister Claire.

Episode 2: Dan is canonised against his will, while Nathan throws a party for his rubbish website and oozes closer to Claire.

Episode 3: While Dan is plagued by a shrieking twit of a photographer called 15Peter20, Nathan grooms Claire with alcohol and an unsolicited breast massage.

Episode 4: Dan accidentally creates a new hairstyle by sleeping in paint, while Nathan needs a new look to impress glamourous TV-chick Dajve ('Dave') Bikinus. Something is killed.

Episode 5: Editor Jonatton Yeah? wants Dan to take part in some straight-on-straight gay action and a coke-blasted model proves an irresistible lure for Nathan.

Episode 6: In the final episode, Nathan piggybacks his way into Claire's meeting with a TV commissioner, Pingu is broken like a rag doll, and Dan finally discovers a way to destroy Nathan.

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Customer Reviews

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
By Jake
I wanted to write a quick review, not just to say how much I personally love Nathan Barley, but to make a note on what I read in so many other reviews of this show. Many of the lower ratings for Barley state how much different Nathan Barley is from the rest of Chris Morris's work. And that's true, but mainly because it's not trying to be. Barley isn't exactly the socio-political satire of Brass Eye or The Day Today, it's attacking a social trend that I happen to believe is still very much alive: pretentious idiots who deem what they create as genius, and worthy of greater regard.

Personally, I think the show is more similar to the work of the other writer of the show, Charlie Brooker. Fans of his show Screenwipe or his Guardian column Screen Burn should get a similar sense of misanthropy from the character of Dan Ashcroft, the disenchanted journalist surrounded by idiots.

I'd also like to note that the show itself is pretty exceptional. The characters, while almost completely non-likable, are all well played. Julian Barratt is particularly excellent, especially for fans of The Mighty Boosh who see him exclusively as Howard Moon, and Nicholas Burns is also fantastic as the titular character. The stories can be simple, but this is definitely a character driven comedy, and the jokes come thick and fast, with the heavy majority hitting home.

Put simply, don't expect Nathan Barley to be the return of Brass Eye, repackaged as a modern day sitcom, because you're more than likely going to be disappointed. The show is as much the work of Brooker as it is of Morris, and manages to create a world full of wonderful, if horrific characters, which makes this, in my opinion, a brilliant comedy series. If you're a fan of casual misanthropy, I'd advise you to buy this, but there may not be quite enough stupid jokes for fans of My Family or Two Pints.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a way, a horror epic just like Dead Set! 25 April 2011
I'm a longtime Chris Morris fan, and more recently a Charlie Brooker fan - living in Portugal, I wasn't aware of his Guardian column and his TV-bashing TV shows. I entered Brooker's world via Dead Set (not because it was written by him, but because I'm a zombie fan), loved it and started looking for his previous work. Nathan Barley was the only Chris Morris work I hadn't seen, so, being created by the two geniuses, it became essential. I was not disappointed. And the truth is - Nathan Barley ends up being as much a horror epic as Dead Set. It deals with zombies - just another kind of zombie. And the frustration and anguish that Dan Ashcroft feels (an amazing performance by Might Boosh's Julian Barratt) is just as suffocating as being surrounded by the living dead and feeling you're the only sane person in the world (although responsible for the dawn of the idiots, which makes it even more tragic). A masterpiece which manages to be hilarious and deeply disturbing!
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61 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Painful - but brilliant - media satire. 26 Jan 2006
Chris Morris advances on the agitprop satire of Brass Eye, and the ambient weirdness of Jam, with the wonderfully caustic and gleefully vicious Nathan Barley. As others have noted, 'Barley' is probably Morris's most-subtle creation yet... a seemingly conventional sitcom about life in the world of the media, with cutting edge magazine publishers, idolised DJ's, crusading digital filmmakers and techno-wiz-kids all standing in as the centre of attention, complete with their own annoying txt-speak characteristics, daft costumes, anti-establishment opinions and ever-so-trendy idiosyncrasies. However, the joke here is not what is written into the scripts (though, more often than not, this is incredible funny!!), but rather, the notion that these kind of characters - which do exist in real life - will no doubt buy into the whole joke, watching each episode eagerly before going into the office the next day to confront their friends with the usual, "hey, did you see that bit on Barley last night... wow, that's so like me!!!", etc, etc.
Morris, writing here alongside Charlie Brooker, is to television what Luke Haines is to pop music... someone who can work within the confines of an industry, gathering acclaim and a legion of devoted fans, whilst simultaneously trying to bring said industry down from the inside!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny and surreal 21 Feb 2011
this is unlike any comedy you're seen before, it can be dark, it can be completely ridiculous. it mocks itself and socity while still managing to be believable. there are some really great characters in here and funny acting by all of the main cast. A great movie to have in for a dvd night for girls and guys.

the only bad thing i have to say about this is the dvd menu's weird and it's hard to select the option you want, other than that - perfect!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Faster, fasTER, FASTER! 3 Aug 2010
Although it's called Nathan Barley, it's really about siblings Dan and Claire Ashcroft who are two sane people in a world seemingly full of idiots. Outside of the comedy, the satire, the cynicism, the interesting thing is people spotting because, along the way you'll spot actors from The Mighty Boosh, The Fast Show, Ashes To Ashes, The IT Crowd, Alan Partridge and whoever else you care to mention.
Fun for all the family, well, unless you're under 18 and don't like the "c" word.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great towatch this
Great to watch this.
Published 3 days ago by Alastair Massingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hilarious, incisive and underated show that deserves to be seen by more people!
Published 2 months ago by Freddie Valentine
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time
Great show by Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker, years ahead of its time. It chronicles a hipster magazine and the writers within as they follow and create new and ridiculous... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Russeldust
1.0 out of 5 stars Not funny
Could have been funny, but went too far to be amusing. Some one needed their finger on the taste button before this was allowed out. I gave it away.
Published 10 months ago by Sefton
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rise of the Idiots
Charlie Brooker is good; combine Brooker with Chris Morris and you have something special. Nathan Barley highlights all that is wrong with the shallow, vacuous, hype-ridden... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gadget Freak
5.0 out of 5 stars As relevant today as ever!
This program is not only hilarious but also a quite clever take on modern society. With the likes TOWIE and Made In Chelsea the subject matter or the rise of the idiots has never... Read more
Published 17 months ago by T. Currell
5.0 out of 5 stars genius
if you have ever met any people ever - you will have encountered the kind of hilarious idiots and situations dreamed up in this show - a real cracking sideswipe at the kind of... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. J. DuBock
5.0 out of 5 stars Finger on the pulse+Grip on the throat
The duo of writers can be relied upon to see through a glass darkly and see everything backwards. This perspective is essential to those of us who can not believe the cretinous... Read more
Published 19 months ago by heretic666
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME, it's BAD to have a bad UNCLE!!!!
Funny from start to finish, especially if you've worked in Hoxton and Shoreditch in the media. Only worrying thing, is that most themes have actually come true in real life. Read more
Published 22 months ago by misterb
5.0 out of 5 stars brill dvd, but be careful of the packaging...
I brought this for my daughters birthday and she was ecstatic with it. However, the only downside was that the pouch that the disc came in didn't come with any adequate protection... Read more
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