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 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.