Broken News: Series 1 [DVD] 
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All six episodes from the first series of the satirical 'rolling news' show, offering spoof reports from a team of dedicated - and pompously self-important - newsreaders and reporters.
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If you ever despair at the tabloid-isation of the TV news reports - this is the DVD for you. Buy it, watch it at least twice (to catch all those little pieces you missed first-time round); by this time you should be hooked. Even the repetitive nature of some of the in-jokes all add to the enjoyment of this DVD. A word of warning; if watched too close to the "real" news, a deep cynicism might result - you might prefer BROKEN NEWS to the "real world" of mass-media presentation.
Broken News is a highly insightful observation of the 24-hour news media as it stands today. The program manages to weave many different angles expertly together. For example it one episode it can parody the media's art of blowing things out of all proportion, laugh at the inane chatter on local news channels and also poke fun at the public's obsession with matters of little relevance.
It does have some problems. The main one is that -- however you cut it -- it's the same joke each episode. I found myself tuning out of some scenes that were just total copies from episodes before. But thankfully these are infrequent. But the first episode is the best as it's 'all new' to the viewer. But the final episode really is superb too, it really ends on a high. I also don't think I'd want a second series, as Broken News has done its thing so well and it shouldn't drag it out.
But no review can give insight into the sharp and brilliant writing that shows that the writers have studied the news media extensively. The lines some of the cast come out with are just so quotable, and it would be remiss of me to not say how the producers compiled a superb (and large) cast who all expertly supported the material they were given. I should also say that it was good how the BBC itself was obviously a target in the program, and it was nice to see it now shy away from self-criticism as the BBC is so often capable of doing.
If you watch any TV news, and in particular if you find the news media anywhere from irritating to poisonous, then this is for you. I really, really recommend it.
When it was on BBC2 I watched it every week - some episodes were undoubtedly better than others but they all had their moments. I'm sure most will find their favourite studio team and await their take on each issue, and also missing what some of the newsreaders are saying because of trying to read all the 'facts' buzzing around the rest of the screen.
Admittedly the format is repeated each time and the show is essentially quite repeptitive - but it is definitely worth a look if you think you can stand the pace.
Very funny and fast paced. I can't watch Sky News in the same way again.
I had it on and my mate thought it was a genuine news story on the TV (Bolivia Crisis)
If you were zapping between channels and happened to stumble upon Broken News, there's a good chance it would take you some time to realize it wasn't a real news broadcast -- and therein lies its power: the creators of this show have managed to mimic and emulate the techniques of modern TV news broadcast, while exaggerating every single one of its manipulative, intelligence-insulting aspects and shallow, shameless "journalism".
The mostly-unknown but highly professional cast deliver their lines with utter seriousness, while spouting complete gibberish not unlike that which you might encounter on any 24-hour news channel or the evening headlines. They are constantly surrounded by "experts" and fearmongers, hilarious news tickers and headlines, useless audience feedback, impossible survey results, blatant delay tactics, sensationalism and disinformation, and everything else that is wrong with televised journalism today taken up to 11.
This show only has 6 episodes (comprising a single British "season"), but each of them is simply side-splittingly funny, and a definite must-see. And with the DVD, you can watch again and again to try and spot details you've missed on previous viewings - hidden in plain sight in pretty much every single shot.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Broken News only had a short run, but was a very cleverly-constructed, intelligent form of comedy. Given it had no linear storyline, each episode being composed of tightly-edited,... Read morePublished on 12 July 2013 by Peter Miles
I came across this gem by accident at daft o'clock on BBC2 one night, and HOWLED my way through ALL of it. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2012 by M. Appleton
This hilarious British comedy features Nicola Walker in 3 episodes. She will be a very hot actor this autumn when Ruth Evershed returns to Spooks. Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2009 by Unfinished Sympathy
This is seriously funny stuff. You will never look at the news in the same way again. Give it a try it is soooo funny.Published on 1 Feb. 2009 by Amazon Customer