Chris Morris is the most under-rated British comedian out there. The series Brass Eye pushed the boundaries again, basically continuing from where The Day Today left off. It satirises the medias attitude towards issues such as drugs, animal welfare and most controversially paedophilia, which was a one-off special in 2001.
The special caused uproar at the time and many newspapers got on their high horse about it. Heres a fairly typical quote from part of an article called "The Brass Neck of Brass Eye" which appeared in one Daily paper.
"The supposed satire, presented by Chris Morris, was almost universally condemned and provoked a record 3,000 complaints when it was shown in July and controversially repeated a day later. Among those disgusted by it were Home Secretary David Blunkett, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell and Home Office minister Beverley Hughes - who branded it 'unspeakably sick'"
Well I can only thank the newspapers and politians for alerting me to somebody producing some worthwhile TV. You immediately know that anything that makes politicians comment is probably going to a little bit more interesting than "Big Brother" or "I'm a celebrity pay me more money". Just like Beyond The Fringe in the 60's, Monty Python in the 70's and few series over the last 2 decades, Brass Eye points the finger back at the media and indeed other television programs and says "are you sure about that". In fact I didn't see the show at the time and bought the DVD several years later, but I had made a mental note that this was one to get!
Numerous celebrities were duped into appearing on these shows, and if you have a particular celebrity you hate you will love seeing him or her being made a complete fool of. However this is an area where I have some sympathy, as at heart most of us are fairly gullable, and in fairness to them they were trying to help (and of course gain media exposure at the same time).
So the contents of this DVD is going to upset some people, and maybe I am in the minority, but I strongly recommend it.