Game on for Brooker

Friday, August 21, 2009 by

Zeppotron has released details for the upcoming Charlie Brooker’s Gameswipe.

The one-off, 50-minute programme will “analyse and expose the inner workings of the videogames industry” and air as part of BBC4’s forthcoming Technology season.

Charlie Brooker says: “It’s good to be doing more Wipes for BBC4. I started my writing career penning videogame reviews, so Gameswipe effectively sees me coming full-circle: it’s evolution in reverse basically. Expect pixels, joypads, some of the world’s weirdest games, celebrity cameos and the occasional sound effect.”

It’s also been confirmed Newswipe will return for another six-part run.

“The return of Newswipe is both exciting and daunting,” says Brooker, “because it nearly killed me last time. Maybe this time it’ll finish the job. It’s hard to say precisely what we’ll be featuring, because I can’t predict the future, but hopefully we won’t be picking apart coverage of either an intercontinental nuclear war or a global ebola outbreak. Whatever happens, we’ll be staring at it with amusement and horror.”

And, finally, Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe will also return at Christmas for a one-off review of the year.


4 Responses to “Game on for Brooker”

  1. Adam on August 21st, 2009 3:06 pm


  2. Dominic Small on August 24th, 2009 3:44 pm

    Good to see Screenwipe back, even if just for a one-off – whilst You Have Been Watching isn’t as bad a show as some have been saying, Screenwipe will always be better, just ‘cos Brooker won’t have to interrupt his rants for a tacked-on panel game…

  3. Iain Griffiths on August 26th, 2009 10:55 pm

    I heard that he’d asked Ben Crowshaw to take part ( he of the Zero Punctuation games reviews ) If that comes true it might be really fantastic , if not ,just very good.

    It’ll be interesting as from what I can see it a pretty dull market out there.

  4. ljones on August 26th, 2009 11:18 pm

    I wonder how this programme (gameswipe) would sustain itself? Surely there’s not enough going on in the world of gaming for this to become a one-trick pony.