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Only Connect | BBC2

11 July, 2016

Series 12 of Only Connect, with me in the question-editor chair, begins tonight on BBC Two at 8.30pm.

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“It’s a safe space, where a very specifically talented group of people get to show off in their own understated way for an audience of their peers. And this is what makes it so brilliant.” – Stuart Heritage, Guardian

“…that will surely be the highlight of the week for all lovers of uncompromisingly smart television” – James Walton, Telegraph

“What is the link between these numbers? 285,000, 684,000, 1.1m, 2.9m. The answer is they are soaring viewers figures for Only Connect, the toughest quiz on television, which began as a BBC4 obscurity and has now overtaken BBC1 in the ratings.” – Adam Sherwin, Independent

“Only Connect: the best quiz on TV?” – Radio Times

The One Show | BBC1

15 March, 2016

I’m on The One Show this evening, discussing spying and crosswords with Gyles Brandreth.

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Charlie Brooker’s 2015 Wipe | BBC2

29 December, 2015

I am a proud member of Team 2015 Wipe, which is broadcast tomorrow.

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On Stage: Live From Television Centre | BBC4

14 November, 2015

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Tomorrow night, Live From Television Centre, a four-play theatrical collaboration with Battersea Arts Centre, is on BBC4.

I am proud to have made a contribution to the last part, Jess Thom‘s Broadcast from Biscuit Land, which also features Jess Mabel Jones and, fleetingly, me.

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Only Connect | BBC2

13 July, 2015

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Series 11 of Only Connect, with me in the question-editor chair, begins tonight on BBC Two at 8.30pm.

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Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe | BBC2

30 April, 2015

I am a proud member of Team Election Wipe, the fruits of whose labours will be broadcast shortly before the polls open.

Charlie Brooker’s 2014 Wipe | BBC2

22 December, 2014

I am a proud member of Team 2014 Wipe, the fruit of whose toil will be on BBC Two on 30 December:

Update 29 Jan 2015: The new series of Weekly Wipe begins tonight:

Only Connect — Now on BBC Two

28 August, 2014
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Series ten of Only Connect, with me in the question-editor chair, begins on BBC Two on Mon 1 September 2014 at 20:30.

Only Connect for BBC Four

14 April, 2014

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The new series of quiz show Only Connect starts tonight on BBC Four, with me in the question-editor seat.

Charlie Brooker’s 2013 Wipe for BBC Two

28 December, 2013

I am a proud member of Team 2013 Wipe, the fruit of whose toil will be on BBC Two tonight:

Update 6 Jan: And the second series of Weekly Wipe begins on Thu 9 Jan on BBC Two.

Only Connect: A Quiz Show for BBC4

1 November, 2013

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As of the next series, I will be the question editor for BBC Four’s million-viewer quiz Only Connect, which will incidentally move to BBC Two in 2014.

    Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe for BBC Two

    28 January, 2013

    I am a proud member of Team Weekly Wipe, which starts on BBC Two on Thursday evening at 22h00.

    Update 01-02-2013: Here’s the programme, while it lasts:

    Charlie Brooker’s 2012 Wipe for BBC Two

    1 January, 2013

    I am a proud member of Team 2012 Wipe, the fruit of whose toil will be on BBC Two tonight:

    Update 02-01-2013: Here’s the programme, while it lasts:

    A Young Doctor’s Notebook: How We Adapted Mikhail Bulgakov

    5 December, 2012

    Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm in A Young Doctor's Notebook

    A piece for the Guardian about A Young Doctor’s Notebook: how we adapted the short stories for the screen and why Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm are playing the same nameless doctor:

    Our focus was the emotional core of the hospital tales: the hardening of the junior medic. In Bulgakov’s book, in interior monologue, the young doctor wonders how a more experienced practitioner might react, wishing he had the composure of his future self. But as the story Morphine warns us, that older self may not be wiser; he might, in fact, be a junkie. We wanted to incorporate that story: on screen, the older doctor (Hamm) is right there for the younger (Radcliffe) to talk to; but he turns out to be a damaged man: nostalgic, regretful, not above the occasional pratfall.

    A Young Doctor's Notebook - as seen on TV

    An extra treat in the past week has been seeing Hugh Aplin’s and Michael Glenny’s translations now sporting AS SEEN ON TV labels

    Mark Chappell writing A Young Doctor's Notebook

    Mark Chappell in the office where we wrote AYDN

    A Young Doctor's Notebook design department

    In the design department

    Shaun Pye as Yegorych

    Shaun Pye relaxing on set

    Models for the set of A Young Doctor's Notebook

    Models for the hospital set

    Alan Connor and Daniel Radcliffe

    ‘The cultured miller’ asks YD for a diagnosis

    A Young Doctor's Notebook scripts

    Oxford Textbook of Medicine...

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    A Young Doctor’s Notebook for Sky Arts

    19 May, 2012


    I am working on an adaptation of Mikhaíl Bulgakov’s Записки юного врача for Big Talk and Point West Picures, as A Young Doctor’s Notebook. It is part of Playhouse Presents….

    The writers are Mark Chappell, me and Shaun Pye and the medium is comedy-drama. It’s set in 1917; while some press has inferred that the background is the first world war or the Russian revolution, the setting is in fact snow. Lots of snow.

    More details in the Guardian

    Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm [will] play the same doctor at different stages of his life in the four-part series, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, by Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov.

    Hamm will play the older man, who has a series of ‘bleakly comic’ exchanges with his younger self, played by Radcliffe.

    …and I am sad that Variety’s piece includes no puns or jargon.

    10 O’Clock Live for Channel 4

    19 February, 2012

    I am back at 10 O’Clock Live. When it isn’t live, you can again watch clips, like this one people like [NB: the final “…unless you count all those times they had a go at witches” is unforgivably omitted and archivists should note that what sounds like “Tory boys” is in fact “toy boys”]:

    Screenwipe Review of the Year 2011 for BBC Four

    29 December, 2011

    I am a proud member of Team Screenwipe 2011, the fruit of whose toil will soon be on BBC Four: