EP1/6 How TV Ruined Your Life


Comedy series in which Charlie Brooker uses a mix of sketches and jaw-dropping archive footage to explore the gulf between real life and television.

From hysterical public information films to grisly crime dramas, terror spills out of almost every channel. As Charlie explores TV’s approach to fear, you won’t know whether to laugh or scream. Warning: contains traces of Michael Buerk and a semi-naked lady.


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  1. Hah:) He reminds me somewhat about Zero Punctuation, the way he speaks at least. 

  2. paleo-mammillian limbic system….bloody ell

  3. Hahhahahahaaaaaa touche Jacko, touche.

  4. I often watch TV and I am only scared by scary movies sometimes. Not the TV. I just watch it.

  5. I watched a little of this so I might not have gotten entirely what this documentary was about, but in the beginning of this one the guy in this documentary said, “It ruined your life by shouting boo in your mind.” All I have to say is yes media is sometimes distorted but, there are some grim things happening in the world. To say you can’t believe something is true on the TV because it frightens you is stupid. Also TV didn’t ruin anyones life, if someone wants to sit in front of the TV all day they’re ruining their own life. With all the negative consequences that come with TV the positives far outweigh them. If we didn’t have TV we wouldn’t have any real indication of what’s going on in the world around us. If we didn’t have TV’s We would be using books which require reading which not all people in the world are capable of doing, so for the people who can’t read TV offers a way for them to get information that would otherwise be lost to them. Also, just because there is a lot of purely entertainment programming on the TV doesn’t mean there are not also shows that teach and inform. There is a lot of knowledge I probably would never have known of without the TV. The TV is a medium like any other, so don’t blame the TV blame to programming placed on it.