"If This Were Really Happening, What Would You Think?"


Brass Eye finally made it to air, ‘with its satirical teeth slightly blunted but still intact’ as a jaw-droppingly brazen and self-absolving Channel 4 press release put it, early in 1997 and it was every bit as funny as it was exciting. It was a slap in the face for a media that wasn’t yet a third as bad as it has since become, and it also had silly jokes about Peregrine Worsthorne attracting wasps. Firmly convinced that there would never be any repeats or commercial releases, I fiercely guarded my off-air recording of the series and the surprisingly lacklustre original trailer; presumably they just hadn’t wanted to give away too much about the content. Shortly afterwards, it was joined by a longer edit of the last episode with the excised ‘Horrorcaust’ board game sketch intact, which somebody sent anonymously to the editorial address of the fanzine I was responsible for at the time. In fact, features on and references to Brass Eye were all over that fanzine. I was pretty much obsessed with it. At the time, I thought it was the funniest – and most important – thing that I had ever seen and maybe would ever see. Except…

...and if you like the sound of that, you can find my review of the Brass Eye documentary Oxide Ghosts here. Time to shatter a few myths indeed...




And if you want to find out what happened after Brass Eye, you'll be wanting Fun At One - The Story Of Comedy At BBC Radio 1, which is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

The Big Newsround Roundup Collected Comics Bound Volume Bonanza (*Ask Your Newsagent If Space Spinner Is Missing)


I don't know, you wait ages for a new article by me, and then six come along all at once!

In case you'd missed the poster campaign, the skywriters flying over Jeremy Corbyn's conference speech and the sidebar ads with Kate Thornton, I've now got a new website which you can find here. There's all kinds of new content and some brand new articles, but most of you don't seem to have realised that it's actually there, so I'm going to be handily linking to all of them below. Starting with...


We Know That You Can Hear Us, Earthmen...


Why The Mysterons Theme is a much better piece of music than the b-side of a hastily-conceived inferior reworking of a children's TV theme has any right to be.


There's Not An Ounce Of Curiosity In Me!


I try to do something I've long threatened to, and attempt to make it to the end of early Doctor Who story The Sensorites and actually remember what happened in it.


Take Five Really Swings!


Why do so many awful television shows insist on using Dave Brubeck tracks as their theme music? I'm determined to find out, or get bored trying.


All That I Can See With My Mind's Eye


A review of Jon Savage's excellent book 1966 - The Year The Decade Exploded, accompanied by musings about psychedelia, revolution, and Polly wearing Doctor Who's hat.


All Fall Down And Lost In The Mystery


I preferred The Beach Boys' SMiLE when it hadn't actually been released, and this is why.


I've Heard Of Politics But This Is Ridiculous 


The bizarre story of how, as a youngster, I found a That Was The Week That Was book in a charity shop, and they almost wouldn't sell it to me.


Meanwhile, if you're looking for something to listen to, I was on the Radio 1 Vintage pop-up station the other day talking about Armando Iannucci, Lee And Herring, Chris Morris, The Mary Whitehouse Experience and more. You can hear it here. And of course you can still get Fun At One - The Story Of Comedy At BBC Radio 1 from here.

Anyway, I'll still be posting the occasional update or bit of news on here, but in the meantime, you're probably going to be wanting to head for the new site. There's lots of exciting stuff coming up including more Looks Unfamiliar, a new book, and absolutely no new instalments of It's Still A Police Box, Why Hasn't It Changed?, goodness me no...