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‘Black Mirror’ creator Charlie Brooker to present lockdown TV special for these dark times

Charlie Brooker’s ‘Antiviral Wipe’ airs on BBC Two this Thursday

Kate Lloyd

Up until December 2016, Charlie Brooker used to do a series on the BBC called Charlie Brookers Weekly Wipe. The show looked at the weeks news and, put simply, took the piss (but in a smart way).

Seeing as theres a lot of news right now, it makes sense that the BBC is bringing it back as a lockdown spesh.

The incredibly (but provisionally) titled Charlie Brookers Antiviral Wipe will be a 30-minute one-off featuring sharp observations from the ‘Black Mirror’ creator on current news coverage and what Brits have been up to during lockdown.

Hes not the only one of the shows stars returning. Hell be joined by dopey reporter Philomena Cunk (Diane Morgan) and dim talking head Barry Shitpeas (Al Campbell).

Back when the beloved series ended, Brooker said it was a highly likely it would never return, so at least one good thing has come out of this whole mess. 

‘Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe’ is on BBC Two on Thursday May 14 at 9pm. 

In the meantime, check out Louis Theroux’s new podcast

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