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Chris MorrisChris Morris
Chris Morris has been described as a 'comedy genius'. He's also been called 'the most loathed man on TV'. He's certainly an iconoclast - his work marks the beginning of the comedy renaissance that began in the early nineties with shows like Radio 4's On The Hour and its' TV counterpart, The Day Today. One of the most revered figures of the 'new generation' of comedians, he's an enigmatic figure.

After a Zoology degree at Bristol University and a stint on local radio stations including Radio Bristol and GLR, Morris was sacked a number of times after a litany of pranks and stunts infuriated bosses. He then turned up on Radio 4 with the ground-breaking On the Hour. The television commission from this series, The Day Today, was made up of much the same cast and featured, amongst others, Steve Coogan in his first screen outing as Alan Partridge. The series was produced by Armando Iannucci, later seen as the frontman on Friday/Saturday Night Armistice and The Armando Iannucci Shows.

After the success of The Day Today, Morris returned to radio with Blue Jam, (transmitted by Radio 1 in the small hours) and the TV spin-off, Jam.

His most controversial work to date is Brass Eye. His success in persuading numerous 'media personalities' to talk claptrap on camera, particularly in the episode featuring the fake drug 'Cake', ranks as one of the most memorable broadcasting moments of the late nineties. Morris's last piece of work for television, the 2001 one-off Brass Eye special about Paedophilia, was the second most complained-about programme in the Independent Television Commission's history (number one was Martin Scorcese's film The Last Temptation of Christ). However, the ITC also received the same number of calls supporting Brass Eye's satirical swipe at the media's coverage of the subject.

Morris was awarded a BAFTA in 2003 for his first short film, My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117.

Most recently Chris Morris has worked with Charlie Brooker on Nathan Barley, the long-awaited tv series based on Brooker's TV Go Home character.

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