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ESN News on Broken News
Richard Pritchard (Duncan Duff), Melanie Bellamy (Indira Varma) and Katie Tate (Sharon Morgan)

Broken News - all the news you are ever going to need

Starts Monday 31 October at 9.30pm on BBC TWO




Five continents, 25 channels, 227 reporters… Broken News is all the news you're ever going to need in 30 minutes.


From the award-winning team behind People Like Us and BBC Radio 4's Sony prize-winning The Sunday Format comes a fast-paced comedy for BBC TWO, satirising the on-screen world of rolling news where the ceaseless quest for the latest breaking story is out of control.


With the explosion of 24-hour news channels, current affairs reporting has undergone a revolution.


There's too much airtime and not enough news to go around, says creator/writer/director John Morton.


"In Broken News, the frenetic world of news isn't about news anymore. It's about predictions, speculations, recap, taking a look at tomorrow's papers or yesterday's papers, possibly even last Thursday's papers."


"The six-part comedy series reflects how we've all become news addicts in this multi-media age," continues Morton.


"Each episode mirrors how we, as consumers of continuous news, surf the infinite choice of networks, pressing the button immediately an item loses our interest, desperate for something to hold our interest, moving on as soon as we are bored.


"It's a show that starts and ends half-way through a sentence with news networks that don't exist but could, reporting on stories that haven't happened yet but just might…"


Each week, Broken News crashes from item to item, from Tomato Flu through Sperm Counts in Suffolk, The End Of Rain (the Gardener's Friend) to The Pope's Call For The World's Five Billion Catholics to Spend More Time Indoors.


With a phenomenal cast of 145 actors, the number of running characters and channels each week include Will Parker, the Worldly Affairs Correspondent for PVS network, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (Hawking, To the Ends of the Earth); Nick Burnham, ESN's man in space, played by Darren Boyd (Love Soup, Smack the Pony); Melanie Bellamy (Indira Varma, Love Soup, Rome) of ESN's Standing News section; Kevin Day, best-known as a stand-up comic, makes his acting debut as self-styled man of the people, City analyst Gary Mills for Aronovitz Business News; and Phil Nichol (winner of the stage award for Best Actor at this year's Edinburgh Comedy Festival) is Josh Cashman, So News' LA man with the cool by the pool reporting on all the celebrity gossip.


Written by John Morton and Tony Roche (The Thick Of It) and produced by Paul Schlesinger (Absolute Power), Broken News features graphics from the award-winning Election team at BBC News.


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