Thursday 10 Jul 2014
Charlie Brooker returns to take an impudent look at how the news is covered by the media. Written and presented by Charlie, Newswipe takes a look at the brilliant and absurd way reports are presented to the public.
With his sights firmly set on current affairs, Charlie sets out to thoughtfully analyse the latest news events, as he tries to make sense of the world's most complex soap opera.
In a funny and acerbic digest of recent news reports, Charlie will review two big stories of the week in each episode. There will also be authored pieces, a poem and much more.
Experts will also be on hand to pick apart certain stories and examine the news media's obsessions.
A Zeppotron, an Endemol company, production
Will humans soon be able to live forever? Are teenagers the secret of mankind's success? Is smell the key to sexual attraction? It's Only A Theory sees highly qualified professionals and experts submitting their theories about life, the universe and everything.
The series is devised and hosted by Andy Hamilton (one half of the writing team behind the hugely popular BBC One sitcom Outnumbered), who is joined each week by resident panelist Reginald D Hunter (Have I Got News For You, QI) and a guest celebrity. Together, they must thoroughly interrogate the expert and make a final decision on whether the theory is worth keeping.
The Sunday Times said of Georgia-born stand-up Reginald D Hunter: "His presence and intelligence make him one of the most brilliantly unpredictable comics in the country." Vince Cable, Kirsty Wark, Clare Balding and Martha Kearney are among those joining in the fun as guest theory inspectors.
A Hat Trick production
The anarchic comedy game show, in which celebrity guests answer questions set by the public, returns for a second series.
Mark Watson hosts, with expert analysis from Alex Horne and quiz master Tim Key. Each week, two celebrities battle it out to be crowned the winner and avoid the shame of donning "the clogs of defeat"!
The rules are simple – contestants must match their answer to the one given by a text answering service. Questions can range from how many gerbils would have to be stacked on top of each other to reach the Moon to what night of the week is "curry night" at the Red Lion in Stockport.
BBC Front Desk Publicity
BBC Four loves to discover offbeat comedy gems. Three entertainment shows with a difference are highlights this season.