Morris secrets out

Details of C4 sitcom emerge

New details have emerged of Chris Morris’s new, highly secretive comedy project.

The six-part sitcom Nathan Barley, which airs on Channel 4 in February, satirises the London media scene, particularly the style-obsessed culture in Hoxton – which he has renamed Hosegate.

Barley, played by the relative unknown Nicholas Burns, is a webmaster, guerrilla film-maker and "self-facilitating media node".

According to The Guardian, whose TV critic Charlie Brooker co-wrote the series with Brass Eye creator Morris, other characters include magazine editor Jonatton Yeah?, who added the "?" by deed poll.

There’s also "rad chick VJ Dajve Bikinus" and a commissioning editor Ivan Plapp, voted "best commissioning newcomer" in 2002.

They hang out at gastropub Regime, where your food is chosen for you by "assessing your electrolytes on a sensor at your table" and the Chimney Exchange bar, a "mecca for would-be trespassing renegades unable to discern that no one gives a flying fuck whether they're there or not".

Those appearing in the show include the actor Kevin Eldon  and Boosh stars Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, who plays Barley’s colleague Dan.

Published: 9 Dec 2004

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