Charlie Brooker's new BBC show

TV vs life's 'grim realities'

Charlie Brooker is to host a new BBC Two show about how TV fails to reflect real life.

The six-part series How TV Ruined Your Life explores how media depictions of themes such as love and progress differs from the ‘grim reality’.

Made by Brooker’s indie Zeppotron, the series will use a mixture of archive footage, sketches and interviews.

It is part of BBC Two’s autumn and winter schedule, unveiled today, which also includes comediess from Steve Coogan, Matt LeBlanc, Alan Davies and others.

The full line-up of shows, all of which have been previously announced as being in production, are:

Whites: A sitcom starring Alan Davies as a fantastic chef his sell-by-date. The show also stars Darren Boyd as a long-suffering sous chef, Katherine Parkinson as the restaurant manager, and Isy Suttie as a dim waitress.

The Stephen K Amos Show: A mix of stand-up, hidden camera tricks, characters including Amos’s mother Buki (played by him in drag) and celebrity guests including Robbie Williams, Warwick Davis, David Walliams and Matt Lucas.

The Trip: An improvised culinary tour of the north of England with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, described as similar in style to Curb Your Enthusiasm. It is directed by Michael Winterbottom who previously worked on the pair in A Cock And Bull Story.

Episodes: Matt LeBlanc plays a version of himself in this sitcom about a British couple who are trying to re-create their UK comedy hit for an American TV audience. Also featuring Tamsin Greig,Stephen Mangan, Daisy Haggard and Richard Griffiths.

The Rob Brydon Show: Stand-up comedy from the host and a guest comedian, plus musical guests

Miranda: A second series of Miranda Hart’s award-winning sitcom.

Harry And Paul: Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse's sketch show moves from BBC One to BBC Two. New characters include The Benefits, a south London dysfunctional family; and Mike Noughts, who might or might not be a top modelling agent.

Morecambe And Wise: Drama about the double-act starring Victoria Wood as Eric’s mother Sadie.

Published: 14 Jul 2010

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