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Things that bits of Morris' work were possibly based on

Started by the, January 23, 2021, 12:21:09 AM

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Watched the first edition of Carlton's London Tonight earlier - surely this traffic segment is a direct inspiration for Valerie Sinatra in her travel pod?

      "innovations"

(The programme itself, though not very TDT-like, is fucking horrible. They've obviously watched American news and decided that exciting news equals amped-up SHOUTING and shitting people up into feeling they're in imminent danger from everything. Nice juxtaposition too between the report on women being attacked in their own cars and Jono Coleman haranguing people into trying to get off with each other on the tube.)


Also mentioned this a while back - the voice of Brian Barron reporting on the Gulf War:

      "an aerial juggernaut that could well grow heavier in the next 48 hours"

His pompous faux-despairing delivery must surely be the basis of Eugene Fraxby.


Found any more?

Thomas

I've posted it a couple of times, but this 1985 BBC news report on the 'moving statue of Ballinspittle' is certainly the inspiration for the 'driving Mary of Ballakreen'.

Quote from: BallinspittleIt's off the beaten track, not in the tourist guides, unremarkable in every way.

QuoteBut for that, Ballakreen wouldn't bother a single map. Or a guidebook. There's only one entry, and it's less than an inch long.

In fact, rewatching them now, I've just spotted that footage from the original report is used to depict Ballakreen.

I encourage you to watch the full Ballinspittle report - but especially the final minute, where the reporter sounds almost exactly like Chris Morris when questioning the statue maker.

Quote'And did [the statue] move while you were making it?'

jobotic

That's amazing. The priest really is like Father Stone, maybe mixed with some other Ted characters.

dex

Was watching some episodes of World In Action on YouTube earlier -Morris definitely ripped off the image from the opening credits where the multiple limbs extend from the body in BrassEye.

An tSaoi

I suspect the TV show Jam was strongly influenced by a BBC 1 radio comedy called Blue Jam.

fuck it post lol

Retinend

This is the "Urtext" for the pedophile special:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDJMTuA5fvE
BBC Panorama on Sidney Cooke
123,910 views•Mar 1, 2013


Televised April 1998, according to the uploader.


Indomitable Spirit

Quote from: Retinend on March 25, 2021, 05:55:14 PM
This is the "Urtext" for the pedophile special:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDJMTuA5fvE
BBC Panorama on Sidney Cooke
123,910 views•Mar 1, 2013


Televised April 1998, according to the uploader.

While I'm sure this would have been on Morris' radar at the time, wasn't there a Dispatches broadcast around the same year that was the main influence for BES?

It's never appeared on Youtube to my knowledge, but it apparently is very similarly formatted to the special - "LIVE" in studio presentation and horror movie-esque reconstructions with scary music played over the top. There's also a scene of a victim recounting his abuse through a stuffed animal which became the basis of weird bit from BES with sister dressed as troll doll (which makes absolutely no sense without that bit of context).

Retinend

Oh I didn't realize. Well, this has the feel of that lost programme, at least.

geeef

Quote from: Indomitable Spirit on April 18, 2021, 09:39:48 PM
While I'm sure this would have been on Morris' radar at the time, wasn't there a Dispatches broadcast around the same year that was the main influence for BES?

It's never appeared on Youtube to my knowledge, but it apparently is very similarly formatted to the special - "LIVE" in studio presentation and horror movie-esque reconstructions with scary music played over the top. There's also a scene of a victim recounting his abuse through a stuffed animal which became the basis of weird bit from BES with sister dressed as troll doll (which makes absolutely no sense without that bit of context).
This one, presumably? (I haven't actually felt inclined to watch properly it yet): https://licensing.screenocean.com/record/113388
Brass Eye is on there too (well, not the BES yet), which isn't especially interesting except for the last show which has an edit suite clock thingy at the start, if you happen to like that sort of thing : https://licensing.screenocean.com/record/127472
oh, and something seems to have gone very awry with show 5: https://licensing.screenocean.com/record/127469

geeef

Further to the above, there's also this Dispatches that was probably an influence: https://licensing.screenocean.com/record/110356

Aside from all this grim stuff, there is a load of Channel 4 material on that site, it's well worth having a good look round.

Fambo Number Mive

It's been years since I watched the Brass Eye Special. Was there a bit with a paedophile living in a caravan and was that based on the Dispatches?

We should rewatch the Brass Eye Special.

Retinend

Quote from: geeef on April 25, 2021, 05:07:18 PM
Further to the above, there's also this Dispatches that was probably an influence: https://licensing.screenocean.com/record/110356

Aside from all this grim stuff, there is a load of Channel 4 material on that site, it's well worth having a good look round.

Wow! Interesting site. Very watchable in spite of the watermark.

I'm not sure if this show is all as distasteful as it's post-Brass Eye reputation... but I think that sensationalism was the real satirical target, and this program was simply a spark of inspiration. And, by attacking such a sacred cow, also an affront to the self-righteousness of the news media in the most direct manner possible to a TV satirist.

Indomitable Spirit

Quote from: geeef on April 25, 2021, 05:07:18 PM
Further to the above, there's also this Dispatches that was probably an influence: https://licensing.screenocean.com/record/110356

Aside from all this grim stuff, there is a load of Channel 4 material on that site, it's well worth having a good look round.

Wow! This is incredible. Thanks for this

Magnum Valentino

Suppose this belongs in here - I always thought Coogan must have seen a clip of Elvis' drummer DJ Fontana and based Alvin Holler on him - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8v8E7H4OW0&t=61s


George White

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A year late, but for some reason, in my head I associated SUkie Bapswent as a takeoff of Katie Puckrick.

ROKTV obviously MTV Europe.


The Chapman Baxter stuff feels somewhat inspired by stuff from Martin Short's documentary Crime Inc.
While the Colin Akavito stuff feels almost proto-Look Around You.


RE;Day Today, Does anyone have a more compulsive knowledge of where the various bits of stock footage came from, JOhn Fashanu aside?

greencalx

Fairly obvious (to those of a certain age), but the bit where the sheepdog pilots a helicopter in TDT was a pastiche of 999.

The "War" set was pretty similar to what the BBC News used for the Gulf War. I recall being taken aback at how quickly it was put together after the war had started (presumably they had it ready to go in advance), and I suspect the way that the TDT studio physically transformed into the war configuration seconds after it was declared was a reaction to that.

George White


jenna appleseed



neveragain

Bit of an obscure one but I realised today that JLb8's song Little White Butt from the Brass Eye Special borrows its central melody quite liberally from this old number:

https://youtu.be/dM8f-QD21Qo

George White

I only realised this when watching HI De Hi, where the song is a constant annoyance for the staff.

Yussef Dent

https://twitter.com/ScarredForLife2/status/1511704044838047750

"That man is lying on his back, thinking 'where in s******g crikey is my nose?' It's in a jar mate."

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