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Overview (3)

Born in Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
Birth NameCharlton Brooker
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Charlton "Charlie" Brooker (born 3 March 1971) is an English humourist, critic, author, screenwriter, producer, and television presenter. He is the creator and co-showrunner of the anthology series Black Mirror and has written for programmes such as Brass Eye, The 11 O'Clock Show, and Nathan Barley. He has presented a number of television shows, including Screenwipe, Gameswipe, Newswipe, Weekly Wipe, and 10 O'Clock Live. He also wrote the five-part horror drama Dead Set. He has written comment pieces for The Guardian and is one of four creative directors of the production company Zeppotron.

Charlton Brooker was born on 3 March 1971 in Reading, Berkshire. He grew up in a relaxed Quaker household in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxfordshire. He first worked as a writer and cartoonist for Oink!, a comic produced in the late 1980s. After attending Wallingford School, he attended the Polytechnic of Central London (which became the University of Westminster during his time there), studying for a BA in Media Studies. He claims that he did not graduate because his dissertation was written on video games, which was not an acceptable topic. Brooker listed his comedic influences as Monty Python, The Young Ones, Blackadder, Chris Morris, and Vic Reeves.

From 1999 to 2000, Brooker played hooded expert 'the Pundit' in the short-lived show Games Republic, hosted by Trevor and Simon on BSkyB.

In 2000, Brooker was one of the writers of the Channel 4 show The 11 O'Clock Show and a co-host (with Gia Milinovich) on BBC Knowledge's The Kit, a low-budget programme dedicated to gadgets and technology (1999-2000). In 2001, he was one of several writers on Channel 4's Brass Eye special on the subject of paedophilia.

In 2003, Brooker wrote an episode entitled "How to Watch Television" for Channel 4's The Art Show. The episode was presented in the style of a public information film and was partly animated.

Together with Brass Eye's Chris Morris, Brooker co-wrote the sitcom Nathan Barley, based on a character from one of TVGoHome's fictional programmes. The show was broadcast in 2005 and focused on the lives of a group of London media 'trendies'. The same year, he was also on the writing team of the Channel 4 sketch show Spoons, produced by Zeppotron.

In 2006, Brooker began writing and presenting the television series Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe on BBC Four, a TV review programme in a similar style to his Screen Burn columns in The Guardian. After an initial pilot series of three editions in April, the programme returned later in the year for a second run of four episodes plus Christmas and Review of the Year specials in December 2006. A third series followed in February 2007 with a fourth broadcast in September 2007, followed by a Review of the Year in December 2007. The fifth series started in November 2008 and was followed by another Review of the Year special. This series was also the first to be given a primetime repeat on terrestrial television (BBC Two), in January 2009.

In December 2011, three episodes of Brooker's Black Mirror, a science fiction anthology series, aired on Channel 4 to largely positive reviews. As well as creating the show, Brooker wrote the first episode and co-wrote the second with his wife Konnie Huq. He also wrote all three episodes of series two. In September 2015, Netflix commissioned a third season of 12 episodes, with Channel 4 losing the rights to the programme A trailer for the third season was released in October 2016. This was later split into two series of six episodes. The third season was released on Netflix worldwide on 21 October 2016. Brooker has solely written four of the episodes in series three, and has co-written the remaining two.

Beginning on 11 May 2010, Brooker presented a 5-part BBC Radio 4 series celebrating failure titled So Wrong It's Right, in which guests compete to pitch the worst possible ideas for new franchises and give the 'most wrong' answer to a question. Also featured are guests' recollections about their own personal life failures and their complaints about life in general in a round called 'This Putrid Modern Hell'. Guests have included David Mitchell, Lee Mack, Josie Long, Frank Skinner, Helen Zaltzman, Holly Walsh, Graham Linehan and Richard Herring. The second series began on 10 March 2011, and a third was broadcast in May 2012. In common with Screenwipe's use of a Grandaddy track (A.M. 180) from the album Under the Western Freeway as its theme tune, So Wrong It's Right uses another track from the same album, Summer Here Kids.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ahmetkozan

Family (1)

Spouse Konnie Huq (26 July 2010 - present)  (2 children)

Trade Mark (8)

Outspoken and brutally honest critical analysis
Self deprecating humour
Biting and acerbic wit
Dystopian settings
Stories about technology and it's potential effects on humanity
His works often examine people's relationship with the media and pop culture
Frequent and effective use of downbeat endings
Prominent use of deeply flawed but sympathetic protagonists

Trivia (13)

One-fifth of comedy production company, Zeppotron. The others are Ben Caudell, Peter Holmes, Neil Webster and Annabel Jones.
Former member of UK magazine "PC Zone" - writer of column "Sick Notes".
He doesn't drive.
Lived with Liz May Brice for two years. They are now close friends.
Attended the University of Westminster in London, though not graduated due to the rejection of his dissertation.
Became a father for the 1st time at age 41 when his wife, Konnie Huq, gave birth to their son Covey Huq Brooker on 23 March 2012.
One of five directors of comedy production company Zeppotron. [July 2003]
Is a huge fan of video games and started his career writing about them.
He announced he was quitting writing for his Screen Burn column in The Guardian after ten years, mainly on account of growing tired of insulting people on the television since, u[on meeting them, he found them in person to be decent company and couldn't be as harsh towards them as he had been before.
William Bridges & Charlie Brooker won the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special category for Black Mirror: USS Callister (2017).
When he was on Would I Lie to You? (2007) (S03E08) he revealed that for 6 years he pretended he was deaf in one ear to his girlfriend so that he could hear her repeat things in her Geordie accent. He never told her the truth and she only found out later when he wrote about it in a newspaper.
His parents were fans of Bewitched (1964) and named him Charlton after the character Charlton Rollnick Jr. from the episode Bewitched: Tabitha's First Day at School (1972). They also named his sister Samantha and their family cat Tabitha, respectively after the show's main character and her daughter.
Started (Founded) The British Entertainment shop Franchise'CEX' (which now has over 380 stores in the U.K.).

Personal Quotes (10)

[on the closure of Television Centre in 2013] The Corporation claimed changes in technology had rendered many of TV Centre's functions obsolete. For instance, suspicious old men now largely meet children using the Internet.
Newspapers chiefly exist to spoon-feed the opinions of their readers back to them, much like an arse-to-mouth hosepipe.
TV can't get enough of Nigel Farage because he adds a bit of colour, which is ironic considering what he represents.
[on writing advice] Read 'On Writing' by Stephen King and 'On Film-Making' by Alexander Mackendrick. Just try to power through the first draft. it'll be shit, you can rewrite it later (you WILL rewrite it later). Try Scrivener. Once you know what the story line is, write the first draft standing up. You waste less time because it's slightly uncomfortable. Probably loads of other advice but that's off the top of me head.
[on Donald Trump winning the 2016 US election] As December arrived, the planet grappled with the notion that, despite losing the popular vote by several million, the man who'd bragged about grabbing women by the pussy might get his finger on the red button.
The Drone flew around with a bunch of mistletoe trying to get couples to kiss and briefly forget the nightmarish dystopian World they were eating Onion Rings in.
We are all alone, not as alone as a cat in a bin, but alone.
[on the death of Margaret Thatcher in 2013] In April Margaret Thatcher stopped happening.
[on The White Lotus (2021)] I have a question about it. There's a scene where somebody does two huge shits. It sparked a debate in my household as to whether that was CGI, or the guy just did a poo. You could definitely do it with CGI, without a shadow of a doubt. But it would be probably $50,000 cheaper just to find someone who would do a poo ... it's somebody squatting in profile around the ankles. And you see, not one but two poos emerge and flop down. I think if that did cost, like $50,000, that's a pretty good use of money for a pivotal moment in your show. That's better than the Death Star exploding.
[on The Wire (2002)] It was one of the first shows that did things where it didn't hold your hand; it didn't patronise you. You'd see a random scene - the mayor having a chat to his adviser or something - and then the story for that episode would just carry on. And you'd think: what was that about? That was about nothing. I don't understand what was going on there. Then it might pay off in three episodes' time. It was rewarding your attention; it wasn't ambient noise with pictures, which a lot of television can be. It also had that realistic tone to it, where, you know, a lot of the time the problem is they need to get a fucking piece of paper signed by somebody so that they can do the wiretap. But it would take them like four episodes to get the fucking wiretap up and running. Because they have to deal with a load of paperwork, bureaucracy and internal politics. It was frustrating sometimes but it wasn't spoon-feeding you the same stories over and over again. I can't think of many other things that were of that tone and calibre at the time. But all I did was write: "You should be watching this show. It is good," over and over again.

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