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Live webchat with Charlie Brooker on Monday 23rd November at 12pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 19-Nov-09 10:07:17

Guardian columnist and broadcaster Charlie Brooker will be joining us at Mumsnet for a live webchat next Monday (23rd November) between 12 and 1pm. If you can't join us, post your advance questions to Charlie here.

LeninGrad Fri 20-Nov-09 19:27:07

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southeastastra Fri 20-Nov-09 19:30:01

no he didn't say it. was funny though

choufleur Fri 20-Nov-09 19:31:02

oh i can't think of anything clever to ask?

southeastastra Fri 20-Nov-09 19:33:32

oh are we really only allowed one question? am i now clogging up the thread with inane questions?

schiaparellipink Fri 20-Nov-09 20:13:52

Boulder Dash. Commando. Or Daley Thompson's Decathlon. Which one would you play and why? Bear in mind that if you break that joystick you won't be getting another one.

PopsyWind Fri 20-Nov-09 20:23:46

Hi Charlie <swoons>

Here on Mumsnet we sometimes wonder if any of our posters are actually famous people, so was wondering:
Do you ever infiltrate internet message boards incognito-like? If so which ones? Have you ever 'outed' yourself and no-one believed you?

AbricotsSecs Fri 20-Nov-09 20:24:23

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hunkermunker Fri 20-Nov-09 20:25:16

Hi Charlie

Are there too many television channels now and which do you think will leave our screens over the next few years? And, related to that, is the amount of crap spewed through our screens into our living rooms directly proportional to the number of channels doing the spewing?

In short, should we go back to the days of BBCs One, Two and ITV?

And does Lorne Spicer make you as angry as she makes me? Did you laugh when you found out she'd been declared bankrupt, after the shocking Money Spinners/Car Booty/Let's Find The Crap You've Squirrelled Away For Years And Flog It To Unsuspecting Punters Whilst Shouting In A Pissed-off Fashion crap spewing for which she was responsible?

And do you think our appetite for programmes showing rummaging about in people's lofts for "treasure" and the resulting auction/car boot sale has been quite bloody well sated thank you very much and the commissioners ought to stop being so bloody lazy and actually make a good programme or three to fill that "sickie/dole" slot after Jezza Kyle hangs up his patronising face and before Angela Lansbury or Dick Van Dyke come to show us how to solve murders?

AND can you make a programme looking at the shocking practices of formula manufacturers, please?

hunkermunker Fri 20-Nov-09 20:26:09

(That was one question, really, honest. I said "and" between the bits, after all wink)

theyoungvisiter Fri 20-Nov-09 20:27:10

Hello Charlie (although I feel I should address you as Mr Brooker as I gave that title to our other recent webchat guest, cough cough, and respect your judgement considerably more than his).

I would like to know if it's difficult to maintain such a level of ire at the world - do you do any special exercises to maintain your indignation at boiling pitch, and do you ever worry about the effect on your health?

Or are you able to turn your rage on and off for your columns and are secretly extremely laid back in your personal life?

PS The Jan Moir column was genius.

midnightexpress Fri 20-Nov-09 20:32:03

I know I'm not supposed to ask two questions, but I would very much like to hear your opinion of new channel Viva's 'Pants off dance off' programme.

I haven't actually seen it as I was busy picking my jaw off the floor after seeing the trailer.

My only thought on it is that they should have employed someone with an RP accent to think up the title.

KeithTalent Fri 20-Nov-09 20:41:31

Hello Charlie,

When you had finished watching "the Wire", what series filled the hole?


NinthWave Fri 20-Nov-09 20:42:13

Hello Charlie

How do you feel about the fact that TVGoHome now seems less like satire and more like a chilling vision of 21st century programming?

NinthWave Fri 20-Nov-09 20:44:55

for midnightexpress - not sure if you'd seen this! (It inspired my question)

PfftTheMagicDragon Fri 20-Nov-09 20:46:24


I finally watched The Wire after you not at all endlessly extolled it's virtues. I am now bereft. What should I watch now? I am tempted by The Sopranos but there are so many! I like anything miserable, with miserable people and their miserable lives grin

PfftTheMagicDragon Fri 20-Nov-09 20:48:01

lol hunker, my FIL does a wonderful impression of Lorne Spicer. She is awful grin

Monkeytrousers Fri 20-Nov-09 21:45:52

I remember you being a gamer Charlie. Are you playing Modern Warfare at the mo? If so how you finding it. We just into new Assassin's Creed at the mo as young kids seriously curtail gaming marathons - be forewarned!

NinthWave Fri 20-Nov-09 21:56:45

TV Go Home for anyone who hasn't seen it...I have just wasted an hour in the archive grin

BTW the link is not child or work friendly - strangely enough)

Monkeytrousers Fri 20-Nov-09 21:58:27

oh, just thought of another one.

Have you met Andrew Marr? Two questions: Is tat a comb over and is he as big a twat in real life as he is on the telly?

Monkeytrousers Fri 20-Nov-09 22:00:09

is that a comb over - came over all tweety pie, sorry grin

midnightexpress Fri 20-Nov-09 22:00:41

Hot diggety ninthwave, thank you! I'm clearly in the right place, but must do my research better before sharpening my quill.

Charlie Brooker, if you were going to be a guest on a popular web forum, what question would you ask yourself?

midnightexpress Fri 20-Nov-09 22:03:01

What's wrnong with Andrew Marr (that to Monkeytrousers btw, not to Mr Brooker)? He seems like a harmless enough fellow to me.

ZephirineDrouhin Fri 20-Nov-09 22:03:05

Dear Charlie Brooker,

David Cameron told us yesterday that he thinks the BBC is "very overextended" and the licence fee "high". When the worst happens and he becomes prime minister next year, what kind of damage do you think he is likely to inflict on the BBC for the sake of Murdoch and his other pals in commercial broadcasting? And is there anything we can do to stop him?

MrsMalcolmTucker Fri 20-Nov-09 22:14:35

Hello Charlie - you are on my list of people that it would be ok to sleep with and it wouldn't count as infidelity. So if you ever find yourself with a spare couple of hours to kill in West Yorkshire, do please get in touch.

Anyway, my question is, what's the next big thing in tv? We've had a few years of reality tv, with real people put in odd situations, like Big Brother and Wife Swap, which are now both cancelled. Then we got the whole talent show thing, like Strictly, the ice one and X Factor, but they're both reaching a peak and are about to get a bit crap. What do you reckon will be next on the horizon?


mrscrocoduck Fri 20-Nov-09 22:34:18

My question is - Charlie, when will I see the maintenance cheque?

Well, that is why you're here isn't it?

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