Lockdown Special For The BBC

Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker will offer a unique look at the coronavirus pandemic in a half-hour lockdown special for BBC Two.

Brooker is to make his first Weekly Wipe show in more than three years to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. Tentatively titled Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe, the one-off episode will look at the things people are watching and doing to keep themselves occupied.

It will feature the return of Diane Morgan as reporter Philomena Cunk and Al Campbell as Barry Shitpeas, both regulars on Brooker’s Bafta-winning Weekly Wipe series.

Writer and broadcaster Brooker, 49, said –

“The BBC asked me to supply a quote for the press release, which is what you’re reading now.”

According to the BBC –

“Charlie will be taking a typically sharp look at life in lockdown, in a show made during lockdown. As well as coverage of the crisis itself, he’ll also be looking at the things people are watching and doing to keep themselves occupied.”

Antiviral Wipe comes as part of a slate of new BBC Two comedy commissions, including Comedians Playing With Themselves featuring Bob Mortimer, Meera Syal and Russell Kane across six 15 minute episodes.

Written by Father Ted writer Arthur Mathews and starring Matt Berry as Michael Squeamish, Squeamish About will shine a light on a different topic over four 15 minute episodes.

BBC Two will also refocus its Thursday night planning on comedy, with The First Team from the creators of The Inbetweeners, alongside a new run of QI.