It’s a sad state of affairs when Chris Morris’ Brass Eye stops looking quite so outlandish. To close this year’s event, the team over at fledgling television festival Pilot Light take us back to a time when “fake news” was just funny, and not a terrifying phrase wielded in order to suppress the journalists. They will be screening all six episodes of the iconic satirical comedy, which means you can relive the likes of Peter Stringfellow, Noel Edmunds and David Amess MP making complete fools out of themselves all over again, as they are hilariously duped by Morris.
The show is 20 years old in 2017 and original series director Michael Cumming’s new film, Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes will screen directly after the episodes as a world premiere. Cumming, who worked on all of the original run, will be in attendance for a Q&A, where he promises to start “spilling beans, shattering myths and letting a few cats out of the bag”. Described as part-documentary, part-artwork and designed solely for live shows, Oxide Ghosts has been created from hundreds of hours of unseen footage, and carries the full blessing of series creator Chris Morris.
The event will conclude four days dedicated to the some of the best, most eclectic television of the past, present, and future, with the curated selection of premieres, retrospective screenings, panels and workshops promising to build on the success of Pilot Light’s inaugural event last year.
Check back here at Creative Tourist on Friday 31st March for the full festival line-up. Pilot Light TV Fest Season 2 will take place 4th -7th May 2017 across HOME, Gorilla and Manchester Central Library.