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Charlie Brooker pushes the right buttons with Gameswipe

9th October 2009

Acerbic writer and resident Guardian columnist Charlie Brooker has been winning rave reviews for his latest television outing.

The man behind Screen Burn fronted a comic take on the video game industry, Gameswipe, which has been aired on BBC Four.

Following a similar vein to the irreverent style and observational humour showcased in his Screenwipe and Newswipe programmes, the one-off show attracted critical acclaim as well as a respectable audience.

With initial reports suggesting the show garnered a market share of 2.2 per cent of the television audience, or around 361,000 viewers, it seems Brooker managed to bring his fans to a fresh topic, while also attracting video game fanatics.

Writing on his Twitter feed, Brooker said he was unsure about whether it might become a series, but said he would consider another instalment and the potential for including games in his Screenwipe show.

'Caring about ratings is a terrible illness BUT Gameswipe easily outdid both Screen & News Wipe [sic] in terms of "numbers" last night,' he added in a later posting.

The writer, who this month released a new book, The Hell of it All, has increasingly sought to move beyond journalism with his television outings.

Recognised by The Press Awards as columnist of the year for 2009, Brooker has also collected a Bafta nomination for his satirical horror drama Dead Set, as well as a Royal Television Society Award for Screenwipe.

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