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Nathan Barley 2005

  • 2005-03-18T00:00:00Z
  • Channel 4
  • 2005-02-11T08:00:00Z
  • 30 mins
  • 3 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy
Nathan Barley is 26. He is a webmaster, guerrilla filmmaker, screenwriter, DJ and in his own words, a "self-facilitating media node". He is convinced he is the epitome of urban cool and therefore secretly terrified he might not be, which is why he reads Sugar Ape Magazine - his bible of cool. Dan Ashcroft writes searing columns for Sugar Ape. He's considered astonishingly cool, but only by those he despises. He is surrounded by idiots and practically worshipped by Nathan (whom he considers to be their king). He is 34. Why has he failed to move on? Claire Ashcroft, 27, is Dan's sister. Like Dan she despises "cool". Unlike Nathan she despises novelty, trash, irony and gadgets. She is furious that no one will fund her hard-hitting documentary about a choir of reformed junkies.

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This is the strange case where reality caught up with fiction. The absurd characters and things in this series simply doesn't feel satire anymore, because it's the reality now.

This prophetic show is about hipsters. Julian Barratt is great.

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