Episode 1: Baffled human wreck Dan Ashcroft (columnist on Sugar Ape) watches in horror as his world is over-run with 24-carat berks, led by a strutting, brainless c***-of-the-walk called Nathan Barley, who, distressingly, has designs on Dan's sister Claire.
Episode 2: Dan is canonised against his will, while Nathan throws a party for his rubbish website and oozes closer to Claire.
Episode 3: While Dan is plagued by a shrieking twit of a photographer called 15Peter20, Nathan grooms Claire with alcohol and an unsolicited breast massage.
Episode 4: Dan accidentally creates a new hairstyle by sleeping in paint, while Nathan needs a new look to impress glamourous TV-chick Dajve ('Dave') Bikinus. Something is killed.
Episode 5: Editor Jonatton Yeah? wants Dan to take part in some straight-on-straight gay action and a coke-blasted model proves an irresistible lure for Nathan.
Episode 6: In the final episode, Nathan piggybacks his way into Claire's meeting with a TV commissioner, Pingu is broken like a rag doll, and Dan finally discovers a way to destroy Nathan.
An overlooked satirical gem.
- Nathan Barley: Series 1 review by CP Customer
If you liked Chris Morris's "Brass Eye" then this is every bit as funny mixing Chris Morris's biting satire with Charlie Brooker's clever observational comedy based on the new-media's social elite. Aside from the fact it's clever satire it's just a damn funny comedy to boot. A real shame a second series never got off the ground as Nathan Barley is as relevant today as it was when first broadcast in 2005.
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