In the first full-length scholarly book on the comedy of Chris Morris, writers discuss his early DJ career, his pioneering radio satire, his television mockumentary, his experimental black comedy and his more recent move into filmmaking. No Known Cure approaches the work of Chris Morris from a diverse range of perspectives in order to fully grapple with his wide-ranging and groundbreaking media output.
JAMES LEGGOTT is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Northumbria. He is the author of Contemporary British Cinema: From Heritage to Horror (2008) and co-editor of British Science Fiction Cinema and Television: Critical Essays (2011). JAMIE SEXTON is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at the University of Northumbria. He has written on topics including British avant-garde film-making, experimental British television and independent cinema. He co-edits (with Ernest Mathijs) the book series Cultographies.
Acknowledgments.- Notes on Contributors.- Introduction: Why Bother? - James Leggott.- 1. Beyond Our Ken: Chris and Armando, Janet and John, and The Road To On the Hour - Ian Greaves.- 2. Rockarama Newsbanana: Chris Morris - Misbehaviour in Music Radio - Justin Lewis.- 3. Mocking the News: The Day Today and Brass Eye as Mockumentary News Satire - Craig Hight.- 4. 'Only This Can Make it a News': The Language of News Media - Dan North.- 5. Reporting the 'illegalisation of cake': Moral Panics and Brass Eye - Jeremy Collins.- 6. 'Complaints Were Received': Morris, Comedy, and Broadcasting in Context - Brett Mills.- 7. 'Handling' The Darkness: Chris Morris as Cultural Capital - Sam Friedman.- 8. 'Bashed Be Biff By All With Ears': Blue Jam and the Radio - Robert Dean and Richard J. Hand.- 9. Lost in Techno Trance: Dance Culture, Drugs and the Digital Image in Jam - Jamie Sexton.- 10. I remain, sir, Disgusted of America. 'Morriucci' and 9/11: 'An Absolute Atrocity Special' - David Walton.- 11. 'Well Futile': Nathan Barley and Post-Ironic Culture - Adam Whybray.- 12. 'Dad's Army Side to Terrorism': Chris Morris, Four Lions and Jihad Comedy - Sharon Lockyer.- 13. 'I don't wanna be dead! There's no future in it!': The US and UK critical reception of Four Lions - Russ Hunter.- 14. The helium of publicity: mass-mediated 'terrierism' - David Rolinson.- Appendix: List of Morris Works.- Index.