Nathan Barley

Episode One

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 2/11/05
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  • Episode Description
  • After the success of his latest article, "The Rise of the Idiots", depressed writer Dan Ashcroft considers selling out to a Sunday supplement in order to escape the officers of Sugar Ape magazine. Claire's documentary proposal is rejected, but she finds help in self-titled media node Nathan Barley. The only problem is he might just be the biggest idiot of all.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Oliver Chris

    Max Herbert

  • Nick Burns

    Nathan Barley

  • Julian Barratt

    Dan Ashcroft

  • Claire Keelan

    Claire Ashcroft

  • Charlie Brooker

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A brother and sister struggle with their work-lives. An amateur internet film maker just might be able to help them both. Although it's low-budget, and only minutes long, this episode was pretty funny (and smart).

    By xxxBEASTxxx, Feb 01, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Rufus: (hollers) Dan Ashcroft! "The Rise of the Idiots". Awesome f*ckin' opinions, dude. Ned: Yeah, well plastic. Rufus: Laterz, dude. Ned: Keep it foolish!

    • Dan: (food arrives) I'll get this. Claire: Thanks. Dan: Can I borrow a ten'er?

    • Claire: And what's 'Crashbat'? Nathan: Okay, here's the credos. Trash...as in what's all around us. And bat.

    • Claire: What do you think of my proposal? Dan: Yeah, very good. Claire: Which bit should I start with? Dan: Uh, the best bit. Claire: Which bit is that? Dan: Uh... the guy. Claire: The guy? Dan: Yeah him! Claire: You didn't read it did you?! Dan: I did. Claire: Well what should I start my pitch with?! Dan: The... guy.

    Trivia (2)

    • The mechanical clock on the wall in Nathan’s office is broken throughout the entire series. It displays the same time in every shot that it appears.

    • Goof: When the cash register ringed for Dan's matches, the register read '$0.00'.

    Allusions (1)

    • Che Guevara A picture of Che Guevara is pinned on Dan's cork-board. Che was an Argentinian revolutionary who has become an iconic figure for rebellion in Western Culture.

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