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Thursday, 22 March, 2001, 17:35 GMT 18:35 UK
Serial killer spoof to be screened
Sex and drugs in new drama Men Only
Sex and drugs in new drama Men Only
A TV spoof about the Yorkshire Ripper is be screened four years after it was shelved for being too controversial.

The Chris Morris series Brass Eye is to be reshown as part of Channel 4's spring and summer schedule, with a segment about the serial killer in it.

It was originally pulled after complaints about the sketch, which pretends a musical was to be made about the life of the serial killer.

Now Channel 4 bosses believe viewers will understand the humour.
Chris Morris
Chris Morris' Brass Eye set to shock

The station's new schedule will also feature new programmes about sex and drugs.

Drugs: The Phoney War will see presenter Nick Davies call for the decriminalisation of heroin.

Drugs and sex will also feature heavily in the drama serial Men Only.

Channel 4 has set itself the ambitious task of screening all 19 works by playwright Samuel Beckett.

Heavyweight actors Jeremy Irons, John Hurt, Alan Rickman and Hannibal's Julianne Moore appear in films directed by the likes of Neil Jordan and Anthony Minghella.

Trigger Happy TV
Trigger Happy TV returns for series two

Channel 4 also presents Hitler's Holocaust, with German film-makers examining the horrors of their country's recent history.

Big Brother

The major documentary series has been produced under the guidance of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal and features previously unseen Eastern European archive film.

Lighter highlights in the schedule include last year's success story Big Brother, set to return to screens in the summer.

A new gameshow Lost will test stamina and strategy as teams are blindfolded and stranded in remote countries and given the task of finding their way back to the UK.

Brass Eye was created to show how easily celebrities and MPs would rally behind a cause which they knew nothing about.

A drug called Cake was invented for one show, and TV presenter Noel Edmonds and David Amess MP fell for the trick and spoke out against it.

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