Viewers have praised Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe as the “perfect tonic” to the lockdown.
The Black Mirror creator, 49, offered a characteristically acerbic look at the coronavirus pandemic in a special episode on BBC Two on Thursday.
Recorded in the home he shares with his wife Konnie Huq, the programme saw him poke fun at politicians including Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
Those watching at home thanked Brooker for offering a comic look at the news.
Charlie Brooker is the most fantastic human being. #AntiviralWipe was as superb as expected.— Adam (@Adam_GeorgePR) May 14, 2020
One said: “Charlie Brooker is the most fantastic human being. #AntiviralWipe was as superb as expected.”
Charlie Brookerâs #AntiviralWipe brilliant! I find it hard to laugh right now , but this hit the spot.— Caroline Castle (@Prospectally2) May 14, 2020
Another added: “Charlie Brooker’s #AntiviralWipe brilliant! I find it hard to laugh right now , but this hit the spot.”
Charlie Brooker's antiviral wipe is the best thing to happen in 2020 and nobody can argue that. #AntiviralWipe— Meh (@MehMehandmeow) May 14, 2020
A third said: “Charlie Brooker’s antiviral wipe is the best thing to happen in 2020 and nobody can argue that.”
Comedian and author Adam Kay, best known for penning This Is Going To Hurt about his time as a junior doctor, called for the show to become a weekly occurrence.
He said: “Absolutely brilliant Antiviral Wipe from @charltonbrooker @Konnie_Huq and co. EVERY WEEK PLEASE.”
Some viewers noticed that Huq was listed as area manager and head of hair and make up in the credits.
One said: “Thank you @charltonbrooker for #AntiviralWipe. Naming @Konnie_Huq as Area Manager and Hair and Make up had me crying”
Another said: “Thank you for the #AntiviralWipe crazy to think back to January… also cute to see the family! @Konnie_Huq and kids were great.”
Just want to take a moment to thank our entire #AntiviralWipe team for pulling together and working so diligently and brilliantly on this very unusual show.— Charlie Brooker (@charltonbrooker) May 14, 2020
After it aired, Brooker posted on Twitter, thanking his team for “pulling together and working so diligently and brilliantly on this very unusual show”.
The episode also featured the return of Diane Morgan as reporter Philomena Cunk, a regular on Brooker’s Bafta-winning Wipe series.