Charlie Brooker lifts lid on disturbing lockdown moment that inspired BBC’s Antiviral Wipe

CHARLIE Brooker has lifted the lid on a disturbing lockdown moment that inspired the BBC’s Antiviral Wipe.

Tonight, the 49-year-old returns with a lockdown special of his Screenwipe series.

The screenwriter will present a half-hour special, which will focus on the coronavirus crisis.

The program will specifically look at what people are doing with the extra free time in lockdown and what people are watching.

For Charlie, one of the strangest things to watch in his own home involved his six-year-old son Huxley.

The presenter, who also has eight-year-old son Covey with wife Konnie Huq, said his most dystopian moment in lockdown was "watching our six-year-old play a game called 'Vacation Simulator’ on a VR headset."

While Charlie needed to keep his finger on the news pulse while making the new episode, he admits watching too much of it can be detrimental.

He said: "I haven’t been able to ignore it because of this show — but generally I think it’s sensible to limit your consumption to one bulletin a day.

"It’s a bit like eating apples — good for you in moderation, but consume too much and you’ll give yourself the s***s."

Charlie is once again joined by Diane Morgan and Al Campbell who reprise their roles as reporters Philomena Cunk and Barry S**tpeas.

Charlie recently revealed Antiviral Wipe was created to save the crew after a new Philomena Cunk series was axed.

He said: "We were supposed to be making a new Philomena Cunk show — we’ve done the scripts and everything — when this whole thing kicked off and that got postponed.

"We wanted to keep as much of the team on as possible — the BBC asked if we’d make a new Wipe show instead, and I initially said no before relenting when it became clear the format itself would still work under lockdown."

Charlie Brooker's Antiviral Screenwipe airs tonight at 9pm on BBC Two. 

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