For someone with such a small body of work for the screen, the influence of Chris Morris is remarkable. Regularly lauded as the most thoughtful and challenging comedian working in Britain today, his work is characterised by the long gestation periods and obsessive secrecy undertaken for each major project. This ratio of high input for low output points to a meticulous attention to detail, not to mention an uncompromising, moralistic drive.
Morris was born in Cambridgeshire, and his progression through the education system was peppered with musical rather than comic activity. His earliest work for radio was typical local fare, yet a sense of mischief and recognisable comic persona gradually crept in, taking full flight at BBC Radio Bristol and Greater London Radio. Here he was picked up by comedy producer Armando Iannucci, who invited him to share in the creation of landmark news parody On the Hour (BBC Radio 4, 1991-92). The cast and crew resisted labels but were nevertheless… read more