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Charlie Brooker's hilarious 2016 Wipe is the show we all needed after this year

"The only man who can turn 2016 into an hour of belly laughs."

In one of this year's biggest achievements, Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe managed to somehow make us all laugh at the events of the last 12 months.

Brooker made light of the darkness that was to follow in the hour-long programme in a cold open that saw him on the phone: "It's going to be depressing for anyone. Not paid at all? Alright, we've gotta do it."

The show did at least get off to a happier start when Brooker reminisced over the Drummond puddle that everyone watched at the start of this year.

"The world wept an entire ocean," he lamented as a link into the death of David Bowie, and it was pretty bleak from there on out.

Fortunately, Brooker was able to wring out humour from the bleakest of situations.

2016 Wipe also saw Brooker bring along Philomena Cunk, AKA Diane Morgan, and Barry Shitpeas, AKA Al Campbell, for their unique insights into the likes of David Bowie and The Night Manager.

And the pair proved as divisive as ever among the show's viewers.

Earlier this month, Brooker tweeted that, unsurprisingly, 2016 has been far too action-packed to fit into one hour of Wipe, leaving him having to cut off 30 minutes.

Sadly, we won't be seeing an extended version of 2016 Wipe even on iPlayer as he responded to a fan's question that it's "not that simple".

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