‘BRASS’ NECK!

The recent tabloid hysteria surrounding paedophiles is mocked - and Phil Collins is among the victims...

NME.COM can exclusively reveal details of the brand new episode of ‘BRASS EYE’, which hoaxes several well-known music personalities in order to mock the recent tabloid hysteria surrounding paedophiles.

The new, one-off episode of the Chris Morris show was pulled from the schedules at the last minute because Channel 4 said the show was not ready, although NME.COM understands the subject matter was deemed inappropriate as news programmes were carrying reports of two missing school girls at the time.

Fans of Morris immediately protested at the postponement, posting their complaints on various websites. A spokeswoman for Channel 4 confirmed that the episode is now set to be screened on July 26.

The new episode of the fake investigative news programme is possibly the most shocking yet. Morris tackles the hysteria surrounding paedophiles by hoaxing celebrities into supporting two campaigns – NO OFFENC and Nonce Sense.

Celebrities who are stung by Morris include Phil Collins, comedian and singer Richard Blackwood, pop journalist Kate Thornton, radio DJ Dr Fox and ex-footballer Gary Lineker.

NME.COM has been sent images of the episode, which is likely to attract huge controversy.

Much of the episode centres on fake risks posed by the Internet. Richard Blackwood is persuaded to tell viewers that if children touch a cartoon dog on their computer screen called Pandu a paedophile can become aroused, Phil Collins wears a t-shirt for the Nonce Sense campaign and Kate Thornton unwittingly describes a fake internet system used by paedophiles called HOECS – pronounced ‘hoax’.

For the full story, see this week’s NME, which is out in London today (July 17) and nationwide tomorrow.