Brass Eye is one of the funniest comedies currently on British television. I am openly an apologist for (and fan of) the programme.
The show (which ran for a single series a few years ago and is currently being repeated) is a spoof 'Hard Hitting' (i.e. Tabloid) documentary in the style of 'Sixty Minutes' and such.
The main theme of the programme was to choose a topic (war, drugs, crime etc.) and to make up some obviously false and completely outrageous story about it. The programme then does a completely over-the-top expose on the issue in classic tabloid style, with the usual psychologists and social commentators wheeled out.
The really funny bit was the fact that the programme would include interviews with real-life celebrities and politicians asking them their opinion on the story or asking them to give some sort of comment. Of course - while the stories are completely outrageous and obviously fake to the viewer who has seen the rest of the programme - to the celebrity who only gets the isolated interview it is a chance to spout off in opposition to somthing and look good on television. Naturally, given that they obviously don't have a clue what they are talking about it exposes them for the shallow publicity-seeking animals that they are.
Examples of this sort of thing include such things as:
1) Interviewing and winding up the leaders of two ficticious countries until they get them to declare war on each other on-air, then turning their set around revealing their 'War Special' set. Naturally, they got lots of famous people to come out and speak out against the horrors of this non-existant war.
2) Denouncing a ficticious 'new drug' called 'cake' with completely spurious effects and side-effects, then getting famous people to give 'Say No To Cake' messages.
The paedophilia show was not part of the repeated series, but was a one-off special as an addition to it. It included such classics as getting a minor TV celebrity to announce that "Paedophiles have genetically more in common with a crab than with other humans! It has not been scientifically proven, but it is a fact!" and things like that.
The show (despite what many knee-jerk reactionists say) was not making a joke out of paedophilia itself, but was making a joke out of the uninformed hysterical rabble-rousing bandwagon-jumping and the poor quality tabloid journalism that surrounds such an issue. Rather than (as one of our MPs said) making it more difficult to rationally discuss the issue it has (hopefully) exposed the hysterical tabloidism for what it is (and continues to do so as they react in a predictably hysterical manner to the programme) and provokes discussion and debate in a way that the tabloids don't.
I am obviously right, and as you disagree with me, then logically you must be wrong.