The series was created by Chris Morris and written by various writers including Morris, David Quantick, Peter Baynham, Jane Bussman, Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan. Brass Eye was directed by Michael Cumming.
The second episode titled "Drugs" is one of the most successful. Other episodes features science, animals, and sex. After making reference to murderer Myra Hindley who was in the news after the vandalism of her portrait in Sensation exhibition in Royal Academy, the 1997 series was postponed nearly six months.
The series had its repeats in 2001 and a special was created which tackles about paedophilia and moral panics in parts of British media after the murder of Sarah Payne. Later on, it was released on DVD in a revised form which reinstates most of the material cut from the original. A few items were also removed, particularly the message "Grade is a cunt" and the interview with Graham Bright MP in the "Drugs" episode. And because of the request of David Amess, a disclaimer was also added to the "Drugs" episode. In 2002, the special won a Broadcast magazine award.
The show aroused many controversies. In fact, around 3,000 complaints were received and even politicians spoke out against Morris. Tabloid campaign was also raised against Morris, who refused to discuss the issue.