Drop the Dead Donkey (1990–1998)

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Political satire about a TV news company.

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 Dave Charnley (66 episodes, 1990-2008)
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 George Dent (66 episodes, 1990-2008)
David Swift ...
 Henry Davenport (66 episodes, 1990-2008)
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 Damien Day (66 episodes, 1990-2008)
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 Sally Smedley (65 episodes, 1990-2008)
Robert Duncan ...
 Gus Hedges (64 episodes, 1990-2008)
Susannah Doyle ...
 Joy Merryweather (55 episodes, 1991-1998)
Ingrid Lacey ...
 Helen Cooper (42 episodes, 1993-1998)
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 Alex Pates (24 episodes, 1990-2008)
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Political satire about a TV news company.

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The series was originally to be called "Dead Belgians Don't Count", inspired by a deadly train accident in Belgium which received no attention in the British news. This title was deemed too offensive by Channel 4, and they renamed it "Drop the Dead Donkey". A fortuitous decision, as it turned out, since one of the first international stations to buy this series was the VRT, the Flemish public radio and television. See more »

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[Damien's cameraman, Gerry, has suffered another mishap]
Damien Day: Joy, could you phone Gerry's wife for me. She gets hysterical when she hears my voice on the phone.
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For the first four series, the end credits invariably featured two characters discussing a recent news item in voiceover. This was changed to a more conventional final scene each week for the last two series due the pressure of filming so close to broadcast. See more »

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neil pearson - veeeery nice
8 June 2001 | by (the mighty mighty ENGLAND) – See all my reviews

i have been watching the re-runs of drop the dead donkey on cable and had forgotten just how good it was. it is based in globelink newsroom and recent (usually political) events are incorporated into it each weeks episode. in short, all the characters are played very well and are extremely funny. i would like to add that neil pearson, who plays the devilishly handsome dave charnley, is a highlight each episode and is definately one to stare at. oh sorry i have digressed. anyway i have little else to say really apart from this was a very funny program and anyone who gets the chance should watch it. pure class.


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