Drop the Dead Donkey (1990–1998)

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Political satire about a TV news company.

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Series cast summary:
 Dave Charnley (66 episodes, 1990-1998)
 George Dent (66 episodes, 1990-1998)
David Swift ...
 Henry Davenport (66 episodes, 1990-1998)
 Damien Day (66 episodes, 1990-1998)
Victoria Wicks ...
 Sally Smedley (65 episodes, 1990-1998)
Robert Duncan ...
 Gus Hedges (64 episodes, 1990-1998)
Susannah Doyle ...
 Joy Merryweather (55 episodes, 1991-1998)
Ingrid Lacey ...
 Helen Cooper (42 episodes, 1993-1998)
 Alex Pates (24 episodes, 1990-1991)


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 »


Gus Hedges: Morning talent base. Are the afterburners on full thrust? You bet.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Featured in Comedy Connections: Drop the Dead Donkey (2006) See more »

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An all time classic
31 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As an Irish observer, this comedy has to be one of the high points of 1990's comedy.

While the main talking point of the series initially was it's topicality (being written and filmed in the week before filming so as to include observations and jokes about breaking news stories), later series were far less dependent on the topicality angle and more on funny honest and sharp character development.

It was immeasurably superior both to other office based comedy (viz the overrated IMHO "office") and to the likes of other newsroom comedies viz Murphy Brown. DTDD's humour was sharp acidic and right on the money. No-one was spared it's barbs.

On reruns and DVD releases a brief voice-over identifies the week each particular episode was shown and what the major stories breaking that week were.

More interestingly a lot of what was clearly the target of DTDD's humour (the dumbing down and tabloidisation of news reporting promoted by TV newstations) are even more in evidence today 10-15 years later as witnessed by the likes of FOX News and Sky News I wonder who Sir Royten Merchant was really based on....

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