Political satire about a television 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 television news company.

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The character of Damian Day was partially inspired by Director Paul Greengrass. See more »

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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 »

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Referenced in Just a Minute: Episode #1.8 (1994) See more »

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I can't believe that 25 years on it's still so good
17 March 2015 | by (london) – See all my reviews

Being an ex-pat, the growing interest in downloading and viewing whole TV series has given me many hours of entertainment. I used to watch Drop the Dead Donkey live in the 1990s and liked it then, but re-watching it now, in 2015, I'm finding it pretty hilarious and it's now my daily accompaniment to breakfast, and the occasional episode when I simply want a laugh. The fact that the news items referred to are ancient now, doesn't matter one bit - the way that they are handled in DTDD are so funny because I think that news channels now are pathetic in their handling of the news, and they all appear to be run on the lines of Global News. Really!

The series is rich with really excellent journalist stereotypes, much mentioned in the other reviews here, so not needed to be repeated by me. I don't know where I will turn to when I finish all the series I have.


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