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David Swift obituary

18 April 2016 7:56 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who found fame as the irascible news anchor Henry Davenport in the TV newsroom satire Drop the Dead Donkey

The actor David Swift, who has died aged 85, found fame as Henry Davenport in the TV sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey, which achieved a sense of authenticity by including real-life topical events in the stories covered in the television studios of the fictional GlobeLink News. Swift revelled in the role of the irascible, vain Henry, a seasoned reporter turned news presenter who wears a toupee and constantly bickers with his fellow anchor, Sally Smedley (played by Victoria Wicks). He is contemptuous of the company’s largely unseen media tycoon owner, Sir Royston Merchant (Roger Hammond) – and away from the studio, he drinks, gambles, chases women and struggles to make alimony payments to his former wives.

Over six series of the Channel 4 newsroom satire (1990-98), written by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, »

- Anthony Hayward

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