A spoof of the the British style of news broadcasting - including ridiculous stories, patronising vox pops, offensively hard-hitting research and a sports presenter clearly struggling for metaphors.
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 Announcer (7 episodes, 1994)
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 Dentist / ... (3 episodes, 1994)
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 Himself (archive footage) (3 episodes, 1994)
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 Louisa Smams / ... (2 episodes, 1994)
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 Martin Craste (2 episodes, 1994)
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 Bob Mariner / ... (2 episodes, 1994)
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Chris Patten ...
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 Herself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1994)
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A satire of British news programmes. It parodies the 'hard-hitting' Gulf War-era style of journalism, as well as mocking sports journalism, weather reports, American news programmes, business reports, soap operas, 'vox pops', and many other targets. Written by Martin Pollard

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Christopher Morris: Tonight the BBC will broadcast a documentary about war time London. People lived different lives then and did different things.
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Referenced in Perfect Night in with Ardal O'Hanlon (2006) See more »

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A fantastic TV show
31 January 2004 | by (Wrexham, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The day today was recently repeated on the British cable/satellite channel UKG2. I didn't manage to see the programme before, but I am a fan of Chris Morris and had been awaiting this repeat for some time. I thought it was brilliant and I think the BBC should have repeated it, as they were the network that originally screened the show. The absurdity of some of the "reports" was fantastic. The ideas of a soap opera being set in a bureau de change or the war correspondent kicking the door down of a house, shooting a woman and setting up broadcasting equipment was so surreal, it made it obviously not a real news report. The closest things to reality were the graphics and Chris Morris' portrayal of the newsreader [the graphics only were if you ignored the voiceovers of stupid phrases and the newsreader only if you ignored the madness of the news stories.]It was excellently written with a near-perfect cast and it even spawned a major character, Alan Partridge [whose segments were not that funny in my opinion.] Going back to previously, most of the acting was realistic, the things the actors were depicting wasn't.


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