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The Day Today 

A spoof of 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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1994  
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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 Sylvester Stewart / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Michael Alexander St John ...
 Announcer 7 episodes, 1994
Tony Haase ...
 Cathedral Dumping Eyewitness / ... 3 episodes, 1994
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 Dentist / ... 3 episodes, 1994
Jean Ainslie ...
 Louisa Smams / ... 2 episodes, 1994
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 Lally Sampson / ... 2 episodes, 1994
Andrew Burt ...
 Martin Craste 2 episodes, 1994
Alan Stocks ...
 Bob Mariner / ... 2 episodes, 1994
Ian Barritt
Peter Baynham ...
 Colin Poppshed 1 episode, 1994
Alan Kerrigan
Bill Bailey ...
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 Chanticlier Guardsley 1 episode, 1994
Daniel Gilmore
Lindsey MacRae
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 Hellwyn Ballard 1 episode, 1994
Andy Linden
Christopher Luscombe
Michael Snelders
Frederic Foederer
Graham Linehan ...
 Graham - 'Sorted' Presenter 1 episode, 1994
Carl Forgione
Crispin Somerville ...
 Crispin - 'Sorted' Presenter 1 episode, 1994
Patience Tomlinson
Robert Putt
Darren Trendel
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 Alternative Medicine Patient 1 episode, 1994
Sarah Wynter
Margery Withers
Paul Boateng ...
 Himself 1 episode, 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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The ground-breaking news show that won an award

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Voiceover: The Day Today - slamming the wasps from the pure apple of truth.
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Episode 1: With Thanks To: BBC Radio Episode 2: Thanks: BBC Radio Episode 3: BBC Radio: (Thanks) Episode 4: Thanks Recipient: BBC Radiio Episode 5: Thanks Attack: BBC Radio Episode 6: A.M.D.G.: BBC Radio See more »

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Featured in 50 Years of BBC2 Comedy (2014) See more »

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A fantastic TV show
31 January 2004 | by 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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