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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 Christopher Morris / ... (7 episodes, 1994)
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 Alan Partridge / ... (7 episodes, 1994)
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 Chapman Baxter / ... (7 episodes, 1994)
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 Barbara Wintergreen / ... (7 episodes, 1994)
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 Collaterlie Sisters / ... (7 episodes, 1994)
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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
(1 episode, 1994)
Peter Baynham ...
 Colin Poppshed (1 episode, 1994)
Alan Kerrigan
(1 episode, 1994)
Bill Bailey ...
 Judge (1 episode, 1994)
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 Chanticlier Guardsley (1 episode, 1994)
Daniel Gilmore
(1 episode, 1994)
Lindsey MacRae
(1 episode, 1994)
(1 episode, 1994)
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 Hellwyn Ballard (1 episode, 1994)
Andy Linden
(1 episode, 1994)
Christopher Luscombe
(1 episode, 1994)
Michael Snelders
(1 episode, 1994)
Frederic Foederer
(1 episode, 1994)
Graham Linehan ...
 Graham - 'Sorted' Presenter (1 episode, 1994)
(1 episode, 1994)
Carl Forgione
(1 episode, 1994)
(1 episode, 1994)
Crispin Somerville ...
 Crispin - 'Sorted' Presenter (1 episode, 1994)
Patience Tomlinson
(1 episode, 1994)
(1 episode, 1994)
Robert Putt
(1 episode, 1994)
Darren Trendel
(1 episode, 1994)
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 Alternative Medicine Patient (1 episode, 1994)
Sarah Wynter
(1 episode, 1994)
Margery Withers
(1 episode, 1994)
Paul Boateng ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1994)
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 Himself (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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The ground-breaking news show that won an award

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Donald Bethl'hem: [frontline war report] As I swilled the last traces of toothpaste from my mouth this morning, a soldier's head flew past the window, shouting the word "victory".
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Um... Just laugh!
9 March 2000 | by (Dorset, England) – See all my reviews

The first time I sat down to watch The day today,it was by accident as I was looking for the news... I got the news but with a hysterical slant on this country with it! I continued to watch every week and enjoyed it more each week. (Although I didn't think it would be possible) Chris Morris' mix of news and complete jiberish has you not only laughing wildly but also wondering if you will come out of the other end of this episode with your sanity in tact... then enters spoof sports presenter Alan Partridge, just like every sports news presenter he appears to know about as much about sport as a bunch of grapes in a bag, but still gives an incredibly enthusistic report on Luton, um... "Hitting a goal!" At this point you KNOW that your sanity will at least be dented! Along with spoofs of green reports, an in-studio philosopher +even a "Day today exclusive war" you learn nothing about day to day news, (although you don't from most other news shows either!) but you do realise how odd the things are that make you laugh.

The only criticism I could possibly have of this great programme is it's one season running time. It was a loss to british comedy.


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