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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 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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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
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Peter Baynham ...
 Colin Poppshed (1 episode, 1994)
Alan Kerrigan
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Bill Bailey ...
 Judge (1 episode, 1994)
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 Chanticlier Guardsley (1 episode, 1994)
Daniel Gilmore
(1 episode, 1994)
Lindsey MacRae
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(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
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Graham Linehan ...
 Graham - 'Sorted' Presenter (1 episode, 1994)
Ian Peck
(1 episode, 1994)
Carl Forgione
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(1 episode, 1994)
Crispin Somerville ...
 Crispin - 'Sorted' Presenter (1 episode, 1994)
Patience Tomlinson
(1 episode, 1994)
Harry Towb
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Robert Putt
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Darren Trendel
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 Alternative Medicine Patient (1 episode, 1994)
Sarah Wynter
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Margery Withers
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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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Christopher Morris: And since we recorded that report, everyone featured in it has lost their hair.
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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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Referenced in Burnt Face Man: Episode #1.3 (2005) See more »

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Bob Dylan has been hospitalised after eating a rotten wolf- movie at ten
16 May 2003 | by (Norwich, Guam) – See all my reviews

Totally inspired, The Day Today is a superb mix of satire and surrealism which launched the television careers of about a dozen comedy personalities- Chris Morris, Steve Coogan, Doon Mackichan, Armando Ianucci, Peter Baynham, Patrick Marber, Rebecca Front, David Schneider, the list goes on. The breakneck pacing ensured a collection of brilliant news segments every episode- the riff on reality TV shows, highlights of a bizarre train siege during which commuters reverted to tribal behaviour- alongside a series of regular features such as Mackichan's clearly deranged business analyst Collaterlie Sisters, news reports on The Bureau, a sitcom set in "a high class bureau-de-change", and the inept sports reporting of Alan Partridge. My favourite sketch was a super incisive take-off of excessive MTV style reporting 'for the kids' involving an interview with "controversial rapper Fur Q" (Morris), whose lyrics actually ran "cop, bitch, cop bitch m****rf****r" and whose stage act included the immolation and gunning down of audience members. A cultural analyst (Morris again) then informed us that the situation had been blown out of proportion- "these slayings were obviously ironic". Hilarious.

It's a shame that the general press and many so-called liberals were so quick to condemn the nigh on genius of Chris Morris when he produced the infamous 'paedo' edition of BrassEye, a show which parodied the kneejerk responses it created. It's main problem was not depravity but that it wasn't as funny and cutting as it could have been.

One more thing- I really don't think saying that "Americans won't get" something is valid just because the something involves satire and sarcasm. Sure, British humour may be famed for such qualities but I think 'getting it' relies more on people being smart and the truth is that people are quite stupid everywhere. That's why Big Brother and Full House exist.

5 bomb dogs and a scared police handler out of 5


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