Political satire about a television news company.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Neil Pearson ...  Dave Charnley 66 episodes, 1990-2008
Jeff Rawle ...  George Dent 66 episodes, 1990-2008
David Swift David Swift ...  Henry Davenport 66 episodes, 1990-2008
Stephen Tompkinson ...  Damien Day 66 episodes, 1990-2008
Victoria Wicks ...  Sally Smedley 65 episodes, 1990-2008
Robert Duncan Robert Duncan ...  Gus Hedges 64 episodes, 1990-2008
Susannah Doyle Susannah Doyle ...  Joy Merryweather 55 episodes, 1991-1998
Ingrid Lacey Ingrid Lacey ...  Helen Cooper 42 episodes, 1993-1998
Haydn Gwynne ...  Alex Pates 24 episodes, 1990-2008
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Political satire about a television news company.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

9 August 1990 (UK) See more »

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Hat Trick Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Writer Andy Hamilton had a recurring role as Damien's unfortunate cameraman. He was never shown in vision, but was regularly maimed as a result of Damien's foolhardy behavior. See more »

Quotes

Gus Hedges: We've got to downsize our sloppiness overload.
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Crazy Credits

For the first four series, the end credits invariably featured two characters discussing a recent news item in voiceover. This was changed to a more conventional final scene each week for the last two series due the pressure of filming so close to broadcast. See more »

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Referenced in Comedy Connections: Drop the Dead Donkey (2006) See more »

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An all time classic
31 December 2007 | by moviebuff74See all my reviews

As an Irish observer, this comedy has to be one of the high points of 1990's comedy.

While the main talking point of the series initially was it's topicality (being written and filmed in the week before filming so as to include observations and jokes about breaking news stories), later series were far less dependent on the topicality angle and more on funny honest and sharp character development.

It was immeasurably superior both to other office based comedy (viz the overrated IMHO "office") and to the likes of other newsroom comedies viz Murphy Brown. DTDD's humour was sharp acidic and right on the money. No-one was spared it's barbs.

On reruns and DVD releases a brief voice-over identifies the week each particular episode was shown and what the major stories breaking that week were.

More interestingly a lot of what was clearly the target of DTDD's humour (the dumbing down and tabloidisation of news reporting promoted by TV newstations) are even more in evidence today 10-15 years later as witnessed by the likes of FOX News and Sky News I wonder who Sir Royten Merchant was really based on....


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