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

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The series was originally to be called "Dead Belgians Don't Count", inspired by a deadly train accident in Belgium which received no attention in the British news. This title was deemed too offensive by Channel 4, and they renamed it "Drop the Dead Donkey". A fortuitous decision, as it turned out, since one of the first international stations to buy this series was the VRT, the Flemish public radio and television. See more »

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Gus Hedges: Morning, mountaineers. Climbing the north face of newsmaking again are we? Terrific.
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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 The Smith & Jones Sketchbook: Episode #1.2 (2006) See more »

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Dated Newsroom sitcom but still very funny
27 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

It is only dated because each episode tried very hard to include topical and amusing news items. All of the main characters are distinctive. George, the editor, is conscientious but seems totally out of place in the newsroom environment as he is a bit of a fragile eccentric. His boss Gus, a bit of a sad bachelor, is the king of Politically correct sound bites. Dave, who's job is a bit obscure, is the office 'stud' as well as being a chronic gambler. Henry, the aged newsreader, has clearly seen better days but is still convinced he is up to competing with Dave. The other newsreader, Sally, has a sex life which is mainly in Lorry parks and service stations. Joy,the officer gofer, is not a girl to be messed with and takes no prisoners. Damian, the young fearless reporter is totally obsessed with fame and has no regards for the feelings of others, particularly his on location staff. Helen, a lesbian, replaced Alex early on as Gerorges No 2. There is a bit of slapstick but the humour, which comes thick and fast, is mainly verbal.


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