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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Series cast summary:
Christopher Morris ...  Christopher Morris / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Steve Coogan ...  Alan Partridge / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Patrick Marber ...  Chapman Baxter / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Rebecca Front ...  Barbara Wintergreen / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Doon Mackichan ...  Collaterlie Sisters / ... 7 episodes, 1994
David Schneider ...  Sylvester Stewart / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Michael Alexander St John Michael Alexander St John ...  Announcer 7 episodes, 1994
Tony Haase Tony Haase ...  Cathedral Dumping Eyewitness / ... 3 episodes, 1994
John Thomson ...  Dentist / ... 3 episodes, 1994
Jean Ainslie Jean Ainslie ...  Louisa Smams / ... 2 episodes, 1994
Minnie Driver ...  Lally Sampson / ... 2 episodes, 1994
Andrew Burt Andrew Burt ...  Martin Craste 2 episodes, 1994
Alan Stocks Alan Stocks ...  Bob Mariner / ... 2 episodes, 1994
Ian Barritt Ian Barritt 1 episode, 1994
Peter Baynham Peter Baynham ...  Colin Poppshed 1 episode, 1994
Alan Kerrigan Alan Kerrigan 1 episode, 1994
Bill Bailey Bill Bailey ...  Judge 1 episode, 1994
Ian Gelder ...  Chanticlier Guardsley 1 episode, 1994
Daniel Gilmore Daniel Gilmore 1 episode, 1994
Lindsey MacRae Lindsey MacRae 1 episode, 1994
Philip Bretherton 1 episode, 1994
Armando Iannucci ...  Hellwyn Ballard 1 episode, 1994
Andy Linden Andy Linden 1 episode, 1994
Christopher Luscombe Christopher Luscombe 1 episode, 1994
Michael Snelders Michael Snelders 1 episode, 1994
Frederic Foederer Frederic Foederer 1 episode, 1994
Graham Linehan ...  Graham - 'Sorted' Presenter 1 episode, 1994
Ian Peck 1 episode, 1994
Carl Forgione Carl Forgione 1 episode, 1994
Garry Roost ...  Mickey Doolan Irish Jockey at The races 1 episode, 1994
Crispin Somerville Crispin Somerville ...  Crispin - 'Sorted' Presenter 1 episode, 1994
Patience Tomlinson Patience Tomlinson 1 episode, 1994
Harry Towb 1 episode, 1994
Robert Putt Robert Putt 1 episode, 1994
Darren Trendel Darren Trendel 1 episode, 1994
Albert Welling ...  Alternative Medicine Patient 1 episode, 1994
Sarah Wynter Sarah Wynter 1 episode, 1994
Margery Withers Margery Withers 1 episode, 1994
Paul Boateng Paul Boateng ...  Himself 1 episode, 1994
Richard Branson ...  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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BBC [UK]

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UK

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English

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1994 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

On the Hour See more »

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(6 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color
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Based on the BBC Radio 4 comedy show "On The Hour". See more »

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Christopher Morris: And since we recorded that report, everyone featured in it has lost their hair.
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Featured in Britain's 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches (2005) See more »

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Why Didn't Jeremy Paxman Sue?
22 September 2006 | by ShadeGrenadeSee all my reviews

Watching I.T.N. nowadays one can't help but be reminded of 'The Day Today'. Smug, patronising presenters, gaudy sets, cheesy links, gimmicky presentation, an unmistakable political bias, all were hilariously parodied by Armando Ianucci and Chris Morris over a decade ago. Morris himself is superb as the anchorman, the rest of the cast are fine too, particularly the underrated Rebecca Front. But it was Steve Coogan's verbally constipated sports commentator 'Alan Partridge' who caught the public's imagination, going onto to appear in no less than two spin-offs. The bombastic theme music and flashy graphics of 'Today' added greatly to its humour. My favourite sketch featured a convicted American killer wanting to die like his idol Elvis Presley - by gorging himself on hamburgers. It is to the credit of Ianucci and Morris that they didn't milk the concept for all it was worth - 'The Day Today' ended after only one season. Luckily for us, Morris had another great show up his sleeve - 'Brass Eye'.


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