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The Day Today 

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
Harry Towb ...  Chief Whip / ... 1 episode, 1994
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 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
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 ...  Self 1 episode, 1994
Richard Branson ...  Self 2 episodes, 1994


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


Christopher Morris: Tonight the BBC will broadcast a documentary about war time London. People lived different lives then and did different things.
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Crazy Credits

Danny Baker: Hazel O'Connor See more »

Alternate Versions

Six 5 min versions were also made and used to promote the programme the day before airing. These mostly included clips from the longer shows, but there were some otherwise unseen reports. See more »


Spin-off Anglian Lives: Alan Partridge (2003) See more »

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A fantastic piece of satire that, to the shame of news shows, is just as on-target as it was over a decade ago
6 February 2006 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Although similar to Brass Eye, the difference with The Day Today was that it wasn't meant to be taken real, rather it was a satire of news shows and, I may say, a rather brilliant satire at that. It is rare (and not something I like) that I disagree with prolific reviewer Theo Robertson but on this title the only thing I agree with was the sentiment that he "don't get it". To me The Day Today (along with Brass Eye) captures Chris Morris at his best and sharpest, with sterling work from satire master Armando Iannucci. Together they have produced an exaggerated news show that has enough in common with reality to be recognisable, is exaggerated enough to be hilarious but yet again doesn't seem a million miles from the truth. The fact that the rolling news coverage is starting to get closer and closer to being just like The Day Today just shows how bang on it was and just how acutely the writers saw the direction that television news coverage was taking.

This can be seen most obviously in the things like the silly computer graphics, the simplification of the story, the forced interplay between presenters, pointless contributions from the public, the crazy weather forecasts and the tired clichés of the sports presenter but it is also in pretty much every part of the show. Those expecting consistent belly laughs might be disappointed because, although they are present, the main joy is the consistent invention and the regular hitting of ripe targets. Morris would also make good targets of the media with Brass Eye but he is just as good in other regards here, linking his weird sense of humour with a firm structure (something that was lacking in, say, Jam).

The different elements of the show all work together. Coogan's Partridge is so on-target that he struggled to completely get out of the shadow of his character for many years. He does great with the sports clichés and produces some very funny moments. Front is well suited to the material and looks well in the part of serious but "warm at the flick of the switch" like so many female news presenters. Schneider is helped by his funny looks and he produces the goods here as he regularly does. Marber is less memorable but his scenes with Morris are funny.

Overall this is a very funny satire on news shows that hit the mark then and, to the shame of news shows, is more on target than ever. Within the show's structure, Morris' sense of humour is controlled and is better for it as the show is both recognisable but yet also exaggerated and hilarious. Easily stands alongside Brass Eye as a fantastic piece of satire.

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