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Those are the headlines! God, I wish they weren't!
Shawn Watson8 February 2007
The headlines tonight: NATO annulled after delegate swallows treaty, car drives by window in town and Leicester man wins right to eat sister. Those are the headlines! Now fact me till I fart!

I was 13 when this life-changing show came on TV. Reaching a small audience on BBC2 at night, The Day Today was a parody of the distinctly British way of News programming, exaggerating all the usual idiosyncrasies and formalities. My granddad made me suffer the News every night when I was a kid so I really got the sense of humor that this show layed on so thickly.

Chris Morris is your utterly, utterly deadpan Anchorman delivering lines like '"I'm so sorry", yells exploding cleaner' to perfection. Alan Partridge (my first introduction to this popular character) is the sports presenter who hasn't a clue how to commentate or appeal to his audience, Peter O'Hanarha-hanrahan is the dunderhead foreign correspondent, Colaterie Sisters does the business news and Valerie Sinatra takes care of the roads in The Day Today Travel Tower a mile above the centre of London. There's also Sylvester Stewart doing the weather but explaining it with cryptic double-meanings that no one could ever figure out. Example 'Thunder and lightning about the volume of a Thin Lizzie concert.' Crazy one-off reporters such as Jonathan Sizz, Eugene Fraxby, Donnald Beth'le'Hem, Harfynn Teuport and Suzanna Geckaloyce are all equally as good despite their small amount of air time.

But the best of them all, without a doubt, is the hard-as-fock, the man without fear, the terrifyingly important mean machine Ted Maul. Always sent out to scope the most dangerous stories (such as a commuter train full of businessmen who have turned into barbarians because of track delays), Ted demands you pay attention and scares you into accepting the facts with his frighteningly authoritative voice. He's just so great, I cannot describe.

There was also several stories by American reporter Barbera Wintergreen with her horribly blown-out NTSC color. Barbera mostly reported on the many, many deaths of American serial killer Chapman Baxter, who always got the chair but actually died on it in various different ways (an electric toilet, while stuffing himself with cheeseburgers).

Without a single duff story, The Day Today is infinitely funny and endlessly quotable. Back in 1994, we never had MP3 players or sound-clips on the internet, so I actually made mix tapes of all the best bits (really hard to choose) and memorised practically every episode from beginning to end. To this Day (today) I still remember it all. Why haven't I bought the DVD yet? And remember, fact times importance equals NEWS!
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Um... Just laugh!
Chew-79 March 2000
The first time I sat down to watch The day today,it was by accident as I was looking for the news... I got the news but with a hysterical slant on this country with it! I continued to watch every week and enjoyed it more each week. (Although I didn't think it would be possible) Chris Morris' mix of news and complete jiberish has you not only laughing wildly but also wondering if you will come out of the other end of this episode with your sanity in tact... then enters spoof sports presenter Alan Partridge, just like every sports news presenter he appears to know about as much about sport as a bunch of grapes in a bag, but still gives an incredibly enthusistic report on Luton, um... "Hitting a goal!" At this point you KNOW that your sanity will at least be dented! Along with spoofs of green reports, an in-studio philosopher +even a "Day today exclusive war" you learn nothing about day to day news, (although you don't from most other news shows either!) but you do realise how odd the things are that make you laugh.

The only criticism I could possibly have of this great programme is it's one season running time. It was a loss to british comedy.
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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
bob the moo6 February 2006
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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One of the funniest shows thats ever been on TV
fareastfinite22 January 2008
..and no, I'm not exaggerating. From Chris Morris' self-important tone of voice, to Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge, to illegal backstreet dentists, to Peter O'Hanererhanerohan, to The Bureau.. this show is a non-stop roller-coaster of insane ideas presented as reality, and has to be the best satire of news media ever done (possibly topped by Brass Eye). My favourite has to be Steve Coogan's road safety advert, 'well do I look cool? Do I really look cool? WELL DO I??'

It's a combination of performers who subsequently went on to do other brilliant stuff, but all of them combined is quite something.

Put simply, if you haven't seen this show, YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS.
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Those are the headlines, god I wish they weren't.
nuclearninja20041 August 2004
The Day Today was perhaps the best comedy programme ever invented. Chris Morris is the best News Reader ever. The rest of the cast react spectacularly to each other, and the news stories are just brilliant. "Sacked Chimney Sweep pumps boss full of mayonnaise" was just one such headline. Peter O'Hanrahanrahanrahan and Chris Morris are a great comedy pairing, and their battles still make me laugh out loud after hundreds of viewings. I cannot believe it took so long for this to be released on DVD. >From the first headline to the days papers, the show is pure, undiluted comedy. And the "War" episode is hilarious. I don't want to spoil it, but believe me, it is excellent, especially after hearing the news commentary during the recent Gulf War. It is so similar, it is uncanny. And all this from a simple comedy series! Chris Morris, Armando Ianucci, take a bow.
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A fantastic TV show
Ahowlett53531 January 2004
The day today was recently repeated on the British cable/satellite channel UKG2. I didn't manage to see the programme before, but I am a fan of Chris Morris and had been awaiting this repeat for some time. I thought it was brilliant and I think the BBC should have repeated it, as they were the network that originally screened the show. The absurdity of some of the "reports" was fantastic. The ideas of a soap opera being set in a bureau de change or the war correspondent kicking the door down of a house, shooting a woman and setting up broadcasting equipment was so surreal, it made it obviously not a real news report. The closest things to reality were the graphics and Chris Morris' portrayal of the newsreader [the graphics only were if you ignored the voiceovers of stupid phrases and the newsreader only if you ignored the madness of the news stories.]It was excellently written with a near-perfect cast and it even spawned a major character, Alan Partridge [whose segments were not that funny in my opinion.] Going back to previously, most of the acting was realistic, the things the actors were depicting wasn't.
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NOT trying to fool veiwers.
Patrick_Benson1 May 2004
The Day Today was NOT trying to fool veiwers. It was a satirical portrayal of the american style of news reporting, where the producers value ratings above the truth. Sadly, this is what UK news is becoming.

It's not really a news spoof. It is a sketch show like Monty Python's Flying Circus was. The sketches are held together by the news format. It is a reminder of the happy days of the BBC, when the suits took chances, and they paid off like this did.
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Biting British satire
Master Cultist8 December 2009
Warning: Spoilers
Searing satirical attack on television news, this is both hilarious and terrifying in equal measure.

The comedy comes through the grotesque parodies of various styles of news broadcasting, from straight headline news, sports news and on to the opposite extreme of entertainment news, MTV style. The horror comes from the realisation that this is only a step or two from reality.

Chris Morris is in most, if not all of the sequences, as a bewildering array of caricatures, ably assisted by usual associate Steve Coogan (Knowing Me Knowing You, I'm Alan Partridge) in an early outing for his iconic Alan Partridge character.

This is one of those TV shows that actually manages to change the way you think. Once you've seen this, you'll never watch the news in the same light again. It was also responsible for a huge amount of complaints to the BBC from viewers who somehow managed to believe that it was the real news! Seriously, people that dumb should be sterilised.

Vicious and barbed, this is a must watch for all.
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Excellent satire
Dave8 July 2017
This is a satirical parody of news and current affairs television programmes. Chris Morris, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Doon Mackichan, Patrick Marber and David Schneider play various characters.

There are six episodes. They were shown in January and February 1994 on BBC Two.
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Why Didn't Jeremy Paxman Sue?
ShadeGrenade22 September 2006
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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John Fashanu
enrique-bastardos17 February 2007
'Portillo's face felt like guts says girl'

I'm talking bang! I'm talking guns, I'm talking people like Uzi MC, the Blood Rap Movement, Herman the Tosser... how do you feel when young people are presented with the sort of stuff that they're churning out? What, if someone listens to Herman the Tosser? Agh.

-I think there are very many young people who are turned off by that violence, by that sexism, by that racism and by that homophobia.

Are you levelling all those accusations at Herman the Tosser?

-No I'm not, Herman the Tosser is not someone who's invaded my own particular consciousness, although he has clearly invaded yours and is a concern

-It sounds to me, it sounds to me

It sounds to me too.

-it sounds to me a rather unpleasant name

Unpleasant name.

-but he may be a delightful man-


-in person

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The Day Today
Jackson Booth-Millard30 January 2006
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This is a really good comedy that mixes real news from the 90's with satire. I think it was Brass Eye that was more of a problem than this, especially with the paedophile thing. It is basically a pretend news programme hosted by British Comedy Award winning Christopher Morris as Ted Maul (along with various other characters). It also has the first television appearance for Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge (and many other roles). Also starring Rebecca Front as Valerie Sinatra/Barbara Wintergreen and Rosy May (and many other roles), Smack The Pony's Doon Mackichan as Collaterlie Sisters (and many other roles), Patrick Marber as Peter O'Hanarha-Hanrahan, Jaques-'Jaques' Liverot and Chapman Baxter (and many other roles) and the really good David Schneider as Brant and Sylvester Stewart (and many other roles). It won the BAFTA for Best graphic Design, and it was nominated the Interactive Award for DVD. Ted Maul was number 25 on The World's Greatest Comedy Characters, The Pool sketch (with the guy that goes "no-one died") was number 18 on The 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches. Very good!
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Good show....not great
psicic4 January 2001
`The Day Today' is a good show, not a great one. Carrying on in many respects from the classic `KYTV', `The Day Today' is basically a satire on tabloid TV news.

While maintaining the same high production values and calibre of actor as "KYTV", the show does fall short in a few places. The show distinctly drags in places because rather than developing a character's quirk, the show falls into the trap of creating characters that do and say practically the same thing every episode (I'm thinking specifically of Steve Coogan's character here).

There is still a strong British flavour to the comedy here, so many Americans will find themselves lost - perhaps even insulted - by the comedy employed.

It's a shame the show wasn't given more time to develop - as I remember it, the last episode was probably one of the funniest.

As a fine example of British comedy that wasn't either totally degenerate or else heavily influenced by the shrink-wrapped American sit-coms, `The Day Today' is a good place to start - especially the episode where they cover a war!

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I Don`t Get It
Theo Robertson20 August 2002
I`ve never really understood the fuss about THE DAY TODAY . I know it`s a slick satire but it`s done in such an offbeat avant garde way I doubt if anyone would be taken in by it and that`s what it was trying to do was it not ? Trying to get people to believe it was a REAL current affairs show in the same way as the latter BRASS EYE , so why spoil it with surreal scenes like the man dancing in the background ?

The show does have its rare good points like the story of terrorists using " bomb dogs " and I remember many viewers complained about the sale of a video called THIS IS OUR WAR where a track like Tina Turner`s DISCO INFERNO is played over footage of burning Iraqi tanks from the 1991 Gulf war then HANDS UP by Ottawa is played and the footage cuts to a montage of Iraqi troops surrendering with their arms raised then it cuts to weeping Iraqi soldiers as STOP YOUR SOBBING by The Pretenders is used on the sound track . I don`t like to admit it but THIS IS OUR WAR made me laugh but the laughs are few and far between with THE DAY TODAY
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The first TV outing of the midmess Chris Morris
Ted Maul-213 September 1998
This is the greatest piece of news-spoofery ever made. The team behind it have made many satirical programmes for the UK, bu this is their finest outing.

Based on news broadcasting in the UK, this programme mocked, spoofed and ridiculed all those involved in sloppy and lazy news. Although over 4 years old, the videos still sell, and more discover the genius of Chris Morris.
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