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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 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 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 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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Storyline

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

Language:

English

Release Date:

1994 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day Today See more »

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Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Christopher Morris, Alan Partridge, Collaterlie Sisters and Sylvester Stewart are the only characters to appear in all six episodes of the series. See more »

Quotes

Christopher Morris: "I'm so sorry!" yells exploding cleaner.
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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 »

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Featured in 50 Years of BBC2 Comedy (2014) See more »

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A fantastic TV show
31 January 2004 | by Ahowlett535See all my reviews

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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