The Day Today

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BBC Two (ended 1994)

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The Day Today was a satire spoofing current affairs TV programmes which featured a team that was then relatively new to television. All the cast had been involved in a BBC radio show, On The Hour, which had taken a similar swipe at radio current affairs programming. Worryingly it now looks rather like the shows it was parodying. Both the radio and TV shows were produced by Armando Iannucci and featured a number of recurring characters, most notably the sports correspondent Alan Partridge, later to be granted his own TV show. Other regulars included political cartoonist Brant, 'enviromation' presenter Rosie May, business correspondent Collaterlie Sisters, inept political reporter Peter O'Hanrahanrahan and the show's smarmy front-man played by Chris Morris. The entire team were deadly accurate in their impressions of personalities one sees in current affairs TV, but Morris was particularly impressive, catching the mannerisms, vocal inflections and visual style of such presenters. The show also scored with its choice of targets, moving away from the hackneyed areas of previous media-based sketch shows to concentrate on modern, virtually untouched strands of programming like the real-life emergency shows (999), reconstructions (Crimewatch UK) and home-video exploitation (You've Been Framed). To make the spoof seem even more authentic, there was no studio laughter but liberal use of voice-over contemporary news stories, sports footage and library shots. There were also genuine 'vox pops' (random interviews) with the 'man in the street' about all manner of unlikely or fictitious subjects. To complete the parody, the show employed graphics and music that expertly caricatured the high-tech, dramatic style fast becoming commonplace in TV presentation.moreless
Steve Coogan

Steve Coogan

Alan Partridge & various

Rebecca Front

Rebecca Front

Valerie Sinatra, Barbara Wintergreen, Rosy May & various

Doon MacKichan

Doon MacKichan

Various

Chris Morris

Chris Morris

Himself & various

Patrick Marber

Patrick Marber

Peter O'Hanarha-hanrahan / Jaques-"Jaques" Liverot / Chapman Baxter & various

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