The Day Today

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BBC Two (ended 1994)

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The Day Today

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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

Patrick Marber

Patrick Marber

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

Chris Morris

Chris Morris

Himself & various

Doon MacKichan

Doon MacKichan

Various

David Schneider

David Schneider

Brant, Sylvester Stewart & various

Rebecca Front

Rebecca Front

Valerie Sinatra, Barbara Wintergreen, Rosy May & various

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The most amazing thing about this incredbily funny series, is that its just as relevent today as it was when it was made over a decade ago.

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    The most amazing thing about this incredibly funny series is that it's just as relevant today as it was when it was made over a decade ago. This series helped put the Alan Partridge character on the map. And yet Alan is only one of a huge array of hilarious characters that this ensemble cast present us with. Leading the cast is Chris Morris, who plays the news show Anchorman, as well as many other characters. Not as controversial as Brass Eye, and yet far funnier in my opinion, this show is a must for fans of British Comedy's such as Alan Partridge, Brass Eye, Have I Got News For You and any other political satire show. The only negative I can think of is that the show only had one six episode series and then disappeared from our screens.



    In conclusion: a British masterpiece that is strangely over looked by many, and way ahead of its time. Watch it!moreless
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