Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin's long-running Channel 4 comedy dwelt on the staff of GlobeLink News, constantly fending off the attentions of Gus Hedges (Robert Duncan), hatchet man for their (unseen) new owner, Sir Roysten Merchant.
Hedges, a management droid speaking exclusively in jargon, is determined to make GlobeLink more sensationalist and tabloid but embattled editor George Dent (Jeff Rawle) sticks to his guns. Stephen Tompkinson and Neil Pearson brought a plausibly worn quality to their hack characters.
A brilliant satire on the commercialisation of news in the era of Rupert Murdoch and Robert Maxwell, Drop the Dead Donkey must surely have been an inspiration behind W1A (2014-) in its targeting of mind-boggling managerial interference.Joe Sommerlad, The Independent, 6th September 2018
Neil Pearson plans to bring his comedy hero back to life at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard, 4th June 2015
I'm guessing I wasn't the only one who died a little at the thought of this programme. While the discovery of lost episodes is intriguing, the thought of another actor stepping into a hero's shoes usually fills fans with dread -- especially when that hero is the still very much-loved Tony Hancock.
That said, Kevin McNally is quite wonderful here as The Lad himself in this first of five episodes re-recorded to mark the 60th anniversary of Hancock's Half-Hour. Producers Ed Morrish and Neil Pearson have resisted the urge to tinker even slightly with the script and it's testament to the genius of writers Galton and Simpson that the words still sparkle.Tony Peters, Radio Times, 31st October 2014
A script for the fourth episode of the 1955 Hancock's Half Hour show catalogued along with those for and by the likes of Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers. The scripts are being released by comic actor and rare bookseller Neil Pearson (Drop the Dead Donkey, Brian Gulliver's Travels).Mark Brown, The Guardian, 2nd December 2012