The Day Today. Chris Morris. Copyright: TalkbackThames.

The Reunion: The Day Today

BBC Radio 4 documentary about the TV satire. 1 episode in 2021. Features Kirsty Wark, Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Steve Coogan and others.

On The Hour. Image shows from L to R: Chris Morris, David Schneider, Patrick Marber, Rebecca Front, Doon Mackichan, Steve Coogan. Copyright: TalkbackThames.

The Reunion: The Day Today

Documentary about TV news satire The Day Today, marking 30 years of its radio predecessor On The Hour

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2021
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
1
Features
Kirsty Wark, Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Steve Coogan, Doon Mackichan, Patrick Marber, Chris Morris, Richard Herring and others
Producers
David Prest and Simon Jarvis

Kirsty Wark brings together the cast of comedy show The Day Today. First broadcast in 1994, this six-part series savaged the business of TV news.

Coming off the back of the hugely successful and award-winning Radio 4 comedy On The Hour, Armando Iannucci, Chris Morris and cast brought their characters into the living rooms of millions. There was hapless sports reporter Alan Partridge, Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan, Rosy May and the eponymous newsreader and host Chris Morris.

Satirising the form of news presentation, with a groundbreaking use of comedic graphics and music that always went on slightly too long, the joke was always on the pomposity of news and how it was presented.

Armando Iannucci, co-creator (with Chris Morris) and series producer, came up with the concept while on a BBC training course.

Patrick Marber played hapless reporter Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan among other characters.

David Schneider, who was in a double act at university with Armando, contrived the very first early demos and was a regular cast member throughout.

Steve Coogan was drafted in after the initial pilot for On The Hour to help create a realistic sports reporter, who later morphed into Alan Partridge.

Doon Mackichan played multiple characters in The Day Today, as well as shows that followed, such as Brass Eye and I'm Alan Partridge.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 15th August 2021 on BBC Radio 4 at 11am
Episode length
45 minutes
Last repeat
Friday 20th August 2021 at 9:00am