Drop The Dead Donkey. Image shows from L to R: Henry Davenport (David Swift), George Dent (Jeff Rawle), Helen Cooper (Ingrid Lacey), Sally Smedley (Victoria Wicks), Damien Day (Stephen Tompkinson), Gus Hedges (Robert Duncan), Joy Merryweather (Susannah Doyle), Damien Day (Stephen Tompkinson). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Drop The Dead Donkey

Channel 4 sitcom about a news station. 66 episodes (pilot + 6 series), 1990 - 1998. Stars Jeff Rawle, Robert Duncan, Haydn Gwynne, Ingrid Lacey and others.

Drop The Dead Donkey. Image shows from L to R: Sally Smedley (Victoria Wicks), George Dent (Jeff Rawle), Joy Merryweather (Susannah Doyle), Henry Davenport (David Swift), Gus Hedges (Robert Duncan), Dave Charnley (Neil Pearson), Damien Day (Stephen Tompkinson), Helen Cooper (Ingrid Lacey). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Drop The Dead Donkey

Sitcom set at GlobeLink News, a TV news station which is ordered to start taking a sensationalist stance to the news by its new owner

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1990 - 1998
Channel
Channel 4
Episodes
66   (1 pilot + 6 series), plus 2 short specials
Creators
Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin
Starring
Jeff Rawle, Robert Duncan, Haydn Gwynne, Ingrid Lacey, David Swift, Victoria Wicks, Stephen Tompkinson, Neil Pearson and Susannah Doyle
Writers
Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin, Nick Revell, Malcolm Williamson and Ian Brown
Director
Liddy Oldroyd
Producers
Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin and Denise O'Donoghue

Topical sitcom set in the production office of GlobeLink News, a television news company undergoing transformation under the hand of unscrupulous new owner Sir Royston Merchant. Having recently acquired the producer, the multi-millionaire media tycoon and business tyrant orders that the company should start taking a more sensationalist, tabloid stance in its reporting.

Yuppie Gus Hedges (who speaks in a myriad of boardroom 'buzzwords' and clich├ęs) is in charge of the transformation. Nervous news editor George Dent is too weak to stand up to Gus so it is left to his second in command, the impressively perceptive Alex, to try and stop Gus ruining the station entirely.

Other staff included laddish womaniser Dave Charnley, ambitious moral-free field reporter Damien Day, and newsreaders Henry Davenport and Sally Smedley; him old fashioned and her a brainless bimbo.

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Also known as
  • Dead Belgians Don't Count (Working title)
  • DTDD (Acronym)
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 9th August 1990 on Channel 4 at 10:30pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 9th December 1998 on Channel 4 at 9pm
Last repeat
Saturday 25th February 2017 at 2:15am on London Live

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