Steve Clarke alternately giggles and squirms at a biting satire on media mendacity.Steve Clarke, Royal Television Society, 10th June 2021
Highbrow dramas and earnest documentaries are often held up as mirrors but shrewd historians know to look at comedy.Libby Purves, The Times, 31st May 2021
The comedy almost known as Dead Belgians Don't Count was a unique mix of office humour and topical jokes. But staying current came at a cost.Tom Fordy, The Telegraph, 15th March 2021
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
A rapid interface in the chin-wag department.John Elledge, The New Statesman, 10th August 2017