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.

Press Clippings

Comfort classic: Drop The Dead Donkey

Steve Clarke alternately giggles and squirms at a biting satire on media mendacity.

Steve Clarke, Royal Television Society, 10th June 2021

All of life can be found in a good sitcom

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

How Drop The Dead Donkey broke the news - and its cast

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

Drop the Dead Donkey's why I wanted to be a journalist

A rapid interface in the chin-wag department.

John Elledge, The New Statesman, 10th August 2017

How we made Drop the Dead Donkey

Andy Hamilton: "I'm glad we didn't call it Dead Kuwaitis Don't Count - as Saddam invaded Kuwait the week it launched."

Andy Hamilton and Robert Duncan, The Guardian, 13th April 2015