The Day Today. Chris Morris. Copyright: TalkbackThames
The Day Today

The Day Today

  • TV sketch show
  • BBC Two
  • 1994
  • 7 episodes (1 series)

Following on from Radio 4's On The Hour, The Day Today is a biting satirical swipe at television news in the early 1990s. Stars Chris Morris, Steve Coogan, Doon Mackichan, Rebecca Front, Patrick Marber and more.

The Day Today. Chris Morris. Copyright: TalkbackThames

Key details

Genre
Sketch Show
Broadcast
1994
Channels
BBC Two
Episodes
7 (1 pilot + 1 series)
Creators
Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci
Stars
Chris Morris, Steve Coogan, Doon Mackichan, Rebecca Front, Patrick Marber, David Schneider and Michael Alexander St John
Writers
Chris Morris, Armando Iannucci, Steve Coogan, Doon Mackichan, Rebecca Front, Patrick Marber, David Schneider, Peter Baynham and Andrew Glover
Director
Andrew Gillman
Producers
Armando Iannucci, Peter Fincham and Chris Morris
Companies

Following on from radio news satire On The Hour, The Day Today satirised the way TV news was broadcast.

Presented by Christopher Morris, the programme reported on all the top stories, from a US criminal being executed while dressed as Elvis, to the IRA planting bombs in dogs, to reporting live from a war which Morris himself started.

Alongside Morris are a team of correspondents, including jargon-spouting business reporter Collaterlie Sisters, the disembodied head of weather forecaster Sylvester Stuart, incompetent economic correspondent Peter O'Hanraha-Hanrahan, pun-loaded American reporter Barbara Wintergreen, and debuting on TV is the sports correspondent who seemingly knows nothing about sport: Alan Partridge.

Additional details

Production
Studio
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
Music in the show performed by Jonathan Whitehead and Chris Morris.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 19th January 1994 at 9pm on BBC Two
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 23rd February 1994 at 9pm on BBC Two

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