The Day Today. Chris Morris. Copyright: TalkbackThames.

The Day Today

BBC Two sketch show about the news. 7 episodes (pilot + 1 series) in 1994. Stars Chris Morris, Steve Coogan, Doon Mackichan, Rebecca Front and others.

The Day Today. Chris Morris. Copyright: TalkbackThames.

The Day Today

Following on from Radio 4's On The Hour, The Day Today is a biting satirical swipe at television news in the early 1990s

Genre
Sketch Show
Broadcast
1994
Channel
BBC Two
Episodes
7   (1 pilot + 1 series)
Creators
Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci
Starring
Chris Morris, Steve Coogan, Doon Mackichan, Rebecca Front, Patrick Marber and David Schneider
Writers
Chris Morris, Armando Iannucci, Steve Coogan, Doon Mackichan, Rebecca Front, Patrick Marber and David Schneider
Director
Andrew Gillman
Producers
Armando Iannucci and Chris Morris

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.

Production Details

Production company
Soundtrack
Music in the show performed by Jonathan Whitehead and Chris Morris.
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

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

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