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Fact me till I fart, it's The Day Today, the most outrageously satirical show ever to feature a man called Chris Morris--until Brass Eye, that is. Both savage and surreal, The Day Today heaps great steaming mounds of abuse and scorn upon our self-appointed moral guardians, upon pompous pundits, puerile newspaper headline-writers and vacuous, self-important TV presenters. And they all richly deserve it.

First broadcast in 1994, the show's format is Newsnight-meets-Crimewatch in Hell. A ridiculously protracted title sequence and melodramatic headline announcements introduce Morris' demented, Jeremy Paxman-a-like anchorman, who simpers to the viewers while castigating on-air his useless reporter Peter O'Hanraha'hanrahan. The vacant Collatallie Sisters turns financial news into a Dadaist nightmare of meaningless statistics, graphically illustrated by the currency cat or the finance arse; while American journo Barbara Wintergreen's reports from Death Row are just scary and absurd enough to be completely believable. Also making his TV debut here is Steve Coogan's legendary sports caster Alan Partridge, with his appalling sports reporting, his cringe-inducing misunderstandings and his sheer blunt-headed stupidity (many of the same team, sans Morris, would reunite the following year for Knowing Me, Knowing You). Sketches such as the spoof soap "The Bureau" and the spoof docu-soap "The Pool" also betray the writing skills of Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews, creators of Father Ted.

On the DVD: The Day Today arrives as a two-disc set with all six episodes on the first disc. The second disc has a handful of fairly brief but still enjoyable extras: here you will find "Mini News" features in full and the complete versions of "The Pool" and "The Office" documentaries--the latter now looking like a brilliant premonition of the more famous Ricky Gervais vehicle. There's a rather dull Open University programme about the craft of TV journalism which uses extracts from The Day Today and is truthfully entitled "Po-Faced Analysis". Best of all is the complete original Pilot episode, plus a marvellous post-programme update in which Morris telephones a befuddled American McDonald's employee as if he was a crewmember of a sunken US submarine. Picture and sound quality are standard for a BBC show from the early 1990s. In summary: dispassionate.

DVD Description
Anchorman Christopher Morris had been fired from ITN in 1989 for using make up on disaster victims, but was hired by The Day Today for precisely the same reasons... Collatallie Sisters single-handedly revolutionized business news with the graphic finance arse... Sportscaster Alan Partridge was amiable enough... and Peter O'Hanraha'hanranhan won repeated awards for dreadful persistance.

Contains all the episodes from Series 1 and 2 of The Day Today
Special Features

* Mini News
* Pilot Episode
* Extended Scenes: The Pool & The Office
* Po-faced Analysis (Open University programme)
* Easter Eggs

DVD Technical Information:

* Total running time: 180 minutes
* Region Code: 2
* Subtitles: English

Synopsis
A brilliantly funny and pointed parody of aggressive TV journalism. Full of completely farcical, fictional news stories told in sharply realistic melodramatic TV News style. Plus a mockery of weather reports, sports journalism and the American reporters too. Features Steve Coogan's helmet-haired TV debut as Alan Partridge behind the Sports desk. Contains the complete series.
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#1
A masterclass in satire and just great comedy.

Just check out the team involved: Iannucci, Morris, Coogan, Baynham, Front, Marber, Schneider & Mackichan. It simply doesn't get much better than that.
#2
One of the funniest things ever to have been on tv! I bought it when it came out at full price and don't regret it...at this price it's a steal!
#3
I bought this at this price about a week ago, 'tis one of the funniest things i've ever seen.
#4
Genius
#5
Also worth checking out is "On the hour", the original BBC radio series, by the same team, which Day Today was based on.
#6
Cake.
#7
This is the news. WELCOME.
#8
What now for man raised by puffin?
banned#9
and how is a cobweb going to get you out of your numerical mess?
#10
Ordered this thanks. Will make a fab father's day present for my Hubby!!
#11
Best DVD ever, and a steal at this price. Really does bear repeated viewings.
#12
Don't forget "Brass Eye" if you like " The Day Today" it followed a few years later and is also a masterpiece of comic genius. Chris Morris really is the Man it's a shame he never became an MP and stood for parliament he would have made a great PM.!!!

Also check out "The Armando Iannucci Show" on DVD that's also very funny.
#13
Unfortunately, somebody had filled the Cat with Nitroglycerin and all of our boys were blown to bits....
#14
"And in the lead it's Christ's Chin followed by Small Town Gypsy Massacre..."

Genius. Ordered. Heat & rep added.
#15
Er....**** did you see that? That man must have a foot like a traction engine!
#16
not seen this, but placed the order based on other coments

worth a punt as they say


thanks
#17
Is the Pool the one with Steve Coogan saying
'in 19xx noone died , in 19xx noone died , in 19xx someone died ...?
Heat added , cant wait to watch 4 lions by Mr Morris.
banned#18
JoeBeesley
Is the Pool the one with Steve Coogan saying
'in 19xx noone died , in 19xx noone died , in 19xx someone died ...?
Heat added , cant wait to watch 4 lions by Mr Morris.


yeah it is, dont forget the incident with the pigeon.
Amazingly prophetic- I cant watch ITV/SKY news these days without thinking I'm watching the day today
#19
Mascherano
yeah it is, dont forget the incident with the pigeon.
Amazingly prophetic- I cant watch ITV/SKY news these days without thinking I'm watching the day today


Thanks chief

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