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The Day Today : Complete BBC Series (2 Disc Set) [1994] [DVD] £5.49 at Amazon & Play
The Day Today : Complete BBC Series (2 Disc Set) [1994] [DVD] £5.49 at Amazon & Play

The Day Today : Complete BBC Series (2 Disc Set) [1994] [DVD] £5.49 at Amazon & Play

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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 ****; 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. --Mark Walker

25 Comments

Banned

hey you! Look at me!
I'm driving my sports car, going at 50,60,70-the wind's in my hair, 80
oh look there's a bend- Who cares!
90, get out of my way you squares!
Just one question...

PETER! YOU'VE LOST THE NEWS!!

This is the News.

Possibly the funniest thing I own!

I HATE SEBASTIAN COE!

I don't like this deal, but I'll have to go along with it

BOMB DOGS! Love this rather trippy in some places

So what's the German for 30 percent?

An old man stands naked in front of a mirror, eating soup. He is a fool.

Fact into doubt won't go

Chris Morris is a legend!

great price, think i paid about £14 for it a while ago, but worth every penny, never ceases to make me laugh!

Is this cool?!

Afraid not, this is hot.

This is what Sky News based their format on. FACT

Original Poster

raggets

This is what Sky News based their format on. FACT



wow - didn't know that - i love it though

IT'S WAR!

*studio transforms*

BlueDan

IT'S WAR!*studio transforms*


IT'S WAR!!! DUMDUMDUMDADA!

In 1983 no one died. In 1984 no-one died. In 1985 no one died. In 1986 some ONE died. In 1987 no one died. Do I need to go on?

Absolute QUALITY.....

Well, there was that incident with the pidgeon....

I don't know if this is the special edition one with the 9/11 skit but you should check it out on youtube, absolutely brilliant

I'm closing the Bureau de change... For an hour.

"Look down at the floor and say sorry!!" the show that made Chris Morris & Steve Coogan, a very underrated show

Renster

"Look down at the floor and say sorry!!" the show that made Chris Morris … "Look down at the floor and say sorry!!" the show that made Chris Morris & Steve Coogan, a very underrated show



I don't think its underated at all, everyone who's seen it knows it's brilliant

This has aged so well - in fact you'll find it even harder to distinguish between this and the stupid sensationalist broadcasts (Sky News, I'm looking in your direction) it was satirising than ever before!

Oh and the MTV-parody and the American NTSC yellow-hued pun-tastic snippets are just classic.

Genius

This is brilliant.

Eat My Goal!!!!!
I am so glad this show is loved. Coogan and Morris are Gods (of comedy).
By the way - anyone remember Three Fights, Two Weddings and a Funeral?????

Sconey

Eat My Goal!!!!!I am so glad this show is loved. Coogan and Morris are … Eat My Goal!!!!!I am so glad this show is loved. Coogan and Morris are Gods (of comedy). By the way - anyone remember Three Fights, Two Weddings and a Funeral?????



'I love you too, Bob. Fat Bob. Bob the blob. Fat blobby b_stard Bob.'

Yup.
Edited by: "Deluxe" 7th Jan 2011
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