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The Day Today

Specials 1993 - 1995

  • 1993-01-29T00:00:00+00:00 on BBC Two
  • 30 mins
  • 5 hours, 30 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy

The Day Today is a surreal British parody of television current affairs news programmes. It is an adaptation of the radio programme On The Hour. The series is composed of six half-hour episodes and a selection of shorter, five-minute slots recorded as promotion trailers for the longer segments. Only six episodes were made, and were originally broadcast in January and February 1994 on BBC2. The Day Today won many awards and Chris Morris won the 1994 British Comedy Award for Best Newcomer. All six episodes are available on BBC video and DVD.

13 episodes

Special 1 Pilot

  • 1993-01-29T00:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Unbroadcast 1993 pilot of the hit comedy.

Special 2 Pilot (Post Programme Update)

  • 1993-01-29T00:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

A post-programme update from the 1993 pilot.

Special 3 Mini News (Main News Attack)

  • 1994-01-18T00:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Mini-episode featuring original material which was broadcast the night before the original broadcast of "Main News Attack". Includes a report on unattended farms, Alan Partridge commentating on a tennis match, a preview of the shocking expose on bullying in The Church, and speculation on the trumpeter behind Britain's Police.

Special 4 Mini News (The Big Report)

  • 1994-01-25T00:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Mini-episode featuring original material which was broadcast the night before the original broadcast of "The Big Report". Chris Morris reports on ugly children who have 'the looks of an old man', and Alan Partridge previews tomorrow's horse racing at Marple.

Special 5 The Pool

  • 1994-01-26T00:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

You ask anybody on the street what they think of Britain's public buildings any they'll probably look at you and say "Well, they're a load of old rubbish". That's why The Day Today has commissioned a special fly-on-the-wall documentary series about every single one of them. Starting this week with St. Lambs pool, in Acton (Extended scene from episode 2).

Special 6 Mini News (Meganews)

  • 1994-02-01T00:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Mini-episode featuring original material which was broadcast the night before the original broadcast of "Meganews". Special health warnings about Dentists nominating teeth for treatment and 100mph babies, Rosie May casts her glance towards meat farms, and Morris and Partridge display their football skills.

A hidden bonus on the DVD release. Switching to angle 2 during episode 3 unveils brief, intermittent visual descriptions of the episode delivered deadpan by Andy Hodgson and Jennifer Reinfrank.

Special 8 Mini News (Stretchcast)

  • 1994-02-08T00:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Mini-episode featuring original material which was broadcast the night before the original broadcast of "Stretchcast". Shock news tonight - Frank Sinatra is not famous. He merely achieved the illusion with the aid of pulleys and two way mirrors. Also coming up tomorrow - the horned schoolboy who has been banned from maths, and metaphysics Alan Partridge style.

Special 9 Mini News (Magnifivent)

  • 1994-02-15T00:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Mini-episode featuring original material which was broadcast the night before the original broadcast of "Magnifivent". Chris Morris and the Day Today Newsdancer run down the top ten news. This week's highest climber: Alan Partridge interviews a Russian tennis ace. And ain't it the funkiest newsiest mothersucker in the hood right now. Yo bro, dance me a full stop y'all… what…?

Mini-episode featuring original material which was broadcast the night before the original broadcast of "Newsatrolysis a.k.a. Factgasm". Includes Barbara Wintergreen reporting on the bizarre case of the world's youngest man, Alan Partridge commentating on a bobsleigh tournament, and drama beneath the waves with a live telephone linkup to a trapped submarine. We're with them every inch of the bloody way…

Special 11 The Office

  • 1994-02-23T00:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Offices, we all know what they're like, but many are now undergoing radical restructuring through the work of Lester Beck of Events International (Extended scene from episode 6).

A version of a State of the Union Address by George W. Bush, edited to make United States policy seem insanely belligerent. This extra is hidden in the "Mini News" DVD menu on the second disc and can be found by navigating up when episode 4 is selected to reveal a hidden menu option.

Special 13 Po-Faced Analysis

  • 1995-12-16T00:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

An Open University programme about news presentation which includes an analysis of how, and why, parodies such as The Day Today work.

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