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Who else loves this fucking awesome program? I just bought the series on DVD, and remembered just how amazing it is. Groundbreaking comedy in every single way; it predicts the curse of the docu-soap about 4 years before it actually happened, it satirises the living shit out of everything that's wrong with modern media; even the theme tune, the graphics and the way in which it's presented mirror modern news presentation ten years in advance.

It's gotta be the most quotable program ever:

"You've lost the news!"

"Is this cool?"

"Headmaster suspended for using big-faced child as satellite dish"

"Child with fist-shaped head destroys central Portsmouth"

So many more!

Mike

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We talked loudly about this in the pub the other night, trying to look cool and make sure people around us knew how cultured we are.

My favourate bit will always be the one in the helicopter.

'He look at his watch and realised it was a bad design'

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"In 1971, no one died. In 1972, no one died. In 1973 no one died. In 1974 no one died. In 1975, no one died. In 1976, there was the small incident with the pigeon. In 1977, no one died. In 1978 no one died. In 1979...someone died. In 1980, no one di....I mean I could go on"

"I'm trying to run a high-class bureau de change, not some two-bit nipple peep show in Rio de Janiero."

Kudos to Brian O'Hanrahanrahan as well.

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fur q - nuff said! classic programme!

"Cock! Bitch! Cock Bitch Motherfucker!................You have to kill people....to...have respect for people.......Motherfuckin' pig was an Uzi Lover"

'The match between Strathcarnage and Taste of Dunfermline cannot be stopped...Good night'

'Burt Reynolds has escaped into the British countryside on a dodgem'

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Kudos to Brian O'Hanrahanrahan as well.

Surely you mean Peter... ;)

"Peter you've lost the NEWS!!!"

"Peter, next time you cross the road... DON'T BOTHER LOOKING!!!"

Anyone else found the whole 9/11 "sketch" on the menu of the DVD? Just left it running once when I was busy with something else and I heard this "report" from O'Hanrahhanrahan describing his visit to the twin towers for some conference or other. He's slept in and is still sitting in his hotel room and has no idea that the "conference" he is giving quotes from never actually took place as the whole building has been razed. It's close to the bone but hilarious none the less.

Classic O'Hanrahhanrahan!!!! :)

Edit: Almost forgot the best line ever "luckily the helicopter also managed to avoid an old woman up a stick in a nearby field" :laughing:

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Surely you mean Peter... ;)

"Peter you've lost the NEWS!!!"

"Peter' date=' next time you cross the road... DON'T BOTHER LOOKING!!!"

Anyone else found the whole 9/11 "sketch" on the menu of the DVD? Just left it running once when I was busy with something else and I heard this "report" from O'Hanrahhanrahan describing his visit to the twin towers for some conference or other. He's slept in and is still sitting in his hotel room and has no idea that the "conference" he is giving quotes from never actually took place as the whole building has been razed. It's close to the bone but hilarious none the less.

Classic O'Hanrahhanrahan!!!! :) [/quote']

Peter, of course, my mistake.

That 9/11 sketch sounds great, I assume it must have been done sepcially for the DVD given that the show itself was made in 93 or something.

Patrick Marber used to be ace on this and KMKYWAP ("kim ki wap" ;) ), I mean Closer is good, but nothing on The Day Today.

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Best sketch - Bomb dogs:up:

You think?? Great sketch... BUT.... the Sheepdog guiding in the helicopter is still the best for me.

"careering towards the children's soft heads...."

"You need one of these... it's a Pocket Shepard"

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It's fantastic. If you loved that then check out Brasseye. I also like Jam but that's not to everyones taste.

My flatmate and I just had an Alan Patridge marathon over 2 days. Amazing. If you haven't seen all of it then I recommend that you watch that too.

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Its all the news shorts i love so much, that and Alan Patridge at the Races.

"Exploded Cardinal Preaches Sermon from Fishtank"

"Welsh Minister in incomprehensible energy outburst"

"David Owen emerges shattered from Oliver Reed."

"Hope that's not a dead horse, you're not going to fit that in the back of a volvo 440.... actually... I hope thats not a dead horse..."

Haha, just found a classic on Wikiquote:

Chris: We're pushed for time, can you sum it up in a word?

Spartacus Mills: No.

Chris: A sound?

Spartacus: Woouueerrrr.

Chris: Spartacus, thank you.

Classic! Anyone who hasnt seen this program is really missing out!!

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some chris morris musings about people complaining about his programs:

That's what happens with complaints. They are ignored. Quite rightly, complaints have no editorial impact whatsoever. They are all palpably absurd. Flick through the phone logs for any programme and you will find the same insane allegations and barkingly excessive language. In the case of The Day Today the programme is 'revolting', 'absolutely disgusting', 'repulsive' .. Repulsive!? Really? Imagine yourself the last time you found something genuinely 'repulsive' - someone on the Tube sneezed into your mouth - remember how it felt (a gobbet of necrotic lung sluiced across the back of your tongue). That was repulsive. You retched. Now what sort of person comes anywhere near honking at the mere sight of a man swearing on telly? Only a moon calf. Complainers represent no one but themselves. The Day Today received 40 indignant calls per week: that made it one of the most vilified programmes around. Yet its detractors represent less than 2/1,000ths of a per cent of the programme's measured audience.

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Some of the headlines really were genius.

" 'Crazed wolves in store a mistake' admits Mothercare"

I know it's a cliche, but it really did change the way you saw conventional news programmes afterwards.

One of the best things about the DVD is that you get the mini-news trailers, some of which I missed first time around.

"Alf Ramsey's Porn Dungeon! Alf Ramsey's Porn Dungeon! Alf Ramsey's Porn Dungeon! Alf Ramsey's Porn Dungeon! Alf Ramsey's Porn Dungeon!"

Shame Chris Morris has gone off the boil a bit recently, I suspect Armando Iannucci was responsible for much of its greatness.

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I always loved the short for the John Fashanu programme. It was the sinister voice that did it... "John Fashanu... John Fashanu... John Fashanu... John Fashanu..."

....thats John Fishahnoo, tonight, on BBC2!

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