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on 23 May 2004
Ive nothing more to add to the above reviews. However, on disc 2 I've found two 'hidden extras'; the Morris-Partridge discussion on the death of Diana and the highly edited and prejudicial State of the Union Address by Bush.
Are there any more?
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on 7 July 2004
I'm not going to rant on about the merits of The Day Today - it is quite simply brilliant, as is this DVD release.
Special features include full length uncut versions of "The Pool" and "The Office" and the pilot show, which although containing material from the main series, is still excellent.
The only naff bit is the "Po Faced analysis" which is about a bunch of rather dim journalism students, and only slightly to do with assessing the show, or about how it was made!
Dont let it detract - this DVD release was long overdue, and it doesnt faulter - well worth it.
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on 21 May 2005
The only things that date `The Day Today' are its running jokes about John-Major-era conservative politicians. Its meticulously observed satires of television genres (not just news programmes) haven't aged an hour - I recommend the Open University "po-faced analysis" section on Disc Two for a reminder of just how much detail they crammed into these sketches.
Television news hasn't improved - the famous `War' episode (parodying Iraq War I reportage) could just as easily have been prompted by Iraq War II (after all, they still talk in journalistic nonsense, such as "the air is thick with what they call here `the electric cornflakes'"!) The `reality' documentary was a novel concept then - now it's an established genre, making these documentary sketches seem prophetic, especially in the carefully-engineered humiliation of their subjects (never mind the crippled Gordon-Heron-esque nightwatchman, remember poor John and Christine in the Office sketch!).
Enough has been said already of the insanely brilliant word-play that is the key to the success of the whole enterprise (never mind the preposterous headlines and self-promotional slogans, remember the gobbledegook spouted by Collaterlie Sisters and by Alan Partridge in his horse-racing commentaries).
NOTE: There are more easter-egg extras than you think, and most of them are audio only.
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on 1 September 2005
Shows the stupidness, crassness, and pretentiousness of modern 'News' programming in all its glory. Although News had gone all 'touchy - feely' since this series was first broadcast, and all 'e-mail in with your views (usually slow-witted), the satire is still virtually spot-on, especially if you remember the authorative 'News at Ten' and BBC 'Nine O'Clock News' of the 1990s. Watch out for 'This is Our War', the MTV and '999' skits, bullying vicars, the pool security attendant, a pre-Chatshow Alan Partridge, and Ted Maul. Regular train commuters should find the stuck train 'report' especially funny. Of course, many viewers may not see what the fuss is about. Never mind.
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on 2 June 2004
I think that the strength of this piece of satire is that it hasn't aged at all, in the decade (or so) since it was made. It is still extremely funny and seems very relevant to TV journalism today - perhaps even more than when it was written as 24 hour news channels become absorbed in the cliches of their format.
The whole six episodes are worthing buying for the 'War' episode alone, which is hilarious, and makes the coverage of the recent Iraq war seem as self serving and ridiculous as it often was. Essential viewing for the nation before the next major conflict, I think.
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on 11 December 2001
The Day Today is basically a TV version of Chris Morris's radio series "On The Hour", with many of the same characters. Brilliant, innovative humour, from the best comic mind since Peter Cook.
If you're not buying both tapes, I'd say Tape 1 is a little funnier than Tape 2.
The Day Today isn't quite as daring as Morris's more recent series Brass Eye, and doesn't "push the envelope" to the same degree, but it's still just as funny. If you like Morris's style, you'll like this.
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VINE VOICEon 12 April 2007
The Day Today is perhaps the most widely loved out of Chris Morris' three satirical television shows (the others being Brass Eye and Jam). Morris was still fairly new to television at that point so didn't take some of the risks associated with the latter shows. However that is not to say that The Day Today is in any way restrained or only mildy amusing - It is quite simply absolutely hilarious.

Featuring Morris as the lead anchorman in an ultra serious news programme, with Steeve Coogan as Alan Patridge (his character's debut) - the brilliantly clueless sport's desk commentator, Doon Mackichan as the insanely bizarre economic spokesperson Collaterlie Sisters, Rebecca Front as the bearded nature reporter and absolutely countless other brilliant creations.

The features are just so brilliant, a simple elderly night janitor of a swimming pool describes how he was distracted one night by a particularly tricky crossword when a group of youths had snuck into the pool and were ducking, bombing, and numerous other prohibited activities, "and eventually someone was killed."

"The Bureau" Soap set in a bureau de change is particularly memorable.

But no, i don't want to spoil the 6 30 minute episodes for you by describing the jokes! If your new to this programme then all you need know is it's an extremely funny and popular satirical news show filled with endlessly quotable lines.

The dvd itself delivers a good clear image, with particularly good sound; the extras are genuinly extensive with interviews, commentaries, and even more sketches! Also it's full of hidden extras for the truly keen of you.

So all in all a definite must buy for absolutely any dvd collector or anyone interested in excellent comedy.
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on 13 October 2003
Words alone are insufficient to explain the value of this series. Every item of this fabulous news satire, every character, every tiny detail is so cleverly observed that the casual observer might not (and in the case of my parents, didn't) even notice that it is a satire.
Chris Morris, in Jeremy Paxman mode, is in vicious form. No one, with perhaps the exception of the lovely Valerie Sinatra on the travel desk, is safe from his wrath. Hapless reporter Peter O'Hanraha-Hanrahan receives more than his fair share ("Peter! You've lost the news!) but guests fair no better. A poor unfortunate jam festival organiser is told she could raise more money by effectively begging, "even if you were twice as ugly as you are, which is very ugly indeed!".
Elsewhere, the war coverage is so accurate that the recent coverage of Gulf War 2 might just have well have been the Australia - Hong Kong war reports played on a loop, Alan Partridge is in fine form ("That was liquid football!) and the various bit part players all hit the spot.
My favourite moment is probably the heartless report on the victims of the bombdogs, 2 OAPs and a dog. "Being old, they would have died soon anyway, but the dog was in the prime of life."
Classic.
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on 19 June 2002
Sheer brilliance. Although Chris Morris' humour does sometimes become slightly TOO obscure (the 'real life' situation comedy bits are really 'thinkers', in the truest sense of the word), the mainstay of 'The Day Today' is pure comic genious.
From current affairs newsman Peter O'Hanraha-Hanrahan, whom Morris always manages to reduce to a mumbling mess, to business newsgirl Colatelie Sisters, who Morris always brilliantly verbally abuses ('take her off my screen, I dont want to see her face'), all the characters we see here - including the pitch perfect Alan Partridge - are among the finest comedy creations I can think of.
Best parts: Morris pushing two leaders into a situation of war (and grinning when it works), then immediately crossing over to 'The Day Today War Desk' with various experts and roving reporters, operating within the battlefield ('like some crazy trojan'); 'The Bureau' (the program the BBC supposedly replaces the News with); The punch-up between Major and The Queen; Fur-Q's brilliant song 'Uzi Lover'... the list goes on.
BBC2 is currently reprising the series, but you should be sure to snap up the vidoes now, while you can.
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on 3 December 2000
Chris Morris (along with Trey Parker and Matt Groening) is undoubtably the most original comic genius of recent memory, his humour is unlike any other. The Day Today is an amazing product of his unique humour, and if the TV networks had any sense they would release videos of Brass Eye and Jam.
It must be said, it will take a few sittings to appreciate the full strength of the humour, but is without a doubt beyond worthwhile.
BUY IT NOW and experience a type of comedy unlike any other.
The only criticism of this show (or rather other fools who have watched it) is that it has since spawned many weak, inferior imitations which make you shake your head in disgust (the 11 o'clock Show is the latest example of this)
Don't think, just buy.
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