'The Day Today' -- "HELLO, YOU!"

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There are a couple of Chris Morris threads and a couple for Brasseye but there's no straight-up thread for this particular series. Which, when I finally saw it nine years after I first heard about it, proved to live up to billing and then some. And now it's on DVD and I have it and I'm quite happy. Celebrate or excoriate here.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 00:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

And just as importantly, much thanks to Andrew Farrell for having the tapes so I could watch it all last October!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 00:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ned, do you have a multi-region DVD player, or is this available for Region 1/NTSC? I've got copies on VCD (flaky at best) but would gladly trade up.

The "Sinead O'Connor" promo for ROK TV never fails to reduce me to hysterics.

Sean Thomas (sgthomas), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 00:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This was a day they would never forget, not even if someone erased their minds with little mind rubbers...

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 00:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Priest in oily chin insertion"

de, Tuesday, 15 June 2004 00:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Peter you've lost the NEWS!"

Sean Thomas (sgthomas), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 00:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ned, do you have a multi-region DVD player, or is this available for Region 1/NTSC?

Multiregion -- my copy's an import. I did hear somebody say -- I forget who, maybe Vahid over the weekend? -- that allegedly BBC America was finally running them.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 00:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hmmm, not seeing it listed on the bbcamerica.com site -- still, fingers crossed, hopefully it's just a matter of time.

Sean Thomas (sgthomas), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 00:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"..avoided a woman up a stick in the next field..."

de, Tuesday, 15 June 2004 00:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

you'd probably earn more money auctioning dogs!

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 00:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Well do I look cool? Do I? DO I? DO I?"

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 02:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

There's loads of easter eggs on that DVD - containing all kinds of audio-only material, like a special reunion sketch and a Steve Coogan interview. A full list of eggs and how to activate them can be found here.

Chriddof (Chriddof), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 04:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ah thank you -- I knew there was some huge list out there somewhere.

"This is the NEWS!"

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 04:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

BBC America suxxx now. somewhere in there they quit showing Royle Family and The Office and now it's Changing Rooms ripoff shows till kingdom come, fuck

Morley Timmons (Donna Brown), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 04:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I remember reading an interview with Morris when he said he was disappointed that this programme has had no effect whatsoever on curbing the sillier aspects of the real news. If anything the silly graphics on the real news have got sillier since The Day Today.

MarkH (MarkH), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 07:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

He's got football pie all over his face.

Anna (Anna), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 07:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Fact me till I fart!

Ricardo (RickyT), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 07:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure I'll ever get the Collaterlie Sisters bit to work, not having a numeric keypad on my DVD remote (and the keypad option being disabled in PowerDVD for DVD playback).

Still, great to have it all in the kind of quality I'm happy to show to uninitiated houseguests (my tapes were dying).

"Helwyn." "Colin." "Chris." "Helwyn." "Chris." "Helwyn."

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 07:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I *hate* Sebastian Coe!

Enrique (Enrique), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 07:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The bit that sticks in my mind is the bit where the vicar arrives at a woman's house and on arrival, they snog with tongues briefly to say hello... ?

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 08:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

You can't kill everyone because then there wouldn't be anyone left to respect.

Mikey G (Mikey G), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 08:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Lord Major's Pirhouette In Fire Chief Wife Decapitation" - grisly
but gripping..

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 08:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I now think it's better than "Brass Eye", all things considered.

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 09:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Brass Eye was more focussed, a masterclass in satire. I think it's better, but I prefer The Day Today, if y'get me.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 09:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, I think so

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 09:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

1994 - No-one died

Mikey G (Mikey G), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 09:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Hello sir!"

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 09:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Why don't I use real people instead of dead ones? I dunno, y'see I.. It's power - I want power!"

and the three voices of "Justice". This is the best bit on the whole DVD.

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 09:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

John Fashanu. John Fashanu. JOHN Fashanu. JOHN FASHANU. John Fashanu.

That's John Fusharnoo, tonight at nine.

Fergal (Ferg), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 10:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The killer line of all killer lines:

"Proof, if proof be need be...

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 10:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've said it before and I'll say it again: America needs Chris Morris more than the UK does. Even if we do have Jon Stewart.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 10:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I occasionally still use the proof line. And I end most conversations with "And that's all the news".

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"...god i wish it weren't"

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

THE FINANCE ARSE

Mikey G (Mikey G), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I think the proof line has penetrated a certain demographic's everyday chatter to an alarming (but always gently amusing) way. With Pam it's "in summary...breezes." She has a love/hate thing with the vagueness of UK weather forecasts and this just seems to encapsulate it all.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i often annoyingly end phone conversations with "...and on that bombshell"

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The weatherman graphics are impressive in the way that you find yourself thinking "that's actually not a bad way of displaying it". Also it can't have been cheap.

I still think of 'Brent - Physical Cartoonist" everytime I see something by Mark Fiore, Flash Satirist.

The Bomb Dogs section is maybe my favourite, particularly the interview with the IRA spokesman (BASTARDS?) on helium.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Their leader is a grease monkey from Acton"

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"So what's the German for 30 percent?"

"Trenter percenter."

Jonnie, Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"And we've just heard that the defence secretary Micheal Portillo carries a saw off shotgun to constituency meetings, corners children in parks and chews their cheeks and has frequent sexual intercourse with stray animals claiming "As long as it has a backbone, I'll do it!".

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"The Day Today - bagpiping news into fact"

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Thanks, Colin. He's not gay, by the way - we wouldn't employ a homosexual. "

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

nono, "We'd like to apologise for our report on Friday that defense secretary..."

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

even better!

We'd like to apologise for our report on Friday that defense secretary Micheal Portillo carries a saw off shotgun to constituency meetings, corners children in parks and chews their cheeks and has frequent sexual intercourse with stray animals claiming "As long as it has a backbone, I'll do it!".

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The apology comes at the end, Andrew/Jed, after the barrage of slander is still percolating in yr brane.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Bah, you're right of course. "On Friday, we reported that..."

"Heseltine greet the children that he will later release into the wild and hunt"

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I like the way the intro music is just that little bit too long.

and

"You can wear them in the high street, body contours, very discreet"

Mikey G (Mikey G), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Fur-Q - the original Eamon!

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

But Fur-Q's black is he not?

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

fUR-q DID ANTICIPATE THE pHIL cOLLIINS TRIBUTE lp N-EST-CE PAS?

'UZI LOVER'

Enrique (Enrique), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

chris morris as fred durst is one of the greatest things ever

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 12:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Chris Morris show on R1 needs a CD release. I still don't know whether to belive all the outside broadcasts -- making a guy take a taxi from Cambridge railway station and... I forget, but it was total and utter genius.

Don't teach your grandmother to *blank* eggs.

ENRQ (Enrique), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 12:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(Radio 1 show) phone call to Heathrow Air-Traffic Control:

"When planes taxi, is it because they want to sniff the terminal?"

Mikey G (Mikey G), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 12:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Morris's sidekick for the R1 Music Shows - Baynham. Vini Reilly in other words. Is it too much to wish that they'd work together again?

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 12:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think we should post to other threads in a Chris Morris style. Like a badger's nonce.

Mikey G (Mikey G), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 13:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think Brooker co-wrote Paedogeddon too.

That'll be why it wasn't as good as the earlier ones then. Bring Back Baynham!

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 13:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This man, is HE cool? What about him? Is HE cool? Look at me, am I COOL? Am I REALLY? Am I really COOL?????

AdamL :') (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 13:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"It's easy to kill a ferret, you just kick it's face off".

AdamL :') (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 13:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

where in shitting crikey is my nose?

ENRQ (Enrique), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 13:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Car drives past supermarket in town.

AdamL :') (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 13:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

anyone remember not necessarily the news, used to on the HBO?

great reagan era news schtick. i'd love to see what how it translates today.

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 13:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

We didn't ask for this war, we've been made to swallow the egg of an angry political goose.

AdamL :') (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 13:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"It's WAR!"

*set immediately transforms*

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 14:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"... like some crazy Trojan"

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 14:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"As I was swirling the toothpaste from my mouth this morning, a soldier's head flew by my window, on its lips the single word... victory"

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 14:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"SOR-TED! SOR-TED! SOR-TED!"

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 14:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"All bodily fluids shown are the ones which actually emerged at the time"

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 14:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

mud the far cuss.

fucking hell it's good to have it all on DVD!

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 16:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

My VHS copy had two 'hidden tracks' (presumably on the DVD too) - one of which was Partridge's golf commentary, "what do you get if you combine the grace and agility of a ballerina with the hard-nosed features of a bastard? Ballesteros was his answer."

wombatX (wombatX), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 22:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I remember reading an interview with Morris when he said he was disappointed that this programme has had no effect whatsoever on curbing the sillier aspects of the real news. If anything the silly graphics on the real news have got sillier since The Day Today.

The new editor of... one of the terrestrial news programmes (can't remember) was interviewed in the press the other day and claimed to have never seen The Day Today, which I thought was pretty pathetic.

N. (nickdastoor), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 22:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

My VHS copy had two 'hidden tracks'

Those would be two of the mininews segments (all of which are indeed on the DVD). More about the mininews stuff here.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 22:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

On the DVD, the Chris/Alan extra audio track about conspiracies is truly strange.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 16 June 2004 01:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The reunion audio track is strange too.

"I'd love to be your twins."

Chriddof (Chriddof), Wednesday, 16 June 2004 01:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Why don't I use real people instead of dead ones? I dunno, y'see I.. It's power - I want power!"

The last bit is actually (from memory) "I want a tower! I want... I want a tower." Because just previous to this this character was talking about controlling a whole town of anamatronic dead people from a tower.

Chriddof (Chriddof), Wednesday, 16 June 2004 01:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
"Enviromation from me, Rosie May. Scientists in Alaska have found a gap between the horizon and the Earth..."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 13 August 2005 22:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"what...is a gay?

, Saturday, 13 August 2005 23:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Ich nichten lichten..."

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Sunday, 14 August 2005 06:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

'could you sum it up in a word?'

'no'

'a sound?'

'wurrgh!'

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Sunday, 14 August 2005 09:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"right, free swim!"

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Sunday, 14 August 2005 09:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

'tronter perconter'

Enrique, naked in an unfamiliar future where corporations run the world... (Enri, Sunday, 14 August 2005 09:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

all together now:

"I HATE SEBASTIAN COE!"

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Sunday, 14 August 2005 10:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

NEWSFELTCH!

zappi (joni), Sunday, 14 August 2005 10:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ned, did you ever hear any of the Blue Jam radio show Morris did?

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Sunday, 14 August 2005 19:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Heard quite a bit about it, but not heard it.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 14 August 2005 19:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

blue jam was amazing, worked a lot better on radio than on tv. they tried to replace the dislocation you feel that is sort of inherent to radio, with sort of woozey camerawork and blur on the tv, but it didnt really work. they used to have a big realaudio archive of it at tvcream but it all seems to have gone. migth be ok slsk though.

ambrose (ambrose), Sunday, 14 August 2005 19:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

http://chilled.cream.org/forums/bluejam.php has most of the radio shows and a wealth of other goodies besides. You'll need some torrent software but when you download it, it's a whole new world of fun.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Sunday, 14 August 2005 20:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Believe I've been there before, I scarfed all the On the Hour episodes from there. And very happy I was to have done that.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 14 August 2005 20:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

warp to release four-disc on the hour box in two weeks

cam'ron wite (haitch), Monday, 10 November 2008 04:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

they've been on radio7 several times in the past couple of years but they always miss a couple of episodes out of each run (and i don't think they've ever repeated the christmas special) so this will be useful.

koogs, Monday, 10 November 2008 10:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

seventeen-disc blue jam box probably a pipe dream

restraint and blindness (Just got offed), Monday, 10 November 2008 12:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51NCa3CTxmL._SS500_.jpg

koogs, Friday, 28 November 2008 10:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Finally discovered this - the brilliance/episode is truly staggering. Immediately ordered Brass Eye as well.

StanM, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 21:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

Wise man.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 21:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SPWgodul_E

i have never heard/seen this before - anyone know when this was done/where it was broadcast?

There shouldn't be a thread for Dennis Perrin tweets. (stevie), Sunday, 21 July 2013 12:44 (five years ago) Permalink

It was a DVD easter egg. I guess they recorded it specifically for the DVD release. 26 April 2004 is the release date according to amazon.

cajunsunday, Sunday, 21 July 2013 13:12 (five years ago) Permalink

thanks!

There shouldn't be a thread for Dennis Perrin tweets. (stevie), Sunday, 21 July 2013 23:08 (five years ago) Permalink

"Peter, you've added nothing."

I seem to remember something Chris Morris wrote that was published in the UK quite soon after 9/11 - in The Independent or The Observer, possibly a pull-out section that was quite shocking in a kind of "too soon man" way. I'd love to see that again.

kraudive, Monday, 22 July 2013 00:00 (five years ago) Permalink

amazingly all of it is here, as PDFs, in the Observer archive
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/page/0,,671683,00.html

piscesx, Monday, 22 July 2013 00:18 (five years ago) Permalink

ooh the Geefe columns are there too! Nice work piscesx!

Neil S, Monday, 22 July 2013 14:34 (five years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

RIO'S ON THE MONKEY DUST

puppy bash (darraghmac), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 22:24 (one week ago) Permalink


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