The BEST Episodes of Drop The Dead Donkey

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2021

Network: Channel 4

Welcome to the Globelink News team, primed and ready to bring you the latest news...somehow. Under the ineffective management of Gus, the team bicker, fight, tease, gamble and mock their way through the day's news. Their professional rivalries and domestic traumas are laid bare on the floor of the newsroom. Episodes were recorded close to transmission, to make use of contemporary news events, thus giving the programme a greater sense of realism. Created by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, the series had an ensemble cast, making stars of Haydn Gwynne, Stephen Tompkinson and Neil Pearson.

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George and His Daughter

#1 - George and His Daughter

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 11, 1993

Damien gets caught in South Africa when a dictator wants information on dissidents in the UK. Joy and her friend go to see the Chippendales, so Henry and Dave try to show that they can go one better. George hunts for his daughter who is living rough with a bunch of squatters.

star 8.85
66 votes
Directors: Liddy Oldroyd
Writers: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
No More Mr Nice Guy

#2 - No More Mr Nice Guy

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 17, 1994

George sends Sally and Henry out to Acapulco for an international conference after shedding his wimpish image.

star 8.82
39 votes
The Final Chapter

#3 - The Final Chapter

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 9, 1998

The staff prepares big changes in their second careers, but nothing goes as plans.

star 8.81
37 votes
Damien and the Weather Girl

#4 - Damien and the Weather Girl

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 15, 1994

A new weather girl joins the show and Dave ends up dating her, but he discovers that it is too dangerous to keep on seeing her so Damien tries his luck. Henry is to be featured on 'Living Legends' but he refuses to take part because he has confided in Dave that he may be impotent.

star 8.81
36 votes
Helen's Parents

#5 - Helen's Parents

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 27, 1994

Helen asks Dave to be her boyfriend at a dinner party she is holding for her parents so she doesn't have to tell them that she is gay. Sally turns out to be pregnant. George thinks he is love with Anna. Henry beats Damien at chess but he is getting all his moves from Joy.

star 8.78
37 votes
Crime Time

#6 - Crime Time

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 10, 1994

Gus proposes a new crime programme fronted by Sally and Damien but is unhappy with the director so he shoots the program himself. George still wants to marry Anna so Dave finds a way to stop them. When George finds out he goes berserk. Anna turns down Gus's offer of marriage.

star 8.78
37 votes
Henry's Autobiography

#7 - Henry's Autobiography

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 24, 1994

George is scared stiff that he will be interviewed by Jeremy Paxman on BBC TV. Henry tries to date the new girl reporter who has just joined the team but she turns him down. Damien tries to break into several high profile places to test their security.

star 8.78
37 votes
The Diaries

#8 - The Diaries

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 11, 1998

Helen tells her father she's a lesbian. Henry and Sally look for other jobs. Dave tries to get fired.

star 8.78
37 votes
Henry's Diary

#9 - Henry's Diary

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 19, 1996

Henry's newspaper column is causing problems among the office staff. Gus is trying to sell tickets to Sir Roysten's benefit and he gets Joy to become a waitress for the evening.

star 8.78
36 votes
George Finds Love

#10 - George Finds Love

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 25, 1998

George goes out on a date with Henry's niece Sue. With the threat of unemployment looming ahead Damien starts to suffer from a nervous condition. And can Sally's future husband save Globelink News?

star 8.78
36 votes
Births and Deaths

#11 - Births and Deaths

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 20, 1994

Damien gets a death threat from the drug barons he featured in one of his reports so Gus gets him a bodyguard. Is Sally pregnant? Someone claiming to be Henry's son shows up.

star 8.77
39 votes
Charnley in Love

#12 - Charnley in Love

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 12, 1996

Sally does an old age pensioners advert, but it backfires on her. Dave is beginning to have second thoughts about getting engaged, then he finds out that his fiance is dumping him. One of Gus's old girl friends, who now works for Sir Roysten, comes to give Globelink the once over. Damien is the first subject on a new reality TV show. Damien interviews M.P.s Anne Coates and Tony Banks.

star 8.75
36 votes
Directors: Liddy Oldroyd
Writers: Malcolm Williamson
The Graveyard Shift

#13 - The Graveyard Shift

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 10, 1996

Most of the staff end up back at the office on the graveyard shift. Dave and Helen see the report on the drug tests that Gus has taken showing George with traces of ecstasy. Joy brings her brother who has been sleeping rough back to the office and he beats Gus's record score on a video game.

star 8.75
36 votes
But Is it Art?

#14 - But Is it Art?

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 18, 1998

Sally begins dating older men. George meets Henry's niece. Helen tells her mother she's a lesbian.

star 8.75
36 votes
The Bird of Doom

#15 - The Bird of Doom

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 15, 1996

Gus hires a new security firm. Joy applies for a job at the BBC.

star 8.74
35 votes
The Wedding

#16 - The Wedding

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 8, 1994

Dave organises a stag night for a member of the staff but it is Gus who is stripped naked at the end of the evening. Henry's house is occupied by the builders so he has to stay with Gus who turns out to be very boring. Joy is put in charge of the stationary cupboard.

star 8.74
38 votes
George's Car

#17 - George's Car

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 5, 1996

George buys Henry's old Jaguar and immediately has to spend 2000 pounds on a new gearbox. Sally is thinking about cosmetic surgery and Dave might break the habit of a lifetime and propose marriage to his girlfriend.

star 8.72
36 votes
Directors: Liddy Oldroyd
Writers: Malcolm Williamson
Beasts, Badgers and Bombshells

#18 - Beasts, Badgers and Bombshells

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 4, 1998

Roy Merchant promises to not cut jobs.

star 8.72
36 votes
The Day of The Mum

#19 - The Day of The Mum

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 13, 1994

Gus is back from hospital and delegates more responsibility to Helen. Damien's mother shows up and is still criticising him. Helen sorts out a problem of expenses between Henry and Sally. George goes to his ex wife's wedding.

star 8.70
37 votes
Sex 'n' Death

#20 - Sex 'n' Death

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 17, 1996

Henry finds out that he is dying so goes on a bender to end all benders but there is a surprise in store. Gus is having sex nightmares about Joy so he asks Dave for advice but the nightmares continue with someone else.

star 8.70
37 votes
Inside the Asylum

#21 - Inside the Asylum

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 1, 1996

Sally returns from a mental hospital. Helen is carjacked. Henry is offered a job at the BBC.

star 8.69
36 votes
The Strike

#22 - The Strike

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 1, 1994

Most of the staff are out on strike because of job cuts but Gus, Sally, George and Damien are still working so Gus brings in Russian back room staff to cover. Dave plays poker with the police who are on picket duty. George's wife has published an account about their life together.

star 8.68
38 votes
Luck

#23 - Luck

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 3, 1996

Damien ends up in hospital with a broken leg after being pushed down stairs by Liam Gallagher. Sally acts in a pantomime with Rosemarie Ford. Dave clears his debts with a bet on the football.

star 8.68
37 votes
A Bit of an Atmosphere

#24 - A Bit of an Atmosphere

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 2, 1998

Damian's fainting spells get worse. Henry gets a job on children's TV. Joy's sketches are displayed in a gallery.

star 8.67
36 votes
Dave and Diana

#25 - Dave and Diana

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 26, 1996

Gus brings in a psychologist to interview the staff. Henry and Damien think that Dave is dating Princess Diana but have a surprise in store. George brings in his home made wine.

star 8.65
37 votes