The BEST Episodes of The Day Today

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 18, 2019

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.

The Big Report

#1 - The Big Report

Season 1 - Episode 2

Features reports on the Junior Minister for Health resigning, Marlon Brando being sold at auction in Sotheby’s, illegal back street dentists, and Peter O’Hanraha-hanrahan reporting on the new European trade quota rates. Also features The Pool, a documentary set in a public swimming pool, a segment from RokTV, and Alan Partridge covering the horse racing at Marple.

star 8.70
20 votes
Directors: Andrew Gillman
Writers: Christopher Morris, Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham, Steve Coogan, David Schneider, Rebecca Front, Doon Mackichan, Patrick Marber, Andrew Glover
Magnifevent

#2 - Magnifevent

Season 1 - Episode 5

Features reports on the British Pound being stolen, the plummeting ratings of The Bureau, the clamping of the homeless in London, a reminiscence of events in 1944, government ministers contracting a disease that inhibits reading, and the trade agreement and subsequent war between Australia and Hong Kong. Also features Barbara Wintergreen reporting on Chapman Baxter being executed by the reanimated corpse of his last victim, and Alan Partridge riding with a female rally driver.

star 8.50
14 votes
Directors: Andrew Gillman
Writers: Christopher Morris, Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham, Rebecca Front, Doon Mackichan, Patrick Marber, Steve Coogan, David Schneider
Main News Attack

#3 - Main News Attack

Season 1 - Episode 1

Features reports on Prince Charles volunteering to go to prison, the London Jam Festival, bullying in the Church of England, medieval alternative medicine, and a sheepdog piloting an out of control helicopter. Also features Barbara Wintergreen’s report on the Elvis styled execution of U.S. serial killer Chapman Baxter, and Alan Partridge covering the Tour de France and Boxing.

star 8.46
28 votes
Directors: Andrew Gillman
Writers: Christopher Morris, Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Doon Mackichan, Patrick Marber, David Schneider, Andrew Glover, Steven Wells, David Quantick, Graham Linehan, Arthur Mathews
Meganews

#4 - Meganews

Season 1 - Episode 3

Features reports on an infestation of wild horses in the London underground, the B.B.C.’s new soap opera The Bureau (replacing the Nine O’Clock News), a fight between Queen Elizabeth and John Major, and an air jam. Also features Barbara Wintergreen’s report on Chapman Baxter being executed via marriage, a continuation of The Pool, and Alan Partridge interviewing soccer players and a female show jumper.

star 8.38
16 votes
Directors: Andrew Gillman
Writers: Christopher Morris, Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham, Patrick Marber, Steve Coogan, David Schneider, Rebecca Front, Doon Mackichan, Andrew Glover, Graham Linehan, Arthur Mathews
Stretchcast

#5 - Stretchcast

Season 1 - Episode 4

Features reports on suspicions that British police officers are eating their suspects, Peter O’Hanraha-hanrahan interviewing the government minister for ships regarding recent accusations, the I.R.A.’s use of explosives hidden in dogs, the immense popularity of The Bureau in Italy, the Home Office releasing the Sorted videos aimed at young people, and near-death experiences. Also features Barbara Wintergreen reporting on the natus (a method of prosthetic pregnancy), and Alan Partridge's Countdown to World Cup ’94.

star 8.31
13 votes
Directors: Andrew Gillman
Writers: Christopher Morris, Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham, Doon Mackichan, Patrick Marber, Steve Coogan, David Schneider, Rebecca Front, Andrew Glover, Steven Wells, David Quantick
Newsatrolysis a.k.a. Factgasm

#6 - Newsatrolysis a.k.a. Factgasm

Season 1 - Episode 6

Features reports on Buckingham Palace culling 40 members of staff, passengers stuck on a train in Hampshire, Peter O’Hanraha-hanrahan reporting on General Motors making 35,000 workers redundant, Colin Poppshed reporting from the gay desk, the decline of the N.H.S., and a roundup of international news. Also features a documentary set at the office of a pharmaceutical company, and Alan Partridge covering self-defence.

star 8.25
12 votes
Directors: Andrew Gillman
Writers: Christopher Morris, Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Doon Mackichan, Patrick Marber, David Schneider