The Day Today

This hilarious spoof news broadcast was among the items I bought with my Christmas money. What’s truly frightening is that only the fashion dates it – television is just as banal and irritating nearly 20 years on. Created by comedians Chris Morris and Armando Ianucci, it started out as a radio show called On The Hour before being adapted for television.



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Knowing Me Knowing You

A-HA! The short-running but long-remembered BBC2 comedy just popped into my head just now, because I’m reminded of the “newspaper story” every time I watch a chat show.

Almost unwatchably painful, Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge extracts the same cringing, knuckle-gnawing laughs as Fawlty Towers. It ran for just six episodes and a Christmas special, after transferring over from a radio show. Its parody of chat shows was so accurate that a lot of people thought it was genuine and phoned in to complain. Steve Coogan was the smug, incompetent titular host, interviewing a slew of grating guests, with normally disastrous results. A spin-off sitcom, I’m Alan Partridge, ran for two seasons.