Welcome to a brand new feature on The Phoenix Remix called Comedy Clicks. Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.
This week we will be looking at a show that was all aout the goings on in the television newsroom – Drop The Dead Donkey
Opening Titles / Theme Tune
Very short and to the point, with printed newspaper behind the title.
About the Show
Summary of Plot
It is a Political Satire about a TV news Company that was different to most comedy shows as it was usually written and filmed in the week before broadcast so that it could include up to date news that was happening.
Number of Seasons / Episodes
66 Episodes, 6 seasons
Neil Pearson – David Charnley
Jaff Rawle – George Dent
David Swift – Henry Davenport
Stephen Tompkinson – Damien Day
Victoria Wicks – Sally Smedley
Robert Duncan – Gus Hedges
+ The cast revealed on a documentary show in March 2006 that most of their lines were written on pieces of paper of on clipboards that they were forever looking at in episodes.
+ The show was originally to be called ‘Dead Belgians Don’t Count’ inspired by a deadly train accident in Belgium which received no attention in the British News but was deemed too offensive by Channel 4.
+The character Damian Day was partially inspired by Paul Greengrass.
Damian in the field