Comedy Clicks -Drop The Dead Donkey

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.

Classic Clips 

Damian in the field




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