Drop the Dead Donkey

Drop the Dead Donkey (1990)


  • Genre: Comedy
  • Creator: Guy Jenkin, Andy Hamilton
  • First Air Date: 1990-08-09
  • Last Air Date: 1998-12-09
  • Total Seasons: 6
  • Total Episodes: 65
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 24 min.
  • Networks: Channel 4
star 6.85/10
From 20 Ratings

Summary

Drop the Dead Donkey is a situation comedy that first aired on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom between 1990 and 1998. It is set in the offices of “GlobeLink News”, a fictional TV news company. Recorded close to transmission, it made use of contemporary news events to give the programme a greater sense of realism. It was created by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin. The series had an ensemble cast, making stars of Haydn Gwynne, Stephen Tompkinson and Neil Pearson. The series began with the acquisition of GlobeLink by media mogul Sir Roysten Merchant, an allusion to either Robert Maxwell or Rupert Murdoch. Indeed, Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin note on their DVDs that it was fortunate for their libel lawyers that the two men shared the same initials. The series is mostly based on the on-going battle between the staff of GlobeLink, led by editor George Dent, as they try to maintain the company as a serious news organisation, and Sir Roysten’s right-hand man Gus Hedges, trying to make the show more sensationalist and suppress stories that might harm Sir Roysten’s business empire. The show was awarded the Best Comedy Award at the 1994 BAFTA Awards. At the British Comedy Awards the show won Best New TV Comedy in 1990, Best Channel 4 Comedy in 1991, and Best Channel 4 Sitcom in 1994.

  • Keywords: satire, dark comedy, reporter, sitcom, political humor, workplace comedy
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    Drop the Dead Donkey Seasons

    Season 0

    First Air Date: 1990-08-01
    1 Episodes

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1990-08-09
    10 Episodes

    Season 2

    First Air Date: 1991-09-26
    13 Episodes

    Season 3

    First Air Date: 1993-01-07
    11 Episodes

    Season 4

    First Air Date: 1994-09-29
    12 Episodes

    Season 5

    First Air Date: 1996-10-01
    12 Episodes

    Season 6

    First Air Date: 1998-10-28
    7 Episodes

    Drop the Dead Donkey Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1A New Dawn30 min
    Season 1Episode 2Sally's Arrival30 min
    Season 1Episode 3A Clash of Interests30 min
    Season 1Episode 4A Blast from the Past30 min
    Season 1Episode 5Old Father Time30 min
    Season 1Episode 6Sex, Lies and Audiotape30 min
    Season 1Episode 7The New Approach30 min
    Season 1Episode 8The Root of All Evil30 min
    Season 1Episode 9Death, Disaster 'n' Damien30 min
    Season 1Episode 10The Big Day30 min
    Season 2Episode 1The Gulf Report30 min
    Season 2Episode 2The Trevorman Cometh30 min
    Season 2Episode 3Henry and Dido30 min
    Season 2Episode 4Baseball30 min
    Season 2Episode 5Drunk Minister30 min
    Season 2Episode 6Alex and the Interpreter30 min
    Season 2Episode 7Hoax30 min
    Season 2Episode 8Don't Mention the Arabs30 min
    Season 2Episode 9Damien Down and Out30 min
    Season 2Episode 10The Evangelist30 min
    Season 2Episode 11George's Daughter30 min
    Season 2Episode 12Dave's Day30 min
    Season 2Episode 13The Christmas Party30 min
    Season 3Episode 1In Place of Alex30 min
    Season 3Episode 2Sally's Accountant30 min
    Season 3Episode 3Henry's Lost Love30 min
    Season 3Episode 4Helen'll Fix It30 min
    Season 3Episode 5Sally's Libel30 min
    Season 3Episode 6Lady Merchant30 min
    Season 3Episode 7The New Newsreader30 min
    Season 3Episode 8Joy30 min
    Season 3Episode 9Paintball30 min
    Season 3Episode 10George and His Daughter30 min
    Season 3Episode 11Awards30 min
    Season 4Episode 1The Undiscovered Country30 min
    Season 4Episode 2Quality Time30 min
    Season 4Episode 3The Day of the Mum30 min
    Season 4Episode 4Births and Deaths30 min
    Season 4Episode 5Helen's Parents30 min
    Season 4Episode 6Sally in T.V. Times30 min
    Season 4Episode 7Crime Time30 min
    Season 4Episode 8No More Mr. Nice Guy30 min
    Season 4Episode 9Henry's Autobiography30 min
    Season 4Episode 10The Strike30 min
    Season 4Episode 11The Wedding30 min
    Season 4Episode 12Damien and the Weather Girl30 min
    Season 5Episode 1Inside the Asylum30 min
    Season 5Episode 2The Godless Society30 min
    Season 5Episode 3The Bird of Doom30 min
    Season 5Episode 4What Are Friends For30 min
    Season 5Episode 5The Path of True Love30 min
    Season 5Episode 6George's Car30 min
    Season 5Episode 7Charnley in Love30 min
    Season 5Episode 8Henry's Diary30 min
    Season 5Episode 9Dave and Diana30 min
    Season 5Episode 10Luck30 min
    Season 5Episode 11The Graveyard Shift30 min
    Season 5Episode 12Sex 'n Death30 min
    Season 6Episode 1The Newsmakers30 min
    Season 6Episode 2Beasts, Badgers and Bombshells30 min
    Season 6Episode 3The Diaries30 min
    Season 6Episode 4But Is It Art?30 min
    Season 6Episode 5George Finds Love30 min
    Season 6Episode 6A Bit of an Atmosphere30 min
    Season 6Episode 7The Final Chapter30 min
    • Neil Pearson

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    • Victoria Wicks

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    • Susannah Doyle

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    • David Swift

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    • Stephen Tompkinson

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    • Jeff Rawle

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    • Robert Duncan

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    • Haydn Gwynne

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    • Ingrid Lacey

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    • Geoffrey McGivern

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    Production Guy Jenkin Producer
    Production Andy Hamilton Producer
    Writing Guy Jenkin Writer

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