Category: The Day Today

  • Bite The Wax
    Bite The Wax

    If you imagine the phrase ‘Bite The Wax’ as spoken by Armando Iannucci, then your day will be all the better for it. But before we get to that, let’s talk about No’ The Archie Macpherson Show. It’s Wednesday 6th July 1988, and BBC Radio Scotland is about to debut a new youth oriented show…

  • the dum show
    the dum show

    Yesterday, I came across a short listing in The Stage from 13th August 1992. Here it is: That’s quite the line-up, even as early as 1992. They performed the dum show at The Pleasance. It looks like they did at least one preview at the beginning of the month too (I’m sure they did more).…

  • Robin Cock – A Not The Nine O’Clock News For The Nineties
    Robin Cock – A Not The Nine O’Clock News For The Nineties

    This runs the risk of turning into a Simon London’s appreciation piece appreciation piece. It’s fair to say he was an early written champion of The Day Today. On the Saturday before the first episode was broadcast (15th January 1994), he wrote this column. The following week, on the 22nd January, he marked the show…

  • The Day Today Listings
    The Day Today Listings

    There’s something lovely about the BBC Genome project, which is archiving all of the Radio Times listings throughout the run of the magazine. It’s not as fun as getting your hands on an old copy of the actual magazine, but it’s nice enough. While most of the listings are dry, some, like The Young Ones…

  • Alanugby

    Here’s some more of Alan, ready for Friday’s new series, this time taking us through some brilliant rugby moments. And here’s the first of the mini-news packages that trailed the main show. Are there any other shows that had their own specially made trailers, ie, using content not shown in the show, like this other…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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