Oh, happy Day

Unseen Day Today pilot out on DVD

A never-before-seen pilot episode of The Day Today is to be included on a new DVD.

The seminal series, featuring Chris Morris and Steve Coogan's first TV outing as Alan Partridge, is being released on disc for the first time next month to mark its tenth anniversary.

And the two-disc set will also include six spoof news segments that never aired in the original BBC2 series.

Extended scenes and a po-faced Open University 'behind the scenes' programme are also included.

The Day Today, written by Morris and Armando Iannucci, also featured Patrick Marber, Doon Mackichan, David Schneider and Rebecca Front.

Its devastating accurate parody of news gathering including such surreal items as a terrorist campaign that used exploding dogs, gangsta rapper FUR Q "ironically" murdering people on stage, and an American man being electrocuted whilst dressed as Elvis.

The show attracted more than 3 million viewers when it originally aired, and has sold 106,000 copies on video.

The 15-certificate DVD has a running time of just under three hours, and is out on April 26, priced £15.99.

The cheapest Chortle has found it at is £10.99 from Amazon. Click here to pre-order


Published: 1 Mar 2004

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