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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.

  1. Andy Hamilton

    Creator

  2. Guy Jenkin

    Creator

Series Cast

  1. Neil Pearson

    Neil Pearson

    70 Episodes

  2. Victoria Wicks

    Victoria Wicks

    70 Episodes

  3. Susannah Doyle

    Susannah Doyle

    70 Episodes

  4. David Swift

    David Swift

    70 Episodes

  5. Stephen Tompkinson

    Stephen Tompkinson

    70 Episodes

  6. Jeff Rawle

    Jeff Rawle

    70 Episodes

  7. Robert Duncan

    70 Episodes

  8. Haydn Gwynne

    Haydn Gwynne

    70 Episodes

  9. Ingrid Lacey

    70 Episodes

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Last Season

Drop the Dead Donkey

Season 6

1998 | 7 Episodes

Season 6 of Drop the Dead Donkey premiered on October 28, 1998.

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Status Ended

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Type Scripted

Original Language English

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