6 Of The Best Bits From The Day Today

The classic show is 20 years old this week - and that's an excuse for some funny clips

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Hard to believe, but it’s a terrifying 20 years this week since Chris Morris and Armando Ianucci’s brilliant news parody The Day Today first aired on BBC, spawning a generation of slightly maniacal fans liable to quote long tracts of dialogue and tell you their favourite bits in forensic detail given the merest sniff of a chance.

And, yes, that includes us. So here’s an unscientific and subjective selection of six classic The Day Today moments:

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6 War
Chris Morris's news anchor is determined to create conflict whatever the cost: “The stretched twig of peace is at melting point”

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5 Fur Q
A report on the rapper who murders up to five people at every live show: “You’ve got to kill people to have respect for people”


4 Is This Cool?
Steve Coogan plays uncompromising road safety advocate Conor Hammil: "So what about me, do I look cool?"


3 The Bureau
An instalment from the BBC soap set in a 24-hour Bureau de Change: “I’m closing the Bureau… For an hour.”


2 Peter O'Hanra-Hanrahan
The Economics correspondent is forced to admit defeat live on air: "Trenter Percenter?"


1 Alan Partridge
Sports reporter Partridge picks his favourite moments of the 'season': “Lie down, relax and let the sports commence”