A Conversation for 'Drop the Dead Donkey' - the TV Series
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Sheffieldsuze Started conversation Jun 27, 2009
"The truth, sadly, is that the writers made it up. It's just something stupid that they imagined might be shouted out in the tense few minutes before a news broadcast."
What he's not explaining, however, is that "dead donkey" would have been immediately recogniseable in the late 80s as a reference to contemporary tabloid campaigns against ritual animal killings in Spain, noteably Blackie the donkey and a goat due to be thrown from a church tower. The irony lies, of course, in the unfortunate use of the word "drop" in striking the story from the running list.
As a former journalist I've always loved this series - the staff were eerily familiar from the newsrooms I'd worked in and the satire was always spot on. My teenage sons are now watching the re-runs with relish - and learning a lot of recent history!
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