The son of two Cambridgeshire doctors, Chris Morris went to Stonyhurst College, alma mater of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and took a degree in zoology at Bristol University.
He joined local radio d, but he was soon fired from one station after providing his own commentaries during news bulletins. He joined the BBC's London station, GLR, but was sacked once again after broadcasting "Kiddie's Outing", in which a child would "out" a celebrity as homosexual.
Next came On The Hour on Radio 4, written with Armando Iannucci and featuring, for the first time, the voice of Radio Norwich, Alan Partridge.
The series transferred to television as The Day Today but, to Morris's credit, with completely new material. With its absurd, seemingly endless, graphic sequences and headlines like "sacked chimney-sweep pumps boss full of mayonnaise", the programme built up a cult following and Morris, who starred as a Paxmanesque anchorman, won the 1994 British Comedy Award for Best Newcomer.