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Hot off the Press

Hot off the Press

With a star-studded cast and an action-packed, non-stop premise, this brand new series is definitely one to watch

The fast-paced world of the newspaper industry is the setting for this pulsating new drama series

Press, Thursdays from 6 September, 9pm, BBC One/HD (CH 101/108). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > BBC iPlayer

If you’ve ever picked up your morning paper or checked a news app and found yourself wondering what it’s like to work in the hectic, non-stop, deadline-driven world of journalism, this brand new drama will be right up your (Fleet) street.


Written and created by Doctor Foster creator Mike Bartlett, Press is a show that grabs you from the off and never lets go. Bartlett’s knack for creating bone-achingly tense, taut dramatic moments is the perfect match for this suitably sensational tale of the fierce competition between a broadsheet and a tabloid – so much so, in fact, that since we saw the trailer we haven’t been able to hear the rustle of a paper without breaking into a cold sweat.

Charlotte Riley (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) stars as deputy news editor of the Herald, while Apple Tree Yard’s Ben Chaplin plays the editor of tabloid rival the Post. David Suchet (Poirot) is at his sinister, brilliant best as the Post’s imposing CEO, and the impressive cast also includes Al Weaver (Grantchester), Shane Zaza (Happy Valley), Ellie Kendrick and Brendan Cowell (both seen in Game Of Thrones).


With the action plunging into the professional and personal lives of those working at both papers, Bartlett’s expert writing ensures the wide-ranging ramifications of working in such a tumultuous industry are clear to see over six thrilling episodes.



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Image credits: Press © Lookout Point – Photographer: Colin Hutton