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Series cast summary:
Robert Hardy ...  Russell Spam / ... 13 episodes, 1986-1989
Richard Kane Richard Kane ...  Greg Kettle 12 episodes, 1986-1988
Geoffrey Palmer ...  Harold Stringer 8 episodes, 1986-1989
Richard Wilson ...  Dicky Lipton 6 episodes, 1988
Caroline Milmoe Caroline Milmoe ...  Maggie Troon 6 episodes, 1988
David Barrass David Barrass ...  Jack Thrush 6 episodes, 1988
Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Hutchings ...  Max Rutherford 5 episodes, 1986
John Gordon Sinclair ...  Bill Tytla 5 episodes, 1986
John Horsley ...  Father Teasdale 5 episodes, 1986
Geoffrey Greenhill Geoffrey Greenhill ...  Keith 4 episodes, 1986
David Keyes David Keyes ...  Ronnie 4 episodes, 1988
Sarah Mortimer Sarah Mortimer ...  Sharon Chandler 3 episodes, 1986
Aubrey Morris ...  Kubelsky / ... 6 episodes, 1986


The 'Crucible' is a new muck-raking tabloid newspaper in London. Managing editor Russell Spam is always on the lookout for the latest dirt and gossip, while senior editor Harold Stringer struggles to preserve some sense of dignity (usually to no avail). Spam writes such questionable stories as lurid details about Prince Andrew's girlfriend, a campaign to bring back capital punishment, and accusing a bishop of being a werewolf. Written by Mike Konczewski

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16 February 1986 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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Released on DVD in the UK on 18 October 2010. See more »


Referenced in A Night of Comic Relief 2 (1989) See more »

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Superb satire
16 June 2007 | by andy-782See all my reviews

This was a superb TV satire spoofing the newspaper industry. There were so many great moments that stick in the mind, particularly the wobble vision glasses, the campaign to save Happy the horse, the royal girlfriend in a porno film scandal. Too many to mention, in fact. It was written by a very talented duo (Marshall and Renwick) who had written the Burkiss Way radio show and the sensational TV series Whoops Apocalypse (they were also responsible for the far less successful film of the same name). The actors were wonderful and the parts they played very well written. It was Robert Hardy's finest hour in the dual roles of Twiggy Rathbone and Russell Spam. Geoffrey Palmer was possibly the better of the two editors (Richard Wilson got the part in the second series) but star of the show was Richard Kane as the conniving reporter Greg Kettle who made up stories if he couldn't find one and generally browbeat the public into admitting to things they had never actually done. Sheer class. Why isn't this on DVD yet?

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