Press (2018)
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The Post targets trade union leader Frank Powell while the Herald investigates child labour at Indian suppliers to the textile industry. Leona investigates deaths at a hospital. Ed is sent to cover a celebrity event.


Tom Vaughan


Mike Bartlett (creator), Mike Bartlett


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kasia Koleczek ... Krystyna
Ben Chaplin ... Duncan Allen
Priyanga Burford ... Amina Chaudury
Al Weaver ... James Edwards
Sid Sagar Sid Sagar ... Amit
Pehr Ram Pehr Ram ... Girl (as Pehrr Ram)
Paapa Essiedu ... Ed Washburn
Charlotte Riley ... Holly Evans
Ellie Kendrick ... Leona Manning-Lynd
Sujaya Dasgupta ... Esme
Shane Zaza ... Raz Kane
Allison McKenzie ... Kelly (as Alison McKenzie)
Thalissa Teixeira Thalissa Teixeira ... Angie
Brendan Cowell ... Peter Langly
Laura Jane Matthewson ... Lucy Redford


Allen sets out to target union leader Frank Powell whilst the Herald's James Edwards is more concerned with exposing child labour. His editor, Amina, initially is wary of his story but backs him by turning down an advertising offer from textiles firm Lydale. Holly sends junior reporter Leona to investigate deaths at a hospital but has to cover for her - with some success - whilst Leona's counterpart at the Post, Ed, attends a celebrity bash where he inadvertently boosts the career of jaded children's TV presenter Belle Hicks. Meanwhile Allen's wife, aware of his philandering, breaks up with him and Holly gets a new flat-mate. Written by don @ minifie-1

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13 September 2018 (UK) See more »

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Episode 1.2
14 September 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Well so far Press is not an exciting high octane look at the world of rival newspapers.

It is more stuck in second gear. Even if it aimed to be something like Lou Grant it would be something but the investigative journalism bit in Press is rather sterile so far.

The Herald's James Edwards is probing British firms in India using child labour but tell the audience something they do not know.

At least Holly's investigation of death in hospitals because the new cleaning contractor bidded low and then cut the amount of specialist disinfectant had some interest. Which is more than can be said of the Post's editor's car crash of a personal life.

Have you noticed all of a sudden the staff of these rival newspapers keep crossing paths? It is a wonder that Holly has never met Duncan Allen before until episode 1.

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