Press: Miniseries (2018)


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Press is a thoughtful take on the newsroom that strikes a balance between authenticity and high drama, with a venom-tongued Ben Chaplin spearheading a sterling ensemble.



Critic Ratings: 19


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User Ratings: 17

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Air date: Oct 6, 2019

At the Herald, Holly becomes involved in a hit-and-run case. -- (C) BBC

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Air date: Oct 13, 2019

Holly helps Leona investigate a lead at a hospital. Ed struggles with his conscience after a night working on the Post's showbiz desk, while Duncan faces problems at home.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2019

When The Herald uncover a sex scandal, Holly makes a powerful enemy. -- (C) BBC

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Air date: Oct 27, 2019

Amina feels defeated in the immediate wake of the Joshua West scandal, while an angry Holly presses on privately with her investigation into the high-profile entrepreneur's sexual past. Duncan is shocked to learn that The Post has been banned from the daily press conference at Downing Street, and he risks damaging his relationship with the PM further in a move which could have more wide-reaching political consequences.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2019

Ed's pride in his soaring professional achievements - his latest story, a profile of teen 'monster' Danny Lyons, is on The Post's front page - is marred by the arrival of a surprise new colleague at paper, who attempts to discredit him and his attempts to impress intern Jools. Duncan, whose personal life is floundering, buries himself in his work and tasks the new arrival with getting the scoop on the government's secret Resonance programme.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2019

Duncan attempts to spend quality time with his son Fred, but finds it difficult in the face of Sarah's open hostility. Holly struggles to separate her personal grievances from her professional ambitions and adds to Duncan's troubles by threatening to publicly expose his relationship with Kristina, the sex worker with whom he has a longstanding arrangement.

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Cast & Crew

Ben Chaplin
Duncan Allen
Brendan Cowell
Peter Langly
Charlotte Riley
Holly Evans
Priyanga Burford
Amina Chaudury
Paapa Essiedu
Ed Washburn
Shane Zaza
Raz Kane
Al Weaver
James Edwards
David Suchet
George Emmerson
Elliot Levey
Matthew Harper
Laura Jane Matthewson
Lucy Redford
David Schofield
Chris Cartwright
Benjamin Campbell
Freddie Allen
Dominic Rowan
Joshua West
Paul Gilbert
Mona Qureshi
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Critic Reviews for Press Miniseries

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

As a primer on the nefarious influence of British tabloid journalism, Press is entertaining. As a drama with A Point, it can veer toward cliché... But there's something deeply satisfying in seeing how differently the sausage gets made.

Oct 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Ben Chaplin, bloody marvellous... the absolute star of this show

Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…

My God, Chaplin's performance is brilliant: Shakespearean, you might say. Even as his character repulses, he attracts, which is just as it should be.

Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The result is a heady atmosphere of continuous action that's invariably engrossing, even when the principle involved is something as simple as the rule that it's wrong to steal.

Oct 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Press opens with what seems like a hard right turn in the finale.

Oct 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The show's imperfections reminded me of the frantic, slap-a-coat-of-paint-on-it nature of a real-life working newsroom.

Oct 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Press shines when it focuses on how the different papers handle the same story.

Oct 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Look past all of the lonely-at-the-top clichés and the finger-wagging... speeches, and there's some juicy fun to be had as the editors and reporters wrestle with thorny ethical dilemmas in hopes of maintaining some self-respect.

Oct 4, 2019 | Full Review…

You'd think that would be easy but it's hard not to be won over by brilliant Ben Chaplin as Post editor Duncan Allen, a master of witty cynicism, while Charlotte Riley's Herald newshound is all intense earnestness.

Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There are staff levels and expense accounts that can only be dreamed of. It's almost like the internet never happened to the news either. But all that aside, Press is very entertaining.

Feb 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The casting cleverly pitted two actors with pebble-black eyes against each other, hinting at a dark, tribal commonality.

Oct 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Press...the drama about, er, the press, is winding its way towards a conclusion with the same failings, and successes, it has had from the start.

Oct 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Press: Miniseries

  • Aug 03, 2020
    the Sun versus the Guardian, probably couldn't be more obvious. a bit plain story, yet brilliant performance.
  • Jan 20, 2020
    Can someone explain why this show was cancelled after Season 1?? Just watched first season in very short space of time and was very impressed with the calibre of acting, especially Chaplin and the clever, witty almost fantasy like plot and subject matter.
  • Oct 29, 2019
    Love this series......
  • Oct 11, 2019
    Excellent! Held my attention throughout. Insightful. Clever.

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