David Suchet, Charlotte Riley and Ben Chaplin to star as newspaper bosses in new BBC1 drama from Doctor Foster writer
Press will tell the story of two competing daily newspapers – a tabloid and a broadsheet – in the aftermath of the phone-hacking scandal
A new drama set in the offices of two competing daily newspapers is coming to BBC1, starring David Suchet, Charlotte Riley and Ben Chaplin.
Six-part series Press, which is penned by Doctor Foster writer Mike Bartlett, will follow a tabloid and a broadsheet as they recover from phone-hacking scandals and the rise of digital journalism.
Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders) will play the Deputy News Editor of fictional broadsheet, The Herald and Ben Chaplin (Apple Tree Yard) will play the Editor of fictional tabloid newspaper, The Post.
Poirot star David Suchet will take on the role of Chairman & CEO of Worldwide News, owner of The Post.
Game of Thrones actress Ellie Kendrick rounds of the cast alongside Priyanga Burford, Paapa Essiedu, Shane Zaza, Al Weaver and Brendan Cowell.
“The series follow their lives as they attempt to balance work and play, ambition and integrity, amid the never-ending pressure of the 24-hour global news cycle and an industry in turmoil,” a BBC statement said.
Bartlett admitted that Press would not help to improve the public's sometimes-suspicious view of the media, especially after scandals such as the phone-hacking case. “I’d love to say it’s going to restore journalists’ reputations but I’m not convinced it will,” he said in a recent Guardian interview.
Press begins filming in London in October and will broadcast on BBC1 in 2018.