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David Suchet to star in journalism drama Press for BBC1

David Suchet in The Bank Job

Story by Jack Foley

DAVID Suchet is to star as a newspaper press baron in a new BBC1 drama called Press.

The six-part series will follow the competing fortunes of a liberal left broadsheet and a tabloid as they attempt to move on from a phone-hacking scandal.

Press was written by Mike Bartlett, who is best known for his work on BBC hits Doctor Foster and King Charles III.

He insists the drama will interrogate why news is important as well as exploring the ethical dilemmas reporters and editors face each day. But it may not ease the wide public perception of journalists in the public eye.

Bartlett has named his tabloid The Post and his broadsheet The Herald, while Suchet will play the chairman and CEO of the Post’s publisher, Worldwide News.

Other members of the cast include Paapa Essiedu (the Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest Hamlet), who plays the newspaper’s newest reporter; Shane Zaza (recently in the Royal Court’s revival of Road), as its news editor, and Ellie Kendrick (aka Meera Reed in Game of Thrones), as a junior reporter.

Ben Chaplin, who was most recently seen in another BBC hit, Apple Tree Yard, will play the editor.

Members of The Herald‘s editorial team, meanwhile, will be led by Priyanga Burford, as the editor, and Charlotte Riley, aka the wife of actor Tom Hardy, as the deputy news editor.

Australian actor Brendan Cowell will play the news editor and Al Weaver an investigative journalist.

Press will be directed by Tim Vaughan, also the director of Doctor Foster, and will, according to the BBC, follow the lives of journalists ‘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’.

Filming for the series will begin in October.

Commenting on what to expect, Piers Wenger, the controller of BBC drama, said: “The newspaper business is part of Britain’s identity and Mike’s gripping series of crusading journalists in this ever-changing industry, brought to life by this brilliantly talented cast, make for a fresh, thrilling and utterly British contemporary drama.”

Press is expected to air on BBC1 at some point in 2018.

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