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New BBC drama Press showcases a ferocious battle between rival journalists that will be making its own headlines (Dailymail)

New BBC drama Press showcases a ferocious battle between rival journalists that will be making its own headlines (Dailymail)

If Doctor Foster had you gripped – and if it didn’t, were we watching the same show? – then prepare to be put through the wringer once again. Press is the new drama from writer Mike Bartlett and though he’s switched focus from medicine to journalism, Press is already looking like this autumn’s most gripping story. Seven years ago, before Bartlett had even thought of a doctor named Foster, he wanted to write a show about newspapers. ‘I took my idea to broadcasters,’ he says. ‘And everyone said, “We’re not interested. No one cares about journalists.” ’ But a lot has changed in those seven years. Bartlett has gone from an admired but little-known playwright to one of TV’s most in-demand writers, and journalism has become a hot topic. Donald Trump has introduced us to so-called fake news. Britain has had phone-hacking, the Leveson inquiry and the closure of the News of the World. Journalism itself has become front-page news – and that’s where Press takes up the story. Read more

 

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