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      Miniseries – Press on Masterpiece

      2018 Drama Entertainment List
      95% 20 Reviews Tomatometer 100% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Set in the offices of two British newspapers, this series follows the personal and professional lives of rival newspaper editors and reporters as their industry struggles to contend with the explosion of online media and the hacking scandals of the past. The first episode sets the multi-layered tone for the series in an exploration of how influential the media can be in defining truth, as liberal broadsheet is pitted against populist tabloid, a young journalist finds his personal ethics in conflict with the demands of the real job, and the same story is represented in very different ways. Read More Read Less

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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.

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Sep 4, 2018 Death Knock At The Herald, Holly is tasked with giving a controversial right-wing commentator and media personality a tour of the office; at The Post, Ed is given his first "death knock", interviewing the parents a footballer who has committed suicide. Details Episode 2 Aired Sep 13, 2018 Pure Duncan, editor of The Post, receives a text from powerful contact Matthew, asking for a favor; at The Herald, Amina is focused on balancing the newspaper's commitment to serious journalism with its declining sales. Details Episode 3 Aired Sep 20, 2018 Don't Take My Heart, Don't Break My Heart When The Herald uncovers a sex scandal involving business tycoon Joshua West, Holly makes a powerful enemy; the boundary of Amina's professional and personal life becomes blurred, and Ed interviews a man suspected of being involved in a boy's murder. Details Episode 4 Aired Sep 27, 2018 Magic Amina feels defeated and finds herself in a difficult position in the wake of the Joshua West scandal; Duncan is shocked to learn that The Post has been banned from the daily press conference at Downing Street. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 4, 2018 Two Worlds Ed's pride in his professional achievements is marred by a surprise new colleague who attempts to discredit him; Duncan, whose personal life is floundering, buries himself in his work; Holly is accused of losing her professional integrity. Details Episode 6 Aired Oct 11, 2018 Resonance Holly's decision to follow a contentious lead endangers Duncan's position at The Post, and their rivalry takes on a personal edge; Ed is made to examine his own journalistic ethics. Details Next
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      Previous Sophie Gilbert The Atlantic 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 Dorothy Rabinowitz Wall Street Journal 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 Deborah Ross The Mail on Sunday (UK) The Post half is wonderfully entertaining. 3/5 Sep 17, 2018 Full Review Paula Vázquez Prieto La Nación (Argentina) Holly's presence seems to condense the real questions about the future of journalism and its role in an increasingly compromised and uncertain scenario. [Full review in Spanish] Jan 11, 2022 Full Review Ned Lannamann The Stranger (Seattle, WA) 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 Ani Bundel WETA Press opens with what seems like a hard right turn in the finale. Oct 8, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Previous 1 Superb! The 2 main protagonists should have their own spin-offs! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review ken d Great series. Ben Chaplin is awesome! More please. Strong characters throughout, except Holly Evans. Her character is flaky at times and seems to change from "goody two shoes" to being ruthless too often to be believed. Shame about the ending too. While Government needs to be held to account, the closing scene and defence by Holly's character that it is okay to aid and abet the breaking of the Official Secrets Act is indefensible and highly dangerous. I hope we see her go to prison in series 2 for such a serious crime. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member the Sun versus the Guardian, probably couldn't be more obvious. a bit plain story, yet brilliant performance. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Love this series...... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent! Held my attention throughout. Insightful. Clever. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Next Post a review

      Season Info

      Tom Vaughan
      Executive Producer
      Faith Penhale, Bethan Jones, Mona Qureshi, Mike Bartlett, Rebecca Eaton
      Mike Bartlett
      TV-14 (L)
      Drama, Entertainment
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date
      Sep 4, 2018
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