Electric Ink. Maddox Bradley (John Sessions).

Electric Ink

Radio 4 sitcom set in a newspaper office that aims to satirise the world of modern journalism

2009 - 2010  (BBC Radio 4)
12 (2 series)
Robert Lindsay, Alex Jennings, Elizabeth Berrington, Ben Willbond, Zita Sattar, Debbie Chazen, Matt Addis, John Sessions, Stephen Wight, Polly Frame
Alistair Beaton, Tom Mitchelson
British Broadcasting Corporation

A sitcom set in the offices of a broadsheet newspaper that's struggling to keep up with both the print and online output. Series 1 starred Robert Lindsay and Series 2 stars John Sessions.

Electric Ink follows a group of dysfunctional journalists as they attempt to cover major news stories while grappling with the demands of working in a multi-platform environment; watching circulation figures plummet; and seeing half the workforce laid-off in the recession.

At the heart of the comedy is the relationship between Maddox Bradley, a journalist who mourns the days of proper investigative journalism, and Freddy, the online editor, who will regurgitate a press release quite happily and call it a story. But they have a grudging respect for each other, as Freddy helps Maddox stay afloat in the world of Twitter, Facebook and podcasting - and Maddox shows Freddy how to sniff out the real story.

Both are at the mercy of Oliver, the pragmatic editor more concerned with keeping his job, and Carol, the news editor. Only Masha, the Russian head of online communities, knows Freddy's secret - he is a posh boy from Eton rather than a ├╝ber-cool kid from the street. Well, that's what Freddy thinks, anyway...

Our Review: The first series of this show made a very positive impression on us. It was a clever and very accurate satire on all that is wrong with the world of modern journalism and the increasing trend for newspapers to try and boost circulation with celebrity stories, rather than undertaking any proper reporting.

The series ended with a cliffhanger (would any of them get their jobs back) so we are looking forward to seeing what happens at the start of the second series. It should be noted that there's been a number of significant cast changes for Series 2 - including John Sessions replacing Robert Lindsay in the lead role.