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Hot Metal. Richard 'Dicky' Lipton (Richard Wilson). Image credit: London Weekend Television.

Hot Metal

Biting newspaper satire by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick, set in the offices of the once high-brow, now populist tabloid, Daily Crucible

Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
1986 - 1988  (ITV)
Episodes:
13 (2 series)
Starring:
Robert Hardy, Geoffrey Palmer, Geoffrey Hutchings, Richard Kane, John Gordon Sinclair, Richard Wilson, David Barrass, Caroline Milmoe
Writers:
Andrew Marshall, David Renwick
Production:
London Weekend Television

The Daily Crucible, a respectable daily newspaper, is facing its final edition; its straight-forward, totally-honest approach to reporting the news has won it much attention, but made it deadly dull and with ever-diminishing sales figures.

Enter Twiggy Rathbone, tycoon owner of Rathouse International who's ready to turn the high-brow paper into a popular, sleazy, high-selling tabloid. He installs editor Russell Spam to do his bidding and 'promotes' the incumbent, Harry Stringer, to the role of 'managing editor' - a largely vanity role but holding what will become an increasingly difficult public face of respectability...

Our Review: Truly fierece at times, this biting satire presents an excellent parody of a certain popular newspaper and its Antipodean owner, with a wonderful performance from an over-the-top star in a dual role.

Wonderfully emblematic and indicative of many of society's struggles through the 1980s, but barely any less relevant today, the best part of 30 years on.