British Comedy Guide

Hot Metal. Image shows from L to R: Harry Stringer (Geoffrey Palmer), Terence 'Twiggy' Rathbone (Robert Hardy). Copyright: London Weekend Television.

Hot Metal

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
Channel
ITV
Episodes
13   (2 series)
Starring
Robert Hardy, Geoffrey Palmer, Geoffrey Hutchings, Richard Kane, John Gordon Sinclair, Richard Wilson, David Barrass and Caroline Milmoe
Writers
Andrew Marshall and David Renwick
Directors
David Askey and Nic Phillips
Producer
Humphrey Barclay

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...

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