Hot Metal. Image shows from L to R: Greg Kettle (Richard Kane), Max Rutherford (Geoffrey Hutchings), Bill Tytla (John Gordon Sinclair), Russell Spam (Robert Hardy), Harry Stringer (Geoffrey Palmer). Copyright: London Weekend Television.

Hot Metal

ITV sitcom about a newspaper. 12 episodes (2 series), 1986 - 1989. Stars Robert Hardy, Geoffrey Palmer, Geoffrey Hutchings, Richard Kane and others.

Series 1, Episode 2 - The Modern Prometheus

Ace reporter Greg Kettle has uncovered a man proclaiming to be Nikita Krushchev in Switzerland and the Crucible is about to unveil 'Sex Secrets of the Soviets'. Meanwhile, Twiggy Rathbone is being pressured on matters of humanitarian importance by the Prime Minister.

Broadcast details

Sunday 23rd February 1986
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Robert Hardy Terence 'Twiggy' Rathbone
Robert Hardy Russell Spam
Geoffrey Palmer Harry Stringer
Geoffrey Hutchings Max Rutherford
Richard Kane Greg Kettle
John Gordon Sinclair (as John Gordon-Sinclair) Bill Tytla
Guest cast
Jack Watling Prime Minister MacNamara
Aubrey Morris Nikita Kruschev / Donald Kubelsky
Yvonne D'Alpra Mrs Tape
John Horsley Father Teasdale
Helen Atkinson-Wood Television Interviewer
Eliza Buckingham Mrs MacNamara
Michael Chesden Waiter
Nicholas Geake Television Announcer
Julia Gilbert Asst. Stage Manager
Writing team
Andrew Marshall Writer
David Renwick Writer
Production team
David Askey Director
Humphrey Barclay Producer
Clayton Parker Editor
Colin Monk Production Designer
Alan Price Composer
Nigel Hess Composer