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

Hot Metal

  • TV sitcom
  • ITV
  • 1986 - 1989
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Biting newspaper satire by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick, set in the offices of the once high-brow, now populist tabloid, Daily Crucible. Stars Robert Hardy, Geoffrey Palmer, Geoffrey Hutchings, Richard Kane, John Gordon Sinclair and more.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 5 - Slaughter Of The Innocent

The newspaper buys sextuplets for a bizarre giveaway; Harry, of course, is not amused. Rathbone informs him of how he'll be easily able to get rid of Russell, and Tytla is following an increasingly murky path in search of truth.

Broadcast details

Sunday 16th March 1986
30 minutes

Cast & crew

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
John Horsley Father Teasdale
Geoffrey Greenhill Keith
Michael Stainton Kuznetsky
Malcolm Mudie Cardinal Fisk
Cory Pulman Mrs Sankey
Pamela Miles Sister
Writing team
Andrew Marshall Writer
David Renwick Writer
Production team
David Askey Director
Neil McCaul Director
Humphrey Barclay Producer
Dave Simpson Editor
Colin Monk Production Designer
Alan Price Composer
Nigel Hess Composer

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