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
  • ITV1
  • 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.

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Series 1, Episode 6 - The Respectable Prostitute

When Tytla and Kettle track down the missing nurse and a mysterious batch of correspondence, the whole sordid truth about Kubelsky's death is revealed. But will anyone believe it? And with Harry in prison, who will stand up for the Crucible?

Broadcast details

Sunday 23rd 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
Jack Watling Prime Minister MacNamara
Aubrey Morris Nikita Kruschev / Donald Kubelsky
John Horsley Father Teasdale
Eliza Buckingham Mrs MacNamara
Sarah Mortimer Sharon Chandler
Geoffrey Greenhill Keith
Josie Kidd Mrs Chandler
Nadine Marshall Little Girl
Julia Dearden Teacher
Michael Stainton Kuznetsky
Paddy Navin Nurse
Nick Owen TV-am Presenter
Writing team
Andrew Marshall Writer
David Renwick Writer
Production team
David Askey Director
Humphrey Barclay Producer
Dave Simpson Editor
Colin Monk Production Designer
Alan Price Composer
Nigel Hess Composer

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