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.


Hot Metal was originally commissioned as a pilot by the BBC, but when they declined to turn it into a full series writers Andrew Marshall and David Renwick took it to LWT.

Michael Stainton's character name is given as 'Kuznetsky' in Series 1, Episode 5 (his first appearance), and 'Kutznetsky' in the following episode.