Press is BBC One's new journalist drama - who's on the cast and what's it all about?
In present day London, The Herald, a left-leaning broadsheet struggling to adapt to the age of digital news, and The Post, a thriving populist tabloid, occupy buildings in the same square.
Set in the fast-paced and challenging environment of the British newspaper industry, Press will immerse viewers in the personal lives and the constant professional dilemmas facing its characters.
The series follows their lives as they attempt to balance work and play, ambition and integrity, amid the never-ending pressure of the 24-hour global news cycle and an industry in turmoil.
Press continues on Thursday night, September 20 at 9PM on BBC One.
Charlotte Riley (King Charles III, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) will play the Deputy News Editor of fictional broadsheet The Herald, and Ben Chaplin (Apple Tree Yard, The Thin Red Line) will play the Editor of fictional tabloid newspaper The Post. Priyanga Burford (London Spy, King Charles III) will play The Herald’s Editor.
Paapa Essiedu (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, RSC’s Hamlet) will play The Post’s newest reporter, and Shane Zaza (Happy Valley, The Da Vinci Code) its News Editor. Ellie Kendrick (Game Of Thrones, The Diary Of Anne Frank) will be a junior reporter, Al Weaver (Grantchester, The Hollow Crown) an investigative journalist, and Brendan Cowell (Young Vic’s Yerma, Game Of Thrones) the Deputy Editor at The Herald.
They will be joined by David Suchet (Poirot, Decline And Fall) who will play the Chairman & CEO of Worldwide News, owner of The Post.
In tonight's third episode, responding to an emergency call, Holly (Charlotte Riley) rushes into The Herald in the early hours of the morning.
When the call turns out to be a false alarm, Holly takes the opportunity to talk to Amina (Priyanga Burford) about the lead she is following: a former protégée of business tycoon Joshua West (Dominic Rowan) has come forward claiming that over a number of years, West has been using his position of authority to pressure young women into sleeping with him.
While knowing that levelling any charge against a man with West’s power will be almost impossible, Amina gives Holly the nod to investigate. After another anonymous source comes forward to Holly and James (Al Weaver), Amina agrees to run the story and notifies West’s lawyers.
Ed (Paapa Essiedu) travels to Warwick to interview Geoff Newman (David Lonsdale), a man the media suspect of being involved in a local boy’s murder. Ed is irritated to find that Leona (Ellie Kendrick, pictured) is also there, covering the story for The Herald, and the two journalists engage in a competitive tussle that risks losing both of them the story.
Duncan (Ben Chaplin), lunching with the Prime Minister (Elliot Levey), strikes a deal. He will order his reporters to drop their inquiries into a government programme called Resonance, if the PM submits to a front-page family photoshoot at Chequers. When the PM expresses his unease with the arrangement, Duncan is unfazed.
As both papers go to print, Amina is unaware that Joshua West’s legal team - and Duncan’s behind-the-scenes machinations - could be about to jeopardise her whole career at a time when her personal life has also been thrown into flux.