Press on Masterpiece

(Rochester, NY) –  Press on Masterpiece, an ambitious new series set in today’s newspaper industry, airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV, October 6-27, 2019. Set in the world of newspapers in London - its past riven by hacking scandals, its present at the mercy of the digital age and the 24-hour news cycle, its future uncertain - this razor sharp and observant drama will explore the current, turbulent media landscape and the ethical dilemmas that journalists and editors face each day.

Writer Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, King Charles III) explores the turbulent media landscape through the fortunes of rival broadsheet and tabloid papers and the very different and colorful characters who work for them. BAFTA award-winning producer Nigel Stafford-Clark, who has developed and is producing the show, comments, "At a time when both the nature and the role of the press have themselves become part of the news, there's never been a better moment to focus on this unique world as the basis of a major television series. And I can't think of anyone better to take that on than Mike Bartlett."

An ensemble cast of some of Britain’s hottest talent will portray the committed and passionate characters behind the daily news at two fictional, rival newspapers. Charlotte Riley (King Charles III, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) will play the 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 while Priyanga Burford (London Spy, King Charles III) will play The Herald’s Editor. Paapa Essiedu (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet) will play The Post’s newest reporter and Shane Zaza (Happy Valley, The Da Vinci Code) its News Editor; while 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 (The Young Vic’s Yerma, Game of Thrones) the Deputy Editor at The Herald. They will be joined by David Suchet (Poirot) who will play the Chairman & CEO of Worldwide News, owner of The Post.

Pictured: Shown from left to right: Priyanga Burford as Amina Chaudury, Charlotte Riley as Holly Evans, Ben Chaplin as Duncan Allen, Paapa Essiedu as Ed Washburn, and David Suchet as George Emmerson
Credit: Courtesy of Lookout Point - Photographer: Dean Chalkley/Colin Hutton

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