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 Masterpiece: Press

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 10/15/19

I watched this show from the beginning on PBS this season, so I was happy to get the DVD. It's a very good series about British newspapers and how they work, and it also tells a good dramatic story. As an online journalist, I find it fascinating.

Charlotte Riley stars as Holly, a newspaper editor that is mourning the death of her good friend (and roommate), whom she believes was murdered. Besides trying to solve that mystery, she's also trying to contend with working at a dying newspaper. Her foil on the dark side is Duncan Allen (played wonderfully by Ben Chaplin), a sleazy tabloid newspaper publisher. He runs her paper's main competitor. She gets chummy with Duncan's new reporter, Ed (Paapa Essiedu).

Make sure you check out this enthralling drama that has good characters and an intriguing story.


Masterpiece: Press
An ensemble cast of some of Britainís hottest talent portrays the committed and passionate characters behind the daily news at two fictional rival newspapers in Mike Bartlettís drama Press. 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 explores the current, turbulent media landscape and the ethical dilemmas that journalists and editors face each day. 

Charlotte Riley (King Charles III, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) stars as the News Editor of fictional broadsheet, The Herald, Ben Chaplin (Apple Tree Yard, The Thin Red Line) as the Editor of fictional tabloid newspaper, The Post and Priyanga Burford (London Spy, King Charles III) as The Heraldís Editor.
Street Date: October 22, 2019
Run Time: 350 Minutes on 2 disc
SRP: DVD, $39.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Arts: British Drama
Paapa Essiedu (A Midsummer Nightís Dream, The Royal Shakespeare Companyís Hamlet) stars as The Postís newest reporter and Shane Zaza (Happy Valley, The Da Vinci Code) its News Editor. Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones, The Diary of Anne Frank) stars as a junior reporter, Al Weaver (Grantchester, The Hollow Crown) stars as an investigative journalist and Brendan Cowell (The Young Vicís Yerma, Game of Thrones) stars as the Deputy Editor at The Herald

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