TMDB Rating 6

Series Details

Seasons: 2

Total Episodes: 13


Networks: ITV

Status: Ended

First Air Date: Feb 16, 1986

Recent Air Date: Mar 10, 1989

Run Time: m

In Production: No

Original Language: English

Age Rating: NR

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Hot metal is a London Weekend Television sitcom about the British Newspaper industry broadcast between 1986 and 1988. The daily crucible, the dullest newspaper in Fleet Street, is suddenly taken over by media magnate Terence "Twiggy" Rathbone. Its editor Harry Stringer is 'promoted' to managing editor, and is replaced in his old job by Russell Spam. Spam then takes the paper shooting downmarket and turns the crucible into a sensation seeking scandal rag, very much in the style of the British tabloids of the 1980s. He is helped along by his ace gutter journalist, Greg Kettle, who intimidates his tabloid victims by claiming to be "a representative of Her Majesty's press" and produces stories such as accusing a vicar of being a werewolf. Throughout the first series, a running plot involved cub reporter Bill Tytla gradually uncovering an actual newsworthy story that went to the very heart of government. Written by David Renwick and Andrew Marshall, it is very much a continuation in style from their previous sitcom Whoops Apocalypse!. It was produced by Humphrey Barclay.

Main Cast

Robert Hardy

Robert Hardy

Age : 91 | Popularity : 8%

Geoffrey Palmer

Geoffrey Palmer

Age : 93 | Popularity : 23%

Caroline Milmoe

Caroline Milmoe

Age : N/A | Popularity : 6%

Geoffrey Hutchings

Geoffrey Hutchings

Age : 71 | Popularity : 6%

David Barrass

David Barrass

Age : N/A | Popularity : 4%

John Horsley

John Horsley

Age : 93 | Popularity : 3%

Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson

Age : 84 | Popularity : 8%



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