Press (TV series)

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Screenplay byMike Bartlett
Directed byTom Vaughan
Music byNatalie Holt
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Executive producersFaith Penhale
Bethan Jones
Mona Qureshi
Mike Bartlett
Nigel Stafford-Clark
Rebecca Eaton
ProducerPaul Gilbert
CinematographyKate Reid
EditorsMike Clark-Hall
Yan Miles
Running time57 minutes
Production companiesBBC Studios
Lookout Point Ltd.
Original networkBBC One (UK)
PBS (international)
Picture format2:1 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original release6 September (2018-09-06) –
11 October 2018 (2018-10-11)

Press is a six-part British television drama series first shown on BBC One on 6 September 2018.



The review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes, gave Press a rating of 95%.[2]

The series was cancelled after one series.[3]

Journalists were not impressed with the show, Digital Spy calling it "less realistic than Star Trek."[4][5] Sean O'Grady of The Independent characterised it as "too cliché-ridden, its characters two-dimensional stereotypes, floating around like dead fish in a tank."[6] The Guardian's Sam Wollaston gave it three stars, but called its picture of the industry "20 years out of date."[7]

It was broadcast in the United States in October 2019. Sophie Gilbert of The Atlantic called it "fascinating" and "periodically clunky."[8]


No.Title [9]Directed byWritten by [10]Original air date [9]U.K. viewers
1"Death Knock"Tom VaughanMike Bartlett6 September 2018 (2018-09-06)4.39[11]
Herald reporter Holly Evans (Charlotte Riley) is forced to turn to the enemy – Post editor Duncan Allen (Ben Chaplin) – to further her investigation into a hit-and-run. New to The Post, Oxford graduate Ed Washburn (Paapa Essiedu) is tasked with his first "death knock", reporting on a closeted footballer's suicide. Investigative reporter James Edwards (Al Weaver) pursues an MI5 lead, but finds himself blocked by The Herald's weary editor Amina (Priyanga Burford).
2"Pure"Tom VaughanMike Bartlett13 September 2018 (2018-09-13)N/A
As Duncan's personal life collapses, he sets his sight on stealing Holly from The Herald. With her paper in dire financial straits, Amina considers a controversial new advertising strategy. Holly is frustrated by junior reporter Leona's (Ellie Kendrick) lazy approach to journalism, while Ed is forced to get his hands dirty at a glamorous showbiz party.
3"Don't Take My Heart, Don't Break My Heart"Tom VaughanMike Bartlett20 September 2018 (2018-09-20)N/A
Holly uncovers a story about a business tycoon turned sexual predator. With her own job in question, Amina is faced with a decision that risks the entire future of The Herald. Ed and Leona find themselves competing for a story in Warwick. Duncan crosses a powerful ally.
4"Magic"Tom VaughanMike Bartlett27 September 2018 (2018-09-27)N/A
Amina's response to the Joshua West scandal infuriates Holly, and finally drives her into Duncan's grasp. Leona and James chase a story from the morally corrupt Wendy Bolt (Susannah Wise). As the war between Duncan and the Prime Minister escalates, Post owner George Emmerson's (David Suchet) peacemaking efforts fall on deaf ears.
5"Two Worlds"Tom VaughanMike Bartlett4 October 2018 (2018-10-04)N/A
Holly begins work at The Post and instantly locks horns with Duncan. Ed is faced with his loss of morals when a work experience girl follows him for the day. Amina announces radical changes for The Herald, but will her efforts pull the paper back from the brink?
6"Resonance"Tom VaughanMike Bartlett11 October 2018 (2018-10-11)N/A
Duncan attempts to spend quality time with his son Fred, but finds it difficult in the face of Sarah's open hostility, and she informs Duncan that she and her boyfriend Max intend for him never to see Fred again. Holly struggles to separate her personal grievances from her professional ambitions. She adds to Duncan's troubles by threatening to publicly expose his relationship with Krystyna, the sex worker with whom he has a longstanding arrangement. In anticipation of the splash, Duncan is forced to explain to Fred that he has been paying for sex, while Krystyna has questions of her own for Holly. James reopens communication with Jon Brooks, an MI5 source who is ready to blow the whistle on the government's Resonance programme. When Amina and Holly learn what the programme entails, they are convinced that the story will be the most important The Herald will ever run. Emmerson presents Duncan with a seemingly impossible task, and Ed is forced to examine his own journalistic ethics, while Holly and Duncan go head to head.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Meet the cast of Press on BBC1". Radio Times. 1 September 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Press (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
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  9. ^ a b "Press – Episodes". Next Episode. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  10. ^ Debnath, Neela (29 August 2018). "Press on BBC release date, cast, trailer, plot: When is Press out?". Daily Express. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Four-screen dashboard | BARB".

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