Charlotte Riley Goes To Press With Mike Bartlett

BBC One has announced new six-part drama Press, written by Mike Bartlett’s (Doctor Foster), about the determined characters behind the daily news at two competing newspapers, led by Charlotte Riley (King Charles III) as News Editor of The Herald broadsheet, and Ben Chaplin (Apple Tree Yard) as Editor of The Post tabloid.

Set in the fast-paced environment of the British newspaper industry, Press immerse viewers in the personal lives and the constant professional dilemmas facing its characters. The series follow 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.

The cast also includes: Priyanga Burford as Editor and Brendan Cowell as Deputy Editor at The Herald; Paapa Essiedu as The Post’s newest reporter and Shane Zaza its News Editor; Ellie Kendrick as a junior reporter; Al Weaver as an investigative journalist; and David Suchet as Chairman & CEO of Worldwide News, owner of The Post.

Piers Wenger, Controller, BBC Drama says: “The newspaper business is part of Britain’s identity and Mike’s gripping stories of crusading journalists in this ever-changing industry, brought to life by this brilliantly talented cast make for a fresh, thrilling and utterly British contemporary drama.”

Press, directed by Tom Vaughan (Victoria), begins filming in London in October and will broadcast on BBC One in 2018. Press will air on Masterpiece on PBS following the UK broadcast.