PBS Masterpiece’s newspaper-themed, journalism show, ‘Press’, is a British drama written by Mike Barlett and co-produced by BBC Worldwide North America and Lookout Point. Set in the contemporary era of the newspaper industry, it reflects on its past which is packed with scandalous headlines and a present that is ruled by the Internet. The series focuses on the 24-hour news cycle and explores the conflicted media landscape. It tells these stories via the futures of competing broadsheet and tabloid papers, accompanied by individuals who work for them.
The first season of the show was well-received, with critics unanimously praising the show. Now, the question arises: will there be a ‘Press’ season 2? We will delve into that question, but first let’s quickly look into the details of the series.
Press Cast: Who is in it?
‘Press’ features a star-studded cast, led by Charlotte Riley (‘King Charles III’, ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell’) as the Deputy News Editor of a fictional broadsheet newspaper, named The Herald. Joining her is Ben Chaplin (‘Apple Tree Yard’ and ‘The Thin Red Line’) as the Editor of a fictional tabloid newspaper, called The Post. Priyanga Burford (‘London Spy’ and ‘King Charles III’) stars as the Editor of The Herald and Paapa Essiedu (‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘RSC’s Hamlet’) plays a new reporter who joins The Post. Shane Zaza (‘Happy Valley’ and ‘The Da Vinci Code’) portrays The Post’s News Editor.
Primary cast members who enact the roles of the main characters in the newsrooms are Ellie Kendrick (‘Game Of Thrones‘ and ‘The Diary Of Anne Frank’) as a junior reporter, Al Weaver (‘Grantchester‘ and ‘The Hollow Crown’) as an investigative journalist, and Brendan Cowell (‘Young Vic’s Yerma’ and ‘Game Of Thrones‘) as The Herald’s Deputy Editor. Rounding up the cast is Sir David Suchet (‘Poirot’) as The Post’s owner and Chairman and CEO of Worldwide News.
Press Plot: What is it about?
‘Press’ focuses on the clashes between two leading papers, a broadsheet newspaper, The Herald, and a tabloid newspaper, The Post. Its story begins by introducing us to the Deputy News Editor for The Herald, Holly Evans, who tries to cover a sensational hit-and-run accident by a cop car that causes the death of a young woman. But since the only available footage of the incident lies with The Post, Holly is in a dilemma regarding how to retrieve the clip from the tabloid’s ruthless Editor Duncan Allen. Another case is about the suicide of a young footballer, whose news needs to be covered by the fresh entrant, Ed Washburn. He lands in the spot to interview the boy’s parents.
Meanwhile, Holly is frustrated with Leona’s lack of commitment in going through consistent follow-ups. As a result, she herself takes up the responsibility to pursue a lead at a hospital. On the other hand, Ed does something that constantly pricks his conscience while The Herald, because of declining sales, announces a new policy, which compromises the security of its staff members. James decides to launch his own research and Holly receives some unexpected news. In another episode, a prominent businessman arrives, saying that he had pressurized several young women into sleeping with him. After getting Amina’s approval, Holly starts an investigation. On the other hand, Duncan comes up with some risky ideas that could cause a huge scandal in the political world and could also prove costly for his career.
After the Joshua West scandal, Amina loses all hope while Duncan receives an unfavorable bit of news from the Prime Minister. Leona gets hold of a mysterious source who is somehow interested in James. Peter continues to support Amina and Holly goes ahead with bolder strategies. Meanwhile, Ed’s pride takes a hit when a new entrant joins the team, who is assigned by Duncan to investigate a secret government program. As the episodes unravel, we see how new colleagues find opportunities to impress their peers and how professional stress takes a toll on these individuals’ personal lives. Toward the end, Holly and Duncan engage in the ultimate face-off, but it’s yet to be seen who would emerge as the winner in the final episode.
‘Press’ is a razor-sharp and highly detailed drama that not only dives deep into the modern, turbulent media landscape but also explores the ethical dilemmas that journalists and editors face every day. According to Nigel Stafford-Clark, developer for ‘Press’, “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.”
Press Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Press’ season 1 premiered on October 6, 2019, on PBS Masterpiece.
As far as the next season goes, we don’t have an official announcement yet. Though given the overall positive response that it has received, we would be surprised if PBS doesn’t bring back the show for at least one more season. If renewed, Press season 2 can release sometime in October 2020. We will update this section as soon as we hear more.
You can check out the official first look trailer for ‘Press’ season 1 right here.
Read More: Best Journalism Movies