WATCH 'Press' first teaser: Charlotte Riley, Ben Chaplin, and David Suchet notch up newsrooms rivalry in BBC Drama
Amid the various controversies revolving around the journalism industry, BBC has come up with a show that will throw some light on the regular struggles of a newsroom.
BBC One has just released the first teaser for its upcoming show, 'Press,' a six-part drama set to reveal the workings of journalism, as an industry. Coming from the writer of 'Doctor Foster,' Mike Barlett, the series, which stars Ben Chaplin and Charlotte Riley, will kick off in the UK in September.
The teaser, for now, gives the glimpse of the rivalry between two media houses- 'The Herald' and 'The Post.' While 'Peaky Blinders' star Riley is taking up the role as the Deputy News Editor of The Herald, her opponent - Chairman & CEO of Worldwide News - and owner of The Post, is 'Sad Cypress' actor David Suchet and the 'Cinderella' actor Ben Chaplin plays Deputy News Editor of The Post.
The teaser opens to the conflicting ideologies in the media which often take over the unstable industry as it tries to maintain the right balance between a story and its purpose. While some try to exaggerate and inflate something insignificant just for the sake of the sale of news, others try to abide by the basic ethics of journalism i.e to seek the truth.
In the teaser, it all starts when Chaplin clearly declares that The Post's purpose is to tell "the most outrageous storytelling in the world" -while Riley affirms that at The Herald, “Our job is the truth.” Giving a glimpse of the two conflicting newsrooms, 'Press' hints at the truths and undenied realities that work within the media world; something that remains constantly under scrutiny. While the personal crisis is bound to take over, it will be interesting to watch how the journalists struggle to put the news first and then deal with the rest of the story as history.
Along with Riley, Chaplin, and Suchet, 'Press' will also be joined by Priyanga Burford, Paapa Essiedu ('A Midsummer Night's Dream'), Shane Zaza ('Happy Valley'), and two 'Game of Thrones' actors — Brenden Cowell (who plays Harrag in Season 7) and Ellie Kendrick (who plays Meera Reed).
Watch the teaser below: