Hot Metal was another classic collaboration between comedy writes David Renwick and Andrew Marshall who gave us the superlative Whoops Apocalypse (series and film) and the patchier but nevertheless inspired End of Part One. Renwick went on to write One Foot in the Grave which, like this series, starred Richard Wilson, and later Jonathan Creek.
This series may not have quite as strong a through-story as the first (and is missing the lugubrious Geoffrey Palmer) but it has some golden moments as tabloid excess marches ever onwards at The Daily Crucible. This series features a handy pullout list of everyone in the country who is HIV positive and a tabloid bidding war over a donkey which leads to some undseemly business with a chainsaw. Quality!
At the time this came out, like all the best satires, what went on at The Crucible wasn't all that far removed from what was really happening at The Sun and The Mirror. It still isn't...and you can add The Mail and The Express to that list. As the juvenile knocking-copy adverts in this series reveal: The Mirror and The Sun are a pain in the bum. The Mail and the Express are a pile of dogs' mess. Nothing changes, eh?