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A brilliant show with a fantastic cast playing a great bunch of characters.
I watched this show without fail back in the nineties and could relate each character to somebody I worked with even in a factory lol.
George, the hypochondriac editor with a failing marriage and unhinged daughter.
Alex/Helen, the sub editors who try in vain to bring a touch of sanity to the office but more often get sucked into the madness.
Damien, the sensationalist reporter and the lengths he will got to (usually in bad taste) to get a dramatic picture and story.
Dave the the womanizing, gambling, video editor who is always running a book on something or selling video compilations of peoples cock-ups on tv.
Gus the chief exec with his annoying dynamic talk that was fast becoming the way in the 90's, "lets pop this in your mental microwave and see if it goes ping". In one show he was referred to as Captain B*****ks,
Henry the hard drinking, toupee wearing, seasoned reporter turned news reader with a liking for women young enough to be his granddaughters
Sally the the news reader, brought in to boost the ratings but shows a severe lack of knowledge in general and in current affairs particularly. An obnoxious, small minded self obsessed woman who is hated by them all.
Joy the psychotic PA feared by them all and not afraid to say what she thinks.
The show and the characters were brilliantly written around current affairs which were at the time giving us stories in the news that you just couldn't make up. (Dave in one episode just after Clinton became US President said "This could be risky for Britain" when asked what he meant he replied "I can just see it now, John Major on the phone to Bill Clinton telling him he has just spent the afternoon watching Chelsea getting spanked")
I recently introduced a friend who was born in 1989 but studied politics at Cambridge and was in the middle of a journalism course to the show and although she was too young to remember the big news stories of the time she loved the humour and the characters.
I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone and especially to people in their late 30's early 40's for the trip down media memory lane as well as the laughs.