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In Pursuit Of Hot News,
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This 1987 television film illustrates, not the first time, the difficulty of translating the sharply satirical - and essentially literary - style of Evelyn Waugh into a visual medium. What often lies so effectively on the printed page can lose some impact off it. That said, this is a decent version of Waugh's satire on Fleet Street and the cut-throat competition for 'hot news' (whether true or false) waged by the world's press. Michael Maloney is ideal as the mild-mannered nature columnist William Boot, who is mistakenly sent by the London Daily Beast (proprietor Lord Copper) to cover 'a promising little war' in the ramshackle East African state of Ishmaelia. There is excellent support from a cast which includes Donald Pleasence, Michael Hordern, Denholm Elliott and Herbert Lom. Good production values (with extensive location shooting in Morocco) but a crisper tempo would have been necessary to warrant a higher rating. A brave try, nonetheless.