THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2018
Faith Penhale / Bethan Jones
Mona Quresh / Mike Bartlett / Rebecca Eaton
A Lookout Point Limited production for the BBC
London, present day. The Herald, a left-leaning broadsheet struggling to adapt to the age of digital news, and The Post, a thriving populist tabloid, occupy buildings in the same square.
At The Herald, Deputy News Editor Holly Evans (Charlotte Riley) is tasked with giving Wendy Bolt (Susannah Wise), a controversial right-wing commentator and media personality, a tour of the office.
Holly is itching to get back to a story lead she is following: the death of a young woman, Andrea Reed, following a hit and run by a police vehicle. When she learns that the nearby corner shop has already given its CCTV footage of the accident to The Post, Holly approaches Editor Duncan Allen (Ben Chaplin) and asks for the tapes. Unfortunately, Duncan still remembers an uncomplimentary article Holly once wrote about him.
At The Post, Oxford graduate Ed Washburn (Paapa Essiedu) is given his first ‘death knock’, interviewing the parents of Shawn Kingsley, a footballer who has committed suicide. When details emerge about Kingsley's private life that prompt his distraught parents to withdraw the interview, Ed comes under pressure to run the story against their will.
Duncan is delighted to be approached with compromising pictures of Carla Mason (Lorna Brown), a front-bench MP known for her feminist stance. The Herald is following the story from a more sympathetic angle, but Editor Amina Chaudury’s (Priyanga Burford) reassurances to Mason that the splash will soon die down prove premature.
Duncan is pleased with his day’s work, but on leaving the office he is stopped by Worldwide News chief George Emmerson (David Suchet) - his boss - who reminds him that he is employed to deliver news as well as entertainment. Meanwhile, Holly remains determined to continue investigating Andrea Reed’s death.