Hot Metal (1986)

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Hot metal is a London Weekend Television sitcom about the British Newspaper industry broadcast between 1986 and 1988.

The daily crucible, the dullest newspaper in Fleet Street, is suddenly taken over by media magnate Terence "Twiggy" Rathbone. Its editor Harry Stringer is 'promoted' to managing editor, and is replaced in his old job by Russell Spam. Spam then takes the paper shooting downmarket and turns the crucible into a sensation seeking scandal rag, very much in the style of the British tabloids of the 1980s. He is helped along by his ace gutter journalist, Greg Kettle, who intimidates his tabloid victims by claiming to be "a representative of Her Majesty's press" and produces stories such as accusing a vicar of being a werewolf. Throughout the first series, a running plot involved cub reporter Bill Tytla gradually uncovering an actual newsworthy story that went to the very heart of government.

Written by David Renwick and Andrew Marshall, it is very much a continuation in style from their previous sitcom Whoops Apocalypse!. It was produced by Humphrey Barclay.

Series Cast

  1. Robert Hardy as

    Robert Hardy

    13 Episodes

  2. Geoffrey Palmer as

    Geoffrey Palmer

    13 Episodes

  3. Caroline Milmoe as

    Caroline Milmoe

    13 Episodes

  4. Geoffrey Hutchings as

    Geoffrey Hutchings

    13 Episodes

  5. David Barrass as

    David Barrass

    13 Episodes

  6. John Horsley as

    John Horsley

    13 Episodes

  7. Richard Wilson as

    Richard Wilson

    13 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 2

1988 • 7 Episodes

Season 2 of Hot Metal premiered on March 6, 1988.

The Rat Sat on the Cat

(2x7, March 10, 1989) Season Finale

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Hot Metal


Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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