Hot Metal

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Hot Metal

newspaper media satire reporter sitcom workplace comedy

Hot Metal

First Air Date: February 16, 1986

First Aired on    :   1986
Status    :   Ended
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Networks    :   ITV
Genres    :   Comedy
Seasons/Episodes    :   13 episodes in 2 Seasons

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.


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Seasons

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Season 2 (1988)

7 episodes


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Season 1 (1986)

6 episodes




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