Electric Ink

A comic satire set in the struggling world of newspapers.

Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry.

Maddox is an old school journalist struggling to keep up with new technology.

He feels the art of finding stories is being forgotten and he is not about to let that happen.

Old hacks meet new media in Alistair Beaton's satire set in the changing world of the newspaper industry.

Maddox.... Robert Lindsay
Oliver.... Alex Jennings
Amelia.... Elizabeth Berrington
Tasneem.... Zita Sattar
Masha.... Debbie Chazen
Freddy.... Ben Willbond
Announcer.... Matt Addis

With additional material by Tom Mitchelson.

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2009.

Old hacks struggle with new media in the changing world of a broadsheet newspaper.

Satirical comedy. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry

Old hacks struggle with new media in the changing world of a broadsheet newspaper. Stars Robert Lindsay. From June 2009.

Satirical comedy by Alistair Beaton. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry.

Press Officer (Barry).... Stephen Hogan

. Comedy by Alistair Beaton. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry.


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A comic satire set in the struggling world of newspapers.

Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry.

Maddox is an old school journalist struggling to keep up with new technology.

He feels the art of finding stories is being forgotten and he is not about to let that happen.

Old hacks meet new media in Alistair Beaton's satire set in the changing world of the newspaper industry.

Maddox.... Robert Lindsay
Oliver.... Alex Jennings
Amelia.... Elizabeth Berrington
Tasneem.... Zita Sattar
Masha.... Debbie Chazen
Freddy.... Ben Willbond
Announcer.... Matt Addis

With additional material by Tom Mitchelson.

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2009.

Old hacks struggle with new media in the changing world of a broadsheet newspaper.

Satirical comedy. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry

Old hacks struggle with new media in the changing world of a broadsheet newspaper. Stars Robert Lindsay. From June 2009.

Satirical comedy by Alistair Beaton. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry.

Press Officer (Barry).... Stephen Hogan

. Comedy by Alistair Beaton. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry.

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Circulation is going through the roof.

Old hacks meet new media in Alistair Beaton's satire set in the changing world of the newspaper industry.

Maddox.... Robert Lindsay
Oliver.... Alex Jennings
Amelia.... Elizabeth Berrington
Tasneem.... Zita Sattar
Masha.... Debbie Chazen
Freddy.... Ben Willbond
Announcer.... Matt Addis

With additional material by Tom Mitchelson.

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2009.

Circulation is going through the roof as the old newspaper hacks struggle with new media.

Satirical comedy. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry

Circulation is going through the roof as the old newspaper hacks struggle with new media. Stars Robert Lindsay. From June 2009.

In order to increase sales of the newspaper, the marketing department decide to give away a free wall chart - with disastrous results.

Satirical comedy by Alistair Beaton. Old hacks meet new media in the in the newspaper industry.

Freddy/Waiter/Voiceover.... Ben Willbond

. In order to increase sales, the marketing department decide to give away a free wallchart.

Satirical comedy by Alistair Beaton. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry.

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Editor Oliver wants Terry from Tottenham, as 'street boy' Freddy inadvertently breaks a top story in the Treasury.

Old hacks meet new media in Alistair Beaton's satire set in the changing world of the newspaper industry.

Maddox.... Robert Lindsay
Oliver.... Alex Jennings
Amelia.... Elizabeth Berrington
Tasneem.... Zita Sattar
Masha.... Debbie Chazen
Freddy.... Ben Willbond
Announcer.... Matt Addis

With additional material by Tom Mitchelson.

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2009.

Editor Oliver wants Terry from Tottenham, as 'street boy' Freddy chases a Treasury scoop.

Satirical comedy. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry

. Editor Oliver wants Terry from Tottenham, as old hack Freddy chases a Treasury scoop.

Editor Oliver wants Terry from Tottenham, as old hack Freddy chases a Treasury scoop. Stars Robert Lindsay. From June 2009.

Editor Oliver wants Terry from Tottenham, as 'street boy' Freddy chases a Treasury scoop. Stars Robert Lindsay. From June 2009.

Stars Robert Lindsay.

Using Twitter as a source, Freddy inadvertently breaks a top story in the Treasury.

Satirical comedy by Alistair Beaton. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry.

Man.... Matt Addis

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The paper hires a reality star as a columnist so Maddox must find a way of rewriting her copy without upsetting her.

Old hacks meet new media in Alistair Beaton's satire set in the changing world of the newspaper industry.

Maddox.... Robert Lindsay
Oliver.... Alex Jennings
Amelia.... Elizabeth Berrington
Tasneem.... Zita Sattar
Masha.... Debbie Chazen
Freddy.... Ben Willbond
Announcer.... Matt Addis
Debbie.... Lizzy Watts

With additional material by Tom Mitchelson.

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2009.

A new reality star columnist means Maddox must rewrite her copy without causing upset.

Satirical comedy. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry

A new reality star columnist means Maddox must rewrite her copy without causing upset. Stars Robert Lindsay. From June 2009.

The paper hires a reality star as a columnist and Maddox must find a way of rewriting her copy without upsetting her.

Satirical comedy by Alistair Beaton. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry.

. The paper hires a reality star as a columnist.

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While Freddy introduces buzzwords to the paper, Maddox uncovers a top story about the Prime Minister, will the story be spiked?

Old hacks meet new media in Alistair Beaton's satire set in the changing world of the newspaper industry.

Maddox.... Robert Lindsay
Oliver.... Alex Jennings
Amelia.... Elizabeth Berrington
Tasneem.... Zita Sattar
Masha.... Debbie Chazen
Freddy.... Ben Willbond
Announcer.... Matt Addis
PM's Wife.... Janice Acquah

With additional material by Tom Mitchelson.

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2009.

Freddy is after buzzwords, but will Maddox's scoop on the Prime Minister get spiked?

Satirical comedy. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry

. Freddy's after buzzwords, but will Maddox's scoop on the Prime Minister get spiked?

Freddy's after buzzwords, but will Maddox's scoop on the Prime Minister get spiked? Stars Robert Lindsay. From July 2009.

While Freddy introduces buzzwords to the paper, Maddox uncovers a top story about the PM.

But will it be suppressed?

Freddy is after buzzwords, but will Maddox's scoop on the Prime Minister get spiked? Stars Robert Lindsay. From July 2009.

Satirical comedy by Alistair Beaton. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry.

While Freddy introduces buzzwords to the paper, Maddox uncovers a top story about the PM. But will it be suppressed?

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Job cuts are predicted with circulation dropping, but who'll survive the bloodbath?

Job cuts are predicted with circulation dropping, but who'll survive the bloodbath? Stars Robert Lindsay. From July 2009.

With newspaper circulation dropping, a round of swingeing job cuts are predicted.

But who will survive the bloodbath?

Job cuts are predicted with circulation dropping, but who will survive the bloodbath?

Job cuts are predicted with circulation dropping, but who will survive the bloodbath? Stars Robert Lindsay. From July 2009.

Satirical comedy by Alistair Beaton. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry.

With newspaper circulation dropping, a round of swingeing job cuts are predicted. But who will survive the bloodbath?

Maddox.... Robert Lindsay

Oliver.... Alex Jennings

Freddy.... Ben Willbond

Amelia.... Elizabeth Berrington

Tasneem.... Zita Sattar

Masha.... Debbie Chazen

With additional material by Tom Mitchelson.

. With circulation dropping, a round of job cuts are predicted. Who will survive?

A swathe of job cuts are predicted with circulation dropping, but who will survive the bloodbath?

Old hacks meet new media in Alistair Beaton's satire set in the changing world of the newspaper industry.

Maddox.... Robert Lindsay
Oliver.... Alex Jennings
Amelia.... Elizabeth Berrington
Tasneem.... Zita Sattar
Masha.... Debbie Chazen
Freddy.... Ben Willbond
Announcer.... Matt Addis

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2009.

Satirical comedy. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry

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Maddox has lost the job of news editor and now faces being sued.

Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson's comic satire set in the struggling world of newspapers..

Maddox.... John Sessions
Oliver.... Alex Jennings
Freddy.... Stephen Wight
Carol.... Polly Frame
Masha.... Debbie Chazen
Keith.... Sam Dale

Producer.... Sally Avens

A group of dysfunctional journalists attempt to cover major news stories at the same time as grappling with the demands of working in a multi-platform environment, watching circulation figures plummet and the recession causing half the workforce to be laid off.

At the heart of the comedy is the relationship between Maddox Bradley, a journalist who mourns the day of proper investigative journalism, and Freddy, the online editor who will regurgitate a press release quite happily and call it a story. But they have a grudging respect for the each other as Freddy helps Maddox stay afloat in the world of Twitter, Facebook and podcasting and Maddox shows Freddy how to sniff out the real story. Both are at the mercy of Oliver, the pragmatic editor more concerned with keeping his job, and Carol, the news editor who believes that circulation will increase if they run pieces on Big Mac eating orang-utans and 'intelligent' skunks rather than Maddox's moral crusading diatribes. And only Masha, the Russian head of online communities, who wants to give away all their content because that is true democracy, knows Freddy's secret; that he's a posh boy from Eton rather than a hyper-cool kid from the street; well that's what Freddy thinks anyway.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2010.

Old-style print journalist Maddox must compete with a new editor - an actual female.

Satirical comedy. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry

By Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson.

A comic satire set in the struggling world of newspapers. Maddox has lost the job of news editor and now faces being sued.

Maddox.... John Sessions
Oliver.... Alex Jennings
Freddy.... Stephen Wight
Carol.... Polly Frame
Masha.... Debbie Chazen
Keith.... Sam Dale
Producer.... Sally Avens

Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson's satire is set in the world of modern newspapers.

Alistair Beaton is one of our best known political satirists. He won the Evening Standard comedy award for his play 'Feelgood', was a founding member of 'Not The Nine O'clock News' and also wrote 'A Very Social Secretary' and ' The Trial of Tony Blair' for television. Tom Mitchelson is a writer and journalist.

John Sessions takes on the role of Maddox Bradley. John is best known for his improvisation work on Whose Line is It Anyway and Stella Street. Stephen Wight was last seen in Whites on BBC2 and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer in 2007. He recently appeared at the National Theatre in The Habit of Art alongside Alex Jennings. Polly Frame was most recently seen in Earthquakes in London at the National and Debbie Chazen is currently on tour with Calendar Girls.

John Sessions takes on the role of Maddox Bradley. John is best known for his improvisation work on Whose Line is It Anyway and Stella Street. Stephen Wight was last seen in Whites on BBC2 and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer in 2007. He recently appeared at the National Theatre in The Habit of Art alongside Alex Jennings. Polly Frame was most recently seen in Earthquakes in London at the National and Debbie Chazen is currently on tour with Calendar Girls.

Maddox - John Sessions

Oliver - Alex Jennings

Freddy - Stephen Wight

Carol - Polly Frame

Masha - Debbie Chazen

Keith - Sam Dale

Old style print journalist Maddox must compete with a new - female - editor.

Old style print journalist Maddox must compete with a new - female - editor. Stars John Sessions. From December 2010.

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Alistair Beaton is one of our best kElectric Ink

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Maddox's customary journalistic integrity is challenged by an overnight stay in prison.

Satirical comedy. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry

By Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson.

A comic satire set in the struggling world of newspapers. Maddox refuses to give up a source. Could he really face prison.

Maddox.... John Sessions
Oliver.... Alex Jennings
Freddy.... Stephen Wight
Carol.... Polly Frame
Masha.... Debbie Chazen
Policeman.... Henry Devas
Warder.... Adeel Akhtar
Producer.... Sally Avens

Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson's satire is set in the world of modern newspapers.

A group of dysfunctional journalists attempt to cover major news stories at the same time as grappling with the demands of working in a multi-platform environment, watching circulation figures plummet and the recession causing half the workforce to be laid off.

At the heart of the comedy is the relationship between Maddox Bradley, a journalist who mourns the day of proper investigative journalism, and Freddy, the online editor who will regurgitate a press release quite happily and call it a story. But they have a grudging respect for the each other as Freddy helps Maddox stay afloat in the world of Twitter, Facebook and podcasting and Maddox shows Freddy how to sniff out the real story. Both are at the mercy of Oliver, the pragmatic editor more concerned with keeping his job, and Carol, the news editor who believes that circulation will increase if they run pieces on Big Mac eating orang-utans and 'intelligent' skunks rather than Maddox's moral crusading diatribes. And only Masha, the Russian head of online communities, who wants to give away all their content because that is true democracy, knows Freddy's secret; that he's a posh boy from Eton rather than a hypercool kid from the street; well that's what Freddy thinks anyway.

. Maddox refuses to give up a source. Could he really face prison?

Maddox's customary journalistic integrity is challenged by an overnight stay in prison. Stars John Sessions. From December 2010.

At the heart of the comedy is the relationship between Maddox Bradley, a journalist who mourns the day of proper investigative journalism, and Freddy, the online editor who will regurgitate a press release quite happily and call it a story. But they have a grudging respect for the each other as Freddy helps Maddox stay afloat in the world of Twitter, Facebook and podcasting and Maddox shows Freddy how to sniff out the real story. Both are at the mercy of Oliver, the pragmatic editor more concerned with keeping his job, and Carol, the news editor who believes that circulation will increase if they run pieces on Big Mac eating orang-utans and 'intelligent' skunks rather than Maddox's moral crusading diatribes. And only Masha, the Russian head of online communities, who wants to give away all their content because that is true democracy, knows Freddy's secret; that he's a posh boy from Eton rather than a hypercool kid from the street; well that's what Freddy thinks anyway.

Maddox - John Sessions

Oliver - Alex Jennings

Freddy - Stephen Wight

Carol - Polly Frame

Masha - Debbie Chazen

Policeman - Henry Devas

Warder - Adeel Akhtar

Producer - Sally Avens

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Could he really face prison."

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Struggling print journalist Maddox takes a moral stance with disastrous results.

Satirical comedy. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry

A comic satire set in the struggling world of newspapers. Maddox takes a moral stance with disastrous results.

Written by Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson.

A group of dysfunctional journalists attempt to cover major news stories at the same time as grappling with the demands of working in a multi-platform environment, watching circulation figures plummet and the recession causing half the workforce to be laid off.

At the heart of the comedy is the relationship between Maddox Bradley [John Sessions], a journalist who mourns the day of proper investigative journalism, and Freddy, the online editor who will regurgitate a press release quite happily and call it a story. But they have a grudging respect for the each other as Freddy helps Maddox stay afloat in the world of Twitter, Facebook and podcasting and Maddox shows Freddy how to sniff out the real story. Both are at the mercy of Oliver, the pragmatic Editor more concerned with keeping his job, and Carol, the news editor who believes that circulation will increase if they run pieces on Big Mac eating orang-utans and 'intelligent' skunks rather than Maddox's moral crusading diatribes. And only Masha, the Russian head of online communities, who wants to give away all their content because that is true democracy, knows Freddy's secret; that he's a posh boy from Eton rather than a hypercool kid from the street; well that's what Freddy thinks anyway.

Maddox.... John Sessions
Oliver.... Alex Jennings
Freddy.... Stephen Wight
Carol.... Polly Frame
Masha.... Debbie Chazen
With Joanna Monro, Sean Baker
Adeel Akhtar,Henry Devas
and Sam Dale
Producer.... Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.

Struggling print journalist Maddox takes a moral stance with disastrous results. Stars John Sessions. From December 2010.

Maddox - John Sessions

Oliver - Alex Jennings

Freddy - Stephen Wight

Carol - Polly Frame

Masha - Debbie Chazen

With Joanna Monro, Sean Baker

and Sam Dale

Producer - Sally Avens

Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson's satire is set in the world of modern newspapers.

At the heart of the comedy is the relationship between Maddox Bradley, a journalist who mourns the day of proper investigative journalism, and Freddy, the online editor who will regurgitate a press release quite happily and call it a story.

At the heart of the comedy is the relationship between Maddox Bradley, a journalist who mourns the day of proper investigative journalism, and Freddy, the online editor who will regurgitate a press release quite happily and call it a story. But they have a grudging respect for the each other as Freddy helps Maddox stay afloat in the world of Twitter, Facebook and podcasting and Maddox shows Freddy how to sniff out the real story. Both are at the mercy of Oliver, the pragmatic Editor more concerned with keeping his job, and Carol, the news editor who believes that circulation will increase if they run pieces on Big Mac eating orang-utans and 'intelligent' skunks rather than Maddox's moral crusading diatribes. And only Masha, the Russian head of online communities, who wants to give away all their content because that is true democracy, knows Freddy's secret; that he's a posh boy from Eton rather than a hypercool kid from the street; well that's what Freddy thinks anyway.

Maddox takes a moral stance with disastrous results."

A group of dysfunctional journalists attempt to cover major news stories whilst grappling with the demands of a multi-platform environment, as circulation figures plummet as the recession means half the workforce is laid off.

With Joanna Monro, Sean Baker, Adeel Akhtar,Henry Devas and Sam Dale.

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Can struggling journalist Maddox make a splash with a political corruption tip-off?

Satirical comedy. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry

by Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson.

A comic satire set in the struggling world of newspapers. The paper gets a hot tip about a Lib-Dem MP. Could they be about to unseat the coalition?

Maddox.... John Sessions
Oliver.... Alex Jennings
Freddy.... Stephen Wight
Carol.... Polly Frame
Masha.... Debbie Chazen
Julie Compton.... Joanna Monro
Producer.... Sally Avens

Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson's satire is set in the world of modern newspapers.

A group of dysfunctional journalists attempt to cover major news stories at the same time as grappling with the demands of working in a multi-platform environment, watching circulation figures plummet and the recession causing half the workforce to be laid off.

At the heart of the comedy is the relationship between Maddox Bradley; a journalist who mourns the day of proper investigative journalism and Freddy, the online editor who will regurgitate a press release quite happily and call it a story. But they have a grudging respect for the each other as Freddy helps Maddox stay afloat in the world of Twitter, Facebook and podcasting and Maddox shows Freddy how to sniff out the real story. Both are at the mercy of Oliver, the pragmatic editor more concerned with keeping his job, and Carol, the news editor who believes that circulation will increase if they run pieces on Big Mac eating orang-utans and 'intelligent' skunks rather than Maddox's moral crusading diatribes. And only Masha, the Russian head of online communities, who wants to give away all their content because that is true democracy, knows Freddy's secret; that he's a posh boy from Eton rather than a hypercool kid from the street; well that's what Freddy thinks anyway.

Can struggling journalist Maddox make a splash with a political corruption tip-off? Stars John Sessions. From December 2010.

Could they be about to unseat the coalition.

At the heart of the comedy is the relationship between Maddox Bradley; a journalist who mourns the day of proper investigative journalism and Freddy, the online editor who will regurgitate a press release quite happily and call it a story. But they have a grudging respect for the each other as Freddy helps Maddox stay afloat in the world of Twitter, Facebook and podcasting and Maddox shows Freddy how to sniff out the real story. Both are at the mercy of Oliver, the pragmatic editor more concerned with keeping his job, and Carol, the news editor who believes that circulation will increase if they run pieces on Big Mac eating orang-utans and 'intelligent' skunks rather than Maddox's moral crusading diatribes. And only Masha, the Russian head of online communities, who wants to give away all their content because that is true democracy, knows Freddy's secret; that he's a posh boy from Eton rather than a hypercool kid from the street; well that's what Freddy thinks anyway.

Maddox - John Sessions

Oliver - Alex Jennings

Freddy - Stephen Wight

Carol - Polly Frame

Masha - Debbie Chazen

Julie Compton - Joanna Monro

Producer - Sally Avens

The paper gets a hot tip about a Lib-Dem MP. Could they be about to unseat the coalition..

Can struggling journalist Maddox make a splash with a tip-off over political corruption that could unseat the coalition?

A group of dysfunctional journalists attempt to cover major news stories whilst grappling with the demands of a multi-platform environment, as circulation figures plummet as the recession means half the workforce is laid off.

Written by Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010..

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Can struggling journalist Maddox's literary pretentions survive in the new media world?

Satirical comedy. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry

by Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson.

A comic satire set in the struggling world of newspapers. Freddy punctures Maddox's literary pretensions and uncovers a scandal.

Maddox.... John Sessions
Oliver.... Alex Jennings
Freddy.... Stephen Wight
Carol.... Polly Frame
Masha.... Debbie Chazen
Miles Deanbrook.... Sean Baker
Waiter.... Adeel Akhtar
Producer.... Sally Avens

Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson's satire is set in the world of modern newspapers.

A group of dysfunctional journalists attempt to cover major news stories at the same time as grappling with the demands of working in a multi-platform environment, watching circulation figures plummet and the recession causing half the workforce to be laid off.

At the heart of the comedy is the relationship between Maddox Bradley, a journalist who mourns the day of proper investigative journalism, and Freddy, the online editor who will regurgitate a press release quite happily and call it a story. But they have a grudging respect for the each other as Freddy helps Maddox stay afloat in the world of Twitter, Facebook and podcasting and Maddox shows Freddy how to sniff out the real story. Both are at the mercy of Oliver, the pragmatic editor more concerned with keeping his job, and Carol, the news editor who believes that circulation will increase if they run pieces on Big Mac eating orang-utans and 'intelligent' skunks rather than Maddox's moral crusading diatribes. And only Masha, the Russian head of online communities, who wants to give away all their content because that is true democracy, knows Freddy's secret; that he's a posh boy from Eton rather than a hypercool kid from the street; well that's what Freddy thinks anyway.

Can struggling journalist Maddox's literary pretentions survive in the new media world? Stars John Sessions. From December 2010.

Maddox - John Sessions

Oliver - Alex Jennings

Freddy - Stephen Wight

Carol - Polly Frame

Masha - Debbie Chazen

Miles Deanbrook - Sean Baker

Waiter - Adeel Akhtar

Producer....Sally Avens

At the heart of the comedy is the relationship between Maddox Bradley, a journalist who mourns the day of proper investigative journalism, and Freddy, the online editor who will regurgitate a press release quite happily and call it a story. But they have a grudging respect for the each other as Freddy helps Maddox stay afloat in the world of Twitter, Facebook and podcasting and Maddox shows Freddy how to sniff out the real story. Both are at the mercy of Oliver, the pragmatic editor more concerned with keeping his job, and Carol, the news editor who believes that circulation will increase if they run pieces on Big Mac eating orang-utans and 'intelligent' skunks rather than Maddox's moral crusading diatribes. And only Masha, the Russian head of online communities, who wants to give away all their content because that is true democracy, knows Freddy's secret; that he's a posh boy from Eton rather than a hypercool kid from the street; well that's what Freddy thinks anyway.

Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson's comic satire set in the struggling world of newspapers.

A group of dysfunctional journalists attempt to cover major news stories whilst grappling with the demands of a multi-platform environment, as circulation figures plummet as the recession means half the workforce is laid off.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2010.

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Maddox's future is uncertain as a rather shady character plans to buy the newspaper.

Satirical comedy. Old hacks meet new media in the newspaper industry

by Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson.

A comic satire set in the struggling world of newspapers. The paper is on the verge of being sold to a Russian gangster.

Maddox.... John Sessions
Oliver.... Alex Jennings
Freddy.... Stephen Wight
Carol.... Polly Frame
Masha.... Debbie Chazen
Andrei Zinoviev.... Ewan Bailey
Steward.... Adeel Akhtar
Producer.... Sally Avens

Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson's satire is set in the world of modern newspapers.

A group of dysfunctional journalists attempt to cover major news stories at the same time as grappling with the demands of working in a multi-platform environment, watching circulation figures plummet and the recession causing half the workforce to be laid off.

At the heart of the comedy is the relationship between Maddox Bradley, a journalist who mourns the day of proper investigative journalism, and Freddy, the online editor who will regurgitate a press release quite happily and call it a story. But they have a grudging respect for the each other as Freddy helps Maddox stay afloat in the world of Twitter, Facebook and podcasting and Maddox shows Freddy how to sniff out the real story. Both are at the mercy of Oliver, the pragmatic Editor more concerned with keeping his job, and Carol, the news editor who believes that circulation will increase if they run pieces on Big Mac eating orang-utans and 'intelligent' skunks rather than Maddox's moral crusading diatribes. And only Masha, the Russian head of online communities, who wants to give away all their content because that is true democracy, knows Freddy's secret; that he's a posh boy from Eton rather than a hypercool kid from the street; well that's what Freddy thinks anyway.

Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson's comic satire set in the struggling world of newspapers.

A group of dysfunctional journalists attempt to cover major news stories whilst grappling with the demands of a multi-platform environment, as circulation figures plummet as the recession means half the workforce is laid off.

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2011.

Maddox's future is uncertain as a rather shady character plans to buy the newspaper. Stars John Sessions. From January 2011.

Freddy punctures Maddox's literary pretensions and uncovers a scandal.

  • steward - Adeel Akhtar

  • steward - adeel akhtar

    a comic satire set in the struggling world

    of newspapers. the paper is on the verge

    maddox....john sessions

    oliver....alex jennings

    freddy....stephen wight

    carol....polly frame

    masha....debbie chazen

    andrei zinoviev....ewan bailey

    steward....adeel akhtar

    freddy punctures maddox's literary pretensions and uncovers a scandal.

    freddy punctures maddox's literary pretensions and uncovers a scandal

  • steward - adeel akhtar

  • andrei zinoviev - ewan bailey

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    Maddox's future is uncertain as a rather shady character plans to buy the newspaper.

    by Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson.

    A comic satire set in the struggling world of newspapers. The paper is on the verge of being sold to a Russian gangster.

    Maddox.... John Sessions
    Oliver.... Alex Jennings
    Freddy.... Stephen Wight
    Carol.... Polly Frame
    Masha.... Debbie Chazen
    Andrei Zinoviev.... Ewan Bailey
    Steward.... Adeel Akhtar
    Producer.... Sally Avens

    Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson's satire is set in the world of modern newspapers.

    A group of dysfunctional journalists attempt to cover major news stories at the same time as grappling with the demands of working in a multi-platform environment, watching circulation figures plummet and the recession causing half the workforce to be laid off.

    At the heart of the comedy is the relationship between Maddox Bradley, a journalist who mourns the day of proper investigative journalism, and Freddy, the online editor who will regurgitate a press release quite happily and call it a story. But they have a grudging respect for the each other as Freddy helps Maddox stay afloat in the world of Twitter, Facebook and podcasting and Maddox shows Freddy how to sniff out the real story. Both are at the mercy of Oliver, the pragmatic Editor more concerned with keeping his job, and Carol, the news editor who believes that circulation will increase if they run pieces on Big Mac eating orang-utans and 'intelligent' skunks rather than Maddox's moral crusading diatribes. And only Masha, the Russian head of online communities, who wants to give away all their content because that is true democracy, knows Freddy's secret; that he's a posh boy from Eton rather than a hypercool kid from the street; well that's what Freddy thinks anyway.

    Maddox - John Sessions

    Oliver - Alex Jennings

    Freddy - Stephen Wight

    Carol - Polly Frame

    Masha - Debbie Chazen

    Andrei Zinoviev - Ewan Bailey

    Steward - Adeel Akhtar

    Producer - Sally Avens