Electric Ink

A comic satire set in the struggling world of newspapers.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Stars Robert Lindsay.

From June 2009.

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

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

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.

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

Freddy is 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?

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?

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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.

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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.

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?

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

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.

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 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.

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

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

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

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

Maddox refuses to give up

a source.

Could he really face prison.

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by Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson.

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

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

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.

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

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

Maddox takes a moral stance

with disastrous results.

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.

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

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.

The paper gets a hot tip about a Lib-Dem MP.

Could they be about to unseat the coalition.

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

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.

Freddy punctures

Maddox's literary pretensions and uncovers

a scandal.

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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.

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

The paper is on the verge

of being sold to a Russian gangster.

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

  • steward - Adeel Akhtar