Greed All About It

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Greed All About It

It is 1986 and Alice longs to be taken seriously as a proper journalist.

So when Greg 'from management' takes a shine to her and mentions that he is involved in setting up a new newspaper in a high tech office in Wapping, she senses an opportunity.

A sharp, satirical look at the Wapping dispute by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.

Part of the Eighties season on TV and Radio.

Alice....Sally Hawkins

Ted....Ron Cook

Greg....Richard Dillane

Harry....Clive Russell

Eileen....Marion Bailey

Andy....Freddie White

Charles....Nigel Hastings

Graham....John Biggins

Reporter....Keely Beresford

Producer Gary Brown

It is 1986 - the apogee of the Thatcher decade.

In the hard drinking, straight talking, misogynistic inner workings of a daily newspaper office on Fleet Street it is the inkies in their overmanned, union protected print room who hold all the power.

Journalists with their copy are just an interruption to their daily routine of smoking endless cigarettes, playing cards and throwing the occasional sandwich into the machine - after all they are only there in case the damn thing breaks down.

Alice soon finds out that Greg has bent the truth a bit and this high fangled Wapping office with its computer-powered printers and journalist-driven printworks is not for a new newspaper at all, but for the existing one.

For her it is an opportunity, but for her father Ted, a senior inkie on the paper and a very active and vocal member of the printers' union, it means an end to his easy ride and the whole culture of the printers' working life.

Obviously Ted will not take this lying down, although it is soon clear that nothing, not even the force of a strong union, can halt the progress of technology.

Starring Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky), Greed All About It is a comic take on the out of date working practices of the newspaper industry and the underhand manner in which the bosses sought to rectify this.

Ian Hislop is a well renowned satirist, writer, broadcaster and editor of the magazine Private Eye.

Nick Newman has co-written several scripts with Hislop, the most notable being My Dad's the Prime Minister for BBC 1.

Nick is also a cartoonist for The Sunday Times, Spectator and Private Eye.

Satirical take on the 1986 Wapping dispute by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

It is 1986 and Alice longs to be taken seriously as a proper journalist. So when Greg 'from management' takes a shine to her and mentions that he is involved in setting up a new newspaper in a high tech office in Wapping, she senses an opportunity.

A sharp, satirical look at the Wapping dispute by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Part of the Eighties season on TV and Radio.

By Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Satirical look at the Wapping dispute.