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Press Gang 

A bunch of kids are to make a newspaper for the young, named "Junior Gazette". The series follows these kids both on job and in private.

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Bill Moffat
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Complete series cast summary:
Julia Sawalha ...  Lynda Day / ... 43 episodes, 1989-1993
Dexter Fletcher ...  Spike Thomson / ... 43 episodes, 1989-1993
Paul Reynolds ...  Colin Mathews 43 episodes, 1989-1993
Mmoloki Chrystie Mmoloki Chrystie ...  Frazz Davis 41 episodes, 1989-1993
Kelda Holmes Kelda Holmes ...  Sarah Jackson 41 episodes, 1989-1993
Lee Ross ...  Kenny Phillips 31 episodes, 1989-1993
Joanna Dukes Joanna Dukes ...  Tiddler 30 episodes, 1989-1993
Lucy Benjamin ...  Julie Craig 23 episodes, 1989-1993
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A bunch of kids are to make a newspaper for the young, named "Junior Gazette". The series follows these kids both on job and in private.

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journalism | adolescent | See All (2) »

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Family | Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La pandilla plumilla See more »

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Runtime:

| (43 episodes)

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Mono | Stereo

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Reynolds later worked with future Doctor Who (2005) (TV Series) actors Christopher Eccleston and Alex Kingston on two separated acting projects. Paul Reynolds starred opposite Christopher Eccleston in Let Him Have It (1991) and he starred opposite Alex Kingston in Croupier (1998). Christopher Eccleston played The Ninth Doctor in 2005 and Alex Kingston played recurring character River Song from 2008 - 2015. Steven Moffat became a regular writer and succeeded Russell T. Davies as showrunner from 2010 - 2017. He was replaced by Chris Chibnall. See more »

Quotes

Spike: I guess you're looking for the bitch editor from hell, right?
Kenny: I never call her that, she likes it.
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Connections

Featured in 30 Years of CITV (2012) See more »

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Watch and learn, TV writers!
15 March 2002 | by Katta-3See all my reviews

I'm an addict to television, simply put. I have followed more TV series than I can remember, and some of them were actually very good. So trust my authority on this: Press Gang is the best show I have ever seen. I

don't own many TV videotapes, and honestly don't want to, but PG is the one show I would want to own all episodes of. Most of them are

fabulous. Two or three might be a bit off, but still better than

practically anything you can get from any other half-hour show.

The concept is simple: take a bunch of teenagers, put them in a room,

tell them to write a newspaper. Even describing the characters wouldn't explain much. The leads, Spike and Lynda, are one of innumerable

Hepburn/Tracy ripoffs, but unlike practically everybody else, these two nearly exceed the original. The rest of the cast is in no way inferior. A personal favourite of mine is the glamour bitch Sam, only

participating in one season, but impossible to forget.

The plots can be corny, but never unintentionally. "Issue" stories a bit oversentimental sometimes, but that's a breeze compared to how they're handled in American shows.

And oh, the dialogue, with so many good lines it's hard to choose. Since I'm so fond of Sam, let's have one with her and Lynda.

Lynda: A few wrinkles might give your face some character. Sam: You've got enough character for both of our faces. Lynda: Both of ours or just both of yours? ...brilliant...


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