Daily Picks M Magazine May 19 – Thursday
Series premiere ****1/2
This epic tale of two newspapers navigating turbulent times is full of humour and searing social commentary. 21st-century Fleet Street is a war zone in which both mastheads fight for survival, with very different strategies. Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights) is perfectly cast as the grim-faced broadsheet newshound. Ben Chaplin (Apple Tree Yard) personifies the scurrilous tabloid editor. A nuclear fallout of their crossing paths seems thrillingly inevitable.
Double episode mini-series premiere ****1/2
Further exploring the disintegration of print media is this four-part adaptation of Lucy Kirkwood’s stage play compiling frighteningly realistic scenarios into one barely fictitious fable. Accused of fake news, esteemed war photojournalist, Lee Berger (Alessandro Nivola, American Hustle) goes on a mission to restore his reputation that leads him back to the scene of his career-defining shot of Tiananmen Square. The equally absorbing story of his Chinese friend and fixer is told in tandem.
The daily dramas of these neurotic New Yorkers fallen on hard times in a regrettably named backwater town still aren’t close to getting old, even four seasons in. The smallest hiccup can yield hilarious awkwardness as they forge ahead with their ill-conceived plans. Tonight’s trigger is an apparently toxic hand cream. Catherine O’Hara, as fabulous train wreck of a matriarch, Moira, outshines as usual. Season one is replaying on ABC Comedy on Thursdays at 10.15pm.
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