Steve Goble

Choose life. (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Breakneck newspaper satire on recent events, which shows so much promise that it's a shame it's only a one-off and not the start of a series.

Written by Drop The Dead Donkey's Guy Jenkin, this takes the politics of Pravda, and mixes in the genius of Hot Metal to produce a special that, more than anything else, feels like Press Gang. That's a compliment in case you're wondering, and the uncompromising Kate's characterisation is surely based upon Linda Day.

If anything, its dwelling specifically upon the real-life ongoing phone-hacking scandal weighs the whole thing down, as there's a lot more creativity, inventiveness and deft comedy in here than the rest of the running time can hold.

The title Hacks obviously carries a double-meaning, and given the calibre of this outing, I'm honestly expecting a series to emerge anyway.


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