In the light of the shameful mess that Rupert Murdoch’s phone-hacking, horse-lending, government-bribing news empire finds itself in at the minute, the idea of someone putting together a news show “in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal entanglements” seems about as likely as Boris Johnson beating Usain Bolt in the 100 metres final this summer. Yet this new HBO show was written by Aaron Sorkin, a man who took the idea of an approachable left-wing American President who loved gays, abortion and hated Christians, and turned it into one of the most successful TV shows ever made, so it’ll probably be great anyway..
Jeff Daniels plays anchorman Will McAvoy and he’s supported by Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill and Dev Patel of Skins and Slumdog fame, in Newsroom, which is coming to US TV in June and presumably to Sky Atlantic a few months after that. The show tells the story of a team of idealistic journalists who try to create a news programme which didn’t pander to corporations or any of that other nasty stuff. Good luck guys!