This 1987 television play, adapted from Evelyn Waugh’s barbed comic novel, centres on a naïve young newspaper columnist, William Boot, who is caught up in an unfortunate case of mistaken identity. Each week, Boot writes a nature column for The Daily Beast entitled ‘Lush Places’, featuring detailed observations from the depths of his country estate. All is fine until the paper’s foreign editor confuses him with a war reporter, and the bewildered Boot is dispatched to the East African republic of Ishmaelia to cover a major political crisis. Once there, he encounters the manipulative power of the world’s press, tangles with big business, and falls hopelessly in love for the first time. Inspired by Evelyn Waugh’s own experience as a war reporter, Scoop aims a satirical spear at an array of Fleet Street archetypes
Starring Denholm Eliot, Donald Pleasence & Michael Maloney.
English public school boys go on a school hockey trip to the Netherlands. However they are much more interested in the Dutch girls than they are in hockey. Led by their dour but clueless games teacher Mr Mole (Bill Patterson), they manage to try smoking, drinking, and their luck with the ladies with differing success.
Starring Bill Patterson, Colin Firth, Timothy Spall & James Wilby.
Set both in 1973 and in London in the early 1980s, the focus is Cox, a bitter outsider bullied for his lack of sporting skill at school and now a left wing investigative journalist. Catching up with his former tormentors, army officer Mount and salesman Niles, Cox is determined to avenge the unhappiness he suffered as a kid. His chance comes, appropriately, at an old boy’s cricket match.
Starring Anton Lesser, Martyn Stanbridge & Rupert Graves