An episode guide by Matthew Newton
"Press Gang" was a series that ran from 1989 to 1993. Made by an independent television
company called Richmond Films and Television on behalf of Central, it was ostensibly
a children's programme that told the story of a newspaper called the Junior Gazette that
was run by a team of schoolchildren. However, the series was no ordainary kid's show. Although
the first television written by a Scottish teacher called Steven Moffat, the series featured
witty and clever scripts and was made with care and an attention to detail that is often
missing from shows. It also discovered a number of actors who have since become more
well know, principally Julia Sawalha, who played the editor of the Junior Gazette, Lynda
This is a detailed episode guide to "Press Gang". It is split up into a number of sections
covering each of the five seasons of the show. For each episode there are production
details, cast and a brief synopsis, as well as a several sections of notes:
END CREDIT VOICE OVERS: One of the distinctive features of "Press Gang" was the way in
which the end credits were often accompanied by voice overs by the characters
(an idea later used by "Drop the Dead Donkey"). This
section identifies the characters involved for each episode.
NOTES: General production information, including working titles, notable cast
and crew members and anything which won't fit anywhere else!
TRIVIA: Interesting pieces of information revealed during the episode.
CONTINUITY: References to previous episodes.
CHOICE QUOTES: Some of my favourite dialogue extracts from the episode.
In addition to the main episode guide, there is a separate page devoted to the
chronology of the series, providing a detailed timeline
to the events depicted by the show. This was compiled in collaboration with Kevin Nauta.
The final page of the episode guide is the one containing
additional information. This includes
details of the "Press Gang" books and video that were issued in the early 90s, as well as
information on the unmade tv movie and links to other Press Gang related sites.
Mot of the information in this guide is taken from the series itself. In addition,
I have made use of information posted on behalf of Steven Moffat himself to the
Gang mailing list and some details from Adrian Petford's
Complete Series Guide.
As well as collaborating on the chronology, Kevin Nauta has provided a number
of observations that have been included in the main episode guide.
This guide is copyright
and may not be reproduced without permission.
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