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Press Gang 

A bunch of kids are to make a newspaper for the young, named "Junior Gazette". The series follows these kids both on job and in private.


Bill Moffat
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Complete series cast summary:
Julia Sawalha ...  Lynda Day / ... 43 episodes, 1989-1993
Dexter Fletcher ...  Spike Thomson / ... 43 episodes, 1989-1993
Paul Reynolds ...  Colin Mathews 43 episodes, 1989-1993
Mmoloki Chrystie Mmoloki Chrystie ...  Frazz Davis 41 episodes, 1989-1993
Kelda Holmes Kelda Holmes ...  Sarah Jackson 41 episodes, 1989-1993
Lee Ross ...  Kenny Phillips 31 episodes, 1989-1993
Joanna Dukes Joanna Dukes ...  Tiddler 30 episodes, 1989-1993
Lucy Benjamin ...  Julie Craig 23 episodes, 1989-1993


A bunch of kids are to make a newspaper for the young, named "Junior Gazette". The series follows these kids both on job and in private.

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Family | Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

16 January 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La pandilla plumilla See more »

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Technical Specs


| (43 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Julia Sawalha (Lynda Day), Dexter Fletcher (Spike Thomson), Paul Reynolds (Colin Mathews), Mmoloki Chrystie (Frazz Davis) and Lucy Benjamin (Julie Craig) are the only actors to appear in the first and last episodes of the series: Press Gang: Page One (1989) and Press Gang: There Are Crocodiles (1993). See more »


Kenny: [the writing staff need something juicy for the next edition] Some school stuff. The Deputy Head's wife had triplets. Could be a three-part series?
Lynda: The man's a born administrator. He even has kids in triplicate.
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At last Itv "Kids" drama got intelligent
26 February 2001 | by lucky_ducksSee all my reviews

To say Press Gang was unique in style and acting and writing was an understatment. This was a constantly enjoyable smart funny drama. In america it would have had a Prime time slot like Buffy Dawsons or 90210. But as itv saw it as Childrens tv it was left at 4.40pm though it won bafta awards for best childrens tv.

It pushed boundries with its subject matters, dealing child abuse (the award winning first season), drug abuse, bullying, and suicide and this was in the even from the very first few episodes and its humour was very adult for the time of day but the children watching would not have realised many of the more subtle oneliners.

Set in the news office of a local teen newspaper its follows the lives and loves of its reporters and editor Linda Day (Julia Sawalha) and her star reporter Spike Thompson. This setting allowed for some very funny comedy and top quality acting. Colin and the rabbit suit or the bird infestations or the ping pong balls.

like its audience it grew up very quickly but from the first episode was unmissable and like grange hill it spawned top actors who crop up every where. I was sad when it finished good thing i taped em really!

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