Press Gang 📰 Discussion & Review Podcast | Steven Moffat TV

Press Gang, Steven Moffat’s show about plucky schoolkids running a newspaper, is still ripe for discussion today. But why is Moffat’s first show so enduringly popular? We tackle that, & much more, in a series looking over Moffat’s many interesting TV shows.

Moffat is best known for Doctor Who and Sherlock, but Press Gang remains fascinatingly popular, even 30 years on. An ‘uncategorisable’ blend of drama, comedy, and romance, the show features a startlingly strong creative voice, with startlingly few constraints — Moffat could write basically whatever he wanted here, and it showed! Four fans from across the globe discuss what makes the show work, discussing the characters in detail, the surprising origin of the show, numerous themes at play, connections to Doctor Who and other shows, the memorable filmed visuals, and the feasibility of a sequel. This Press Gang discussion and review podcast also includes all sorts of meta comments, backed up by regular interjections of sources from Steven Moffat and others involved with the programme.

CREDITS:
Neo
Tomtit
Bryn Mitchell
Wholigan
Edited by Neo

SOURCES:

Moffat, Steven. “Series 2 ‘Making of’ Documentary.” Press Gang, 03:35-03:46. Beyond Home Entertainment, 2009. DVD.

Sawalha, Julia and Steven Moffat. Audio commentary. Press Gang, series 2, episode 1: Breakfast at Czar’s, 06:00-08:10. 1990. Beyond Home Entertainment, 2009. DVD.

Hastie, Sandra C. “Series 2 ‘Making of’ Documentary.” Press Gang, 02:48-03:00. Beyond Home Entertainment, 2009. DVD.

Rudd, Lewis. “Series 2 ‘Making of’ Documentary.” Press Gang, 02:48-03:00. Beyond Home Entertainment, 2009. DVD.

Moffat, Steven. “Press Gang: How Steven Moffat’s First Show Shaped a Generation.” Interview by Rosie Fletcher. Den of Geek, 29 May 2020, https://www.denofgeek.com/tv/press-gang-how-steven-moffats-first-show-shaped-a-generation/

Moffat, Steven. “Series 2 ‘Making of’ Documentary.” Press Gang, 10:47-11:03. Beyond Home Entertainment, 2009. DVD.

Moffat, Steven. “Series 2 ‘Making of’ Documentary.” Press Gang, 05:54-06:02. Beyond Home Entertainment, 2009. DVD.

Sawalha, Julia and Steven Moffat. Audio commentary. Press Gang, series 2, episode 13: The Big Finish, 03:34-04:07. 1990. Beyond Home Entertainment, 2009. DVD.

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Moffat, Steven. “Series 2 ‘Making of’ Documentary.” Press Gang, 08:28-08:36. Beyond Home Entertainment, 2009. DVD.

Sawalha, Julia and Steven Moffat. Audio commentary. Press Gang, series 2, episode 1: Breakfast at Czar’s, 19:58-20:30. 1990. Beyond Home Entertainment, 2009. DVD.

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Sawalha, Julia and Steven Moffat. Audio commentary. Press Gang, series 2, episode 1: Breakfast at Czar’s, 21:13-22:01. 1990. Beyond Home Entertainment, 2009. DVD.

Sawalha, Julia and Steven Moffat. Audio commentary. Press Gang, series 2, episode 6: At Last a Dragon, 03:31-03:39, 07:27-07:55, 22:55-23:25. 1990. Beyond Home Entertainment, 2009. DVD.

Sawalha, Julia and Steven Moffat. Audio commentary. Press Gang, series 2, episode 1: Breakfast at Czar’s, 03:34-04:28. 1990. Beyond Home Entertainment, 2009. DVD.

TIMECODES:

0:00 Intro
2:09 Why is the show still popular?
6:17 Genesis of Press Gang
8:24 Thoughts on Lynda
16:00 Adulthood, Colin, & series issues
25:26 Normal and special episodes
29:02 Work as fulfilment
33:19 Is love enough? + Spike/Lynda relationship
40:25 Moffat’s life: writing what you know
47:04 Moffat, Lynda, sexism, & feminism
50:19 Thoughts on Kenny
52:15 Kenny & Sam
54:39 Thoughts on Spike, & comedy
59:48 Visuals, unreality, & Bob Spiers’ direction
1:07:15 Honesty vs pragmatism
1:11:07 ‘Something Terrible’, & ‘issue’ episodes
1:18:51 The finale, spite, & creative freedom
1:24:08 A potential sequel
1:27:19 Behind the scenes
1:31:31 Sequel feasibility
1:33:10 Colonel X, & Doctor Who connections
1:38:36 Favourite episodes
1:46:09 Attitudes towards the past, cast changes
1:51:44 Technology, & other Moffat shows
1:56:17 Conclusions: how we became fans

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