Deadline Midnight

1960 | United Kingdom

Years before Lou Grant became a massive hit in the US, British series Deadline Midnight focused on the investigative reporting team of fictitious Fleet Street newspaper The Daily Globe. The series featured the usual suspects of editors, senior reporters, the hard-bitten veteran and the less than efficient junior. 

To give the series credit it brought in former Daily Express editor Arthur Christiansen, who was been employed by ATV as Editorial Advisor, to oversee the series authenticity. It also gave an early TV outing to Peter Vaughan who went on to appear in 1969's The Gold Robbers, Wolfie Smith's prospective father-in-law in Citizen Smith and the less-than-genial Harry Grout in Porridge. When he left the series he was replaced by Glyn Houston. 

Published on December 7th, 2018. Written by Laurence Marcus for Television Heaven.