Masterpiece Theatre

Season 20 Episode 11

Scoop

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 30, 1990 on PBS
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Scoop
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A satire on newspapermen, set in the 1930s.

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  • The author of the "Nature Notes" column in a daily newspaper is mistaken for a famous writer with the same surname and sent to Africa by the newspaper's proprietor to cover a war.moreless

    7.0
    When watching the lavish "Brideshead Revisited" adaptation in 1981, one wondered if anyone would ever spend even half as much money on a TV version of "Scoop", a far better Evelyn Waugh novel. Then, amazingly, they did make this expensive version of that hilarious satire (as a one-off TV movie) - only, oh dear, they did it just like "Brideshead", although, of course, it's so very different. As a result, we're expected to admire the lavish period detail, the elegant dresses and the vintage cars, more than the wit of Waugh's really scathing account of unscrupulous newspaper people. Many laughs still remain, but "political correctness" does serious harm, diminishing the all-important character of Corker, the venal journalist representing all that Waugh despised, and concentrating on simple English eccentrics instead. Michael Maloney is good as the innocent hero in the midst of so much depravity, but this telemovie could and should have been much better.moreless
Michael Hordern

Michael Hordern

Uncle Theodore Boot

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Denholm Elliott

Denholm Elliott

Mr. Salter

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Michael Maloney

Michael Maloney

William Boot

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