A drama series in thirteen parts created by Peter May and Alastair Balfour and produced by Roderick Graham for BBC Scotland. The Glasgow based national newspaper, the Scottish Standard, is ailing. Sales and advertising revenue are both down and still declining. Unless an immediate and sustained improvement can be shown the paper is doomed to oblivion. Drastic action needs to be taken. The London based management appoint a publishing whiz kid to investigate the paper's predicament and safeguard its future. He has full power to make and implement the necessary decisions. His plan is to entice Scotland's highest paid reporter from another newspaper to join The Standard and beef up its news department.