Jan. 16, 1989
25 min.
ITV TV Network

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Press Gang (UK)

Press Gang is a teen program that follows the trials and tribulations of a group of teens setting up and running a young people's newspaper "The Junior Gazette". Egos clash, professional and personal feelings collide and lots of one-liners and "crazy" situations make this every teenage-plus person's top of the list viewing.

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Julia Sawalha has made many film and television appearances since her debut role as Lynda Day on _"Press ...

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Lynda Day (Julia Sawalha) is the editor of the Junior Gazette. She is strong and opinionated, and is feared by many of her team. Moffat has said that the character was partly based on the show's "ball-breaking" producer, Sandra C. Hastie. In the 2007 BBC Four series Children's TV on Trial, journalist Johann Hari says that Lynda is "very much a product of the 1980s ... a woman in charge who's brittle, very fierce, has no power of empathy, is very cruel to the people around her."

The consequences of Lynda's complete lack of compassion and her cruelty, how it effects the people around her, and how it eventually leads to her own destruction and death ... anyone who knows anything about Britain in the 1980s can see some pretty clear parallels with our own Prime Minister.

Although she appears very tough, she occasionally exposes her feelings. She quits the paper at the end of "Monday-Tuesday", and in "Day Dreams" laments "Why do I get everything in my whole stupid life wrong?" Intimidated by socialising, she hiccups at the idea. She is so nervous at a cocktail party, in "At Last a Dragon", that she attempts to leave on several occasions. The mixture of Lynda's sensitive side and her self-sufficient attitude is illustrated in the series' final episode "There Are Crocodiles." Reprimanding the ghost of Gary (Mark Sayers), who died after taking a drug overdose, she says:

Having the protagonist repent in hell is, according to Moffat, "always a novel way to end a teen-romance series."[6] Whether or not Lynda dies is ambiguous.

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Season 3, Episode 03
02x10 - The Rest of My Life
Season 2, Episode 10
02x01 - Breakfast At Czar's
Season 2, Episode 01
01x07 - How to Make a Killing - Part 1
Season 1, Episode 07
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