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A TABLOID IS BORN
2008

Producer/director/DoP for October Films

Executive producer: Tom Roberts

BBC2/4

One of the great tales of the Edwardian age – the birth of tabloid newspapers – as told by Kelvin MacKenzie, the former Editor of The Sun. It is the story of one man, Alfred Harmsworth, who realised while still in his teens that the Victorian broadsheets had little appeal to ordinary Edwardians.

 

He launched The Daily Mail in 1896, and later The Daily Mirror, to inform and entertain. MacKenzie takes a wry look at Harmsworth’s target audience and the debate about privacy and intrusion that arose with the birth of the paparazzi