Picks and Pans Review: The Paper Man
This Australian-British miniseries, spanning the era from 1965 to '95, tells the fictional tale of Aussie Phillip Cromwell (John Bach), who purchases The Globe, a run-down Sydney tabloid. Surviving brutal competition, he creates an international media empire. There are clear parallels with the career of corporate news buccaneer Rupert Murdoch, including the introduction of high-tech printing equipment to break the backs of some Fleet Street newspaper unions.
Bach paints an intense portrait of ambition and ruthless expediency. The tone is more Rich Man, Poor Man than Citizen Kane, but this is still a bustling saga, played out over six hours on consecutive nights.