James Mapp and Jethro Thompson met while studying Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge. Together, they were selected for the BBC Comedy Room and featured on the BBC New Talent Hotlist. Their first show, the sitcom DISORDER, was picked up by Big Talk, and they have written feature comedy THREE IN NORWAY for Open Book Productions. Jethro adapted Cold War thriller BRANDENBURG for the screen for Blackbox Multimedia and MGM Television. He works as an agent at Tavistock Wood Management, representing screenwriters and directors and heading up development for their BBC Studios-funded production arm.
Old-school journalist Hugh Stanton is getting outstripped by the new click-hungry generation writing for The London Post. He’s too expensive to get rid of, and much too expensive to keep, so editor Hamish Aird puts him out to pasture in a job he knows the America-phobic Hugh will hate: White House Correspondent. Either Hugh quits, or he cocks it all up and can be fired. Win-win.
After Hugh blunders his way into the lie of the century, he’s got to find his way back to the truth. As a scandal snowballs to catastrophic proportions, Hugh is put under immense pressure to sacrifice his journalistic principles and embrace the new culture of fake news. If the result is the same, and he still manages to take down the inept, corrupt, wannabe-dictator in the White House, what does the truth really matter?