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Press Gang
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Opening titles
Genre Comedy-drama
Written by Steven Moffat
Starring
  • Julia Sawalha
  • Dexter Fletcher
  • Lee Ross
  • Kelda Holmes
  • Paul Reynolds
  • Lucy Benjamin
  • Gabrielle Anwar
  • Mmoloki Chrystie
  • Joanna Dukes
  • Charlie Creed-Miles
Theme music composer
  • Peter Davis
  • John Mealing
  • John G. Perry
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 43 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Lewis Rudd
Producer(s) Sandra C. Hastie
Camera setup Single camera
Running time 25 mins
Release
Original network ITV Network (CITV)
TV Ontario (Ontario, Canada)
Original release 16 January 1989 (1989-01-16) – 21 May 1993 (1993-05-21)

Press Gang is a British children's television comedy-drama consisting of 43 episodes across five series that were broadcast from 1989 to 1993. It was produced by Richmond Film & Television for Central, and screened on the ITV network in its regular weekday afternoon children's strand, Children's ITV, typically in a 4:45 pm slot (days varied over the course of the run).

Aimed at older children and teenagers, the programme was based on the activities of a children's newspaper, the Junior Gazette, produced by pupils from the local comprehensive school. In later series it was depicted as a commercial venture. The show interspersed comedic elements with the dramatic.

Written by ex-teacher Steven Moffat, more than half the episodes were directed by Bob Spiers, a noted British comedy director who had previously worked on classics such as Fawlty Towers. Critical reception was very positive, particularly for the quality of the writing, and the series has attracted a cult following with a wide age range.

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