Poirot legend David Suchet will star as a newspaper baron in a new BBC1 drama, penned by Doctor Foster creator Mike Bartlett

Poirot legend David Suchet will star as a newspaper baron in a new BBC1 drama, penned by Doctor Foster creator Mike Bartlett.

The 71-year-old actor joins an all-star cast, including Charlotte Riley and Ben Chaplin, in Press, the story of two competing newspapers.

David Suchet has previously played a press tycoon, having starred as Robert Maxwell in BBC4’s 2007 drama, Maxwell.

Charlotte plays the News Editor of fictional broadsheet The Herald and Ben will play the Editor of fictional tabloid newspaper, The Post, owned by David’s character.

Like Doctor Foster, Press is expected to pack a punch as it focuses on the “personal lives and the constant dilemmas facing our characters”.

Peaky Blinders actress Charlotte said: “I am delighted to be working with Mike Bartlett again, and with [director] Tom Vaughan on a truly brilliant piece of writing. Mike is a phenomenal storyteller and I am excited to be part of this project.”

Mike, who also wrote King Charles III, added: “Press is a series packed full of stories and now we have the very best people to tell them.”

Piers Wenger, Controller, BBC Drama says: “The newspaper business is part of Britain’s identity and Mike’s gripping stories of crusading journalists in this ever-changing industry, brought to life by this brilliantly talented cast make for a fresh, thrilling and utterly British contemporary drama”.

The six-part series, which begins filming in October, will air on BBC1 in 2018.