The Loudest Voice S1
Anyone even slightly interested in the politics of the last two decades already has a grasp on how inextricably intertwined the American government and the big media houses are, and this unauthorised biography digs deeply into that fraught space and how Fox News set itself up as the voice of the Republican party. Although the series begins with Roger Ailes’s death in 2017 it quickly jumps back to the 1995 launch of the cable news channel, appropriately accompanied by the Talking Heads singing Television Made Me What I Am. Each subsequent episode is titled with a significant historical date from the 9/11 tragedy in 2001 to Barack Obama’s election win in 2008.
Russel Crowe portrays the creepy, corpulent Ailes, and brings all his vices to life, including the sexual harassment that lead to his eventual downfall. Naomi Watts plays Gretchen Carlson, the news anchor who made the initial accusations and paved the way for a number of other women to step forward. The cast also includes Sienna Miller, Seth MacFarlane, Annabelle Wallis and Simon McBurney as Rupert Murdoch.
The first episode became available on DStv Now on Wednesday 3 July.
IMDB rating: 7/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 78%