"By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community". So said Oscar Wilde and, thanks to the efforts of The Tab, these words sadly now seem to ring true.
The BBC is getting blamed for doing nothing about Jimmy Savile, although it seems, over the years, five police forces actually investigated stories about him in some way and did nothing. I worked in British television from 1973 onwards, though only twice on BBC programmes; the rest of the time, I worked for ITV and independent companies. Still, I heard rumours about Jimmy Savile.
The most impressive thing about Tabloid, is the way it transforms from a quirky retelling of a stranger-than-fiction crime story into a psychological study of delusion whilst remaining hysterically funny, moving and surprisingly warm.
Joyce is an eccentric and incredibly engaging character and it is her somewhat unhinged behavior mixed with wit and intelligence that is at the center of the story in Tabloid.
Scrutiny of public figures, of government, of commercial organisations, of celebrities, of pretty much anyone in society is a good thing in Trevor Kavanagh's world. But scrutiny of the press? Even when there is evidence of industrial scale malpractice? No. That, in Kavanagh's world, is a witch hunt.