Newsroom: Season 1 is out on DVD & Blu-ray July 22nd, and available now to own on Digital Download, but we're giving three Politics.co.uk readers a chance to win a copy.
Just send your answer to the following Sorkin-related question to firstname.lastname@example.org and you'll be in with a chance of winning:
What is the name of the preposterously British ambassador to the US who provides handy pieces of advice in President Jed Bartlet's White House - including this gem?
"The NMD is an absurdly wasteful military boondoggle... and any arguments you make in its defence will surely be moronic."
Clue: His grandfather was a Viceroy and one of his uncles performed in the London Opera Company's production of the Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta The Mikado as the character 'Nanki-Poo'.
Straight from the mind of Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network, Moneyball) comes THE NEWSROOM, a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program. Focusing on network anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels; Looper, Dumb & Dumber, Speed) and his new executive producer Mackenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer; Shutter Island, Hugo), the series tracks their quixotic mission "to do the news well" in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles, not to mention their own personal entanglements that go back many years.
A favourite with viewers and network bosses, news anchor Will McAvoy (Daniels) has found his niche with great viewer ratings on his flagship cable show for the ACN Network, News Night. As a result of his success, he has become complacent, and willing to avoid covering anything resembling real news in order not to ruffle the feathers of the powers that be.
Whilst addressing a group of university students, an unexpected outburst where he reveals his inflammatory thoughts on American patriotism forces McAvoy to take an enforced holiday upon the request of his employers. On his return to work he finds that most of his staff have left to join another rival show and he must now work with a new team brought on board during his absence.
Overcoming a tumultuous first day together, the acerbic ACN Network anchor, new executive producer MacKenzie (Mortimer), their newsroom staff; Jim Harper (John Gallagher Jr; Jonah Hex, Pieces of April), Margaret Jordan (Alison Pill; Scott Pilgrim vs the World), Don Keefer (Thomas Sadoski; Loser), Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn; Iron Man 2, Magic Mike), Neal Sampat (Dev Patel; Slumdog Millionaire), and news-division boss Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston; Law & Order) set out on a long journey to change the network's attitude to news.
THE NEWSROOM: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON uses recent real-life events to show how a news channel would cover big stories, gather facts, and find witnesses. The result is one of the most immersive television shows ever made, and one not to be missed.
Terms and Conditions
1. The prize is one of three box sets of the first season of The Newsroom on Blu-Ray.
2. There is no cash alternative to the prizes, they are non-refundable and non-transferable and not for resale.
3. The winners will be selected by Politics.co.uk at random on Monday July 22nd 2013
4. This competition is not open to employees of politics.co.uk, Axonn Media, politics.co.uk's sister company, or any agency connected with this competition or family members of any of these organisations.
5. Only one entry per person and you must be over 18 years old.
6. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
7. Entrants acknowledge that their entries may be released or displayed to the public by politics.co.uk or any agency connected with the competition and as such sign all rights necessary for promotion, publication or of such entries to politics.co.uk. Winners agree to grant politics.co.uk or any agency connected with the competition the right to use their name and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes without any additional compensation.
8. The competition shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales.