Piers Morgan-backed TV project seeks to give 1970s Fleet Street the Mad Men treatment

Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan is to be executive producer on a new American TV series about Fleet Street in the 1970s.

According to Digital Spy, the series is being screened by US cable and satellite TV channel Starz and depicts Fleet Street as seen through the eyes of an American reporter.

Morgan said in a statement (Digital Spy reports): "Imagine an industry where every single opponent worked in the same street, competing with each other by day – drinking, brawling, fornicating, night clubbing and cocaine-snorting with each other by night. A street full of the most ruthless and amoral people in the world existed, and it was called Fleet Street.

"Fleet Street in the '70s was a hotbed of scoops, shagging, flairs and a devastating world that was also unbelievably exciting. Danny Brocklehurst has brought Fleet Street to life in a way that I believe will grip audiences."

The series follows the success of Mad Men, a US drama which tells  the story  of a New York advertising agency in the 1960s.

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