Films, TV, radio and books on PR

Posted on: August 7, 2008

Recently, I asked PR educator colleagues in the UK for help in developing a list of films, television and radio programmes/series and books that either featured public relations as a core issue or referred to it in a passing way. They responded enthusiastically with suggestions that went back into the 1950s and forward to the present including films on current release and a soap opera set in a real PR consultancy in Manchester, UK. Here’s the list we can up with – Can you add to it so that we have a world-wide resource on the visual and fictional presentation of PR:





Wag the Dog


Thank you for Smoking


America’s Sweethearts


The Sweet Smell of Success



The Devil wears Prada


The Control Room 


Hancock (Alcoholic superhero cuckolds his PR man)


The China Syndrome


Sliding Doors – key character works in PR


Bridget Jones’s Diary’s_Diary


Documentaries and polemics:


Roger and Me


Century of the Self


The War Room


Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room   


The Corporation






Absolutely Fabulous


Absolute Power


The Thick of It


Some Mothers do Have’Em’Ave_’Em – Series two, episode three – the public relations course.


Party Animals




The West Wing


Spitting Image


Spinning Jenny – A new twist to PR film / TV with an interactive internet-based soap opera  set in Manchester’s Brazen PR and made by online entertainment service






Novels by David Michie – Conflict of Interest, Pure Deception, Expiry Date


Alistair Campbell (2007) The Blair Years






Absolute Power 





Miller, K. (1999) Public Relations in Film and Fiction. Journal of Public Relations Research, Vol 11, No.1, pp. 3 – 28


1 Response to "Films, TV, radio and books on PR"

Great post – Now I have to go out and rent those movies and read some of those books

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