A thriller set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead.
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 Cal McCaffrey (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Della Smith (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Cameron Foster (6 episodes, 2003)
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 DCI William Bell (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Stephen Collins (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Dan Foster (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Helen Preger (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Pete Cheng (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Liz (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Anne Collins (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Dominic Foy (5 episodes, 2003)
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 Andrew Wilson (5 episodes, 2003)
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 Sonny Stagg (5 episodes, 2003)
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 Syd (4 episodes, 2003)
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 Olicia Stagg (4 episodes, 2003)
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 George Fergus (4 episodes, 2003)
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 Greer Thornton (4 episodes, 2003)
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 Adam Greene (4 episodes, 2003)
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 Sergeant 'Chewy' Cheweski / ... (3 episodes, 2003)
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 Sonia Baker (3 episodes, 2003)
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 Karen Collins (3 episodes, 2003)
Charlie Ryan ...
 Louis Collins (3 episodes, 2003)
Stuart Goodwin ...
 Robert Bingham (3 episodes, 2003)
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 Neil Woods (3 episodes, 2003)
Madeleine Potter ...
 Professor Tate (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Young Guy / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Sheena Gough (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Yvonne Shaps (2 episodes, 2003)
Carla Du Bois ...
 Hotel Receptionist (2 episodes, 2003)
Elizabeth Elvin ...
 Apex House Receptionist (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Joy Cipriani (2 episodes, 2003)
Anne Karam
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A thriller set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead.

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Sometimes you have to read between the lines


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18 May 2003 (UK)  »

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Den tredje makten  »

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(6 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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State of Play was adapted into a feature film that was released in the United States in 2009. See more »

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Featured in Timeshift: Political Thrillers: Plays of State (2003) See more »

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The Final Episode Undermines this Taut Drama
20 January 2010 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

Except for the final episode, which I will not describe, this series is among the best TV thrillers I've ever seen. Regional accents make some of the dialog difficult to follow if you're not a Brit, but the story line is quite clear. Although most of the faces were unfamiliar to me, the cast is excellent from top to bottom, a hallmark of BBC productions. Each of the twists and turns prior to the final episode was imaginable (if in a couple of cases improbable). But the last twist makes little sense in light of what went before. I would have rated the series a 10 if it had ended with the fifth episode (and a small coda). The final episode subtracted three stars from my personal evaluation. Bill Nighy, James McEvoy, John Simm, David Morrisey and Polly Walker were particular impressive in their respective roles.


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