The State review – Peter Kosminsky’s disillusionment dramas fail to satisfy

The writer-director’s four-parter could serve as an eloquent anti-recruitment video for Isis’s death cult, but ultimately didn’t get us into the mindset of his protagonists

In The State (Channel 4), Shakira Boothe is watching her son Isaac happily playing football with his new mates. Then she notices something – the ball was a human head.

This, it turns out, is an Islamic State training camp, and Isaac, who will turn 10 in two weeks, is being toughened up for battle. Shakira (the superb Ony Uhiara) summons him for a telling off. “Hurry up, you’re embarrassing me,” snarls Nana Agyeman-Bediako as Isaac, before scampering back to the kickabout.

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