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State of Play 

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In London, a naive young politician becomes a suspect when his female assistant and mistress is killed in a suspicious accident. The politician's investigative journalist friend and his team uncover a government conspiracy.
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Series cast summary:
John Simm ...  Cal McCaffrey 6 episodes, 2003
Kelly Macdonald ...  Della Smith 6 episodes, 2003
Bill Nighy ...  Cameron Foster 6 episodes, 2003
Philip Glenister ...  DCI William Bell 6 episodes, 2003
David Morrissey ...  Stephen Collins 6 episodes, 2003
James McAvoy ...  Dan Foster 6 episodes, 2003
Amelia Bullmore ...  Helen Preger 6 episodes, 2003
Benedict Wong ...  Pete Cheng 6 episodes, 2003
Rebekah Staton ...  Liz 6 episodes, 2003
Polly Walker ...  Anne Collins 6 episodes, 2003
Marc Warren ...  Dominic Foy 5 episodes, 2003
Michael Feast ...  Andrew Wilson 5 episodes, 2003
Johann Myers ...  Sonny Stagg 5 episodes, 2003
Tom Burke ...  Syd 4 episodes, 2003
Maureen Hibbert Maureen Hibbert ...  Olicia Stagg 4 episodes, 2003
James Laurenson ...  George Fergus 4 episodes, 2003
Deborah Findlay ...  Greer Thornton 4 episodes, 2003
Christopher Simpson ...  Adam Greene 4 episodes, 2003
Sean Gilder ...  Sergeant 'Chewy' Cheweski / ... 3 episodes, 2003
Shauna Macdonald ...  Sonia Baker 3 episodes, 2003
Rebecca Ryan ...  Karen Collins 3 episodes, 2003
Charlie Ryan Charlie Ryan ...  Louis Collins 3 episodes, 2003
Stuart Goodwin ...  Robert Bingham 3 episodes, 2003
Patrick Brennan Patrick Brennan ...  Neil Woods 3 episodes, 2003
Madeleine Potter ...  Professor Tate 2 episodes, 2003
Anthony Flanagan ...  Young Guy / ... 2 episodes, 2003
Natasha Wightman ...  Sheena Gough 2 episodes, 2003
Geraldine James ...  Yvonne Shaps 2 episodes, 2003
Carla Du Bois Carla Du Bois ...  Hotel Receptionist 2 episodes, 2003
Elizabeth Elvin Elizabeth Elvin ...  Apex House Receptionist 2 episodes, 2003
Pui Fan Lee ...  Joy Cipriani 2 episodes, 2003
Anne Karam Anne Karam 2 episodes, 2003
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In London, a naive young politician becomes a suspect when his female assistant and mistress is killed in a suspicious accident. The politician's investigative journalist friend and his team uncover a government conspiracy.

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18 May 2003 (UK) See more »

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(6 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Remade as State of Play (2009) See more »

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Possibly the best TV drama ever made
15 December 2006 | by keysersoze13See all my reviews

Paul Abbott is a genius. His writing here is taut and intelligent, just like anything else he has done. This BBC production is truly flawless. From the writing to direction to the acting, it is outstanding. This is exhilarating and challenging TV that, though politically-charged, crucially develops interesting characters that you can care about. The plot is complex, as the best political thrillers are, and delivers a TV drama that hopefully shuts up those who say that us Brits can't make TV like the Yanks. Yes, American TV is great but the marathon seasons and multiple writers are exhausting and create bloated, sometimes frustrating TV. Look at Lost, it is as easy to hate as it is to love and becomes dull frequently in the flabby, direction-less mid-season hell. Not here though. Six streamlined parts that never let up the pace and never loosen their grip on the audience. 'State of Play' keeps you hooked and leaves you begging for more, as with all great pieces of entertainment. You'll be sucked into this world and won't want to leave.

Credit must be equally divided between its makers, and the direction is every bit as thrilling as the writing, and ,accordingly, David Yates is moving on to bigger things with the Harry Potter franchise. The tremendous cast all deliver as you'd expect, with David Morrissey and John Simm excellent as the leads and a stunning supporting cast that includes Kelly MacDonald, Philip Glenister, Polly Walker, Patrick Brennan, Shauna MacDonald, Rebekah Staton, James McAvoy, Marc Warren and, of course, the ever-delightful Bill Nighy.

More joy is found in the pulsating soundtrack, tight editing and cinematography.

Overall, 'State of Play' is among the most thought-provoking and exhilarating thrillers you'll ever see and is quite possibly the best thing to have been on TV; British, American or otherwise.


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