State of Play (2003)

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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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 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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 Helen Preger (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Pete Cheng (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Dominic Foy (5 episodes, 2003)
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 Liz (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Anne Collins (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Andrew Wilson (5 episodes, 2003)
Johann Myers ...
 Sonny Stagg (5 episodes, 2003)
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 Syd (4 episodes, 2003)
Maureen Hibbert ...
 Olicia Stagg (4 episodes, 2003)
James Laurenson ...
 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)
Patrick Brennan ...
 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)
Pui Fan Lee ...
 Joy Cipriani (2 episodes, 2003)
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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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A second season was commissioned by then-BBC Commissioner Greg Dyke before the first season had even been transmitted. The second season never materialized, however, because Paul Abbott felt he didn't know how to make the story work and he had already had tremendous success with Shameless (2004). See more »

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Stephen Collins: SPOILER:
[seated on the steps of Cal McCaffrey's house, as Cal is walking away]
Stephen Collins: You're no good to Anne now... Your name will be on the story... You'd know if you had them... Kids... They shoot the messenger... They just do
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Perhaps the best political suspense series I have seen.
27 March 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

It is not often that really good series based on politics, suspense and a bit of romance + comedy hit our idiot boxes. However, State of Play manages to do all this with such finesse that I was left spellbound. What starts of as a simple murder case becomes so huge that it really boggles the mind. And at all time, it does not seem one bit over-stretched or silly. Add to this three subplots and what you have is a series that is of immense viewing pleasure. All in a runtime of just 300 minutes.

If you want your TV series to be intelligent, do yourself a favour and watch this series. Now.


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