On Disc

at Amazon

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.
Reviews
Popularity
2,875 ( 139)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2003  
Top Rated TV #178 | 16 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Life on Mars (2006–2007)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.

Stars: John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White
Edge of Darkness (TV Mini-Series 1985)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force, through a haunting revelation of the murkiness of the British ... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Peck, Joe Don Baker, Charles Kay
Exile (TV Mini-Series 2011)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A father and son story, with a thriller motor. It explores a mystery from the past with a brutal and shocking revelation.

Stars: John Simm, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Chiwetel Ejifor leads an all-star cast in this gritty conspiracy thriller in which he plays a cop searching for the murderer of a crime boss. Detective Inspector Jonah Gabriel returns to ... See full summary »

Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Eccleston, Kierston Wareing
Prey (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

On the run accused of a terrible crime, Manchester Detective Marcus Farrow tries to prove his innocence while being hunted by his former friends and colleagues.

Stars: Rosie Cavaliero, Daniel Jillings, Darren Whitfield
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Francis Urquhart is the chief whip of the Conservative party. When Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader, he remains neutral and after a general election where the conservatives are returned ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker, Miles Anderson
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

After a plane explodes over Washington D.C. panic begins to envelop the British embassy, and its ambassador to the U.S. Mark Brydon finds himself caught up in a potentially damaging diplomatic incident.

Stars: Jason Isaacs, Ben Daniels, Eva Birthistle
Code of a Killer (TV Mini-Series 2015)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The story of Alec Jeffreys' discovery of DNA fingerprinting and its first use by DCS David Baker in catching a double murderer.

Stars: John Simm, Anna Madeley, David Threlfall
The Sins (TV Mini-Series 2000)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Len Green is a bank robber. During his long career as a getaway driver, he has served many sentences and spent a fair proportion of his life behind bars. Now middle-aged, with a very ... See full summary »

Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Geraldine James, Caroline Hayes
Endeavour (TV Series 2012)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Set in the 1960s, the show follows Endeavour Morse in his early years as a police constable. Working alongside his senior partner DI Fred Thursday, Morse engages in a number of investigations around Oxford.

Stars: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, James Bradshaw
Wire in the Blood (TV Series 2002)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A psychologist gets inside of the minds of both killers and victims to aid the police in solving gruesome serial killings in Northern England.

Stars: Robson Green, Mark Letheren, Emma Handy
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced out of semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons.

Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Cal McCaffrey (6 episodes, 2003)
...
 Della Smith (6 episodes, 2003)
...
 Cameron Foster (6 episodes, 2003)
...
 DCI William Bell (6 episodes, 2003)
...
 Stephen Collins (6 episodes, 2003)
...
 Dan Foster (6 episodes, 2003)
...
 Helen Preger (6 episodes, 2003)
...
 Pete Cheng (6 episodes, 2003)
...
 Liz (6 episodes, 2003)
...
 Anne Collins (6 episodes, 2003)
...
 Dominic Foy (5 episodes, 2003)
...
 Andrew Wilson (5 episodes, 2003)
...
 Sonny Stagg (5 episodes, 2003)
...
 Syd (4 episodes, 2003)
...
 Olicia Stagg (4 episodes, 2003)
...
 George Fergus (4 episodes, 2003)
...
 Greer Thornton (4 episodes, 2003)
...
 Adam Greene (4 episodes, 2003)
...
 Sergeant 'Chewy' Cheweski / ... (3 episodes, 2003)
...
 Sonia Baker (3 episodes, 2003)
...
 Karen Collins (3 episodes, 2003)
Charlie Ryan ...
 Louis Collins (3 episodes, 2003)
Stuart Goodwin ...
 Robert Bingham (3 episodes, 2003)
...
 Neil Woods (3 episodes, 2003)
Madeleine Potter ...
 Professor Tate (2 episodes, 2003)
...
 Young Guy / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
...
 Sheena Gough (2 episodes, 2003)
...
 Yvonne Shaps (2 episodes, 2003)
Carla Du Bois ...
 Hotel Receptionist (2 episodes, 2003)
Elizabeth Elvin ...
 Apex House Receptionist (2 episodes, 2003)
...
 Joy Cipriani (2 episodes, 2003)
Anne Karam
(2 episodes, 2003)
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Sometimes you have to read between the lines


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 May 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Den tredje makten  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael Kitchen was first offered the Bill Nighy role. See more »

Connections

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Superb
26 June 2003 | by (London,England) – See all my reviews

The BBC haven't made a mini series as good since 'Edge of Darkness' in 1985. Although 'State of Play' doesn't quite match that seminal classic it is still superb. It is an oasis in a very large desert of quality programming from the once mighty BBC. Apart from the 2001 co-production 'Conspiracy' the BBC drama output is a poor shadow of what it used to be in the sixties and seventies.

The six episodes of 'State of Play' need close attention but once the plot gets going it is a roller coaster ride to the last few minutes of the last episode. The journalists, the politicians and the police prowl around each other as the conspiracy is unravelled. It is not just a driving narrative however, there are real people with real emotions caught up in the action. The six episodes allow several characters to become rounded and interesting. High praise indeed for Paul Abbott, the writer. It gripped from start to finish.

The acting is excellent. David Morrissey and John Simm as Stephen Collins and Cal McCaffrey play brilliantly off against each other as truths are eventually discovered. The last scene between them is corker. The journalists are the heroes but they are also flawed and troubled. All the actors playing the journos were great but I thought Kelly Macdonald as Della Smith was exceptional. Bill Nighy had some hilarious lines which he gave full justice to. Forget Hollywood star names, these are proper actors.

Apart from the human characters the other character that is well portrayed is London itself. London has many faces and the series brought several of those out. From nights by the Thames , to the bleak housing estates, to the pretty suburban streets, to the formality of Parliament, to the sounds and almost the smells of eight million people jostling together. All photographed atmospherically. As a Londoner it made me look at my city again.

I'll run out of superlatives soon, so I'll just say it is a great achievement by all the artists concerned. Apparently another series is being considered and hopefully that will be just as good.


80 of 85 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Movie version cff76
Other Miniseries? afox9119
Plot Hole humphreywalwyn
dvd? queen_of_the_troubled_teen
Cal and Della jesscat88
Dominic Foy!!!! CUTEST! jelly_blob_bobs
Discuss State of Play (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?