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State of Play: :  -- 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 drug dealer is shot dead.

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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
18 May 2003 (UK) See more »
Tagline:
Sometimes you have to read between the lines
Plot:
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.
Awards:
16 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Top Notch!! See more (30 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 24 of 33)

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 ... 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 ... Louis Collins (3 episodes, 2003)
Stuart Goodwin ... Robert Bingham (3 episodes, 2003)

Patrick Brennan ... Neil Woods (3 episodes, 2003)
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Series Directed by
David Yates (6 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Writing credits
Paul Abbott (6 episodes, 2003)

Series Produced by
Hilary Bevan Jones .... producer (6 episodes, 2003)
Paul Frift .... line producer (6 episodes, 2003)
Gareth Neame .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2003)
Laura Mackie .... executive producer (3 episodes, 2003)
Paul Abbott .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Original Music by
Nicholas Hooper (6 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Cinematography by
Chris Seager (6 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Film Editing by
Mark Day (6 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Casting by
Wendy Brazington (6 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Production Design by
Donal Woods (6 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Art Direction by
Charmian Adams (6 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Costume Design by
Claire Anderson (6 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Makeup Department
Karen Edwards .... hair stylist / makeup artist (6 episodes, 2003)
Nicola Mansell .... hair stylist / makeup artist (6 episodes, 2003)
Anne Oldham .... hair designer / makeup designer (6 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Production Management
Tom Crooke .... unit manager (6 episodes, 2003)
Heidi Mount .... post-production supervisor (5 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Mason .... third assistant director (6 episodes, 2003)
Nicola Parfit .... floor assistant director (6 episodes, 2003)
Beni Turkson .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 2003)
Stephen Woolfenden .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 2003)
Phil Clarke .... additional crowd assistant director (2 episodes, 2003)
Ben Dixon .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Art Department
Jo Aitchison .... stand-by art director (6 episodes, 2003)
Graham Bishop .... production buyer (6 episodes, 2003)
Bunny Burton .... painter (6 episodes, 2003)
Douglas Glen .... stand-by props (6 episodes, 2003)
Matthew Power .... dressing props (6 episodes, 2003)
Mike Power .... property master / props master (6 episodes, 2003)
Tony Power .... stand-by painter (6 episodes, 2003)
Mike Rawlings .... props (6 episodes, 2003)
Charlie Redman .... stand-by props (6 episodes, 2003)
Brian Rollands .... dressing props (6 episodes, 2003)
Chris Sibley-Hale .... carpenter (6 episodes, 2003)
Nick Slater .... stand-by carpenter (6 episodes, 2003)
Kate Wicks .... art department assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
Gareth Wilkins .... carpenter (6 episodes, 2003)
Roger Wilkins .... construction manager (6 episodes, 2003)
Joe Willmott .... carpenter (6 episodes, 2003)
Charlie Macher .... stand-by rigger (5 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Sound Department
Stuart Hilliker .... dubbing mixer (6 episodes, 2003)
Jeremy Lishman .... boom operator (6 episodes, 2003)
Jamie McPhee .... sound effects editor (6 episodes, 2003)
Simon Okin .... sound mixer (6 episodes, 2003)
Adrienne Taylor .... sound assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
Lee Walpole .... foley editor (6 episodes, 2003)
Stan White .... adr editor (6 episodes, 2003)
Rowena Wilkinson .... foley artist (6 episodes, 2003)
Pat Boxshall .... dialogue editor (4 episodes, 2003)
Jennie Evans .... dialogue editor (3 episodes, 2003)
Ian Wilkinson .... foley recordist (3 episodes, 2003)
Bob Baker .... foley recordist (2 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Colin Gorry .... visual effects supervisor (5 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Stunts
Paul Weston .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 2003)
Mike Potter .... stunt driver (2 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Anthony .... best boy (6 episodes, 2003)
Dick Conway .... electrician (6 episodes, 2003)
Steve Ellingworth .... camera grip (6 episodes, 2003)
Guy Hammond .... electrician (6 episodes, 2003)
Jeremy Hiles .... camera operator (6 episodes, 2003)
Stuart King .... gaffer (6 episodes, 2003)
Tom McFarling .... clapper loader (6 episodes, 2003)
Kim Seber .... camera focus puller (6 episodes, 2003)
David Wall .... electrician (6 episodes, 2003)
Chris Williams .... camera trainee (6 episodes, 2003)
Paul Worley .... second grip (6 episodes, 2003)
Mark Funnell .... electrician (5 episodes, 2003)
Paul Molloy .... electrician (4 episodes, 2003)
Joss Barratt .... still photographer (1 episode, 2003)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gilly Martin .... wardrobe supervisor (6 episodes, 2003)
Marc Ridley .... costume assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
Leonora Stabb .... costume assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Editorial Department
Justin Eely .... on-line editor (6 episodes, 2003)
Natasha Wilkinson .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2003)
Chris Beeton .... colorist (5 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Location Management
Finlay Bradbury .... location assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
Thomas Elgood .... location manager (6 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Transportation Department
Guy Bostock .... picture car coordinator (6 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Other crew
Sue Affleck .... unit publicist (6 episodes, 2003)
Janine Bennett .... production secretary (6 episodes, 2003)
Heather Bownass .... production secretary (6 episodes, 2003)
Susie Conklin .... script editor (6 episodes, 2003)
Wim De Greef .... production accountant (6 episodes, 2003)
Mark Galbraith .... production executive: BBC (6 episodes, 2003)
Jane Houston .... script supervisor / continuity (6 episodes, 2003)
Claire Kerrison .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 2003)
Joann Steele .... assistant production accountant (6 episodes, 2003)
Dave Williams .... catering crew (6 episodes, 2003)
Victoria Brooks .... picture publicist (5 episodes, 2003)
Simon Hoggart .... political advisor (5 episodes, 2003)
Norman Lane .... journalist advisor (5 episodes, 2003)
Kevin Maguire .... journalist advisor (5 episodes, 2003)
Lucy D'Orsi .... police advisor (2 episodes, 2003)
Guy Cowan .... caterer (1 episode, 2003)
Oliver Kersey .... additional set production assistant (1 episode, 2003)
Daigoro Tivers .... production runner (1 episode, 2003)
 

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  • Boom  sound post-production
  • Compuhire  computer and video playback

Additional Details

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Runtime:
57 min (6 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:MA15+ | Australia:M (some episodes) | Finland:K-15 | UK:12 (1 episode) | UK:15 (5 episodes) | USA:TV-14

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Stephen Collins:[seated on the steps of Cal McCaffrey's house, as Cal is walking away] 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 doSee more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Top Gear: Episode #19.5" (2013)See more »

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54 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Top Notch!!, 4 March 2005
Author: Charles Johnston from Singapore

What a trip watching this masterpiece. It's a fast moving intelligent thriller that had me glued to the couch... more addictive than Crack! The acting is convincing, the plot is thick, the script is delicious and the characters are vivid.

It's not often a TV production comes along leaving you hungry for more, but the BBC have a knack for picking quality and producing some of the best programming in the world. This is the stuff that leaves American entertainment for dead. No gadgets, explosions or tough guys! Shame on them with all their money and their smarts, it's the BBC that delivers time and time again.

Hats off and if you haven't seen it yet don't put it off.

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