The State Within (2006)

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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.

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Series cast summary:
 Mark Brydon (6 episodes, 2006)
 Nicholas Brocklehurst (6 episodes, 2006)
 Jane Lavery (6 episodes, 2006)
 Phil Lonsdale (6 episodes, 2006)
 Caroline Hanley (6 episodes, 2006)
 Lynne Warner (6 episodes, 2006)
 Christopher Styles (6 episodes, 2006)
 Gordon Adair (6 episodes, 2006)
 Vinny Swain (6 episodes, 2006)
 Charles Macintyre (6 episodes, 2006)
 George Blake (6 episodes, 2006)
 James Sinclair (6 episodes, 2006)
 Matthew Weiss (6 episodes, 2006)
 Sally Davis (5 episodes, 2006)
 Nasreen Qureshi (5 episodes, 2006)
 Jennifer (5 episodes, 2006)
Louca Tassone ...
 Azzam Sinclair (5 episodes, 2006)
Roman Podhora ...
 Vernon (4 episodes, 2006)
Michael Rhoades ...
 Gary Pritchard (4 episodes, 2006)
 Luke Gardner (4 episodes, 2006)
 Carl Garcia (4 episodes, 2006)
 Brad Godovsky (4 episodes, 2006)
David Eisner ...
 Sam Levinson (4 episodes, 2006)
 Hassan Khan (3 episodes, 2006)
 Macintyre's Lawyer (3 episodes, 2006)
Anita Carey ...
 Mrs. Gardner (3 episodes, 2006)
 Anchor 2 / ... (3 episodes, 2006)
Wayne Downer ...
 Tim (3 episodes, 2006)
 Terry Bennett / ... (3 episodes, 2006)
Peter James Haworth ...
 General Lane (3 episodes, 2006)
David Huband ...
 Warden Slake (3 episodes, 2006)
 Al Rivero (3 episodes, 2006)
Kevin Louis ...
 Airport Security / ... (2 episodes, 2006)
 Anthony Hanley (2 episodes, 2006)
 Eshan Borisvitch (2 episodes, 2006)
Cory Atkins ...
 Glen Laroche (2 episodes, 2006)
J.C. Kenny ...
 Jeb Starkey (2 episodes, 2006)
Glen Grant ...
 Boston Customs Officer (2 episodes, 2006)
Daniela Lama ...
 Saida Sinclair (2 episodes, 2006)
 Governor Karpinski (2 episodes, 2006)
Arlene Duncan ...
 Female FBI agent (2 episodes, 2006)


Ambassador to Washington is the pinnacle of success in the Foreign Office and the position is offered to only the brightest and the best. But Ambassador Mark Brydon finds his skills tested to the limits when, following a major diplomatic incident, he is thrust into a web of tangled relationships and conflicting interests. In a world of high stakes, where manipulation of information means ultimate power, the question is: who can he trust? Written by Anonymous

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Did You Know?


When Mark returns to the Embassy with Sinclair's little boy, and takes the boy to the room where he can stay, you can hear European Blackbirds (Turdus merula) and Great and Blue Tits (Parus major and caeruleus) singing from outside - these birds and their singing don't exist in Washington D. C. - but they exist in Great Britain. See more »


Sir Mark Brydon: You're a duplicitous bastard.
Nicholas Brocklehurst: It's my job.
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Referenced in Séries express: Episode #2.36 (2009) See more »

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Quality Suspense: Terrorism from Within
11 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE STATE WITHIN is a six episode series from BBC that has class, excellent writing, top notch acting and enough twists and turns of story line to keep the viewer on the edge of the seat for the six hours it plays. Written by Michael Offer and Daniel Perceval (who also directs 3 of the episodes while Lizzie Mickery directs 3 others) the script is tight, the pacing deliberately fast, and the insertion of new characters into almost every episode serves not as distracting but as additive suspense.

Mark Brydon (Jason Isaacs in one of his finest roles) is the British Ambassador to the United States. The series opens with the explosion of an airplane over Dulles International Airport in Washington DC and Brydon must respond to what appears to be a terrorist plot. But who is the terrorist and who is the country behind the plot? Brydon is supported by his undersecretary Nicholas Brocklehurst (Ben Daniels, also wholly convincing in a tough role) and they must face the US government in the person of Secretary of Defense Lynne Warner (Sharon Gless, proving that she is a fine dramatic actress) and her undersecretary Christopher Styles (the always superb Noam Jenkins). There are clues that unravel slowly, fingers that point to a small Middle Eastern country, currently beset by political problems, not the least of which involve American corporate gains. Informers and witness are knocked off right and left and there are intelligence issues in both the British and the US camps that play on the concepts that Warner is financially involved in the plot and Brydon is compromised by a relationship that is related to the little country's dilemma. It is a rush to the finish to resolve all the subterfuge and it is played out very well by a large cast of excellent actors. One comment should be made about this BBC production: as opposed to films made in this country: there is a frank and well acted same sex encounter between Brocklehurst and Styles in the first episode that sets the pace for the tenor of the story. No items of personal business are left unnoticed in this manipulation of information and the extremes that can be taken. While it is a suspense thriller, there is a lot of space for very real interpersonal relationships to unfold. Highly recommended entertainment, with special kudos to BBC for having the courage to explore topics so stringently avoided by American films.

Grady Harp

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