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2 November 2006 (UK) See more »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 42 of 44)

Jason Isaacs ... Mark Brydon (6 episodes, 2006)

Ben Daniels ... Nicholas Brocklehurst (6 episodes, 2006)

Eva Birthistle ... Jane Lavery (6 episodes, 2006)

Neil Pearson ... Phil Lonsdale (6 episodes, 2006)

Genevieve O'Reilly ... Caroline Hanley (6 episodes, 2006)

Sharon Gless ... Lynne Warner (6 episodes, 2006)

Noam Jenkins ... Christopher Styles (6 episodes, 2006)

Ted Whittall ... Gordon Adair (6 episodes, 2006)

Christopher Bolton ... Vinny Swain (6 episodes, 2006)

Nigel Bennett ... Charles Macintyre (6 episodes, 2006)

Marnie McPhail ... George Blake (6 episodes, 2006)

Alex Jennings ... James Sinclair (6 episodes, 2006)

Aaron Abrams ... Matthew Weiss (6 episodes, 2006)
Laurent Vernin ... James Sinclair (6 episodes, 2006)

Emma Campbell ... Sally Davis (5 episodes, 2006)

Rahnuma Panthaky ... Nasreen Qureshi (5 episodes, 2006)

Briony Glassco ... Jennifer (5 episodes, 2006)
Louca Tassone ... Azzam Sinclair (5 episodes, 2006)
Roman Podhora ... Vernon (4 episodes, 2006)
Michael Rhoades ... Gary Pritchard (4 episodes, 2006)

Lennie James ... Luke Gardner (4 episodes, 2006)

Ron Lea ... Carl Garcia (4 episodes, 2006)

Patrick Garrow ... Brad Godovsky (4 episodes, 2006)
David Eisner ... Sam Levinson (4 episodes, 2006)
Vijay Mehta ... Hassan Khan (3 episodes, 2006)
Peter Snider ... Macintyre's Lawyer (3 episodes, 2006)
Anita Carey ... Mrs. Gardner (3 episodes, 2006)

Rory O'Shea ... Anchor 2 / ... (3 episodes, 2006)
Wayne Downer ... Tim (3 episodes, 2006)

Todd Sandomirsky ... Terry Bennett / ... (3 episodes, 2006)
Peter James Haworth ... General Lane (3 episodes, 2006)
David Huband ... Warden Slake (3 episodes, 2006)

Joe Pingue ... Al Rivero (3 episodes, 2006)
Kevin Louis ... Airport Security / ... (2 episodes, 2006)

Jonathan Whittaker ... Anthony Hanley (2 episodes, 2006)

Paulino Nunes ... 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)

Barry Flatman ... Governor Karpinski (2 episodes, 2006)
Arlene Duncan ... Female FBI agent (2 episodes, 2006)
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Series Directed by
Michael Offer (3 episodes, 2006)
Daniel Percival (3 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Writing credits
Lizzie Mickery (6 episodes, 2006)
Daniel Percival (6 episodes, 2006)

Series Produced by
Patrick Cassavetti .... producer / supervising producer (6 episodes, 2006)
Grainne Marmion .... producer (6 episodes, 2006)
Kathryn Mitchell .... executive producer: BBC America / executive producer (6 episodes, 2006)
Jessica Pope .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Original Music by
Jennie Muskett (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Cinematography by
David Perrault (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Film Editing by
David Head (3 episodes, 2006)
Nick McPhee (3 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Casting by
Deirdre Bowen (6 episodes, 2006)
Kate Rhodes James (5 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Production Design by
Sandra Kybartas (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Art Direction by
Armando Sgrignuoli (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Elizabeth Calderhead (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Costume Design by
Michael Harris (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Makeup Department
Lee-Anne Crossman .... assistant makeup artist (6 episodes, 2006)
Catherine Davies Irvine .... key makeup artist / makeup department head (6 episodes, 2006)
Debra Johnson .... key hair stylist (6 episodes, 2006)
Amanda Milne .... assistant hair stylist / first hair assistant (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Production Management
Brian Gibson .... production manager (6 episodes, 2006)
Liz Pearson .... post-production supervisor / post-production supervisor: UK (6 episodes, 2006)
Adam Roberts .... post-production supervisor: Canada (6 episodes, 2006)

Mitch Harbeson .... production manager: Florida (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emily Drake .... trainee assistant director (5 episodes, 2006)
Lori Mather-Welch .... third assistant director (5 episodes, 2006)
David Antoniuk .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 2006)
Darrin Brown .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 2006)
Mark Easey .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2006)
Linda Pope .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2006)

Keira French .... daily assistant director (unknown episodes)
Cindy L. Irwin .... daily assistant director (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Zabawa .... daily assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Alexandra Anthony .... set buyer (6 episodes, 2006)
Dave Bracken .... construction coordinator (6 episodes, 2006)
Nitram Dass .... set dresser (6 episodes, 2006)
Jennifer Demsyn .... set coordinator (6 episodes, 2006)
Michael Genereux .... assistant property master / assistant props (6 episodes, 2006)
David Gruer .... set dresser (6 episodes, 2006)
Craig Harris .... assistant props / on-set dresser (6 episodes, 2006)
John Hazel .... swing (6 episodes, 2006)
Doug Henderson .... assistant head carpenter (6 episodes, 2006)
Jason Herriott .... scenic artist (6 episodes, 2006)
Garry Honcharuk .... property master (6 episodes, 2006)
Rod James .... key scenic (6 episodes, 2006)
Rod Jones .... key scenic artist (6 episodes, 2006)
Helen Kaneva .... lead dresser (6 episodes, 2006)
Brent Kelly .... lead dresser (6 episodes, 2006)
Jordan Kerner .... swing (6 episodes, 2006)
Jae Pak .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 2006)
Trina Sandler .... props assistant (6 episodes, 2006)
Craig Tovell .... head carpenter (6 episodes, 2006)
Adam Urquhart .... on-set dresser (6 episodes, 2006)
Lee Wildgen .... props buyer (6 episodes, 2006)
David Maltese .... set dec buyer (3 episodes, 2006)
Matthew Alan Taylor .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Sound Department
Dan Daniels .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2006)
Roger Dobson .... supervising sound editor (6 episodes, 2006)
Paul William Edwards .... foley editor (6 episodes, 2006)
Tony Gibson .... sound effects editor (6 episodes, 2006)
Scott Jones .... dubbing mixer / sound re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 2006)
Brian Mellersh .... boom operator (6 episodes, 2006)

Wayne Brooks .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Roman Alexander Buchok .... boom operator: second unit (unknown episodes)
Jamie Caple .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Arran Mahoney .... foley editor (unknown episodes)
Filipa Principe .... foley editor (unknown episodes)
Lenny Rabinowitz .... adr recording engineer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Brock Jolliffe .... special effects supervisor (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Michelle Martin .... visual effects producer (6 episodes, 2006)
Emma White .... 2D compositor: Lime (6 episodes, 2006)

Joe Arnold .... camera technical director (unknown episodes)
Kevin Campbell .... technical manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Marco Bianco .... stunt coordinator (6 episodes, 2006)

Tig Fong .... stunt performer / stunt rigger (unknown episodes)
Jean Frenette .... stunt driver (unknown episodes)
Christopher McGuire .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Pazz Neglia .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Simon Northwood .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Branko Racki .... stunt driver (unknown episodes)
Robert Racki .... stunt driver (unknown episodes)
John Stead .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Max White .... stunt double: Nicholas (unknown episodes)
Geoff Williams .... stunt driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Shane Baker .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (6 episodes, 2006)
Craig Black .... electrician (6 episodes, 2006)
Phil Calambakas .... best boy grip (6 episodes, 2006)
Lini Campbell .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (6 episodes, 2006)
Michael Curtis .... electrician (6 episodes, 2006)
Kim Derko .... camera operator: "b" camera / director of photography: second unit (6 episodes, 2006)
Chris Faulkner .... key grip (6 episodes, 2006)
Mark W. Hindle .... video playback assistant (6 episodes, 2006)
Jeremy Jemec .... electrician (6 episodes, 2006)
J.P. Leblanc .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (6 episodes, 2006)
Don LeClair .... grip (6 episodes, 2006)
Jeremy Lyall .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (6 episodes, 2006)
Frank Polyak .... camera operator (6 episodes, 2006)
Dave Sansford .... generator operator (6 episodes, 2006)
Harry Stroud .... gaffer (6 episodes, 2006)
James Tamblyn .... playback operator (6 episodes, 2006)
Mark Walpole .... first assistant camera: Washington D.C. (6 episodes, 2006)
Christopher Watson .... best boy electric (6 episodes, 2006)
Steve Winn .... grip (6 episodes, 2006)
Stewart Grayburn .... dolly grip (5 episodes, 2006)

Adam Craig .... camera trainee (unknown episodes)
Ben Mark Holzberg .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Andrew Macklin .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Cara Beckinsale .... casting assistant (6 episodes, 2006)
Christopher Richards .... casting associate (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margret Forsyth .... assistant costume designer / assistant costume director (6 episodes, 2006)
Jenn Lantz .... set costume supervisor (6 episodes, 2006)
Nicole Pearson .... costume truck supervisor (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Editorial Department
Nigel Bunyan .... first assistant editor / assembly editor (6 episodes, 2006)
Vincent Narduzzo .... colorist (6 episodes, 2006)
Andy Roberts .... on-line editor (4 episodes, 2006)
Marie-Hélène Boulianne .... telecine assistant (3 episodes, 2006)
Marc Eskenazi .... on-line editor (2 episodes, 2006)

Maria Bailey .... editing intern (unknown episodes)
Reyhan Yusuf .... editing intern (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Kirsty Whalley .... synthesizer programmer (6 episodes, 2006)
David Walter .... music programmer (2 episodes, 2006)

Simon Changer .... music mixer (unknown episodes)
Andy Patterson .... music assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Michael Bingham .... head driver (6 episodes, 2006)
Mike Curran .... transportation coordinator (6 episodes, 2006)
Michael Drysdale .... picture car coordinator (6 episodes, 2006)
Richard Miazek .... transportation captain (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Other crew
Hannelore Biesinger-Kee .... production accountant (6 episodes, 2006)
Darryl Boulley .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2006)
Janet Chandler .... payroll (6 episodes, 2006)
Judy Chui .... co-location manager (6 episodes, 2006)
Kevin Drysdale .... production secretary (6 episodes, 2006)
Paul Franklin .... assistant location manager (6 episodes, 2006)
Paul B. Gibbs .... supervising production accountant (6 episodes, 2006)
Sheena Graham .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 2006)
Mitch Harbeson .... location manager (6 episodes, 2006)
Elmer Jones .... location manager / co-location manager (6 episodes, 2006)
Max Moorhead .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2006)
Lisa Osborne .... script executive (6 episodes, 2006)
Karen Patterson Bowden .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 2006)
Cody Robertson .... assistant production coordinator (6 episodes, 2006)
Mark Stevenson .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2006)
Eve Wheeler .... post-production accountant (6 episodes, 2006)
Hope Faith White .... first assistant accountant (6 episodes, 2006)
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... armorer (5 episodes, 2006)
Sarah Barton .... researcher (3 episodes, 2006)
Todd Shannon Jr. .... water safety (2 episodes, 2006)

Stephanie Lee Berger .... weapons handler (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Drevnig .... on-set tutor (unknown episodes)
Bill Hong .... operator: camera car/insert car (unknown episodes)
Miriam Laurence .... dialect coach: pre-production (unknown episodes)
Dahla MacKenna .... educational supervisor (unknown episodes)
Alan Sutton .... fire safety coordinator (unknown episodes)
 

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360 min (6 parts) | 59 min (6 episodes)
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Factual errors: The cargo aircraft that was to transport the chemicals is described verbally as a 737. Yet the aircraft that is shown being loaded with those chemicals has three engines.See more »
Quotes:
Sir Mark Brydon:You're a duplicitous bastard.
Nicholas Brocklehurst:It's my job.
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20 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
An enjoyable and engaging political thriller despite the clunky bias inherent in the real life parallels, 18 December 2006
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Seconds after taking off from Washington, flight 113 to London explodes over the city, causing loss of life in the sky and on the ground. Outgoing UK ambassador to Washington Mark Brydon is on the ground when it happens and witnesses first hand the tragic events. US Secretary of Defence Lynne Warner is giving a speech at a business event and is rushed away when she learns of the "attack". A former UK ambassador to Turkistan criticises the US and UK for ignoring human rights violations there. A military training exercise in Virginia sees a solider dead, stripped of ID and dumped in a river. A British prisoner on death row sees the hours ticking away on his appeal. The news that flight 113 was bombed by a British Muslim sees the Governor of Virginia rounding up British Muslims in his state. Meanwhile in Washington, Brydon's attempts to minimise the political fallout sees him drawn into a bigger conspiracy than he could have imagined as connections between the bomber and US interests in Turkistan come to the fore.

The first episode opens quickly, matching the dizzy speed that the camera moves around, with a bomb bringing down a passenger plane. This opening looks to grab you and hold you because the writers know that they all viewers are going to be thrown into the middle of a lot of detail and be asked to keep up with it even though the connections will not start coming together for an episode or two (baring in mind this only was six episodes long). Obviously I didn't know this at the start and I confess I did find the first two episodes to be demanding of attention without giving a lot back. However sticking with it does see all the pieces fall into place in a rather convoluted but engaging web of twists and developments. The conspiracy is sadly believable and the series builds a plot that 24 would be proud of – albeit with a bit less action.

The delivery is solid and enjoyable with an intelligently building narrative that does reward paying attention. Aside from the early plane crash grabbing attention, there isn't 24 levels of action and some viewers may find it quite talky but the series doesn't seem concerned with this – to its credit. The whole production looks professional and expensive but at times the shaky camera-work is a distraction – in moderation it isn't a problem but some episodes felt like it had been filmed during an earthquake! The narrative does have one glaring problem within it and that is the issue of political bias. If you are right-wing and believe that the Iraq war was right and that it was all about WMD (or regime change or whatever the official reason is as you read this) then you will probably hate this series because the whole plot is essentially a very unsubtle parallel with Iraq (in regards US going to war obviously – the whole "fabricating the war thing is total fiction!). As a bit of a liberal, this element didn't bother me that much but at times it was all a bit obvious and unimaginative in regards the underlying ideas.

The cast is a strange mix but mostly pretty good despite some of them betraying the limited budget of the piece. Isaacs runs the show and he delivers a solid leading man who holds the attention well. Below him the biggest name is Sharon Gless; she is OK but somehow she doesn't convince in her role. Ben Daniels is as good as Isaacs in his rather shadowy role. O'Reilly is very so-so while James and Pearson were surprise finds in supporting roles. The rest all do well enough in their various characters as this isn't a story that asks a lot of depth from the supporting actors so much as it asks for solid turns.

Overall then a pretty enjoyable and engaging conspiracy thriller. The cast are mostly good and work well with a script that rewards paying attention with a satisfying story. The basic idea is a bit obvious and will annoy hawks with its obvious political bias but mostly it should be good enough to please casual viewers as long as you don't expect it to be action packed and contain all the gloss and budget of 24 (for example).

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