Secret State explores the relationship between a democratically elected government, big business and the banks.
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 Tom Dawkins (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Sgt. Wrigglesworth (4 episodes, 2012)
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 John Hodder (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Lee Foulds (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Ellis Kane (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Ros Yelland (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Felix Durrell (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Laura Duchenne (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Gina Hayes (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Agnes Evans (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Joss Leyton (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Paul J. Clark (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Nillis Jacobson / ... (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Saeed Khan (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Funeral Attendant (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Agent (4 episodes, 2012)
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 General Munnery (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Carol Molloy (3 episodes, 2012)
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 William Hawley (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Anthony Fossett (3 episodes, 2012)
Natalie Husdan ...
 Journalist (3 episodes, 2012)
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 MP / ... (3 episodes, 2012)
Martin Chamberlain ...
 Speaker of the House of Commons (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Downing St Journalist (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Downing St Journalist (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Sir Michael Rix (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Special Ops Major (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Jitin Mukerjee (2 episodes, 2012)
Ross Boatman ...
 Michael (2 episodes, 2012)
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 MI6 Agent (2 episodes, 2012)
Andrew Pollard ...
 Political Correspondent (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Ruth (2 episodes, 2012)
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Secret State explores the relationship between a democratically elected government, big business and the banks.

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Various actors in this programme have also taken part in Game of Thrones (2011). These and their portraying characters includes Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), Ralph Ineson (Dagmer Cleftjaw), Jamie Sives (Jory Cassell), Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon), Anton Lesser (Qyburn) and Tobias Menzies (Edmure Tully). See more »

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Version of A Very British Coup (1988) See more »

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Enjoyable, clichéd, far-fetched, thought provoking
24 December 2012 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

As my summary suggests, this was a bit of a mixed bag.

The show is by no means perfect. It plays to some very old stereotypes in these situations... that everyone is very posh, in it for themselves, that women have to be aggressive and man-like. The moustache-twirling is used to very high degrees.

It of course also takes very broad and simplistic positions on many topics, as it is only a four episode series.

But at its core is an interesting mystery/political thriller, and a good mix of dynamics between government, big business and the banks. Gabriel Byrne is great and distracts from some of the narrative issues well, and delivers West Wing–like speeches at times, and supporting actors such as Ruth Negga provide good turns even if their roles are limited.

One review commented that it was made for stupid 14 year olds, which is the classic way of putting down others by saying if you like it you are clearly a stupid child. However, that reviewer takes things far too seriously. Commenting that in a national tragedy a deputy prime minister wouldn't waste his time going to speak to local residents just shows that he was looking for issues within the first five minutes of the show.

If you crave reality, or accuracy to minute detail, then this show isn't for you. It's fiction at the end of the day. Realistic it isn't, but it does give food for thought and is an entertaining mini series.


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