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In London, a naive young politician becomes a suspect when his female assistant and mistress is killed in a suspicious accident. The politician's investigative journalist friend and his team uncover a government conspiracy.
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Series cast summary:
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 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 Charlie Ryan ...  Louis Collins 3 episodes, 2003
Stuart Goodwin ...  Robert Bingham 3 episodes, 2003
Patrick Brennan Patrick Brennan ...  Neil Woods 3 episodes, 2003
Madeleine Potter ...  Professor Tate 2 episodes, 2003
Anthony Flanagan ...  Young Guy / ... 2 episodes, 2003
Natasha Wightman ...  Sheena Gough 2 episodes, 2003
Geraldine James ...  Yvonne Shaps 2 episodes, 2003
Carla Du Bois Carla Du Bois ...  Hotel Receptionist 2 episodes, 2003
Elizabeth Elvin Elizabeth Elvin ...  Apex House Receptionist 2 episodes, 2003
Pui Fan Lee ...  Joy Cipriani 2 episodes, 2003
Anne Karam Anne Karam 2 episodes, 2003
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In London, a naive young politician becomes a suspect when his female assistant and mistress is killed in a suspicious accident. The politician's investigative journalist friend and his team uncover a government conspiracy.

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Den tredje makten See more »

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Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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John Simm (Cal McCaffrey) & Benedict Wong (Pete Cheng) also worked together on Prey (2014) as Marcus Farrow & DS Ash Chan respectively. See more »

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

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Fantastic series spoiled by lazy ending
17 August 2011 | by firewalkingSee all my reviews

Just bought and watched this on DVD. Up until the last episode I was enthralled with the story.

The mixture of journalism, politics and police work made for an interesting mix, although the latter two took more of a back seat nearing the end, replaced with lover's quarrels and artificial exposition more similar to soap opera writing.

While the cinematography is fairly average, the casting and acting is superb.

If you want a suspenseful thriller this one should entertain you, just don't expect a satisfactory ending.

I'd give the show 8/10, but the horrible finale totally undermined the story's credibility with several loose ends, and I was left frustrated instead of with the great feeling I had during the first 5 episodes.


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