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In London, 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.
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 DCI William Bell 6 episodes, 2003
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 Helen Preger 6 episodes, 2003
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 Anne Collins 6 episodes, 2003
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 Dominic Foy 5 episodes, 2003
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 Andrew Wilson 5 episodes, 2003
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 Sonny Stagg 5 episodes, 2003
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 Olicia Stagg 4 episodes, 2003
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 George Fergus 4 episodes, 2003
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 Greer Thornton 4 episodes, 2003
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 Adam Greene 4 episodes, 2003
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 Sergeant 'Chewy' Cheweski / ... 3 episodes, 2003
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 Sonia Baker 3 episodes, 2003
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 Karen Collins 3 episodes, 2003
Charlie Ryan ...
 Louis Collins 3 episodes, 2003
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 Robert Bingham 3 episodes, 2003
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 Neil Woods 3 episodes, 2003
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 Professor Tate 2 episodes, 2003
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 Sheena Gough 2 episodes, 2003
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 Yvonne Shaps 2 episodes, 2003
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 Hotel Receptionist 2 episodes, 2003
Elizabeth Elvin ...
 Apex House Receptionist 2 episodes, 2003
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 Joy Cipriani 2 episodes, 2003
Anne Karam
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In London, 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.

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State of Play was adapted into a feature film that was released in the United States in 2009. See more »

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

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The Final Episode Undermines this Taut Drama
20 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

Except for the final episode, which I will not describe, this series is among the best TV thrillers I've ever seen. Regional accents make some of the dialog difficult to follow if you're not a Brit, but the story line is quite clear. Although most of the faces were unfamiliar to me, the cast is excellent from top to bottom, a hallmark of BBC productions. Each of the twists and turns prior to the final episode was imaginable (if in a couple of cases improbable). But the last twist makes little sense in light of what went before. I would have rated the series a 10 if it had ended with the fifth episode (and a small coda). The final episode subtracted three stars from my personal evaluation. Bill Nighy, James McEvoy, John Simm, David Morrisey and Polly Walker were particular impressive in their respective roles.


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