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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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Series cast summary:
...  Cal McCaffrey 6 episodes, 2003
...  Della Smith 6 episodes, 2003
...  Cameron Foster 6 episodes, 2003
...  DCI William Bell 6 episodes, 2003
...  Stephen Collins 6 episodes, 2003
...  Dan Foster 6 episodes, 2003
...  Helen Preger 6 episodes, 2003
...  Pete Cheng 6 episodes, 2003
...  Liz 6 episodes, 2003
...  Anne Collins 6 episodes, 2003
...  Dominic Foy 5 episodes, 2003
...  Andrew Wilson 5 episodes, 2003
...  Sonny Stagg 5 episodes, 2003
...  Syd 4 episodes, 2003
Maureen Hibbert ...  Olicia Stagg 4 episodes, 2003
...  George Fergus 4 episodes, 2003
...  Greer Thornton 4 episodes, 2003
...  Adam Greene 4 episodes, 2003
...  Sergeant 'Chewy' Cheweski / ... 3 episodes, 2003
...  Sonia Baker 3 episodes, 2003
...  Karen Collins 3 episodes, 2003
Charlie Ryan ...  Louis Collins 3 episodes, 2003
...  Robert Bingham 3 episodes, 2003
Patrick Brennan ...  Neil Woods 3 episodes, 2003
...  Professor Tate 2 episodes, 2003
...  Young Guy / ... 2 episodes, 2003
...  Sheena Gough 2 episodes, 2003
...  Yvonne Shaps 2 episodes, 2003
Carla Du Bois ...  Hotel Receptionist 2 episodes, 2003
Elizabeth Elvin ...  Apex House Receptionist 2 episodes, 2003
...  Joy Cipriani 2 episodes, 2003
Anne Karam 2 episodes, 2003
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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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Den tredje makten  »

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The set of the House of Commons chamber is the same one that was a part of Granada Studios Tour. It was purchased personally by the scriptwriter Paul Abbott so it could be used in the drama; otherwise it would have been destroyed when the Tour closed, and he feared it would take too long to get the necessary money from the BBC. It is currently kept in storage in Oxford. See more »

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

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Extraordinary
7 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Not since The Lakes have the Brits delivered such impeccable, classy drama, (incidentally the fabulous and just a tad sexy John Simm was in that too! Coincidence? Nah, he's one of the best young English actors around who seems to choose his roles very well)

Where UK drama of late has tended to resemble cheap rip offs of American drama, this brings the Poms back to the very top of the tree. The script is superlative as is the acting. Tight, riveting, believable, gripping and at times just downright funny.

The gems that come from Bill Nighy's mouth! He is such a brilliant actor, proof that Love Actually wasn't a fluke for him, he's so on the money in the characterisation of the editor, a joy to watch.

Please, please more of this sort of stuff England, it's what you do best when it comes to television.


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