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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 series won a Peabody Award in 2004. 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 See 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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