Secret State explores the relationship between a democratically elected government, big business and the banks.
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Series cast summary:
Gabriel Byrne ...  Tom Dawkins 4 episodes, 2012
Ralph Ineson ...  Sgt. Wrigglesworth 4 episodes, 2012
Charles Dance ...  John Hodder 4 episodes, 2012
Jamie Sives ...  Lee Foulds 4 episodes, 2012
Gina McKee ...  Ellis Kane 4 episodes, 2012
Sylvestra Le Touzel ...  Ros Yelland 4 episodes, 2012
Rupert Graves ...  Felix Durrell 4 episodes, 2012
Lia Williams ...  Laura Duchenne 4 episodes, 2012
Anna Madeley ...  Gina Hayes 4 episodes, 2012
Ruth Negga ...  Agnes Evans 4 episodes, 2012
Al Weaver ...  Joss Leyton 4 episodes, 2012
Stephen Dillane ...  Paul J. Clark 4 episodes, 2012
Russell Kilmister ...  Nillis Jacobson / ... 4 episodes, 2012
Danny Darren ...  Saeed Khan 4 episodes, 2012
Alan Bentley ...  Funeral Attendant 4 episodes, 2012
Johnny Topping Johnny Topping ...  Agent 4 episodes, 2012
Nicholas Farrell ...  General Munnery 3 episodes, 2012
Kika Markham ...  Carol Molloy 3 episodes, 2012
Michael Gould ...  William Hawley 3 episodes, 2012
Douglas Hodge ...  Anthony Fossett 3 episodes, 2012
Natalie Husdan Natalie Husdan ...  Journalist 3 episodes, 2012
Patricia Winker Patricia Winker ...  MP / ... 3 episodes, 2012
Martin Chamberlain Martin Chamberlain ...  Speaker of the House of Commons 2 episodes, 2012
Charles De'Ath ...  Downing St Journalist 2 episodes, 2012
Becky Hindley ...  Downing St Journalist 2 episodes, 2012
Anton Lesser ...  Sir Michael Rix 2 episodes, 2012
Mark Noble ...  Special Ops Major 2 episodes, 2012
Kriss Dosanjh Kriss Dosanjh ...  Jitin Mukerjee 2 episodes, 2012
Ross Boatman Ross Boatman ...  Michael 2 episodes, 2012
David Prosho ...  MI6 Agent 2 episodes, 2012
Andrew Pollard Andrew Pollard ...  Political Correspondent 2 episodes, 2012
Grace Sinclair Grace Sinclair ...  Ruth 2 episodes, 2012


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 »


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

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Enjoyable, clichéd, far-fetched, thought provoking
24 December 2012 | by antony-1See 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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