Stephen Collins (David Morrissey) is an ambitious politician. Cal McAffrey (John Simm) is a well-respected investigative journalist and Stephen's ex-campaign manager. En route to work one morning, Stephen's research assistant mysteriously falls to her death on the London Underground. It's not long before rumours of an affair between Stephen and the assistant hit the headlines. Meanwhile a suspected teenage drug dealer is shot dead. Revelation upon revelation pile up in the aftermath of these two seemingly unconnected events, ultimately bringing to light shady dealings between the government and major corporate powers. Friendships are tested and lives are put on the line as an intricate , web of lies unfolds.
More like this, please!
- State of Play review by DW
Bill Nighy recently said he went off acting some time ago but it certainly didn't show in his performance in this outstanding production. Effectively, it's a 6 hour movie that trots along at a furious pace. When you see realistically demonstrated political corruption you stop to think about what little we're told and how much we'll never know.
I enjoyed some of the leading actor's performances more than others and could have done without the sex scenes whilst accepting that they were part of the plot line. However, the support actors were all excellent and played fully believable roles superbly.
Over-rated thriller, from a soap writer, but worth a watch. Starts well, with good set-up and acting. Disappointing ending though - all too convenient and pandering to TV ratings. It's being made into a film in Hollywood now by Brad Pitt - which may not necessarily be a good idea...