Secret State (TV miniseries)

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Secret State
Secret State DVD cover.jpg
British and Irish DVD cover
Genre Political drama
Distributed by Channel 4
Directed by Ed Fraiman
Produced by Johann Knobel
Written by Robert Jones
Based on A Very British Coup 
by Chris Mullin
Starring Gabriel Byrne
Charles Dance
Douglas Hodge
Gina McKee
Rupert Graves
Ruth Negga
Music by Alex Heffes
Cinematography Owen McPolin
Editing by Mark Thornton
Production company Company Pictures
Newscope Films
Country United Kingdom
Original channel Channel 4
Original run 7 November 2012 (2012-11-07)  – 28 November 2012 (2012-11-28)
Running time 4 x 1 hour (Including ad breaks)
No. of episodes 4

Secret State is a 2012 British four-part political thriller, starring Gabriel Byrne, Charles Dance and Gina McKee, and inspired by Chris Mullin's novel A Very British Coup. It delves into the relationship between a democratically elected government, the military and big business. The first one-hour part premiered on Channel 4 on Wednesday 7 November 2012, with the other three parts being shown the following Wednesdays.[1]

Plot[edit]

In the run up to a general election, a devastating industrial accident on Teesside leaves 19 people dead and raises questions about the safety procedures of a US petrochemical company, PetroFex. The British Prime Minister claims to have secured a compensation package from them, but on his return from PetroFex HQ, his plane crashes in the Atlantic under mysterious circumstances. Deputy Prime Minister Tom Dawkins (Gabriel Byrne) takes command, and during his quest to find the truth and justice for the victims, he uncovers a conspiracy at the heart of the political system.[1][2]

Main cast[edit]

Chris Mullin, the author of A Very British Coup, which served as inspiration for Secret State, appears as a vicar in a cameo role.[3]

DVD release[edit]

A DVD was released in the UK on 3 December 2012.[2]

Other countries[edit]

All four episodes were shown on the German/French TV station Arte on 6 February 2014.[4] In Saudi Arabia the first one-hour part premiered on OSN (Orbit Showtime Network) on Friday 21 March 2014, with the other three parts being shown the following Fridays. Series were shown in Croatia on HRT, from 14 April to 17 April 2014. In Australia, the first episode aired on ABC on Friday 25 July 2014, with the other episodes over the subsequent three weeks, while in New Zealand it began its appearance on 10 August 2014 on TVNZ in the 10:30pm Sunday night slot.

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