State of the Union (British TV series)

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State of the Union
Written byNick Hornby
Directed byStephen Frears
ComposerRoger Eno
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Executive producers
ProducerAmy Jackson
Running time10 minutes
Production companySee-Saw Films
Original networkSundance TV
Original release6 May 2019 (2019-05-06) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

State of the Union is a British comedy television series that premiered on 6 May 2019 on Sundance TV.[1][2]

On January 25, 2021, the series was renewed for a second season.[3]


State of the Union follows "Louise and Tom who meet in the pub immediately before their weekly marital therapy session. Each episode pieces together how their lives were, what drew them together and what has started to pull them apart."[4]

Cast and characters[edit]


No.Title [5]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [5]US viewers
1"Marathon"Stephen Frears[4]Nick Hornby[4]6 May 2019 (2019-05-06)N/A
2"Antique Globes"Stephen FrearsNick Hornby6 May 2019 (2019-05-06) (Sundance Now)
7 May 2019 (2019-05-07) (Sundance TV)
3"Syria"Stephen FrearsNick Hornby7 May 2019 (2019-05-07) (Sundance Now)
8 May 2019 (2019-05-08) (Sundance TV)
4"Plaster Cast"Stephen FrearsNick Hornby7 May 2019 (2019-05-07) (Sundance Now)
9 May 2019 (2019-05-09) (Sundance TV)
5"Normal Slope"Stephen FrearsNick Hornby8 May 2019 (2019-05-08) (Sundance Now)
10 May 2019 (2019-05-10) (Sundance TV)
6"Nigel and Naomi"Stephen FrearsNick Hornby8 May 2019 (2019-05-08) (Sundance Now)
13 May 2019 (2019-05-13) (Sundance TV)
7"Call the Midwife"Stephen FrearsNick Hornby9 May 2019 (2019-05-09) (Sundance Now)
14 May 2019 (2019-05-14) (Sundance TV)
8"Dolphins"Stephen FrearsNick Hornby9 May 2019 (2019-05-09) (Sundance Now)
15 May 2019 (2019-05-15) (Sundance TV)
9"Prison Sex"Stephen FrearsNick Hornby10 May 2019 (2019-05-10) (Sundance Now)
16 May 2019 (2019-05-16) (Sundance TV)
10"Another Drink"Stephen FrearsNick Hornby10 May 2019 (2019-05-10) (Sundance Now)
17 May 2019 (2019-05-17) (Sundance TV)



On 13 July 2018, it was announced that Sundance TV had given the production a series order consisting of ten episodes running around ten minutes each. The series was expected to be written by Nick Hornby and directed by Stephen Frears, both of whom were set to be executive producers. Production companies involved with the series were noted to include See-Saw Films.[4][6][7]

On January 25, 2021, the series was renewed for a second season,[3] starring Brendan Gleeson, Patricia Clarkson and Esco Jouléy.[8]


Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Rosamund Pike and Chris O'Dowd had been cast in the series' lead roles.[4][6][7]


Principal photography for the series was expected to begin in the summer of 2018 in London, England.[4][6][7] The pub used for the series was the Thatched House in Hammersmith, London W6.


Roger Eno scored the soundtrack,[9] which was performed by jazz musicians Jack Pinter, Sebastian Rochford (drums) and Steve Watts on saxophone and recorded at AIR studios in London, according to the trailer.



On 10 October 2018, a "first-look" image from the series was released.[10]


On 28 January 2019, the series received its world premiere during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.[11]


In a positive review, Variety's Daniel D'Addario praised the series saying, "State of the Union pulls off a neat trick; given both its short running time and its fleetness of dialogue, we never get tired of hearing this couple's arguments, which could in other contexts be tiresome and circular."[12] In another encouraging criticism, The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg described the series as a "clever and beautifully acted piece" and declared that "Stephen Frears and Nick Hornby's perceptive two-hander is still well worth seeing."[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2019 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Nick Hornby, Stephen Frears, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman (executive producers) Won
Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Chris O'Dowd Won
Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Rosamund Pike Won


  1. ^ "SundanceTV Marries Short Form Innovation with Premium Scripted Drama in "State of the Union," Starring Award-Winners Rosamund Pike and Chris O'Dowd". The Futon Critic (Press release). 27 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Clooney's Catch-22, Fleabag Returns, Five-0 Finale and More". TVLine. 17 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Back for a Little More, The Emmy Award-Winning Short Form Series "State of the Union" Renewed for a Second Season on SundanceTV" (Press release). Sundance TV. 25 January 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
  4. ^ a b c d e f White, Peter (13 July 2018). "Rosamund Pike & Chris O'Dowd To Star In Stephen Frears-Directed, Nick Hornby-Penned Comedy Series For SundanceTV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b "State of the Union – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Clarke, Stewart (13 July 2018). "Rosamund Pike, Chris O'Dowd Have a Marital Crisis in Nick Hornby's SundanceTV Comedy". Variety. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  7. ^ a b c O'Connell, Michael (13 July 2018). "Rosamund Pike, Chris O'Dowd to Star in 10-Minute Sitcom From Nick Hornby". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  8. ^ White, Peter (2021-01-27). "'State Of The Union': Short-Form Series Renewed At SundanceTV For Season 2 Starring Brendan Gleeson, Patricia Clarkson & Esco Jouléy". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-09-06.
  9. ^ "Roger Eno Scoring SundanceTV's 'State of the Union'". Film Music Reporter. 2019-01-03. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (10 October 2018). "'State Of The Union': First-Look Photo Of Rosamund Pike & Chris O'Dowd In SundanceTV Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  11. ^ a b Fienberg, Daniel (28 January 2019). "'State of the Union': TV Review | Sundance 2019". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  12. ^ D'Addario, Daniel (29 January 2019). "Sundance TV Review: 'State of the Union'". Variety. Retrieved 10 February 2019.

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