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Secret State - Preview

Secret State

Preview by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING its transmission on Channel 4 Secret State is released on DVD Monday, December 3, 2012.

The four-part political thriller inspired by Chris Mullin’s novel A Very British Coup, delves into the relationship between a democratically elected government, the military and the markets.

In the run up to a general election, an accident on Teesside raises awkward questions about the safety procedures of a US petrochemical company, PetroFex. The 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 the reins and during his quest to find justice and the truth for the victims on Teesside, he uncovers a conspiracy at the heart of the political system.

How will he deal with the powers at play? And can he remain that rare thing: a decent, honest man in politics?

Adapted by Robert Jones (Lennon Naked, Party Animals, The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency) and directed by Ed Frairman (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Merline, A Thing Called Love) and produced by Johann Knobel (The Shadow Line, Shameless), Secret State is a stroke of genius not to be missed!

In addition to Gabriel Byrne, the show stars Charles Dance (Gosford Park), Stephen Dillane (Spy Game), Rupert Graves (Made in Dagenham), Douglas Hodge (Robin Hood), Sylvestra Le Touzel (Happy-Go-Lucky), Anna Madeley (In Bruges), Gina McKee (Atonement), Ruth Negga (Misfits) and Lia Williams (Firelight).

Join a host of British talent in the thought-provoking, political drama, Secret State, which is available to own on DVD for the first time from December 3, 2012.