Secret State

Secret State

After a major industrial accident kills dozens of people in the north of England, deputy prime minister Tom Dawkins (Gabriel Byrne, The Usual Suspects) takes on a giant American chemical corporation and eventually his own government to uncover the truth. This contemporary political thriller boasts a superb supporting cast including Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) as a reptilian civil servant, Rupert Graves (Sherlock) as a smooth politician, and Gina McKee (The Borgias) as a tough journalist. 4 episodes, 3 hrs, 2 DVDs, SDH.

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Disc 1
Episode 1
When the Prime Minister's plane goes missing, Deputy Prime Minister Tom Dawkins is left to pick up the pieces amidst a public scandal involving a deadly explosion. While dealing with the crisis, Tom receives growing pressure to run as replacement PM.

Episode 2
Newly elected as Prime Minister, Tom vows to uncover the truth behind explosion and bring justice to the victims of the explosion. Meanwhile, Agnes circumvents her coworkers after they discount her alternate explanation for the former Prime Minister's plane crash.

Disc 2
Episode 3
Amidst the threat of nationwide chaos and impending war, Tom gives the chemical company an ultimatum by freezing their assets. Later, some unseemly details of Tom's military past are brought to light by journalist Ellis Kane.

Episode 4
After his colleagues become aware of his past, Tom is forced to contemplate the best way of addressing the matter in public. Matters are complicated after more details about the plane crash emerge. With the government considering taking action, the country waits on Tom to make a final judgment.
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Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 180 minutes, plus bonus programming
Format: Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
Language: English
Subtitles: No
Color or B&W: Color
CC: No
SDH: Yes
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Rating: NR
"A winner…nothing short of gripping viewing"—Sunday Mail (UK)

"An amazing cast"—The Guardian (UK)

"Grabs you by the throat and doesn't release you from its grip for a second"—Radio Times (UK)

"You're not going to want to miss this..."—Sunday Mail (UK)

"Terrific British political thriller"—The Australian

i liked it

4 Stars

maureen from NY on 10/8/2014 12:00:00 AM wrote:

i respect the work of gabriel byrne.

Good drama regarding a lot of evil in various governments!

4 Stars

David Blocher from IL on 8/12/2014 12:00:00 AM wrote:

I think I like the book title better, "A Very British Coup" but that might have presaged the ending. Charles Dance is absolutely wonderful as the power behind the throne. Gabriel Byrne is the usual intense self in the main role. It is an engaging drama albeit it left me hoped that all of various governments portrayed are not so cynical and self-serving as portrayed here. We on this side of the ocean always hope for better.

Secret State

5 Stars

from on 7/3/2014 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Much better than US Much better than US TV