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A thriller set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead.
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 Helen Preger 6 episodes, 2003
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 Anne Collins 6 episodes, 2003
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 Dominic Foy 5 episodes, 2003
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 Andrew Wilson 5 episodes, 2003
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 Sonny Stagg 5 episodes, 2003
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 Olicia Stagg 4 episodes, 2003
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 George Fergus 4 episodes, 2003
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 Greer Thornton 4 episodes, 2003
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 Adam Greene 4 episodes, 2003
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 Sergeant 'Chewy' Cheweski / ... 3 episodes, 2003
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 Sonia Baker 3 episodes, 2003
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 Karen Collins 3 episodes, 2003
Charlie Ryan ...
 Louis Collins 3 episodes, 2003
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 Robert Bingham 3 episodes, 2003
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 Neil Woods 3 episodes, 2003
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 Professor Tate 2 episodes, 2003
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 Young Guy / ... 2 episodes, 2003
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 Sheena Gough 2 episodes, 2003
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 Yvonne Shaps 2 episodes, 2003
Carla Du Bois ...
 Hotel Receptionist 2 episodes, 2003
Elizabeth Elvin ...
 Apex House Receptionist 2 episodes, 2003
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 Joy Cipriani 2 episodes, 2003
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A thriller set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead.

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Sometimes you have to read between the lines


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18 May 2003 (UK)  »

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Den tredje makten  »

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A second season was commissioned by then-BBC Commissioner Greg Dyke before the first season had even been transmitted. The second season never materialized, however, because Paul Abbott felt he didn't know how to make the story work and he had already had tremendous success with Shameless (2004). See more »

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Featured in Timeshift: Political Thrillers: Plays of State (2003) See more »

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The Final Episode Undermines this Taut Drama
20 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

Except for the final episode, which I will not describe, this series is among the best TV thrillers I've ever seen. Regional accents make some of the dialog difficult to follow if you're not a Brit, but the story line is quite clear. Although most of the faces were unfamiliar to me, the cast is excellent from top to bottom, a hallmark of BBC productions. Each of the twists and turns prior to the final episode was imaginable (if in a couple of cases improbable). But the last twist makes little sense in light of what went before. I would have rated the series a 10 if it had ended with the fifth episode (and a small coda). The final episode subtracted three stars from my personal evaluation. Bill Nighy, James McEvoy, John Simm, David Morrisey and Polly Walker were particular impressive in their respective roles.


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