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State of Play: Season 1 (2004)



Critic Consensus: State of Play crackles with intrigue and texture as it follows tantalizing leads to diabolical ends while also offering a rousing defense of journalistic integrity.


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A British conspiracy thriller begins after the death of a research assistant who works for an MP.


David Morrissey
as Stephen Collins
John Simm
as Cal McCaffrey
Kelly Macdonald
as Della Smith
Polly Walker
as Anne Collins
Bill Nighy
as Cameron Foster
Amelia Bullmore
as Helen Preger
Michael Feast
as Andrew Wilson
Deborah Findlay
as Greer Thornton
James Laurenson
as George Fergus
Marc Warren
as Dominic Foy
James McAvoy
as Dan Foster
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Critic Reviews for State of Play: Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8)

The drama plays as fast and fascinating as a John le Carre novel -- except the sex is better.

April 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The real star of the show in the newsroom is Nighy, as newsroom editor Cameron Foster. This role feels tailor made for Nighy's talents, requiring smarts, sarcasm, and just a little bit of oil.

April 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It's the finest thing Abbott has ever done; his script is taut, spare and never patronises a grown-up audience.

April 10, 2019 | Full Review…

"State of Play" is a well-made and entertaining series. [Full Review in Spanish]

April 10, 2019 | Full Review…

A prescient, complicated, and ultimately honest piece of dramatic storytelling.

April 10, 2019 | Full Review…

There's Paul Abbott's slick script, adroitly linking the mysterious, seemingly random murders of a purse snatcher and a political researcher... And there's David Yates' adrenalized direction.

April 10, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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