State Of Play

A tense conspiracy thriller that twists deeper and deeper into the hostile twilight world where politics meets the press.

Stephen Collins (David Morrissey) is an ambitious politician hotly tipped for the Cabinet. When his assistant mysteriously falls to her death on the London Underground, it is not long before revelations of their affair hit the headlines. But one journalist - Stephen's former campaign manager, Cal McAffrey (John Simm) - is after the bigger story, one that will test friendships and put careers and even lives on the line...

State of Play - 6 x 60' - first broadcast 18th May 2003 on BBC One.

Nominated for 7 BAFTA TV Awards, and winner of three including Best Actor for Billy Nighy, Best Sound and Best Editing. Winner of Best Mini-Series at the BANFF Television awards and also other wins at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, Monte-Carlo TV Festival and RTS Television Awards.

'Great performances, taut direction, brilliant script - it deserves to take every award going.'

The Guardian