Secret State (miniseries)
Secret State is a 2012 British four-part political thriller, starring Gabriel Byrne, Charles Dance and Gina McKee, and inspired by Chris Mullin's novel A Very British Coup. It delves into the relationship between a democratically elected government, the military and big business. The first one-hour part premiered on Channel 4 on Wednesday 7 November 2012, with the other three parts being shown the following Wednesdays.
British and Irish DVD cover
|Based on||A Very British Coup|
by Chris Mullin
|Written by||Robert Jones|
|Directed by||Ed Fraiman|
|Theme music composer||Alex Heffes|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Running time||4 x 1 hour (Including ad breaks)|
|Production company(s)||Company Pictures|
|Original network||Channel 4|
|Picture format||16:9 1080i|
|Original release||7 November –|
28 November 2012
In the run up to a general election, a devastating industrial accident on Teesside leaves 19 people dead and raises questions about the safety procedures of a US petrochemical company, PetroFex. The British 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 command, and during his quest to find the truth and justice for the victims, he uncovers a conspiracy at the heart of the political system.
- Gabriel Byrne as Tom Dawkins MP, the former Deputy Prime Minister who becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after the death of his predecessor, Charles Flyte.
- Charles Dance as John Hodder MP, the Chief Whip.
- Stephen Dillane as Paul Jacob Clark, the CEO of PetroFex.
- Rupert Graves as Felix Durrell MP, the Home Secretary and later Chancellor of the Exchequer.
- Ralph Ineson as Sergeant Wrigglesworth, Dawkins' Diplomatic Protection Group bodyguard.
- Russell Kilmister as Nillis Jacobson, a senior executive at PetroFex.
- Sylvestra Le Touzel as Ros Yelland MP, the Foreign Secretary
- Anna Madeley as Gina Hayes, Dawkins' press officer.
- Gina McKee as Ellis Kane, a freelance journalist.
- Ruth Negga as Agnes Evans, a GCHQ analyst.
- Lia Williams as Laura Duchenne, the Director General of MI5.
- Jamie Sives as Lee Foulds, Dawkins' personal secretary.
- Al Weaver as Joss Leyton a senior GCHQ analyst.
- Douglas Hodge as Anthony Fossett, an investigative reporter and former MI6 officer.
- Nicholas Farrell as General Munnery, the Chief of Defence Staff.
- Anton Lesser as Sir Michael Rix, the head of the Royal Caledonian Bank.
- Tobias Menzies as Charles Flyte, the former Prime Minister who is killed at the start of the series.
A DVD was released in the UK on 3 December 2012.
The series is available in the UK Amazon Instant Video and Channel 4 On Demand
All four episodes were shown on the German/French TV station Arte on 6 February 2014. In Saudi Arabia the first one-hour part premiered on OSN (Orbit Showtime Network) on Friday 21 March 2014, with the other three parts being shown the following Fridays. Series were shown in Croatia on HRT, from 14 April to 17 April 2014. In Australia, the first episode aired on ABC on Friday 25 July 2014, with the other episodes over the subsequent three weeks, while in New Zealand it began its appearance on 10 August 2014 on TV One in the 10:30pm Sunday night slot. It's currently being shown on STV 2 in Scotland.
- A Very British Coup (mini-series), an adaption of A Very British Coup made in 1988
- Channel 4 press release, 17 October 2012: Secret State Retrieved 2012-11-08
- Amazon UK: Secret State (DVD) Retrieved 2012-11-08
- The Guardian, 5 November 2012: Secret State: I played the vicar in the TV version of my novel Retrieved 2012-11-08
- Amazon Instant Video
- Channel 4 On Demand
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Ursula Scheer, 6 February 2014: Der Premier zieht in den Krieg Retrieved 2014-02-07