A powerful four-part drama from renowned writer/director Peter Kosminsky, airing over four consecutive nights. Based on extensive research and first-hand accounts, The State follows four young British men and women who have left their lives behind to join Isis in Raqqah, Syria in 2015.
Jalal (Sam Otto) is following in the footsteps of his older brother, who has been eulogised by Isis as a brave martyr who died in battle. He has persuaded his best friend Ziyaad (Ryan McKen) to accompany him. Single mother Shakira (Ony Uhiara) is with her nine-year-old son Isaac (Nana Agyeman-Bediako) and determined to bring her skills as a junior doctor to the aid of the Islamic State by working in the hospital in Raqqah. Teenager Ushna (Shavani Cameron) has left behind her family in London to fulfil what she sees as her religious duty and the fierce Salafist ideology she has discovered online.
The first episode sees the five crossing into Syria under cover of darkness. Separated at the border, they are driven to Raqqah, the de facto capital of the ‘caliphate’ proclaimed by Isis. Jalal and Ziyaad enjoy the male camaraderie as they are trained and equipped for battle, while Shakira and Ushna are taught the strict rules women must obey. They take oaths of allegiance to Isis, convinced they’ve made the right decision to come, but are soon confronted by the harsh realities of life under Isis which don’t match their expectations.
Sam Otto as Jalal
Ryan McKen as Ziyaad
Ony Uhiara as Shakira
Nana Agyeman-Bediako as Isaac
Shavani Cameron as Ushna
key behind the scenes crew
Writer and Director: Peter Kosminsky
Executive Producers: Kris Thykier, Liza Marshall, Peter Kosminsky
Sunday 20 August 2017
4×60 minute episodes in total.
network and production companies
Channel 4 – Archery Pictures and Stonehenge Films Prod in Association with LipSync Prods and National Geographic
Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochmerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.
CYRIL CUSACK as Major Piechut
ROY DOTRICE as Ponosse
KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
HUGH GRIFFITH as Alexandre Bourdillat
BERNARD BRESSLAW as Nicholas the Beadle
MADELINE SMITH as Hortase Girodet
GEORGINA MOON as Rose Biraque
PETER USTINOV as Narrator
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.
ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.
Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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