State Of Play (BBC-1 2003 with John Simm and David Morrissey)


State of play bbc

UK / BBC One / 5×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 2003

Creator and Writer: Paul Abbott / Executive Producers: Gareth Neame, Laura Mackie / Producer: Hilary Bevan Jones

Conspiracy thriller serial set against the background of Whitehall and Fleet Street. Stephen Collins (Morrissey) is a high-flying, ambitious member of parliament and Chairman of the Government’s Energy Select Committee. Cal McCaffrey (Simm) is a well-respected investigative journalist and Stephen’s ex-campaign manager.

When Stephen’s young research assistant, Sonia, falls to her death on the London Underground, it’s not long before revelations of their affair hit the headlines. Meanwhile a suspected teenage drug dealer named Kelvin Stagg is found shot dead.

The discovery that Kelvin and Sonia shared a two-minute phone call on the morning of their deaths draws Cal into an investigation that’s always one step ahead of the police. But friendships are tested and lives are put on the line as an intricate web of lies unfolds.

John Simm as Cal McCaffrey
David Morrissey as Stephen Collins
Kelly Macdonald as Della
Bill Nighy as Cameron Foster
Polly Walker as Anne Collins
Amelia Bullmore as Helen Preger
Philip Glenister as Detective Chief Inspector Bell
James Laurenson as George Fergus
Benedict Wong as Pete Cheng
Rebekah Staton as Liz
Michael Feast as Andrew Wilson
James McAvoy as Dan Foster
Marc Warren as Dominic Foy
Deborah Findlay as Greer Thornton