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The State Within, new conspiracy thriller for BBC ONE

Category: TV Drama; BBC ONE

Date: 26.04.2006
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Jason Isaacs, Ben Daniels, Sharon Gless, Lennie James and Eva Birthistle star in The The State Within, a new conspiracy thriller for BBC ONE.


Written by Lizzie Mickery and Dan Percival (Dirty War), the tightly-plotted drama is set in the diplomatic worlds of Britain and the United States.


The State Within is due to broadcast on BBC ONE later this year.


The new six-part series takes place over 17 days in the life of the British Ambassador to the USA.


Ambassador to Washington is the pinnacle of success in the Foreign Office and only the brightest and best succeed to this post.


However, Mark Brydon (Jason Isaacs) soon finds he is tested to the limits of his foreign diplomacy skills as he grapples with a world of tangled relationships and conflicting interests following a major diplomatic incident.


In a world of high stakes where manipulation of information means ultimate power - who can Brydon trust?


Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, said: "The State Within is a high octane, complex, action-packed conspiracy thriller.


"Strongly authored by Lizzie and Dan these distinctive and intelligent scripts aim to keep audiences on the edge of their seats, and is further evidence of the ambition, modernity and bravura of drama on BBC ONE."


The cast also includes Ben Daniels as Nicholas Brocklehurst; Sharon Gless as Lynne Warner, US Secretary of Defence; and Eva Birthistle as Jane Lavery, a human rights lawyer assigned to Luke Gardner (Lennie James), a British paratrooper, awaiting execution on Death Row in Florida.


Neil Pearson plays Phil Lonsdale; Alex Jennings plays James Sinclair; Rahnuma Panthaky is Nasreen Qureshi; Genevieve O'Reilly is Caroline Hanley and Noam Jenkins plays Christopher Styles.


Writers Dan Percival and Lizzie Mickery said: "Do you believe what your leaders tell you? Behind the doors in the corridors of power a terrifying plot is being forged.


"Trust no-one. Truth and lies are sacrificed for expediency. Beneath the public mask of Ambassador, Mark the man finds himself torn between his duty and his conscience."


A cat's cradle of tangled relationships and conflicting interests links the cast of characters through six hours of twists and turns as Ambassador Brydon (Jason Isaacs) slowly realises that he is being played by an invisible puppeteer.


With no-one to trust he cannot even begin to imagine where the conspiracy ends.


Kathryn Mitchell, Controller, BBC America, said: "With a great crossover plot involving the diplomatic worlds of America and Britain, I knew BBC America had to be involved in The State Within.


"As co-producer, I'm very excited by the edgy, contemporary and politically topical storylines - it will translate perfectly for our American viewers."


Filming in Canada until July, The State Within is a co-production with BBC America.


Producer is Grainne Marmion. Directors are Michael Offer (Episodes 1, 2 & 3) and Dan Percival (episodes 4, 5 & 6). Executive Producer is Jessica Pope.







Category: TV Drama; BBC ONE

Date: 26.04.2006
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