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The State Within Reviews

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December 24, 2017
An increasingly addictive series. Great action, twists and turns, very good acting and extremely solid direction. The few melodramatic scenes drop the overall quality a tad, but there's enough screenwriting and directorial strength in display to consider this a must-see.
½ February 2, 2016
This is a really good show
April 5, 2014
I was on the edge of my seat for every episode ... and the links to real cover-ups and political double dealing, as occasionally mentioned in the media, are there. Read Craig Murray's blogs for a start - this former UK ambassador to a real, not a fictional, central Asia "stan" - dishes the dirt in his own way. The plot of The State Within is believable, even if the gung-ho antics of the British Ambassador are not. A thoroughly thrilling experience, enhanced by the gravelly-voiced, multi-layered performance of Sharon Gless, and excellent supporting performances across the board. Watch it and wonder as history repeats itself.
½ October 31, 2012
Another brilliant BBC show!! It's fun to see the USA looks to Brit's:)
½ August 5, 2012
24h en beaucoup plus crĂ (C)dible. Passionnant de bout en bout (7 Ă (C)pisodes de 50 minutes).
August 2, 2012
Very complicated plot, but great twists and excellent wrap up. Probably the best miniseries I've seen!
May 26, 2011
At the beginning, I thought the first session might be exciting and similar to 24. The more I watched, the more turned off I became with the vulgarity and kissing guys.
October 29, 2010
Think MI5, but shorter, more concise, with Lucius Malfoy -- definitely worth watching. The 5th and 6th episode get a little unbelievable, but hang in there for the final episode.
½ October 3, 2010
Brilliantly written 6-hour long political thriller.
½ March 11, 2010
Much better than your average miniseries. diplomacy, dirty politics, self serving dealing, black ops with military contractors, suspicious eastern country with a evil dictator who was helped to power by the good guys..... watergate-type reporters, death penalty being executed, love, intrigue and despair. Do I need to say more? Takes place in Washington DC in the UK embassy....
½ January 22, 2010
très bonne série , alléchante .
Super Reviewer
½ September 22, 2009
"The State Within" starts with an airplane crashing outside of Washington, DC, strewing debris all over the Dulles Toll Road. Caught in its wake is British Ambassador Mark Brydon(Jason Isaacs) who futilely tries to rescue a trapped motorist before being dragged away by his intelligence officer Nicholas Brocklehurst(Ben Daniels). The crash is caused by a bomb apparently set off by a British national who has links to extremists from Tyrgyzstan.(When creating a fictional country, please try to come up with one that is easy to spell. Take Latveria, for instance.) As a result, the Virginia governor calls for the roundup of all British Muslims and Defense Secretary Lynne Warner(Sharon Gless) goes on the warpath. So, while Brydon has these various crises to deal with, there are rumors that he is about to promoted and is therefore advised to steer clear of James Sinclair(Alex Jennings), a Craig Murray-like former ambassador and his former best friend who is advocating for human rights in Tyrgyzstan which suffers under the thumbs of its dictator, President Usman who is closely allied with the United States in the war on terror.

"The State Within" is a taut and intelligent, if flawed, political thriller and miniseries that starts awkwardly and ties up its loose ends maybe too neatly, especially a subplot about capital punishment, in a good ending and a better epilogue. With a hero who succeeds by the power of persuasion, not action, the miniseries makes a strong case for diplomacy in a world where no matter how much security there is and how many rights are surrendered, we can never be truly safe. Loyalties are constantly in flux and human lives are sadly never that important to national and business interests. Then again, war profiteering is nothing new, having been around since the first battle. It goes with the territory.
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