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The National Anthem




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Episode Info

A twisted parable for the Twitter age, a political thriller in which the fictional Prime Minister Michael Callow (Rory Kinnear) faces a huge and shocking dilemma when Princess Susannah (Lydia Wilson), a much-loved member of the Royal Family, is kidnapped.


Rory Kinnear
as PM Michael Callow
Lydia Wilson
as Princess Susannah
Anna Wilson-Jones
as Jane Callow
Donald Sumpter
as Julian Hereford
Lindsay Duncan
as Alex Cairns

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Critic reviews for The National Anthem

[It's] a perfect amuse-bouche for the more elaborate, stranger courses to come. Like those early episodes of Breaking Bad, The National Anthem clearly states this is a show that will have an airtight internal logic.

August 15, 2018 | Full Review…

This [episode] was a dementedly brilliant idea. The satire was so audacious, it left me open-mouthed and squealing.

August 15, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

A striking chapter that hits the viewer and that laid the foundations of the tone and style of the series. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 18, 2018 | Full Review…

It's satire, yes, and it's comedy, yes -- the blackest that comedy can be. But it's pitched right down the middle as a straight drama, doing its best to closely follow how this absurd scenario might actually unfold.

August 15, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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