Readers Have Their Say: The 10 Greatest British TV Dramas of All-Time

6. State of Play (2003)

Between the original Shameless, Clocking Off, and this 2003 six-part drama about ambitious journalists investigating a political conspiracy, is there anything Paul Abbott can’t write? Character voices he can’t nail? Certainly, with State of Play, Abbott had help from an ensemble that’s basically a Who’s Who of awesome: John Simm, David Morrissey, Kelly Macdonald, James McAvoy, Polly Walker, Phil Glenister, Marc Warren, and most notably of all, Bill Nighy, in his best role to date as shrewd news editor Cameron Foster. Brilliant. (Catch State of Play’s encore run on BBC America as part of Dramaville, starting Wednesday, December 7 at 10/9c.)

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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