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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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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.