The landmark drama that put David Morrissey, Bill Nighy, John Simm, James McAvoy and Philip Glenister on the map, State of Play is an outstanding and edge-of-your-seat drama from the pen of Paul Abbott, who also wrote for Philip in Clocking Off.
When Sonia Baker, a young political researcher, is killed on the Tube her high profile Labour MP boss (David Morrissey) is devastated. The press smell blood and questions are asked about the nature of his relationship with Sonia. And when one of the police officer assigned to the case is murdered, DCI Bell (Philip Glenister) is called in to take over the investigation.
The story is pursued by The Herald, its editor Cameron Foster (Bill Nighy) and its reporter, Cal McCaffrey (John Simm), who was Stephen's former campaign manager. Cal is uncomfortable with pursuing what amounts to a domestic scandal until his colleague Della (Kelly Macdonald) discovers a surprising link between Sonia's death and the murder of black teenager, Kelvin Stagg.
Cal is led into the worlds of big business and government, as well coming to terms with a twist that makes the investigation more personal than he could have ever imagined.
State of Play will begin on Wednesday 9th October at 9pm on Drama (Freeview: 20, Sky: 166, Virgin: 190)