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The State Within 

After a plane explodes over Washington D.C. panic begins to envelop the British embassy, and its ambassador to the U.S. Mark Brydon finds himself caught up in a potentially damaging diplomatic incident.
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Series cast summary:
Jason Isaacs ...  Mark Brydon 6 episodes, 2006
Ben Daniels ...  Nicholas Brocklehurst 6 episodes, 2006
Eva Birthistle ...  Jane Lavery 6 episodes, 2006
Neil Pearson ...  Phil Lonsdale 6 episodes, 2006
Genevieve O'Reilly ...  Caroline Hanley 6 episodes, 2006
Sharon Gless ...  Lynne Warner 6 episodes, 2006
Noam Jenkins ...  Christopher Styles 6 episodes, 2006
Ted Whittall ...  Gordon Adair 6 episodes, 2006
Christopher Bolton ...  Vinny Swain 6 episodes, 2006
Nigel Bennett ...  Charles Macintyre 6 episodes, 2006
Marnie McPhail ...  George Blake 6 episodes, 2006
Alex Jennings ...  James Sinclair 6 episodes, 2006
Aaron Abrams ...  Matthew Weiss 6 episodes, 2006
Emma Campbell ...  Sally Davis 5 episodes, 2006
Rahnuma Panthaky ...  Nasreen Qureshi 5 episodes, 2006
Briony Glassco ...  Jennifer 5 episodes, 2006
Louca Tassone Louca Tassone ...  Azzam Sinclair 5 episodes, 2006
Roman Podhora Roman Podhora ...  Vernon 4 episodes, 2006
Michael Rhoades Michael Rhoades ...  Gary Pritchard 4 episodes, 2006
Lennie James ...  Luke Gardner 4 episodes, 2006
Ron Lea ...  Carl Garcia 4 episodes, 2006
Patrick Garrow ...  Brad Godovsky 4 episodes, 2006
David Eisner David Eisner ...  Sam Levinson 4 episodes, 2006
Vijay Mehta ...  Hassan Khan 3 episodes, 2006
Peter Snider Peter Snider ...  Macintyre's Lawyer 3 episodes, 2006
Anita Carey Anita Carey ...  Mrs. Gardner 3 episodes, 2006
Rory O'Shea ...  Anchor 2 / ... 3 episodes, 2006
Wayne Downer Wayne Downer ...  Tim 3 episodes, 2006
Todd Sandomirsky ...  Terry Bennett / ... 3 episodes, 2006
Peter James Haworth Peter James Haworth ...  General Lane 3 episodes, 2006
David Huband ...  Warden Slake 3 episodes, 2006
Joe Pingue ...  Al Rivero 3 episodes, 2006
Kevin Louis ...  Airport Security / ... 2 episodes, 2006
Jonathan Whittaker ...  Anthony Hanley 2 episodes, 2006
Paulino Nunes ...  Eshan Borisvitch 2 episodes, 2006
Cory Atkins Cory Atkins ...  Glen Laroche 2 episodes, 2006
J.C. Kenny J.C. Kenny ...  Jeb Starkey 2 episodes, 2006
Glen Grant Glen Grant ...  Boston Customs Officer 2 episodes, 2006
Daniela Lama Daniela Lama ...  Saida Sinclair 2 episodes, 2006
Barry Flatman ...  Governor Karpinski 2 episodes, 2006
Arlene Duncan Arlene Duncan ...  Female FBI agent 2 episodes, 2006
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Ambassador to Washington is the pinnacle of success in the Foreign Office and the position is offered to only the brightest and the best. But Ambassador Mark Brydon finds his skills tested to the limits when, following a major diplomatic incident, he is thrust into a web of tangled relationships and conflicting interests. In a world of high stakes, where manipulation of information means ultimate power, the question is: who can he trust? Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The State Within See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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BBC Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 parts) | (6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

When Sinclair is traced, the map shows he is in Cape Charles, VA. Later when his body is found, the FBI agent states it was found in the Potomac, which is over 100 miles NW and across the Chesapeake Bay. See more »

Quotes

Sir Mark Brydon: You're a duplicitous bastard.
Nicholas Brocklehurst: It's my job.
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Connections

Referenced in Séries express: Episode #2.36 (2009) See more »

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Superb!
18 November 2006 | by gtbarkerSee all my reviews

With so much over-hyped mediocrity about we often here claims that programmes get better with every episode - but in this case it really is true! Absolutely riveting stuff this. Tightly scripted, lots of characters with ambiguous motives, very little is cut and dried, but with still enough "boo hiss" baddies to satisfy. It's not very often we get to see a political thriller where anything could happen, to any of the leading characters, at any time and this helps to build on, and at least maintain, the tension and sense of threat throughout.

Only into the third episode, but this is already a classic. I really hope it doesn't peter out or cop out towards its conclusion. But I have a funny feeling it won't disappoint. The only reason this didn't get a 10 from me is because I've not seen it all yet.


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