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As Caden deteriorates, Kathryn enlists an old friend to help. Max shifts political allegiances, while Maggie follows up a new lead in her investigation. Caden and Orla hit bottom.


Charles Sturridge


Tom Rob Smith (created by), Tom Rob Smith


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Howle ... Caden Finch
Helen McCrory ... Kathryn Villiers
Clare Holman ... Colonel Reese
Steven Cree ... Andrew
Jessica Gunning Jessica Gunning ... Pam
Richard Gere ... Max Finch
Niamh Algar ... Orla Green
Joseph Mawle ... Scott Ruskin
Paul Ready ... Nick Caplan
Sinéad Cusack ... Maggie Barns
Lloyd Hutchinson ... MP Craig Lewis
Pippa Bennett-Warner ... Lauren Elgood
Danny Sapani ... Jahan Zakari
Ginny Holder Ginny Holder ... Ayesha Zakari
Karen Bryson ... Kali Elgood


Caden has given up on life, with his medical staff unable to help him unless he wants help. As Kathryn tries to find way to make him want to live, Orla tests his resolve to want truly to die. In Kathryn's attempts to find those correct buttons to push with Caden, Max may ultimately have other thoughts stemming from his surveillance, while Kathryn turns to an unlikely source, Scott, who is going through his own issues. In Scott's first unsuccessful meeting with Caden, Scott may have a better understanding on what Caden really needs. Meanwhile, Max meets again with both Prime Minister Zakari and Angela Howard, and is leaning toward endorsing Howard. Lauren gets another, closer view of whether Howard is truly the reluctant politician as she likes to portray. And Maggie and Nick take different tacts in their investigation. Written by Huggo

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27 March 2019 (UK) See more »

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Max Finch: I parted ways with an editor of mine once, terrific guy. I had to let him go. Under his stewardship, sometimes the paper criticized the government, sometimes it praised the government, and I said, "Wait, this is confusing. Which side are you on?" He says to me, "The side of truth. And truth is uneven, unpredictable." And I went, "Wait, no, no, no, wait a minute! No that is not the truth. It's a brand of truth, it's a brand elite intellectuals like to buy." Now, if we were selling to those folks...
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Episode 4
5 April 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

There is a general election looming. Writer Tom Rob Smith does not label which political parties Angela Howard and Jahan Zakari represent.

Max plans to switch allegiance from Zakari. Yet the idealistic Howard seems to have a darker side in her Utopian work site. Max's assistant understands this.

Max's decision angers Zakari, then again Max also expected this.

It is all about control and pushing the right buttons.

Caden knows this. He demonstrates to his mother that he knows everything about her, the people she has relationships with. He tells the dirty tricks of the media empire that Max created.

When both demand to see Max, Caden tells his mother a different person will show up, not the Max she knows.

The writer has taken his time to reveal the layers of real Max. We can get a sense of it now happening. It reflects the real media moguls that exist today. No longer looking for right and wrong, just propaganda.

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