Secret State is a four-part political thriller inspired by Chris Mullin's novel A Very British Coup, delving into the relationship between a democratically elected government, the military and the markets. In the run up to a general election, an accident on Teesside raises awkward questions about the safety procedures of a US petrochemical company, PetroFex. The Prime Minister claims to have secured a compensation package from them, but on his return from PetroFex HQ, his plane crashes in the Atlantic under mysterious circumstances. Deputy Prime Minister Tom Dawkins... (Gabriel Byrne) takes the reins and during his quest to find justice and the truth for the victims on Teesside, he uncovers a conspiracy at the heart of the political system. How will he deal with the powers at play? And can he remain that rare thing: a decent, honest man in politics? [show more]
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Gabriel Byrne (THE USUAL SUSPECTS) leads a distinguished cast in the four-part drama series COUP. Tom Dawkins (Byrne) is a politician trying to balance his personal ethics with his party's ambitions. After a devastating industrial accident on Teesside, many questions are asked about the safety procedures of US petrochemical company involved, yet Dawkins' pursuit of pacifying answers only uncovers more troubling concerns. Soon the ties between the shady business and the establishment become all too clear, and he must decide whether to risk it all to expose the truth. Douglas Hodge, Gina McKee, Charles Dance, Rupert Graves and Ruth Negga co-star in the contemporary conspiracy thriller.
All four episodes of the contemporary conspiracy thriller. Gabriel Byrne stars as Tom Dawkins, a reluctant hero taking on the government and a US petrochemical company. After a disastrous accident on Teeside, questions begin to arise about the safety procedures in place by the company involved. Dawkins then commits himself to finding answers to these questions and is forced along the way to tackle many beaurocratic obstacles and damaging revelations about his personal life as well. Struggling to keep his party and electorate behind him, Dawkins becomes aware that there are bigger powers at work that would like to stop him in his pursuit of justice.