State of Play: The complete BBC mini series [DVD]

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A thriller set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground.


When Sonia Baker, a young political researcher, is killed on the Tube her high profile Labour MP boss Stephen Collins is devastated. The press smell blood and questions are asked about the nature of his relationship with Sonia.

The story is pursued by The Herald, its editor Cameron Foster and its reporter Cal McCaffrey, who was Stephen's former campaign manager. Cal is uncomfortable with pursuing what amounts to a domestic scandal until his colleague Della discovers a surprising link between Sonia's death and the murder of the black teenager Kelvin Stagg.

Kelvin had stolen a silver briefcase that contained photos of Stephen and Sonia and a gun. A courier shot at the same time as Kelvin, is recovering in hospital when DI Brown, who is in charge of the case, visits him, as does Della. The hospital fire alarm is set off and as they are moving the patient a marksman takes arm at him but misses and kills DI Brown.

The film won (and was nominated for) the following awards:

Awards won:

•  BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor (Bill Nighy)
•  BAFTA TV Award for Best Editing (Fiction/Entertainment)
•  BAFTA TV Award for Best Sound (Fiction/Entertainment)
•  Banff Rockie Award for Best Mini-Series
•  Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor (Bill Nighy)
•  Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Drama Series/Serial
•  Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Writer's Award
•  Best Fiction Program Award
•  DGGB Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television Movie/Serial
•  Edgar Award for Best Television Feature or Mini-Series Teleplay
•  Golden Nymph Award for Mini-Series - Best Script
•  RTS Television Award for Best Drama Serial
•  RTS Television Award for Best Writer
•  RTS Television Award for Best Lighting, Photography and Camera - Photography (Drama)

Nominated for:

•  BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor (David Morrissey)
•  BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Serial
•  BAFTA TV Award for Best Original Television Music
•  BAFTA TV Award for Best Photography and Lighting (Fiction/Entertainment)
•  RTS Television Award for Best Actor - Male
•  RTS Television Award for Best Production Design - Drama
•  RTS Television Award for Best Sound - Drama
•  RTS Television Award for Best Tape and Film Editing - Drama
•  TCA Award for Outstanding Movie, Miniseries or Special

All episodes of this BBC TV mini series are presented in a box set of 3 DVD discs.

Read full plot and other details at the BBC web site.

This movie comes from our personal collection and only one piece is available

DVD rating
Rating - Like New
Like New: a DVD in perfect condition. The box or jewel case is clean and vivid, with no signs of wear.


John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Bill Nighy, Philip Glenister, David Morrissey, James McAvoy, Amelia Bullmore, Benedict Wong, Marc Warren, Rebekah Staton, Polly Walker, Michael Feast, Johann Myers, Tom Burke, Maureen Hibbert, Sean Gilder, Shauna Macdonald, James Laurenson, Rebecca Ryan, Charlie Ryan, Deborah Findlay, Christopher Simpson, Stuart Goodwin, Philip Glenister


Colour, PAL

Main soundtrack

Dolby Digital 2.0


OFF or Greek (selectable)


Region 2 

Aspect ratio


Number of discs





2 Entertain Video

Release date

25 April 2005 in the U.K.

Run time

300 minutes (5 hours)





  • SKU: MOV-ACT-CRI-1003

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