Secret State

Secret State

DVD - 2014
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A British deputy prime minister is thrown into a world of political machinations and conspiracy he never knew existed.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.45 SECRET
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (180 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,stereo,Dolby digital
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Language Note: Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.


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Dec 09, 2019

Worth watching. It provides great insight as to how and why decisions are made in government.

Nov 29, 2019

Directed by Ed Fraiman in 2012 based on Chris Mullin's novel "A Very British Coup", this British four-part political thriller looks into a devastating industrial accident that results in 19 people dead, raising questions about the safety procedures of a US petrochemical company, PetroFex.
PetroFex reminds me of BP plc, a multinational oil and gas company headquartered in London, United Kingdom.
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest accidental release of oil into marine waters in history, resulted in severe environmental, health and economic consequences, and serious legal and public relations repercussions for BP.
In any case, the performances of the major actors appear superb, and the script seems well-crafted with a gripping story.

Mar 22, 2019

I agree with an earlier comment. The clothes are gorgeous, and yes the ties are spectacular. Great series, but I would have liked a bit more clarification on the ending. Aside from that, great series.

Dec 15, 2018

Could not really get involved with these characters. Basic plot reminded me of a much earlier Gabriel Byrne movie that was much more compelling - DEFENSE OF THE REALM. The cast was much more interesting and sympathetic. And you will never again isten to Pachebel without thinking about the ending.

Jan 06, 2017

Ludicrous. Plot is so full of holes that it is just annoying. Sure, you can suspend disbelief I suppose but in the end the results are so inconclusive that there is no resolution. Sorry I wasted my time watching this one.

Nov 27, 2016

Absolutely fanatics. ..

Samsung Nov 03, 2016

The quality of the actors' apparel alone especially their ties makes this movie worth watching. The English tie is a work of art not found elsewhere except maybe in Italy I am told.

Pristine low-key British acting about how they deal with very difficult circumstances.

May 24, 2016

Very engaging; ditto to other comments, except, while the end was disappointing I liked it: furthered the secret of the state! 4 1/2 stars

Jan 28, 2016

Fantastic drama

Nov 17, 2015

This a captivating political intrigue. Plays the short term Machiavellian players against the visionary who appears to be guided by principles. It would be great if they had left options for a sequel.

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Apr 16, 2015

PM: Do you know what this job is like? It's like being under the knife without anaesthetic, 24/7.

PM: The people of the United Kingdom have poured 50 billion into your bank. Do you think that merits any kind of consideration of the public interest?
Sir Michael: In an ideal world I'd agree, but I'm afraid the bank has only one duty. To act in the shareholders' interests.

Apr 15, 2015

I was told today that the oil majors could buy and sell this country. Petrodollars are a powerful currency, there's no doubt. But we hold a stronger one in our democracy. We call it the vote.

Apr 15, 2015

“Well, I tell you what I think we should do.We should represent the people of this country. Not the lobby companies that wine and dine us or the banks and the big businesses that tell us how the world goes round, not the trade unions that try and call the shots, not the civil servants nor war-mongering generals...or the security chiefs. Not the press magnates and multimillionaire donors demanding dinner at Number 10. Not the whips, not the party line, nor the status quo. The people of this country, I put it to you, do not want another war. Of that I am sure.”


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