Secret State

Series 1 - Episode 2

Secret State
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

“There are some politicians who take very naturally to leadership. And there are others who need time to find their range,” MP Ros Yelland haughtily tells the press following the election victory of a somewhat stunned Tom Dawkins. The second episode of this political thriller is also trying to find its range because it’s certainly lost the intense pace of the opening episode and instead sets about layering up the strands of political intrigue.

As soon as the tiniest chink of light is shed on what happened at Scarrow or what Petrofex have been up to, the dramatic shutters instantly come down and we’re left grasping for clues in the dark again.

What is clear is that toxic levels at the Teesside petrochemical factory were dangerously high, the former PM knew what was going on and the current one was involved in something dodgy in Bosnia.

About this programme

2/4. Following his shock election victory, Tom Dawkins launches an inquiry into the toxicology anomalies at the blast in Scarrow. As British intelligence locates the whereabouts of al-Qaeda chief Tamin al-Ghamdi, the reluctant prime minister is pressurised to take him down. Meanwhile, after her superiors at GCHQ fail to take her findings seriously, Agnes reaches out to the one man she thinks could help. Political drama, starring Gabriel Byrne.

Cast and crew


Tom Dawkins
Gabriel Byrne
John Hodder
Charles Dance
Paul J Clark
Stephen Dillane
Felix Durrell
Rupert Graves
Anthony Fossett
Douglas Hodge
Sgt Wrigglesworth
Ralph Ineson
Ros Yelland
Sylvestra Le Touzel
Gina Hayes
Anna Madeley
Ellis Kane
Gina McKee
Agnes Evans
Ruth Negga
Gen Munnery
Nicholas Farrell
William Hawley
Michael Gould
Lee Foulds
Jamie Sives
Joss Leyton
Al Weaver
Laura Duchenne
Lia Williams


Ed Fraiman
Johann Knobel
Robert Jones