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Series 1 - Episode 1



A new David Hare thriller lands with a satisfying thud, like a hefty, glossy hardback. His last for television was Collateral in 2018 (repeated on BBC4 from tonight), where he veered into police procedural. Now he’s back in his more natural habitat of politics and intrigue, with the parable of Peter Laurence, a Conservative cabinet minister with a popular touch and a self-made fortune.

All you really need to know is that Hugh Laurie plays Peter, and plays him beautifully, as a steely-eyed operator with skeletons cluttering his every cupboard. At the start, he emerges from court after winning a libel trial, but the smooth cloth of his career is fraying at the edges, and the icy Prime Minister (Helen McCrory) has him in her sights.

What follows is slick, involving and nicely convoluted. At times you may find yourself wondering, “Hang on, would that ever happen?” but set such doubts aside and enjoy the ride.


New series. Celebrating his win in a newspaper libel case, cabinet minister Peter Laurence is summoned to Downing Street to see PM Dawn Ellison, who reveals she is looking to promote him to an office of state. However, he is soon bought back down to earth with a bump when his special adviser Duncan Knock reveals an inmate in a women's prison is claiming to have a secret about his past that could affect his future. Thriller by David Hare, starring Hugh Laurie and Helen McCrory.

Cast & Crew

Peter Laurence Hugh Laurie
Dawn Ellison Helen McCrory
Rochelle Madeley Pippa Bennett-Warner
Lily Laurence Millie Brady
Rose Dietl Shalom Brune-Franklin
Duncan Knock Iain De Caestecker
Charmian Pepper Sarah Greene
Steff Frost Gbemisola Ikumelo
Madeleine Halle Sidse Babett Knudsen
Margaret Moore Katie Leung
Lady Roche Patricia Hodge
Mick `the Mouth' Murray Tony Pitts
Adam De Banzie Nicholas Rowe
Joe Lapidus Pip Torrens
Luke Strand Danny Ashok
Julia Blythe Olivia Vinall
Bryony Beckett Jennifer Hennessy
HJ Keane Anna Francolini
Lindsay Storm Kate Lamb
Sydney Emma Cunniffe
Alisha Burman Natalie Dew
Joy Pelling Yolanda Kettle
Charlotte Hedge Alice McMillan
Erika Adelle Leonce
First reporter Simon Thorp
Second reporter Olivia Morgan
Female guard Amie Francis
Wife Deeivya Meir
Husband Tosh Wanogho-Maud
Prisoner Melanie Wilder
Kitchen warden Natasha Magigi
Director Michael Keillor
Producer Andrew Litvin
Writer David Hare
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