Channel 4’s The State has come under much scrutiny for its depiction of the Islamic State, but many viewers appear to have been impressed by the final episode of the series last night.
Peter Kosminsky’s drama aimed to give a more nuanced view of British Muslims who go over to Syria to fight. Many feared it would glorify the terrorist organisation – and some viewers felt uneasy about the depiction in the first episode.
But Kosminsky hoped that across all four episodes the show would portray IS in a realistic light, and going by viewer reactions on Twitter, it seems to have had an effect.
I thought #thestate was gripping and depressing. In no way did it glamourise ISIS if anything it should put people off. Great drama
— Eloise Black (@EloiseBlack10) August 23, 2017
— Alis Wyn Davies (@alis_w_davies) August 23, 2017
Women as slaves, child rape, ignoring the Quran, torture for non-compliance.
And yet people are still saying it glorifies them. pic.twitter.com/CfPTPhWB6n
— David Stokes (@davidleestokes) August 23, 2017
#TheState – one of the most gripping tv shows I've watched in a long time. Utterly terrifying. Very well put together
— COD (@ODriscollC) August 23, 2017
Watching #TheState really wish this was more than a 4 part drama..Amazing viewing, excellently written and fantastically played by all ????????????
— Tracey Hughes PT (@TraceyGoodo) August 23, 2017
They definitely should have made it a longer series! 4 parts is not enough!! #thestate
— Zed (@zedsam09) August 23, 2017
The state on channel 4 was superb but a very hard watch. A horror movie that is sadly reality.
— Teena (@t_bops30) August 23, 2017
I wonder if #TheState will be nominated for a BAFTA or Golden Globe? It should be because it's been fantastic.
— Dean Gordon (@mightybuffalo74) August 23, 2017
The State was based almost entirely upon real-life events. Kosminsky and his team conducted in-depth research and took personal accounts from family members of British Muslims who left the country to join the Islamic State. Read the Radiotimes.com review here.
The State is available to watch on All 4.