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Secret State

Gabriel Byrne stars as Tom Dawkins, the reluctant hero at the heart of this contemporary conspiracy thriller, who finds himself thrust into the spotlight of front-line politics when he least expects it and risks everything by taking on the might of the Establishment.

A devastating industrial accident on Teesside leaves several people dead and raises awkward questions about the safety procedures of the US petrochemical company involved. As a man who has a profound belief in transparency and open government, Dawkins will have to tackle vested interests, financial and military, both domestic and international, in his pursuit to uncover the truth and get justice for the families affected by the disaster. Along the way, he will struggle to keep his party onside and the electorate behind him, as he also weathers damaging revelations about his personal life. And as the investigation into the Teesside disaster proceeds, Dawkins becomes aware of the Establishment’s secret ties to the petrochemical company and comes to realise that there are bigger powers at play behind the scenes.

Douglas Hodge, Gina McKee, Charles Dance, Rupert Graves and Ruth Negga also star in the four-part drama based on the novel A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin. The series was adapted for the screen by Robert Jones and aired on Channel 4 in November 2012, with Ed Fraiman Directing and Johann Knobel (Shameless) Producing.

VFX for the drama was provided by Screen Scene.

“It was great working with Ed Fraiman and Company Pictures on this project.” lean statured VFX Supervisor Ed Bruce exclaimed at the time, “SSVFX talented staff delivered visually memorable work which helps drive the wonderful narrative. ”