2003 BritishConspiracyThriller MiniSeries starring David Morrissey as Stephen Collins, a rising star MP whose researcher dies on UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground, and John Simm as Cal [=McCaffrey=], an old friend of Collins' who managed his first election campaign and now works as the reporter investigating her death. What starts out as a tabloidy hatchet job quickly turns out to be the tip of a ''very'' big iceberg, and the reporters manage to uncover all sorts of unwholesome facts about the government.
Directed by [=pre-=]''Film/HarryPotter'' DavidYates. [[Film/StateOfPlay Later adapted into a film starring Russell Crowe]].
!!This miniseries contains examples of:
* BadLiar: Dominic Foy.
* ButtMonkey: Dominic Foy.
* CoolOldGuy: Cameron Foster. Cool, calm and collected, he orchestrates the reporters' tactics on the story, and his sense of pride for his protegés is completely palpable.
* ConspiracyTheorist: All the reporters. [[ProperlyParanoid They're right]].
** Subverted though [[spoiler:as the murders which kick off the investigation aren't by the secret service or the evil multinationals -- they're carried out for purely personal reasons.]]
* DaEditor: Cameron Foster, a combination of BigGood, MagnificentBastard and DeadpanSnarker played by a show-stealingly brilliant Bill Nighy.
* EveryManHasHisPrice: Dominic Foy certainly does.
* FriendOnTheForce: DCI Bell becomes this for the journalists when [[spoiler: it becomes clear that [[GovernmentConspiracy his superiors]] want the case prematurely closed]].
** DI Brown is one for Della [[spoiler: before he gets killed]].
* GambitPileup: Oh dear God yes. Just ''try'' keeping track of Stephen.
* GoingForTheBigScoop: The journalists are variously threatened, blackmailed, burgled, held at gunpoint and ordered to stop by their boss, ''his'' boss and a High Court judge and ''still'' persist.
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: The hotel cook completely fails to notice a hitman and a policeman running past him with guns.
* HeroicBSOD: Cal, though fairly short-lived.
* HotScoop: Della.
* IfItBleedsItLeads: The brutal murders are what kickstart the investigation.
* IntrepidReporter: Cal. And Della. And Dan. And Helen. And Pete. And Syd (sort of).
* JerkAss: Dominic Foy.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Poor Dominic. He just can't catch a break.
* NoPartyGiven: While it's pretty obvious that Stephen (along with the government) is Labour - e.g. he mentions the Tories as opponents - it's never actually stated.
* NotQuiteDead: The motorcycle courier who witnesses the shooting at the start.
* PrecisionFStrike: "They're offering me a seat. I'll tell them to fuck themselves."
** "Precision" is the operative word here - the above is delivered not in speech but in written notes. In ''Parliament'' no less...!
** "You're like peas in a fucking pod!"
* WhamLine: Two of them:
** [[spoiler: "She'd (Sonia) fallen in love with Collins. She'd gotten herself pregnant to him."]] This inspires the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
** [[spoiler: "Sonia meeting Paul Canning on a daily basis down at the Trocadero, telling him everything!"]] Cal doesn't realize the significance of this at first, but when he plays the tape back, [[spoiler: he realizes only the PsychoForHire knew this information, and the only way Stephen could know it is if he was the one who hired him]].
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Cal has an affair with Anne, Stephen's wife]].