A rather common genre of British Mini Series
, which has its origins in the Cold War
paranoia of the 1980s, but has recently come back into vogue with The War on Terror
. These Thrillers
, ranging from 3 to 6 parts of an hour each, usually involve someone (sometimes an Intrepid Reporter
) investigating a conspiracy.
Expect appearances of the Security Service (MI-5), accusations of collusion between government and big business, people getting murdered, break-ins, hacking and sweeping shots of Whitehall.
- Edge Of Darkness (1985) is now considered one of the definitive examples of the genre. Hollywood remake released in 2010.
- A Very British Coup (1988) - A very left-wing candidate is elected Prime Minister. Details his attempts to govern whilst the Security Servies, the Americans and the establishment try to remove him.
- Rules of Engagement (1989) As NATO and the Warsaw Pact draw closer to war. A city commissioner of an island city (Totally not Portsmouth) in charge of civil defence commits a murder. A private-eye investigates. Shows how absolute civil defence powers could be used for good or bad.
- Olivers Travels (1995) - A laid-off professor and a policewoman who has been suspended for asking awkward questions travel to the Orkneys searching for a missing crossword compiler, and discovering a conspiracy in the process. Heavy on witty dialogue, light on violence. There is lots of intimidation though.
- State of Play (2003) - with John Simm in. Hollywood remake released in 2009.
- The Last Enemy (2008) - Benedict Cumberbatch, Max Beesley, and Robert Carlyle in a thriller that involves a virus and a government database that could store all government information on one place.
- Midnight Man (2008) - James Nesbitt as a reporter with a fear of sunlight.
- Burn Up (2008) - Rupert Penry-Jones as an oil executive who discovers an awful truth about global oil supplies.
- The State Within (2008) - Jason Isaacs stars as the British Ambassador to Washington, and is at ground zero when a terrorist attack takes place. It gets more complicated from there.