Cracking conspiracy thriller features tonight on DStv

2009-03-16 00:00

IF you enjoy a cracking conspiracy thriller, then make sure you tune in to The State Within, which broadcasts on BBC Entertainment on DStv tonight at 8.30 pm.

The BBC/BBC America production opens with a British plane crashing in America. This turns out to be the work of a British-born suicide bomber and threatens the relationship between the two countries.

Throw into the mix a mysterious British prisoner on Florida’s death row, a threatened coup of a central Asian country, an American secretary of Defence on the warpath, and complicated private lives, and the result is one of the most complex and exciting television thrillers of recent years.

Playing the role of Britain’s ambassador to Washington, Sir Mark Brydon, who has to work hard to maintain a show of solidarity between the UK and the U.S., is British actor, Jason Isaacs.

Asked what attracted him to the project, he said it is simply a great story. “International conflict and diplomatic double-talk leading to wars has, unfortunately, been in the news more recently than in previous years; but a great story, with twists and turns and characters rich in intrigue is timeless.”

To help him prepare, the actor read transcripts of interviews with staff at the British embassy and the British ambassador in Washington and drew inspiration from Sir Christopher Meyer’s account of his time in the States in the book DC Confidential. “As well as being a fabulous read, [it] gave me so much detail I could imagine being there,” he said.

Aside from starring in The State Within, he is looking forward to stepping back into the shoes of Lucius Malfoy, his character in the Harry Potter films. “I hope to be in the last film, actually films, since they’ve decided to make two movies out of the last book [Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]. It’s a real privilege to be there to help tell the end of this magnificent story,” Isaacs said.

Asked what other projects he has lined up, he said: “I hope to be making a British film next called The Great Ghost Rescue and … to be in a production of Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage, directed by Trevor Nunn. But who knows? It’s only March — anything can happen. Watch this space!”

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