Channel 4's new drama serial, Secret State - starring Gabriel Byrne as the newly elected PM - was inspired by the 1982 novel, A Very British Coup, from Labour MP Chris Mullin.
Dramatist Alan Plater adapted 4's original three-part version of this landmark political drama, which was first broadcast in 1988. Here, Ray McAnally played the beleaguered working-class Prime Minister, Harry Perkins.
This seldom repeated programme (but still available to watch on 4oD here) won four BAFTA awards and an International Emmy, and was finally released on DVD in 2011.
This series featured Caroline John (as Annette), Geoffrey Beevers (Waiwright) and seventeen Doctor Who cast connections:
- Bernard Kay (Page) had four roles in just seven years - he played Carl Tyler in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Saladin in The Crusade, Inspector Crossland in The Faceless Ones, and Caldwell in Colony in Space, then voiced Major Dickens for Big Finish's Night Thoughts (2006)
- Hugh Martin (Sampson) was Munro in Terror of the Zygons, and the Priest in Vengeance on Varos
- Tim McInnerny (Fiennes) was Halpen in Planet of the Ood
- Christine Kavanagh (Liz) was Aram in Timelash
- David McKail (Robertson) was Sergeant Kyle in The Talons of Weng-Chiang, a role he reprised for Big Finish's Jago & Litefoot spin-off audio range
- Shane Rimmer (US Secretary of State) was Seth Harper in The Gunfighters
- Clive Merrison (Interviewer) was Jim Callum in The Tomb of the Cybermen, and the Deputy Chief Caretaker in Paradise Towers
- veteran actor Philip Madoc (Fison) played Eelek in The Krotons, the War Lord in The War Games, Dr Mehendri Solon in The Brain of Morbius, Fenner in The Power of Kroll, Brockley in the second Dalek film, and provided the voices of Rag Cobden in Return of the Krotons (BF, 2009), and Victor Schaeffer also for Master
- Jeremy Young (Alford) was Kal in 100,000 BC, and Gordon Lowery in Mission to the Unknown - he was once married to Kate O'Mara (the Rani)
- Stephanie Fayerman (Editor) was McLuhan in Dragonfire
- Jim Carter (Newsome) voiced Brother Bernard for The Book of Kells (BF, 2010)
- Roger Brierley (Andrews) was Trevor in Volcano, and voiced Drathro in The Mysterious Planet
- Preston Lockwood (Fain) was Dojjen in Snakedance
- Barbara Ward (Reporter) was Ruth Baxter in Terror of the Vervoids
- Jessica Carney (Maureen) is the grand-daughter of William Hartnell and the author of his biography Who's There? (1996)
- Julian Fox (Porter) was Peter Hamilton in Death to the Daleks
- Zulema Dene (Vision Mixer) voiced Danna for Gallifrey: Time War (BF, 2018)
- Ernest Vincze was also the cinematographer on thirty-eight adventures (from Rose to The Waters of Mars)