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List of Political TV-Series (UK)

As I believe that you can learn a lot of things from good TV-series, I´ve made a list of political TV-series (drama and comedy).
This one is about UK-politics, but if you like it, I´ll try to make one for US-politics, too. (And maybe even for other countries.)
I haven´t seen all of these shows, so I don´t know if all of them are good, but I thought I´d add them anyways.  

Political TV-Series (UK)

·         Yes Minister + Yes, Prime Minister (1980-1988; satirical political sitcom); Starring: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds (follows the career of a British politician)

·         House of Cards (UK-Version) (1990; political thriller) Starring: Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker, David Lyon, Diane Fletcher (about an MP who wants to become Prime Minister) Sequels: To Play the King, The Final Cut

·         The Politician´s Wife (1995; political drama); Starring: Trevor Eve, Juliet Stevenson, Minnie Driver (When a UK minister becomes embroiled in a tabloid scandal, his wife becomes the centre of media attention.)

·         Spooks, sometimes also called MI-5 (2002-2011; spy drama series) Starring: Peter Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Rupert Penry-Jones, Hermione Norris, Richard Armitage (follows the lives and the missions of several MI-5 agents, gives quite a good overview about the national security problems Britain had to deal with in the years after 9/11)
+ Spooks- The Greater Good (2015) Starring: Kit Harrington, Jennifer Ehle, Peter Firth

·         State of Play (2003, six-part political thriller); Starring: David Morrissey, John Simm, Bill Nighy, Polly Walker, James McAvoy, Marc Warren, Philip Glennister (tells the story of a newspaper´s investigation into the death of a young woman who was employed by an MP)

·         The Thick of It + In the Loop [Movie] (2005-2012, comedy/satire tv-series); Starring: Peter Capaldi, Chris Langham, Rebecca Front, Roger Allam, Chris Addison, Joanna Scanlan (about the conflicts between various members of the UK-government)

·         The State Within (2006, a six-hour political drama serial); Starring: Jason Isaacs, Ben Daniels, Sharon Gless, Nigel Bennett (about a British Ambassador to Washington who finds himself at the centre of an international political conspiracy)

·         Party Animals (2007, political drama series); Starring: Patrick Baladi, Andrew Buchan, Matt Smith, Raquel Cassidy (tells the story of different people involved with the UK Parliament, including researchers, lobbyists and MPs)

·         The Last Enemy (2008, science fiction thriller); Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Anamaria Marinca, Max Beesley, Robert Carlyle (set in the near future, deals with topics such as total surveillance and tells the story of a mathematical genius who accidently comes across a political cover-up)

·         Secret State (2012, four-part political thriller); Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Charles Dance, Douglas Hodge (when the plane of the British Prime Minister crashes under mysterious circumstances, the Deputy Prime Minister has to take command and uncovers a conspiracy at the heart of the political system)

·         The Politician´s Husband (2013, 3 episode-miniseries); Starring: Emily Watson, David Tennant (A woman replaces her husband in Cabinet after he resigns)

·         The Honourable Woman (2014, political spy thriller about the Middle East); Starring: Maggie Gyllenhall, Philip Arditti, Andrew Buchan

If you know any other good political TV-series, please reblog with the title and maybe a bit of info!

I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately, and when I look around the room at the women who are in here, and I think about the performances I’ve seen this year, what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not. Sometimes sexy, sometimes not. Sometimes honorable, sometimes not. And what I think is new is the wealth of roles for ACTUAL women in television and in film. That’s what I think it revolutionary and evolutionary, and it’s what’s turning me on.
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- Maggie Gyllenhaul’s Golden Globe acceptance speech for her (outstanding) performance in “The Honourable Woman

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A female character in a drama show: Nessa Stein

Who do you trust? How do you know? By how they appear, or what they say? What they do? How? We all have secrets. We all tell lies, just to keep them from each other and from ourselves. But sometimes, rarely, something can happen that leaves you no choice but to reveal it. To let the world see who you really are. Your secret self. But mostly, we tell lies. We hide our secrets from each other, from ourselves. And the easiest way to do this is not to even know that you are. So when you think about it like that, it’s a wonder we trust anyone at all.