Reviewed by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
State of Play is the best show I have seen on television this year.
Originally aired in 2003 in Great Britain, it spawned a movie of the same title in 2009, that must have been pretty forgettable because I remember seeing it and nothing else about it.
The BBC produced six-part series on the other hand calls for compulsive watching.

Directed by David Yatesand written by Paul Abbott, State of Play follows a group of journalists, John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Bill Nighy, and James McAvoy investigating the death of a young assistant to a Member of Parliament, David Morrissey.

These British know how to create good drama and this one is absolutely enthralling.
If you haven’t watched it yet, please go to BBC America ‘video on demand’ on your TV and watch the first four episodes. Then, starting next Wednesdays at 10/9c you can enjoy the rest.
Apart from having a great storyline, the series is perfectly cast. Watch for an Oh so very young James McAvoy and a wonderful Kelly Macdonald playing a Scottish lass. I love her accent.
And if you are like me looking forward to the second season of Downton Abbey (, another great British drama, you can watch now an encore of the first season on PBS Masterpiece Theater Sundays at 8PM.
And these, dear readers, are my last recommendations for this year.
Happy New Year to All!