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Deep State

“This show demands your attention!”

“This show demands your attention!”

Mark Strong and Joe Dempsie reveal all about their exhilarating spy thriller

If you thought Deep State sounded like just another spy drama, believe us – you ain’t seen nothing like this one…

Thursdays, 9pm, FOX/HD (CH 157/199). Find the first 2 episodes in Catch Up > Channels > FOX

It’s not too late to get acquainted with the edge of your seat, as this tense new eight-part thriller continues to unfold. It focuses on Max Easton (Mark Strong, Kingsman: The Golden Circle), a British ex-spy who has left his undercover days behind and settled down with a new wife and family. But his past doesn’t remain a secret for long. Easton is brought back into action after a decade to avenge the death of his son Harry (Joe Dempsie, Game Of Thrones), and he’s soon drawn into a conspiracy to spread chaos across the world.

Set in Britain, the US, Iran, Lebanon and France, and filmed in the UK and Morocco, it’s a seriously exciting journey through the world of international espionage. But before you count to 007, let us stop you right there – a James Bond audition piece this most certainly is not, because Deep State leaves the spy clichés at the door.


Also joining the cast for this continent-hopping adventure are Lyne Renee (Strike Back), Karima McAdams (Vikings), Anastasia Griffith (Damages) and Alistair Petrie (The Night Manager).  


So what exactly is a Deep State? Well, according to some, it’s a shadowy group of people – influential members of government agencies or the military – involved in the secret manipulation or even control of government policy.


And, according to Deep State writer, co-creator and director Matthew Parkhill, it’s a concept that’s pertinent to our times. “When I sat down with ex-MI6 guys and asked what they thought of the show and the story, they said, ‘You are more close to the truth than you know, particularly in episode 4’.” And, lucky for you, episode 4 is also closer than you know (Thursday 26 April, 9pm)!


We caught up with stars Joe Dempsie and Mark Strong to interrogate them – gently, of course – about the show…


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