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SHELLEYVISION: Is this the State we're in?

Byline: JIM SHELLEY

WHAT with espionage drama Spooks, the paranormal nonsense of Strange, political thriller State Of Play, and the White House conspiracy 24 all on concurrently, the BBC seems to be getting a bit paranoid.

State Of Play wipes the floor with all of them of course, though, inevitably, viewers have questioned how accurate the portrayal of the newspaper office at the heart of the series is. The journalists are good-looking, witty and dynamic - brilliantly cracking every element of the case before the police with their ingenuity and perseverance.

(The hacks don't chase stories, they literally sprint around the office.) The editor is wry and debonair, relaxed but ruthlessly on top of every aspect of the story, selflessly supportive of his young staff. Even the lawyers are drop-dead gorgeous, mischievous and, um, helpful.

Hang on a minute! It's a shameless imitation of the Daily Mirror! If anything, the journos in State Of Play are not quite cool enough.

On the other hand, the implication that all journalists' personal lives are carnage and that they spend every minute of their free time drinking themselves senseless is of coursh, a dishgrace. Hic.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 3, 2003
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