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Following the critically acclaimed series Luther, The Hour and Whitechapel , BBC AMERICA's Dramaville presents another opportunity to see the award-winning conspiracy drama, STATE OF PLAY, premiering *** Wednesday Dec 7 at 10/9c *** only on BBC America. Written by Paul Abbott (Shameless) and directed by David Yates (Harry Potter movies, Sex Traffic), the miniseries stars Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean), John Simm (Life on Mars, Doctor Who), David Morrissey (Viva Blackpool, South Riding), James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class, Wanted) and Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) in a rollercoaster thriller of deceptions and collusion in the corridors of power Stephen Collins (David Morrissey) is an ambitious Member of Parliament, elected as Chairman of the Government's Energy Select Committee and hotly tipped for the Cabinet. En route to work one morning, Sonia Baker, Stephen's research assistant, mysteriously falls to her death on the London Underground. The emotional reaction from Stephen fuels a few days of typical tabloid fodder -- Stephen's professional link to Sonia is quickly overlooked when the revelation of their affair hits the headlines. Stephen's wife, Anne (Polly Walker, Rome), is wheeled in by the Government's press office to give a controlled statement of support to the press. But the evidence piling up in the newsroom of a national paper begins to tell a more complex and sordid tale. Cal McAffrey (John Simm), a well-respected journalist and ...