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Mark Strong spy thriller Deep State to premiere on FOX

Thursday, April 5th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

A new spy thriller tipped to become the new ‘Homeland’ makes its TV debut tonight and, in a show of faith from the FOX network, has already been renewed for a second series.

Deep State premieres on FOX tonight at 9pm and stars Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Zero Dark Thirty) as Max Easton, an ex-spy persuaded to return to the field to avenge the death of his son, only to find himself in the middle of a covert intelligence war and conspiracy to profit from the spread of chaos in the Middle East.

The action takes place across the UK, the US, Iran, Lebanon and France as Max enters into a dangerous game in a bid to uncover the truth.

Mark Strong said: “Every now and again a script comes along that you just can’t put down and Deep State is exactly that – a great example of the best kind of writing.

“The character I’m playing is completely morally conflicted - the type of role I find myself drawn to. He has to marry a secretive and extremely dangerous work life, with that of a loving father and a loyal husband, and it makes for a fascinating character study.

“The fast moving narrative coupled with the twists of the plot, and the complexity of the makeup of the characters make it the kind of series I’d love to watch, as well as be a part of.”

Deep State is written and directed by Matthew Parkhill (Rogue) and is produced by British company Endor. FOX will broadcast the first series’ eight hour-long episodes in more than 50 countries while US network Epix will air the series in June.

How to get FOX in the UK

The FOX channel is not available on Freeview so you’ll need to have be either a Sky, Virgin Media or TalkTalk TV customer or buy a NOW TV entertainment pass in order to watch it.

FOX is included in Sky’s standard Sky Entertainment package, which costs £20 a month and gives you more than 300 channels in total plus a Sky Q box, which lets you record three shows and watch a fourth at the same time.

To get the FOX channel on Virgin Media TV, you’d have to go for at least the Full House package, which is currently £44 a month without broadband. For that you get more than 245 channels including BT Sport and a V6 box so you can record six shows while watching either a recording or something on demand.

You can watch FOX on TalkTalk by adding TV to your broadband package at no extra cost. Unlimited broadband is £26.95 a month until 19 April.

All of these subscriptions come with a minimum term contract, of course. If that sounds like your idea of hell, you might be better off getting a NOW TV entertainment pass. You can get one for free on a 14-day trial then it’ll cost you £7.99 a month unless you decide to cancel it.

FOX hasn't been available on BT TV since March 2016.

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