The State

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - IN10 -

What drives some­one to leave Bri­tain to join ISIS?

That’s the ques­tion at the heart of this new drama series, which may tell a fic­tional story, but is based on ex­ten­sive re­search.

Shown over four con­sec­u­tive evenings, it fol­lows four Bri­tish men and women who make the trip to Syria, in­clud­ing Jalal, whose ado­les­cence has been shaped by his older brother’s “mar­tyr­dom” and who per­suades his friend Ziyaad to join him in fol­low­ing in his sib­ling’s foot­steps.

Mean­while, sin­gle mother and doc­tor Shakira wants to put her med­i­cal skills at the ser­vice of the Is­lamic State, and teenage Ushna is keen to ful­fil what she sees as her re­li­gious duty.

In the open­ing episode, the men ini­tially en­joy the ca­ma­raderie as they be­gin train­ing, while the women are taught strict rules they must obey.

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