Published on 22 Aug 2017

Peter Kosminsky: ‘We didn’t seek to glamorise a people who joined a brutal and disgusting death cult’

What on earth could drive young Britons to go to Syria and join the militant Islamic State group? That’s the question at the heart of the powerful Channel 4 drama, The State. It follows four people who leave behind their lives in Britain and travel to the heart of IS-controlled territory in Syria. Its award-winning director, Peter Kosminsky, says we must understand the mindset of those who join and carry out horrific attacks both in the Middle East and in Europe.