Written by Peter Moffat and Directed by James Hawes, Undercover is a six-part BBC television drama series co-produced with BBC America and is one of the latest additions to the popular crime series genre and promises a thrilling premise with its first season which is scheduled to air in the United States very soon in mid-November. Unlike most of the crime-drama series in the U.S which revolve around law enforcement agencies like the CIA or the FBI, Undercover explores a different angle and will seemingly prove to be a departure from the usual crime dramas.
Undercover Season 1: Plot
Undercover follows the lives and family of Maya Cobbina, a British lawyer conducting a long-term legal fight to prove the innocence of US death row inmate Rudy Jones, and her husband Nick Johnson. After Cobbina is head-hunted for the position of Director of Public Prosecutions, her husband’s past – and the circumstances under which the couple first met twenty years earlier – comes back to haunt him.
Undercover Season 1: Cast
- Maya Cobbina QC (Sophie Okonedo), a Criminal law barrister with interests in human rights
- Nick Johnson (Adrian Lester), a former undercover Detective Sergeant with the Metropolitan Police
- Rudy Jones (Dennis Haysbert), a U.S. prisoner on death row
- Paul Brightman (Derek Riddell), a security service officer and former undercover policeman
- Dominic Carter (Vincent Regan), Nick’s handler during his days as an undercover officer
- Clemency ‘Clem’ Johnson (Tamara Lawrence), Maya and Nick’s 19-year-old daughter
- Dan Johnson (Daniel Ezra), Maya and Nick’s 18-year-old son, who has a learning disability
- Ella Johnson (Shannon Hayes), Maya and Nick’s youngest child
- Abigail Strickland (Leanne Best), a former undercover Metropolitan Police officer
- John Halliday (Mark Bonnar), a senior police officer
- Michael Antwi (Sope Dirisu), an anti-racism campaigner
- Julia Redhead (Angel Coulby), a news reporter and Maya’s best friend
- Jimmy (Phil Davis), an employee in Maya’s chambers
Undercover Season 1 : Pilot Synopsis
The pilot episode of the very first season of Undercover shows British lawyer Maya Cobbina anxiously awaiting the outcome of a last-minute appeal in a Louisiana prison with death row inmate Rudy Jones, whom she has defended for twenty years following his false imprisonment for murder. The appeal is lost, and he tells her to “Go big” in her campaigning against legal injustices. On her way to the airport, she learns that the lethal injection has not killed Jones, who has instead been left critically ill. She arrives home in London to find that she is being encouraged to apply for the senior role of director of public prosecutions (DPP), despite having always acted as a defence lawyer. Initially reluctant, she is persuaded to put herself forward on learning that a fresh witness has come forward in relation to the death in 1996 of her friend Michael Antwi, an anti-racism campaigner, and by her recollection of Jones’ last words to her. Her husband, Nick Johnson, a writer and househusband caring for their children, is approached by someone from his past who is ostensibly returning the family’s missing dog, Rocco. He threatens to reveal a devastating secret about Nick if he does not cooperate with them.
Undercover Season 1: Premiere Date and Where to Watch
Undecover began its run on the CBC in Canada in August airing on Mondays at 9pm/9:30 NT, premiering on August 22, 2016. However, the series os yet to be released throughout in the United States and the premiere date of the pilot episode has been set to 17 November 2016 on BBC America.