Sky One has released a “first look” trailer for crisis drama ‘COBRA’ starring Robert Carlyle & Victoria Hamilton which premieres Friday, 17th January 2020.
Set in the heart of government during a time of national crisis, the series stars Robert Carlyle (‘Trainspotting’, Once Upon A Time’) as Prime Minister, Robert Sutherland, and Victoria Hamilton (‘The Crown’, ‘Deep State’) as his Chief of Staff, Anna Marshall.
The drama follows an unfolding national emergency that threatens to engulf the country as the COBRA committee, a team comprised of Britain’s leading experts, crisis contingency planners and most senior politicians fight to ensure the protection of the people of Great Britain.
The Prime Minister and his Chief of Staff must contend with impossible political decisions, whilst also wrestling with ferociously pressured personal lives. Not only do they bear the weight of public expectation and their family’s needs; they must also be mindful of their political opponents who will use any sign of weakness as an opportunity to strike.
Joining the Prime Minister and his Chief of Staff are Fraser Walker, played by Richard Dormer (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Fortitude’), one of the best crisis contingency planners the country has ever known, and Home Secretary, Archie Glover-Morgan, played by David Haig (‘Killing Eve’, ‘Penny Dreadful’) – who will seize any opportunity for more power if such a chance presents itself.
Together they are all forced to contend with impossible political decisions, as well as their ferociously pressured family lives, as the fate and protection of the people of Great Britain is left in their hands.
Written by Ben Richards (‘Spooks’, ‘Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling’) and produced by New Pictures (‘The Missing’, ‘Catherine The Great’) for Sky, the drama hurls us into the eye of the political storm, both inside the corridors of power and on the ground, as catastrophic events pull the nation further and further into the abyss.
“In a culture which predominantly holds politicians and public servants up for mockery and ridicule, I wanted to make a show that showed them as real, complex human beings dealing with life or death issues,” commented Richards. “We have been so lucky to have a cast that has been able to bring that aspiration to life.”
‘COBRA’ was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky’s Managing Director of Content and Cameron Roach, Director of Drama, Sky Studios with Gabriel Silver as the commissioning editor. The series is produced by New Pictures and the executive producers include Charlie Pattinson, and Ben Richards. Joe Donaldson is the producer and the lead director is Hans Herbots, who directed episodes 1-3. He is joined by Al Mackay who directed episodes 4-6.
‘COBRA’ premieres Friday, 17th January 2020 on Sky One, with all episodes available On Demand & via NOW TV.