It’s finally here folks! BBC AMERICA’s two-night premiere event for “Undercover,” its bold new political thriller that centers on a family on the brink of destruction. The limited 6-part series kicks off today, Wednesday, November 16, starting at 8/7c, and will wrap up tomorrow night, Thursday, November 17, also starting at 8/7c
From BAFTA-winning screenwriter Peter Moffat (“The Night Of,” “Criminal Justice”), the series follows Maya Cobbina (Sophie Okonedo), a spirited and passionate barrister (lawyer), who is about to become the first black Director of Public Prosecutions – the highest-ranking public prosecutor role in England. But just as Maya’s life comes under intense public scrutiny, she discovers that Nick (Adrian Lester), her husband and the father of her children, has been lying to her for years. His web of lies threatens to destroy not only her career (and the twenty-year-long case she’s based it all on), but also the life she and Nick built together. Nick has a secret past life as an undercover officer, infiltrating political organizations for the Metropolitan Police. It was on one of these missions that he met Maya, fell in love, left the police force and went on to have three children – all under a false identity. Now, Nick is trapped in the compounding lie. Truths will emerge and Maya and Nick’s lives will change forever!
With a narrative that unfolds over different time periods in both the US and UK, pulling from factual events in recent history and tackling the hot button issue of race relations, political corruption, and miscarriages of justice, “Undercover” also stars Dennis Haysbert, who plays Rudy Jones – a death row inmate, falsely imprisoned for murder, who Okonedo’s Maya is defending.
“Undercover” is a BBC Drama Production co-produced by BBC AMERICA.
The series is executive produced by Hilary Salmon (“The Night of”), directed by James Hawes (“Penny Dreadful”) and Jim O’Hanlon (“In the Flesh”), with Richard Stokes (“Broadchurch”) producing.
So set your calendars for the two-night premiere event, starting tonight, November 16, continuing tomorrow, November 17, starting at 8/7c on each night. It’s a 6-part series, so it appears each night will screen 3 episodes (each episode is an hour long, with commercials).
Watch the most recent trailer for the miniseries below: