Robert Carlyle will star in COBRA, a new Sky drama that sees the UK on the verge of a national emergency.
Ever wondered what happens in the corridors of power during a time of national emergency? The Sky One series, written by Ben Richards (The Cuckoo’s Calling), takes us behind-the-scenes of the government as the corridors of power react to a major crisis. Carlyle (Trainspotting, The Legend of Barney Thomson) will play Prime Minister Robert Sutherland and Victoria Hamilton (The Crown, Deep State) will co-star as Chief of Staff Anna Marshall.
The high-stakes, six-part drama sees them dealing with an unfolding national emergency that threatens to engulf the country as the COBRA committee, a team comprised of Britain’s leading experts, contingency planners and senior politicians, fights to ensure the protection of the people of Great Britain. The PM and his Chief of Staff must contend with impossible decisions, while 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.
Produced by New Pictures (The Missing and Catherine The Great) for Sky, the drama also stars Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones, Fortitude) as Fraser Walker, Head of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, David Haig (Killing Eve, Penny Dreadful) as Archie Glover-Morgan, Home Secretary, Marsha Thomason (Better Things, White Collar) as Francine Bridge MP and Lucy Cohu (Broadchurch, Forgiven) as Rachel Sutherland, the PM’s wife.
Carlyle says: “I am really looking forward to stepping into the role of the Prime Minister in a story that feels almost too true to be fiction. COBRA is a palpably thrilling and witty take on a political drama but with a humanity at the heart of the series.”
COBRA is the latest drama series from Sky, as it continues to invest in original series, from Catherine The Great and Chernobyl to Temple and Riviera Season 2. Executive producers include Charlie Pattinson, Ben Richards, Jonathan Young and Nicola Larder. Joe Donaldson (Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street) is the producer. Lead director Hans Herbots (Riviera, The Treatment) will helm the first three episodes and Al Mackay (Humans, Deep Water) will direct the remaining episodes.
COBRA will air on Sky One and NOW TV this Autumn.