Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting, The Legend of Barney Thomson) and Victoria Hamilton (The Crown, Deep State) are to star in a new Sky One drama revealing set in the heart of government during a major crisis.
Cobra stars Carlyle as Prime Minister Robert Sutherland and Hamilton (The Crown, Deep State) as his Chief of Staff Anna Marshall and follows the pair as they deal with an unfolding national emergency that threatens to engulf the country.
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.
Written by Ben Richards (The Tunnel Sabotage; Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling) and produced by New Pictures (The Missing and 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.
Additional cast include 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 Prime Minister’s wife.
Carlyle said: “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.”
Cameron Roach, Director of Sky Drama and Sky Studios, added: “COBRA gives a fascinating look into the world of politics and power under pressure, brought to life so brilliantly by Ben Richard’s scripts.
COBRA will air on Sky One and TV streaming service NOW TV this Autumn.