Coming to Sky One and Now TV in January, watch the trailer for the latest action-packed, political drama, COBRA, written by Ben Richards...

Set in the heart of government during a time of national crisis, the series stars Robert Carlyle as Prime Minister, Robert Sutherland, and Victoria Hamilton as his Chief of Staff, Anna Marshall.

Under the name COBRA, a team comprised of Britain’s leading experts, crisis contingency planners and the most senior politicians must assemble to help bring society back from the brink of collapse as as they deal with an unfolding national emergency after catastrophic events literally throw the nation into darkness.

Joining the Prime Minister and his Chief of Staff are Fraser Walker, played by Richard Dormer, one of the best crisis contingency planners the country has ever known, and Home Secretary, Archie Glover-Morgan, played by David Haig – 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.

Writer Ben Richards (Spooks, Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling) said: ‘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. We have been so lucky to have a cast that has been able to bring that aspiration to life."

The six-part Sky Original drama will launch on the 17 January on Sky One and NOW TV.

COBRA 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.

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