BBC One has found the two leads for their new drama series Undercover.
Mayday and The Escape Artist star Sophie Okonedo and Red Band Society’s Adrian Lester have been set as the two leads in the six episode series, which hails from Silk scribe Peter Moffat, Penny Dreadful helmer James Hawes and BBC Drama Production England, TVWise has learned.
Undercover follows Maya (Okonedo), the first black Director Of Public Prosecutions. Just as she is about to take up the post and her life comes under intense public scrutiny, she learns that that her husband Nick (Lester) has been lying to her for years. Twenty years ago Nick was a fearless and dedicated undercover officer, infiltrating organisations considered a danger to society because of their political beliefs. Nick built himself a fake past and now with his wife unsuspecting and his conscience killing him – his secret identity may compromise the new Director of Public Prosecutions.
“Peter Moffat has written an extraordinary story that is relevant and at the same time utterly compelling. He asks hard questions of us all. The part I play is a Titan of women, called Maya, who is not afraid to say the unsayable”, said Sophie Okonedo. “She is a truth seeker and is prepared to shine light into the darkest corners, come what may. I am tremendously excited, honoured and of course a little frightened to play her.”
“This is one of those opportunities that an actor hopes for. The people involved are some of the most talented artists working in television”, added Adrian Lester. “Sophie Okonedo, Peter Moffat, Richard Stokes, Hilary Salmon and James Hawes. Having admired them for years, I now get the chance to work with them. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Sophie Okonedo and Adrian Lester lead a sizeable cast that also includes Tamara Lawrance, Daniel Ezra, Shannon Hayes, Vincent Regan, Angel Coulby, Derek Ridell, Mark Bonnar, Leanne Best, Jude Akuwudike, Thomas Dominique, Glyn Grimstead, Phil Deguara, Sam Stockman, Thomas Aldridge, Kerry Shale, Neil D’Souza, Todd Kramer, Robert Whitelock, Terence Beesley, Fraser Ayres, Clarence Smith, Brett Allen, Nathan Nolan and Enzo Squillino Jr.
Undercover was created by Silk scribe Peter Moffat and is being produced in-house by BBC Drama Production England. Richard Stokes is the series producer, while Penny Dreadful helmer James Hawes is attached to direct. Hilary Salmon, Head of BBC Drama Production England, is the executive producer. Production on Undercover is now underway in and around Cornwall and London for a 2016 premiere.