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A lawyer returns to Britain to become the first black Director of Public Prosecutions. She begins to suspect that everything she knew about the man she has been married to for the past 20 years is a lie.


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Series cast summary:
Sophie Okonedo ...  Maya Cobbina 6 episodes, 2016
Adrian Lester ...  Nick Johnson 6 episodes, 2016
Daniel Ezra ...  Dan Johnson 6 episodes, 2016
Shannon Hayes ...  Ella Johnson 6 episodes, 2016
Tamara Lawrance ...  Clem Johnson 6 episodes, 2016
Derek Riddell ...  Paul Brightman 6 episodes, 2016
Vincent Regan ...  Dominic Carter 6 episodes, 2016
Alistair Petrie ...  Robert Greenlaw 6 episodes, 2016
Mark Bonnar ...  John Halliday 5 episodes, 2016
Dennis Haysbert ...  Rudy Jones 6 episodes, 2016
Angel Coulby ...  Julia Redhead 5 episodes, 2016
Barley Barley ...  Rocco 5 episodes, 2016
David Schofield ...  Alex Brady 4 episodes, 2016
Leanne Best ...  Abigail Strickland 4 episodes, 2016
Glyn Grimstead Glyn Grimstead ...  Sergeant Douglas Trimble / ... 4 episodes, 2016
Nathan Osgood Nathan Osgood ...  Assistant Attorney General Livermore 4 episodes, 2016
Sope Dirisu ...  Michael Antwi 4 episodes, 2016
Nathan Nolan ...  Doctor Mark Ambrose 4 episodes, 2016
Sam Stockman Sam Stockman ...  Aiden Rose / ... 4 episodes, 2016
Cecilia Noble Cecilia Noble ...  Mrs. Antwi 4 episodes, 2016
Wade McElwain Wade McElwain ...  Joshua Roberts 3 episodes, 2016
Phil Deguara Phil Deguara ...  PC Clifton 3 episodes, 2016
Thomas Aldridge ...  PC Bridge 3 episodes, 2016
Thomas Dominique ...  Big Ray 3 episodes, 2016
Ian Peck ...  Peter Mackie 3 episodes, 2016
Oliver Dimsdale ...  Mark Neame 2 episodes, 2016
Carmela Corbett ...  Lola 2 episodes, 2016
Danny Webb ...  John Corrigan 2 episodes, 2016
Mitchell Mullen ...  Judge Oriel McVitie 2 episodes, 2016
Owen Roe ...  Doctor Jack McDonald 2 episodes, 2016
Alex Avery Alex Avery ...  Fred Redhead 2 episodes, 2016
Phil Davis ...  Jimmy 2 episodes, 2016
Terence Beesley ...  DC Russell 2 episodes, 2016


For the past twenty years Maya Cobbina has defended Rudy Jones, a man falsely imprisoned for murder. Today he is to be executed by lethal injection in Louisiana. Rudy's parting words are "Go big" - he wants her to change the system that allows such injustices to occur. With Rudy's appeal ringing in her ears, Maya returns to London and discovers that she's been pegged to take the role of Director of Public Prosecutions, a prominent position that might allow her to finally bring to justice the death of her friend Michael Antwi, a charismatic anti-racism campaigner. Maya's husband Nick Johnson is a man dedicated to his wife and children. When a hidden past threatens to destroy his world, to what lengths will he go to protect his family? Written by Carl Hillier

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To Love...Honour...And Betray.


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16 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Adrian Lester (Nick Johnson) & Phil Davis (Jimmy) also worked together in Riviera (2017) as Robert Carver & Jukes respectively. See more »


Featured in Too Much TV: Episode #1.25 (2016) See more »

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Not flawless, but still above average
21 June 2016 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

Last decade or so, the UK has produced so many versatile and dramatic (mini-)series that one must unavoidably compare and choose between them - as time is limited and eyes must relax from time to time. Sometimes you tend to forget what you have seen already - due to several recurrent actors, often in similar roles of coppers or crooks - the trend that is usually characteristic to smaller nations, in Scandinavia in particular.

Undercover sets in rather intensely, but then it scatters and wears away somehow, and some standpoints and attitudes are pointed out too often and too strongly, but then the thrill resumes and last two episodes form a real cat-and-mouse play, without becoming too "explosive". True, using flashbacks with a little effort to change the performers' outfit and looks for the period of 20 years brings along unnecessary confusions and disruptions, but all the major performances, however, are good at least, and Maya Cobbina QC by Sophie Okonedo deserves more praise and attention she has achieved so far.

The ending scenes are a bit odd, and the very ending made me the inspiration that another season would be launched, although there is no hint of it so far. Anyway, I would presumably find time for follow-up, but it is okay to cap off here as well. Let the big echelons be more visible in other series... :)

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