Undercover (2016– )
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Episode #1.1 

After working for 20 years in the US, trying to save a falsely imprisoned man from execution, Maya returns to Britain to take up the position of Director of Public Prosecutions and to make a difference.


James Hawes


Peter Moffat (created by), Peter Moffat




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Okonedo ... Maya Cobbina
Adrian Lester ... Nick Johnson
Daniel Ezra ... Dan Johnson
Tamara Lawrance ... Clem Johnson
Shannon Hayes ... Ella Johnson
Dennis Haysbert ... Rudy Jones
Kerry Shale ... Warden
Todd Kramer Todd Kramer ... Scott
Leanne Best ... Abigail Strickland
Jay Benedict ... Judge Kramer
Nathan Osgood Nathan Osgood ... Assistant Attorney General Livermore
Wade McElwain Wade McElwain ... Joshua Roberts
John Schwab ... Dr. Francis
Sope Dirisu ... Michael Antwi
Ian Peck ... Peter Mackie


Lawyer Maya Cobbina returns to London from Louisiana where she has been trying to halt the execution of falsely accused murderer Rudy Jones. Her head of chambers Jimmy tells her that she could be in line for the job of Director of Public Prosecutions, a role which would also allow her to investigate the death of her friend and anti-racist campaigner Michael Antwi. Maya's good news is shared with her husband of twenty years Nick , an attentive son to his own father dying in a hospice, and their children. However Nick is an ex-policeman and his wife's news prompts his former superior Paul Brightwell to persuade him to spy on Maya's political activities. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Thriller




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16 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Derek Riddell (Paul Brightman) & Daniel Ezra (Dan Johnson) also worked together on The Missing (2014) as Adam Gettrick & Daniel Reed respectively. See more »


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Undercover 1
5 April 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

A British lawyer based in the USA, Maya Cobbina (Sophie Okonedo) is meeting a death row inmate Rudy Jones (Dennis Haysbert) for the final time as he is on his way to the execution chamber.

Her children including autistic son and husband Nick Johnson (Adrian Lester) watch her on television in England giving an impassioned speech outside the prison. The execution is botched and Maya rushes back to prison.

After an interesting opening things settle down as Maya returns to Britain. We get some flashbacks at to how she met Nick in 1996 at an anti racism rally.

We then get to the gist of the series. Nick goes to a hospice to visit his dying father, he takes off his wedding ring. His father has no idea that his son is married with children. He is in deep cover because the series is inspired by real life news events.

Nick is living a lie and for all we know has no feelings for Maya or his children. It could all be part of the job.

A fair first episode after a dramatic opening. Good performances from Lester and Okonedo.

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