The Undeclared War (Channel 4 / Peacock)

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New cyber thriller recently announced (again - see bottom) ...

27 April 2021

Six-part drama series is a Playground and NBCUniversal International Studios co-production for Channel 4 and Peacock

Cast includes Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, Adrian Lester, Alex Jennings, Maisie Richardson-Sellers and newcomer Hannah Khalique-Brown

APRIL 27 2021
: Channel 4 and Peacock today announce the commission of THE UNDECLARED WAR, a timely and provocative six part cyber thriller, directed and co-written by seven-time BAFTA-winner Peter Kosminsky (Wolf Hall, The Government Inspector).

The series reunites Kosminsky with Emmy Award-winning producer Colin Callender and his production company Playground, producers of the Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning miniseries Wolf Hall, which Kosminsky also directed, and the recent hit series All Creatures Great and Small. Playground will co-produce the series with NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group, for Channel 4 and Peacock. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle international sales.

Set in a post-pandemic 2024 in the run up to a British general election, THE UNDECLARED WAR tracks a leading team of analysts buried in the heart of GCHQ (the UK’s version of the NSA) secretly working to ward off a cyber-attack on the country’s electoral system. During a three-year research process, Kosminsky and his team gained access to the cyber security industry on both sides of the Atlantic, allowing a realistic picture of the threat faced by the Western world to be depicted in the drama.

Exciting newcomer Hannah Khalique-Brown will play Saara Parvan, a young student doing work experience in the GCHQ Malware Department, with Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Mission Impossible) playing Danny Patrick, GCHQ’s Head of Operations, Academy Award-winner© Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall, Bridge of Spies) playing John Yeabsley, a Cold War veteran brought back from retirement by GCHQ to combat the heightened threat level, and Adrian Lester (Riviera, Mary Queen of Scots) will play Andrew Makinde, the UK’s first Black Conservative Prime Minister.

Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will play Kathy Freeman, an American cyber-analyst on attachment at GCHQ from the NSA. Alex Jennings (A Very English Scandal, The Crown) will play David Neal, the Head of GCHQ,

Kosminsky will direct all six episodes and has written four. Other writers include Declan Lawn (The Salisbury Poisonings), Adam Patterson (The Salisbury Poisonings) and Amelia Spencer (Dead Birds).

Kosminsky will Executive Produce alongside Callender (Wolf Hall, All Creatures Great and Small) and Noëlette Buckley (Wolf Hall, King Lear) for Playground. Robert Jones (Babylon) is the Producer.

Kosminsky says; “The series is based deep within the least-known arm of the UK’s intelligence infrastructure, GCHQ. The story we’re now able to tell casts an extraordinary, revelatory light on the hot, undeclared war taking place right now in the world’s newest and most invisible domain of conflict – cyber.”

Caroline Hollick, Head of Channel 4 Drama says; “Peter Kosminsky is a titan of British television drama, and it’s a privilege to have this ground-breaking thriller on Channel 4 – it’s a truly momentous series which will change the way we see the world around us. I’m also delighted to have such stellar names in the cast, as well as the chance to break brand-new on-screen talent”.

I’m delighted to be reuniting with Peter to bring his exhilarating vision to life,” says Callender. “THE UNDECLARED WAR is a stunning cautionary tale that brings to life a world never seen before on television or in film. I’m equally thrilled to be partnering with NBCUniversal International Studios, Channel 4 and Peacock, all of whom have been fiercely supportive and dedicated to bringing this provocative, timely story to the screen.”

It’s such an honor to bring this powerhouse writing and producing team to Peacock for a thrilling drama that will keep viewers at the edge of their seat with this timely and realistic look into cyber security,” adds Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.

Originally announced back in 2018 as a 10-part series
 
Apparently some people fell for the stunt, or just want to fudgeing complain, which Mad Nad Dorries will undoubtedly lap up...

 
Apparently some people fell for the stunt, or just want to fudgeing complain, which Mad Nad Dorries will undoubtedly lap up...


Indeed it was extremely frightening. Or it may have been for those who didn't recognise Adrian Lester and Simon Pegg. It got my attention purely because they were in it. I'm kind of assuming that if it had been real it wouldn't have been in an advert break without at least some warning of an important message. I'm quite looking forward to this.

Bri
 
Yes it is very well done but if we are needing Simon Pegg to deliver these messages we really are in trouble at least it’s not zombies or aliens hehe
 
I'll probably give this a watch but the idea of an imminent cyber attack is utterly ludicrous, cyber attacks happen instantaneously and with no warning.
 
Pegg is a big turn off for me. Peeked with Hot Fuzz and the Hollywood stuff had him going downhill after that. In entertainment value as an actor I mean. Plays the same character in the MI movies and Start Trek movies...
 
Bit of a mixed bag this. Is it a cyber attack thriller? Commie thriller? Political thriller?
 
Bit of a mixed bag this. Is it a cyber attack thriller? Commie thriller? Political thriller?
Its all 3, and there is nothing wrong with that, although I am not sure that contemporary Russians are commies
 
I thought I was watching a training video for cyber attacks in Russian at one point. I’m finding it painful.
 
Weak in places, and full of political correctness, which frankly is a bit of a turn-off. The 'white, stale and male' comment in the first episode a case in point. I'm all for a balanced, equitable society, but lame dialogue like that just irritates me and detracts from the actual drama.

Still, at least it has a full fat 5.1 audio track.
 
Weak in places, and full of political correctness, which frankly is a bit of a turn-off. The 'white, stale and male' comment in the first episode a case in point. I'm all for a balanced, equitable society, but lame dialogue like that just irritates me and detracts from the actual drama.

Still, at least it has a full fat 5.1 audio track.
That lesbian sex scene ticked a lot of boxes!
 
Episode three was good as we see the build up to what happened in episode one from the other side and nearly all subtitled Russian which might have put some off.
 
I struggled with some of episode 3. Just a bit too implausible. No issues with the sub-titles though. I watch plenty of foreign language stuff on the likes of Netflix.
 
Trying to enjoy this but Simon Pegg's hair is very distracting. This is almost good but just lacks a bit of quality to make it actually good.
 
The music is very annoying but I think I've sussed one of the baddies
Simon Pegg
. Unless it's
Mark Rylance
.
 
Episode three was good as we see the build up to what happened in episode one from the other side and nearly all subtitled Russian which might have put some off.
I agree

Episodes 1 & 2 were very slow and uninteresting, things picked up with episode 3 which actually had some interesting plot, and episode 4 continued at a good pace.

I'm finding all the Russian characters far more interesting than the English characters, which all seem very 2 dimensional (actually, 1 dimensional is closer), apart from Mark Rylance who has an interesting back story.
 

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