Undercover

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

English solicitor Maya Cobbina (Sophie Okonedo) drives across the parched, blasted landscape of Louisiana, in the Deep South, to see her death row client Rudy Jones. His execution is just hours away and the pair are emotionally, irrevocably tied by his looming death after a murder conviction.

Back home in London Maya’s loving, supportive family – her husband Nick (Adrian Lester) and their three children - watch the minutes tick by as a man they have come to know faces his end.

It’s a gripping start to this thriller by Peter Moffat (Silk, The Village, Criminal Justice), a clever wrong-footing drama that springs some big surprises (though possibly not if you watch for little clues).

We are slowly drip-fed pieces of Maya’s activist past, when she became involved in a huge, infamous case, and her present, when she’s approached to interview for the role of Director of Public Prosecutions. But surely that would go against all she holds dear?

Summary

New series. Legal drama, starring Sophie Okonedo as a lawyer who returns to Britain after 20 years in the US trying to save a falsely imprisoned convict from execution. She assumes the position of Director of Public Prosecutions, and sees this as an opportunity to make a difference - starting by bringing to justice the murderers of her friend, an influential anti-racism campaigner. Meanwhile, her husband (Adrian Lester) is driven to desperate lengths to protect his family from a secret in his past.
Drama