Silk creator Peter Moffat returns to BBC1 with political thriller called Undercover

It's one of a raft of commissions announced by the BBC tonight, including a three-part adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s classic The Secret Agent and a new BBC1 cop show called Cuffs

Silk creator Peter Moffat is returning to BBC1 with a new six-part series about Britain’s first black Director of Public Prosecutions.


In the drama, a high-flying career woman discovers that her husband and the father of her children has been lying to her for years just as her career is about to take off. It has not yet been cast but will being shooting next year.

Moffat, who also wrote the series Criminal Justice, said of the drama: “I am relishing the prospect of returning to the contemporary British political landscape to look at where we stand and how we got here.”

“Undercover is a thriller about identity, trust and the struggle to lead a morally principled personal and professional life whilst working up close with the police, press, politicians and criminals who have so corrupted and damaged public life over the last twenty years.”

Other commissions announced at an event attended by BBC director-general Tony Hall include a three-part drama of Joseph Conrad’s early 20th century classic The Secret Agent, adapted by Tony Marchant.

Set in London in 1886, the drama – also as yet uncast – will be made by World Productions, the producers of BBC2 hit Line of Duty.

Marchant said of the adaptation: “Conrad’s depiction of 19th century terrorists committed to the destruction of the West with a suicide bomber in their midst was not only prophetic but is undeniably contemporary and compelling. Equally it is a heart breaking story of a family caught up in the political machinations of a world in ferment.”

The Missing writers Harry and Jack Williams have been commissioned to write a four-part drama called One Of Us about a horrific double murder that rocks the lives of two families living side-by-side in rural Scotland.

Other commissions include SS-GB, a five-part drama based on Len Deighton’s book, which imagines that the Nazis successfully managed to invade and occupy the UK during the Second World War.

The BBC is also planning an an eight-part police series called Cuffs, which will focus on the relationships between officers and detectives and the impact that this job has on their personal lives.


The nod has also been given to a drama about a family whose son has autism, The A Word. It has been written by Marvellous scriptwriter Peter Bowker.