The Undeclared War first look teases tense Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance series
Simon Pegg plays a GCHQ boss in this drama from Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky.
Channel 4 has shared a sneak-peek at its upcoming drama The Undeclared War, teasing Simon Pegg's role as the boss of GCHQ tasked with fighting a potential cyber attack.
The series, which stars newcomer Hannah Khalique-Brown, Mark Rylance and Adrian Lester, follows the analysts of GCHQ in 2024 as intern Saara Parvin (Khalique-Brown) finds herself "operating on the invisible frontier of high-stakes cyber warfare".
The first-look image above, which can be shared exclusively by RadioTimes.com, sees Khalique-Brown, Rylance, Lester and Pegg in their roles as an ominous 'System hacked' message flashes up on screen.
Written by BAFTA-winning writer Peter Kosminsky (director of the award-winning Wolf Hall), The Undeclared War sees Saara and the GCHQ team attempt to stay one step ahead of their hidden opponents.
"The clock is ticking as a battle with high stakes and unpredictable enemies takes place entirely online, with very real consequences. But how do you win a war most of the public don’t know you’re fighting?" Channel 4 teases.
"The Undeclared War has been many years in the making. It imagines how the next few years might play out in the domain of cyber warfare – a battle unseen by the public but with potentially devastating consequences," Kosminksy said in a statement.
"In my work, I’ve tried to shine a light on aspects of public policy which affect us all but where the details of what is taking place, often behind the scenes, are not well understood. I hope this drama will give audiences an insight into a world certain to impact our lives significantly in the years ahead."
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