Sundays, Oct. 4 - Nov. 8, 2020 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV / On demand now with KPBS Passport!
The six-part series COBRA follows the British Prime Minister and his emergency committee as they navigate a major crisis and its political and personal fallout.Written by acclaimed screenwriter Ben Richards (THE TUNNEL) and directed by Hans Herbots (RIVIERA) and Al Mackay (HUMANS), COBRA features a talented cast led by Robert Carlyle (ONCE UPON A TIME), Victoria Hamilton (THE CROWN), Richard Dormer (GAME OF THRONES), David Haig (KILLING EVE) and Lucy Cohu (RIPPER STREET). COBRA is a clever and action-packed political drama and a deeply human story of a nation and its leaders in crisis — a tale that is increasingly relevant to the world we live in today.
On the brink of a geomagnetic solar storm, a team comprised of Britain’s leading experts, crisis contingency planners and the most senior politicians assemble under the name COBRA (taken from its meeting place in Whitehall’s Cabinet Office Briefing Room A) to guide the country through turbulent times. The high-stakes series follows the members of this team as they take on the disaster; their missteps, political conflicts, personal drama, friendships and wit play out against the backdrop of an unfolding national crisis.
Prime Minister Robert Sutherland (Carlyle) must navigate the crisis while attempting to maintain control of his cabinet in slippery political circumstances. Accompanied by Anna Marshall (Hamilton) – his brilliant and quick-thinking chief of staff and longtime friend – Sutherland braces for the fallout of a major national disaster, as well as complications in his personal life that threaten his political standing.
Also on the COBRA team is Fraser Walker (Dormer), one of the country’s leading crisis contingency planners, who is not as adept at overcoming problems in his personal life as he is in his political life.
The most argumentative and calculating member of the team, Home Secretary Archie Glover-Morgan (Haig), looks to seize any opportunity for more power that presents itself.
Episode 1 airs Sunday, Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV - As a major crisis threatens the stability of the UK, Prime Minister Robert Sutherland and his close team assemble the emergency committee COBRA in an effort to combat the situation.
Episode 2 airs Sunday, Oct. 11 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV - With the nation experiencing one of the worst crises in UK history, the Prime Minister and his team are forced to work around the clock. Anna reconnects with a face from her past.
Episode 3 airs Sunday, Oct. 18 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV - As the country continues to face dark days, the Prime Minister, Anna, Fraser and their teams pay a visit to the worst affected area. Archie’s rhetoric threatens to cause more problems for everyone.
Episode 4 airs Sunday, Oct. 25 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV - As questions are asked about the Prime Minister’s personal life, Anna seeks the help of intelligence chief Eleanor James. A new threat rears its head as public sentiment grows ever turbulent.
Episode 5 airs Sunday, Nov. 1 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV - With the crisis worsening, Fraser deals with issues in his personal life. The Prime Minister is forced to consider more extreme measures to retain control and apply order over the country.
Episode 6 airs Sunday, Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV - As the crisis reaches boiling point, Fraser and his team reach the endgame, while the Prime Minister and Anna are forced to fight for their political lives with Archie firing his first shots.
WATCH ON YOUR SCHEDULE:
If you missed Episode 1, watch it on demand through Oct 18, 2020.
The series will simultaneously stream with each broadcast starting Sunday, October 4 and will be available for two weeks on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV and Chromecast.
Starting the night of the broadcast premiere, KPBS members can binge the full series via KPBS Passport, video streaming for members supporting KPBS at $60 or more yearly, using your computer, smartphone, tablet, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire or Chromecast. Learn how to activate your benefit now.
COBRA will be available on DVD and can be purchased at ShopPBS.org. The series will also be available for digital download via Amazon Prime Video.
A Sky Original drama, produced by New Pictures and co-funded by Sky Studios. Executive producers for COBRA include Charlie Pattinson, Ben Richards, Jonathan Young and Nicola Larder. The commissioning editor for Sky is Gabriel Silver. COBRA is distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios.