Six parts air Sundays at 10 p.m. premiering Oct. 4.
Follow the British Prime Minister and his Cabinet Office Briefing Room A (COBRA) committee, comprised of leading contingency planners and senior politicians, as they navigate the difficulties in overcoming a major national crisis.
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 (Sunday, Oct. 4 at 10 p.m.):
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 (Oct. 11 at 10 p.m.):
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 (Oct. 18 at 10 p.m.):
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 (Oct. 25 at 10 p.m.):
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 (Nov. 1 at 10 p.m.):
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 (Nov. 8 at 10 p.m.):
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.