Starring Robert Carlyle as Prime Minister Robert Sutherland, COBRA: CYBERWAR is a Sky original production set in the heart of government during a major crisis.
About COBRA: CYBERWAR
In the aftermath of both solar and political storms, Prime Minister Robert Sutherland attempts to steer the country on a more even course. He is assisted, as ever, by his loyal Chief of Staff Anna Marshall alongside a team of dedicated advisers.
An assassination on British soil, however, unleashes a chain of events that threatens to develop into a crisis even more serious than the one from which the country has recently emerged. An invisible global enemy, not playing by the rules and operating outside national boundaries, appears to be bent on our destruction, leaving an entire country unsure as to who is friend and who is foe.
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As the possibility of a solar storm affecting the UK mounts, the Prime Minister Robert Sutherland, his chief of Staff Anna Marshall, the Head of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat Fraser Walker and the Home Secretary Archie Glover-Morgan assemble the emergency committee “COBRA” in an effort to combat the situation.
With the nation in the full grip of the crisis and experiencing the worst blackout in the history of the UK, Sutherland and his team are forced to work around the clock to restore power. Meanwhile Anna reconnects with Edin, but this dalliance with her past love becomes more dangerous than she anticipates.
As the country continues to face darkness, Sutherland, Anna, Fraser and their teams pay a visit to the worst affected area in Northumberland to see the situation on the ground. But with the Prime Minister away, Archie’s incendiary comments on the dark underbelly of public mood threatens to cause more problems for everyone.
As questions are asked about Sutherland’s knowledge of his daughter’s involvement in her friend’s death, Anna seeks the help of Eleanor in handling the new revelations about Edin. Meanwhile, a new threat rears its head as public sentiment grows more turbulent.
With the nation sliding further and further towards anarchy, Rachel faces difficult questions about Ellie. Meanwhile, Fraser says goodbye to his father and grows closer to Francine. And as the influence of “People’s Justice” grows ever-powerful, Sutherland is forced to consider more extreme measures to retain control of the country.
As anarchy explodes on the streets and the nation is rocked with night upon night of rioting, Fraser and his team reach the endgame in their mission to get the lights switched back on in the Red Zone. Meanwhile, with his personal life imploding, Sutherland is forced to fight for his political life as Archie finally fires his first shots…
Prime Minister Robert Sutherland, his Chief of Staff Anna Marshall and new Home Secretary Joseph Obasi assemble the emergency committee “COBRA” to respond to a potentially explosive situation in Kent. As the situation in Kent takes a sudden and catastrophic turn for the worse, an unseen enemy chooses this time to strike from the shadows, with devastating consequences.
Following devastation in Kent and the cyber-attack which continues to jam communications, the Prime Minister convenes an emergency COBRA meeting. MI5 Head Eleanor James agrees the timing of the attack suggests Russian involvem ent, but counsels against inflaming the situation.
COBRA is assembled when fresh disaster strikes - a breach at Dover port means an insidious threat may be in play. As Sutherland is briefed by his team, the mission is set; intercept any trucks which made it through the breach, whilst avoiding mass panic.
Following the latest shocking discovery, the team scramble to understand what it means. It’s clearly a message, but who is the sender? Meanwhile, Francine’s TV attack on Lord Singer is met with delight by Labour leader Chris Edwards. It is also seized upon by online presence Firestorm, to Francine’s discomfort.
Rachel Sutherland is dismayed by the fresh media assault on her reputation, but Robert is distracted - for somehow, Firestorm is back, and spreading misinformation about the water supply. Anna and Eleanor placate the seething PM, but when reports of new cyber attack chimes with Archie’s theory that a proxy war is underway, he demands they hit back at Russian and Chinese targets.
Reeling from the events in Kent, the COBRA team are briefed by Eleanor on the nature of a sophisticated malware which has infected the UK’s critical infrastructure. An urgent response is needed if they are to avoid total calamity, but with Anna gone and dissent rising amongst the ranks, Robert grapples to make the right decision.