Undercover (2016– )
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Episode #1.3 

Maya is contacted by a witness whose story casts doubt on everything she thought she knew about the Antwi case. Nick confronts a ghost from his past and makes a fateful decision to protect his family.

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James Hawes

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Peter Moffat (creator), Peter Moffat
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Okonedo ... Maya Cobbina
Sope Dirisu ... Michael Antwi
Thomas Aldridge Thomas Aldridge ... PC Bridge
Glyn Grimstead Glyn Grimstead ... Sergeant Douglas Trimble
Phil Deguara Phil Deguara ... PC Clifton
Sam Stockman Sam Stockman ... PC Rose
Derek Riddell ... Paul Brightman
Leanne Best ... Abigail Strickland
Mark Bonnar ... John Halliday
Alistair Petrie ... Robert Greenlaw
Cecilia Noble Cecilia Noble ... Mrs. Antwi
Angel Coulby ... Julia Redhead
Adrian Lester ... Nick Johnson
Thomas Dominique ... Big Ray
David Schofield ... Alex Brady
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In 1996 Michael is killed by a cell-mate in police custody at Hackney but Brightman orders a cover-up by the officers involved. Maya attempts to expose the true facts helped by her journalist friend Julia but Julia is compromised into dropping the story. Julia also has suspicions about Nick's account of himself but Maya loves him and the feeling seems to be mutual. Twenty years later Abigail Strickland, one of the Hackney officers ,contacts Maya to tell her about Michael's death and Nick's true identity but Maya has to travel to Louisiana for a further stay of Rudy's execution and asks Nick to see her. As a result Maya never gets the message but Julia tells her she has seen Nick with Abigail and this has a bad effect on Maya. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Thriller

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TV-14
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17 April 2016 (UK) See more »

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Derek Riddell (Paul Brightman) & Daniel Ezra (Dan Johnson) also worked together on The Missing (2014) as Adam Gettrick & Daniel Reed respectively. See more »

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Undercover 3
19 April 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

After the cranked up pace of Episode 2, someone at the BBC must have told the writer Peter Moffat that this is a six part series and not a four parter. The reason is that this was a poorly written episode full of clichés and plot holes.

In 1996 Michael Antwi is killed by a racist cell mate in police custody. Brightman orders a cover up. Maya is investigating the true facts and ropes in a journalist friend Julia who works for a tabloid newspaper.

Julia also meets Nick at a dinner party but becomes sceptical of his recollection about his parents as a four year old, it is just too detailed for a small child.

In the present day Maya has become the new head of the DPP. Which should cause concerns for Brightman and the rest of the police. A long term and current undercover investigation on someone who is now a senior and establishment public figure, you expect that in the Soviet Union of the past not in Britain in the present.

Abigail Strickland who was also undercover and became a crack addict contacts Maya to tell her about Michael's death at Hackney police station and agrees to meet her. Abigail also sees Nick and tells him to tell Maya the truth about himself. They are also both spotted by Julia. Nick finds out that Abigail is the witness and informs his handler.

I wonder if Maya has ever read any of Nick's crime fiction? Because all he seems to be doing is running or swimming. So it was a nice jolt that that Julia saw through his cover story.

Then again it was also convenient that in the present day Julia also drops off her child at the University on the same day Nick drops his daughter off and gets to see Abigail embrace Nick so publicly.

Nick being so many years undercover has also lost is instincts as a policeman. He tells his handler about Abigail being a witness and that she is about to meet Maya. The result, in 45 minutes the bad policemen somehow locate her in a shopping mall, abduct her and give her an overdose and dump her without anyone noticing. Nick handler coldly tells him what did he expect when Nick finds out about her death. No one apart from Nick seems to care that they murdered a former police officer, who incidentally looked rather nice given she spent two decades as a crack addict.

However thickety thick Nick perseveres and tells his handler he will spill the beans to Maya. Talk about digging a hole for yourself given the handler just told him, we killed the last person who was going to give us all up.

A sub par episode that would past muster in a soap opera but not on a prestige Sunday night drama slot. Hope it is better next week.


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