Undercover (2016– )
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Episode #1.2 

Members of the establishment begin to fear that Maya may shine a light on areas they'd prefer remained in the shadows. Sickened by his betrayal Nick reflects on how he met Maya and the events that led him to this point.

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James Hawes

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Peter Moffat (created by), Peter Moffat
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Okonedo ... Maya Cobbina
Adrian Lester ... Nick Johnson
Tamara Lawrance ... Clem Johnson
Daniel Ezra ... Dan Johnson
Shannon Hayes ... Ella Johnson
Vincent Regan ... Dominic Carter
Alistair Petrie ... Robert Greenlaw
Mark Bonnar ... John Halliday
Derek Riddell ... Paul Brightman
Clare Holman ... Elizabeth Guthrie
Adrian Schiller ... Peter Grace
Leanne Best ... Abigail Strickland
Terence Beesley ... DC Russell
Robert Whitelock ... Detective Frank Stiller
Fraser Ayres ... Ricky
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As Maya faces the interview panel for the DPP post she passionately impresses upon them her belief in principles over compromise, unaware that Nick has been asked to spy on her. Nick - not his real name - meanwhile recalls how he had gone undercover some years earlier to investigate activist Michael Antwi, a supporter of Rudy Jones. Here he met Maya whilst on an anti-racist march, gaining her trust by helping her escape from the police and eventually romancing her whilst Michael suffered in custody. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Thriller

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TV-14
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10 April 2016 (UK) See more »

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Mark Bonnar (John Halliday) & Leanne Best (Abigail Strickland) also worked together on episode 2.4, Shetland: Dead Water: Part 2 (2014), of Shetland (2013) as Duncan Hunter & Annabel respectively. See more »

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Undercover 2
13 April 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

If the first episode was uneven in pace the second episode certainly cranked up the plot.

Maya is interviewed for the job as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP.) It is a tough and personal interview. If viewers are surprised that a radical lawyer could be considered for the job. In real life Sir Keir Starmer, a human rights barrister was the DPP for 5 years before he was elected as a Labour MP.

The powers that be in the police still do not want Maya to have such a high profile job and tell this to Nick. They also realise that after so many years undercover and since his father's death that this is hard for him.

We have flashbacks of Nick being undercover at a drug deal and his first encounter with Maya was when she got the defendant's that were arrested in the sting off. Nick was angry with her so he had no hesitation when his next project was to get in amongst her circle. That circle being a black group fighting police injustice. This was where the alias of Nick was created.

It was among this group Maya is persuaded to take on a case of a prisoner in death row in the USA by a radical, Michael Antwi. Antwi is subsequently arrested at a march which turned violent as the it clashed with some far right counter protesters. When Antwi is in the police cell, a far right thug is also put in the cell with him that leads to a fight. The police want to break it up, but are told by a superior to hold off. When they go into the cell, it is Antwi who they physically restraint.

We know in the present day, this part of the plot is important. Maya is investigating the death of Antwi as well as the death row case.

The flashback scenes are set in 1996. The date is important. The Macpherson report in the late 1990s called the Metropolitan police as being institutionally racist.

Now the series is getting interesting and we have a possible route where this is going. Lester does well as a conflicted person almost torn after all this years. Plus there is the hanging thread of a female undercover officer who got hooked on crack while being undercover and it seems Nick never managed to help out.


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