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US streaming service Peacock and UK  pubcaster Channel 4 have ordered The Undeclared War, a new cyber thriller series from BAFTA winner Peter Kosminsky.

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The Undeclared War is a six-part cyber thriller, directed and co-written by seven-time BAFTA winner Peter Kosminsky (Wolf Hall, The Government Inspector).

Set in 2024 in the run up to a British general election, The Undeclared War tracks a leading team of analysts buried in the heart of GCHQ, the UK’s version of the NSA, secretly working to ward off a cyber-attack on the country’s electoral system.

During a three-year research process, Kosminsky and his team gained unprecedented access to the cyber security industry on both sides of the Atlantic, allowing a realistic picture of the threat faced by the Western world to be depicted in the drama.

The cast includes Academy Awards® winner Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall, Bridge of Spies), Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Mission Impossible), Adrian Lester (Riviera, Hustle), Alex Jennings (A Very English Scandal, The Crown), Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and newcomer Hannah Khalique-Brown.

Kosminsky will direct all six episodes and has written four. Other writers include Declan Lawn (The Salisbury Poisonings), Adam Patterson (The Salisbury Poisonings), and Amelia Spencer (Dead Birds).

Said Peter Kosminsky:

“The series is based deep within the least-known arm of the UK’s intelligence infrastructure, GCHQ. The story we’re now able to tell casts an extraordinary, revelatory light on the hot, undeclared war taking place right now in the world’s newest and most invisible domain of conflict – cyber.”

The series reunites Kosminsky with Emmy® Award-winning producer Colin Callender (All Creatures Great and Small) and his production company Playground, who previously worked together on the acclaimed miniseries Wolf Hall.

Said Colin Callender:

“I’m delighted to be reuniting with Peter to bring his exhilarating vision to life. THE UNDECLARED WAR is a stunning cautionary tale that brings to life a world never seen before on television or in film. I’m equally thrilled to be partnering with NBCUniversal International Studios, Channel 4 and Peacock, all of whom have been fiercely supportive and dedicated to bringing this provocative, timely story to the screen.”

A co-production of Playground and NBCUniversal International Studios, The Undeclared War will be executive produced by Peter Kosminsky alongside Colin Callender and Noëlette Buckley (Wolf Hall) for Playground. Robert Jones (Babylon) is the producer.

The series will stream in the US on Peacock and air in the UK on Channel 4 (dates tba).

Stay tuned for updates.


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The Undeclared War: Peacock & Channel 4 Commission Peter Kosminsky’s Cyber Thriller Series
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