BBC America’s Undercover Hits All the Hot Buttons

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Government espionage? Check. Race relations? Check. Corruption? Check. Gross miscarriages of justice? You know it.

In the six-part series Undercover, Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) plays Maya, an ardent lawyer who is about to break a social barrier as England’s first black Director of Public Prosecutions. She has worked tirelessly to help her friend and client, Rudy (Dennis Haysbert), who has spent 20 years on death row for a murder he did not commit. But as Maya’s life becomes public, she discovers that her husband, Nick (Adrian Lester, Red Band Society), is far from the man she thought he was, and his secrets threaten to destroy her life, family and career. With a story spanning decades and set in both the U.K. and Louisiana, Undercover is an ambitious drama using personal turmoil as a microcosm of global social issues.

Undercover airs over two nights Nov. 16-17 beginning at 8pm ET/PT. Episodes 1-3 premiere on Wednesday, with Episodes 4-6 premiering on Thursday.

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