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BBC America Adds UNDERCOVER and THIRTEEN

July 31, 2015 by  
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BBC America has added two new shows to its 2016 lineup: UNDERCOVER and THIRTEEN. The co-productions (with AMC Networks) were announced at the Television Critics Association.

“The BBC is a creative powerhouse and we’re delighted to partner with them on these provocative,   contemporary stories,” said Sarah Barnett, President and General Manager, BBC America, in a statement. “[UNDERCOVER boss] Peter Moffat is one of the UK’s most vibrant and acclaimed screenwriters, while new talent Marnie Dickens brings a singular voice and perspective to her first original series [THIRTEEN]. We can’t wait to launch these shows on the network.”

Per BBC America, UNDERCOVER is a six part limited series, which features lead character Maya (Sophie Okonedo) who is “about to become the first black woman to hold the highest ranking public prosecutor role in England.

“Just as her life comes under intense public scrutiny she discovers her husband Nick (Lester), and the father of her children, has been lying to her for years. Is he concealing an affair, or is it something altogether more sinister? If she digs up his real past will she jeopardize her own future? What price do you pay for uncovering lies? And who wants her in the top job, and why?”

“I’m relishing the prospect of returning to the contemporary British political landscape to look at where we stand and how we got here,” Moffat said. “UNDERCOVER is a thriller about identity, trust and the struggle to lead a morally principled personal and professional life, while working up close with the police, press, politicians and criminals who have so corrupted and damaged public life over the last 20 years.”

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