As Britain is diving, head first, into a national catastrophe this month, it seems somewhat fitting for a show like Cobra to be released, a political thriller which heads behind the scenes at Number 10, as the country readies itself for a national emergency. We were fortunate enough to head to a special event whereby we saw the first episode, and let’s just say it’s been a frustrating two months as we just want to watch episode two (hurry up, Friday!)

At this screening we then head upstairs to meet the two leading stars, Robert Carlyle – who plays the Prime Minister Robert Sutherland, and the conniving Home Secretary, David Haig. Both actors discuss their roles below, what it was like getting into the head of those tasked with making such huge, implicative decisions, and on the current political landscape. We also touch upon the issue of balancing a family and a career, and on binge-culture, and how they like to consume telly.

Watch both interviews below:


Ever wondered what happens in the corridors of power during a time of national emergency? Starring Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting, The Legend of Barney Thomson) as Prime Minister Robert Sutherland and Victoria Hamilton (The Crown, Deep State) as his Chief of Staff Anna Marshall, COBRA, is a new Sky original production set in the heart of government during a major crisis.

The high stakes six-part British drama for Sky One and NOW TV deals with an unfolding national emergency that threatens to engulf the country as the COBRA committee, a team comprised of Britain’s leading experts, crisis contingency planners and most senior politicians fights to ensure the protection of the people of Great Britain The Prime Minister and his Chief of Staff must contend with impossible political decisions, whilst also wrestling with ferociously pressured personal lives. Not only do they bear the weight of public expectation and their family’s needs; they must also be mindful of their political opponents who will use any sign of weakness as an opportunity to strike.

Cobra begins on Sky One on Friday 17th January 2020 – and all episodes will be available to stream on NOW TV from that date onwards.