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Thursday 16 June 2022

First Image: The Undeclared War coming to Channel 4

The Undeclared War is set in 2024 and follows a top team of analysts buried deep within GCHQ, who are secretly working to prevent a series of cyber-attacks on the UK in the run-up to a general election. When a routine internet infrastructure stress test goes wrong, Saara Parvin (Hannah Khalique-Brown), a 21-year-old GCHQ intern, finds herself working on the invisible frontier of high-stakes cyber warfare. The series is the result of BAFTA award-winning creator Peter Kosminsky's careful research, and it lifts the veil on the most critical conflict of our time.

In a thrilling cat and mouse game, Saara and the team at GCHQ must try to stay one step ahead and anticipate their opponents every hidden move. The clock is ticking as a battle with high stakes and unpredictable enemies takes place entirely online, with very real consequences.  But how do you win a war most of the public don't know you're fighting?

Peter Kosminsky commented: "The Undeclared War has been many years in the making. It imagines how the next few years might play out in the domain of cyber warfare – a battle unseen by the public but with potentially devastating consequences. In my work, I've tried to shine a light on aspects of public policy which affect us all but where the details of what is taking place, often behind the scenes, are not well understood. I hope this drama will give audiences an insight into a world certain to impact our lives significantly in the years ahead."

Additional cast also features: Simon Pegg, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Adrian Lester, Alex Jennings, Mark Rylance and Kerry Godliman.

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