The Undeclared War

Peter Kosminsky’s drama The Undeclared War explores a catastrophe waiting to happen

The Undeclared War (credit: Channel 4)

‘Because it’s terrifying,” was Peter Kosminsky’s no-holds-barred answer when I ask him why he would take on the knotty problem – televisually as much as narratively – of bringing cyber conflict to the screen, before he expanded on the dire potential real-life consequences for us all.  

First-look image released for new Channel 4 drama The Undeclared War

Adrian Lester, Hannah Khalique-Brown, Mark Rylance and Simon Pegg (credit: Channel 4)

Set in 2024, The Undeclared War tracks a team of leading analysts secretly working to ward off a series of cyber-attacks on the UK ahead of a general election. Buried in the heart of GCHQ, a routine stress test of internet infrastructure goes awry, propelling 21-year-old intern Saara Parvin (Hannah Khalique-Brown) to operate on the invisible frontier of high-stakes cyber warfare.  

Created by Peter Kosminsky (Wolf Hall), the series is the result of years of meticulous research with the aim of lifting the veil on the most urgent battle of our time.