COBRA episodes pulled from TV schedules after David Amess death
Season two of Sky’s hit political drama COBRA: Cyberwar was due to be released in full on Friday 15 October. However, the final three episodes have been temporarily pulled from TV schedules due to the death of MP David Amess. COBRA isn’t the only show to have pulled episodes, as the BBC replaced hospital drama Casualty on Saturday evening.
Sky were set to release all six episodes of the political drama on Friday but decided not to release the last three episodes due to their sensitive nature.
Actor Robert Carlyle who plays Prime Minister Robert Sutherland on the show paid tribute to Sir David Amess and commented on Sky’s decision to pull the episodes.
Speaking to Sky News, he said: “The first thing to say is your thoughts and your prayers go to the family of that poor man.
“What a terrible, terrible, dreadful thing to have happened, what I should say obviously is that COBRA, it’s a fictitious entertainment [show].
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“Some of it will reflect real-life events, but it’s not meant to do that, first and foremost, it’s there to entertain people.
“It’s there to give people a little bit of insight into the workings of the COBRA room, hopefully, it does that.”
Sky has said the drama’s final three episodes will return to the platform at a later date but have not confirmed exactly when.
COBRA refer to the Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms, the crisis rooms where Britain’s leading experts and senior politicians meet to discuss emergency regarding the country.
The first series of COBRA was released in January 2020 and the scenes of panic and rioting seemed far less far-fetched when the pandemic hit the UK just weeks later.
In season one, Sutherland was dealing with the fall-out of the aftermath of a solar flare wiping out power across the country.
Season two sees the fictional Conservative Prime Minister dealing with a shipwreck explosion in Kent, along with a huge cyber-attack.
Speaking on the new series, Robert said: “It’s about the power of fake news and destabilising effect it has on democracy.
“And then overall, as the title suggests, there’s a massive cyberattack launched upon the country’s critical infrastructure and transport.
“Our emergency communications and even nuclear facilities are attacked, so there’s a lot going on,” he explained.
Before the series launched, a pandemic storyline was discussed by writer Ben Richards, however, the idea was abandoned and branded as “crazy”.
Robert said whilst filming the series, it has made him more aware of world disasters happening around him.
He also explained the show has given him more insight into the work of politicians but says it has not made him more empathetic to certain politicians.
“These people are there to do a job, you know, they’re elected to do that job, and they apparently want to do that job,” Robert stated.
“I mean, who would do it? I can’t imagine personally anything more horrific than being in that position and having to make these decisions.
“So, I don’t empathise with these people because they are the publicly elected figures, but it’s given me, if anything, a minuscule insight into what it is to be in that world.”
COBRA: Cyberwar episodes one to three are available on Sky and streaming service Now.
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