Airdate: Red Election

2021 thriller will premiere next week on SBS.

2021  thriller Red Election will premiere next week on SBS.

The story follows a Danish secret service agent and a British intelligence agent who team up to stop a Russian terrorist attack in Britain.

The cast features Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lydia Leonard, Stephen Dillane and James D’Arcy.

It begins with a double episode.

Set in an alternate version of the present day, Senior MI5 Agent Beatrice, witnesses a chemical attack on her Russian informant by an unknown assailant. Just as he is about to warn her of an imminent terror attack on British soil, he dies. Her only clue is the codename: Redback. Meanwhile Katrine, a Danish Secret Service agent discovers that her boyfriend, who works for a Bio-Chemical Corporation in Scotland, has gone missing. These two women’s paths are about to collide.

Episode One:
Beatrice Ogilvie and her boss meet an ex-KGB agent who warns them of an impending attack on the UK. The codename is Redback and it’s connected to the Danish firm, Rieper-Hansen who are building a nuclear power station in Scotland.

Episode Two:
Levi Nichols is promoted over Beatrice’s head into the position occupied by her late boss. Frustrated at this, Beatrice threatens Katrine with a dangerous truth drug.

Thursday, 28 October at 8.30pm on SBS.

4 Responses

  1. I’ve seen this to the end and I can’t understand the bad reviews it’s had (and some people have attacked just about every aspect of the show). There are a few plot points that are weak but the two lead female actors were fine, and Stephen Dillane was very good too. My only gripe was that it ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger and I can find no mention of a second series. If you like these sort of things then you’ll enjoy it. If you don’t like them, look elsewhere.

  2. As I enjoy international ‘spy’ thrillers I can ignore the tropes and endure the Byzantine sub plot if the story has a reasonably satisfactory ending. The inclusion of complex driven female lead character(s) is almost a requirement in European shows now and I believe it’s fair to say that this choice of casting for ‘Red Election’ wont always work with some viewers who may have expected to see traditional strong male lead roles, especially in a classic alpha male spy drama. Based on my research of ‘Red Election’ I would say that If you didn’t enjoy Sky’s ‘Cobra’ series (which has just released season 2) or have been a fan of the benchmark BBC series ‘Spooks’ then this multi-national show may disappoint, but I for one shall still be watching.

  3. Good on the SBS for grabbing this recently released spy drama in reasonably quick time. Fans of this type of geopolitical spy thriller who have just finished ‘Vigil’ will want to tune in. As far as I can see ‘Red Election’ is not going to have the big screen charisma of ‘Berlin Station’ though the featured international subterfuge will be very familiar to fans of this genre.

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