Red Election, William Diskay, Jonas Fors, Ola Norén, Roland Ulvselius, and Stephen Brady are the creators of the series. Jill Robertson, Paul Murphy, and Declan Recks directed Stephen Brady’s script. Netflix has all of the season’s episodes available to watch. Kormac composed the music. English, Russian, and Danish are the original languages. The total number of episodes is ten. Lydia Leonard, as MI5 agent Beatrice Ogilvy Katrine Poulson, is played by Victoria Carmen Sonne, and William Ogilvy, MI5 director and Beatrice’s father is played by Stephen Dillane. Levi Nichols, an MI5 agent, is played by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.
Etta Cornwell is played by Lorraine Burroughs, Zak is played by Aidan McArdle, Marcus is played by Clinton Liberty, Oleg Adamov is played by Goran Kosti, Declan is played by Ian Kenny, and Adam Cornwell, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is played by James D’Arcy. Holly is played by Rori Hawthorn. Nikki Foster-Lyons is played by Amy Shiels, and Gavel Surkov is played by Pavel K. Isla Robson is played by Sophie Jo Wasson, Shaun Graham is played by Andy Kellegher, Nigel Braynor is played by Tadhg Murphy, and Owen Roe is played by Owen Roe.
In a race against time, Katrine Poulson, a Danish secret service agent, and Beatrice Ogilvy, a British spy, are brought together. Poulson and Ogilvy become entangled in a web of deceit, murder, and power struggles as a terrorist plot against the British Prime Minister unfold; they can’t trust anyone, and they soon realize the lethal conspiracy could be part of a far-reaching geopolitical masterplan.
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It all starts with a restaurant negotiation. MI5 is after intelligence from a Russian double agent, and in exchange, he wants a property. Agent Beatrice Ogilvy (Lydia Leonard) dislikes him, and he dislikes her, but her supervisor insists that it is her show, and the Russian has little option. Her persistence pays off, and he begins to speak: a terrorist attack known as ‘Redback’ is being planned on a new Scottish nuclear plant. It’s time to invest in real estate if they wish to learn more.
The inquiry appears to be off to a good start until the double agent steps outside and is assassinated by an unknown assailant, who subsequently kills Beatrice’s employer before fleeing (the killer’s penchant for poison makes the country he’s working for rather obvious). All she has left is a single piece of information: the reactor’s computer security system is manufactured by Rieper Hansen, a Danish business.
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What follows is personal in more ways than one for Beatrice. Her employer was murdered in front of her, and now she must face the MI5 leader, who also happens to be her father (Stephen Dillane from Game of Thrones). He’s not pleased that the Russian is dead, and he’s even more dissatisfied that the Russian didn’t say anything important to them before he died because Beatrice refused to spend money on a house.
Red Election sets the tone right away with its steely blue London setting and slickly polished action, but it’s the early flashes of Beatrice’s more sensitive side that make this series stand out. She’s nevertheless no softie; she was the one who initially saw the killer, even though it was too late to stop him. There’s an emotional aspect to her that sets her apart from the normal stoic espionage agent, whether she’s annoyed that her talks have gone awry, devastated over her boss’s death, or visibly rattled when she’s dressed down by her father.
Meanwhile, Torben Jensen (Niels Justesen), Rieper Hansen’s chief of security, has vanished in Denmark, leaving behind both his computer and his increasingly nervous partner Katrine Poulson (Victoria Carmen Sonne). When a representative from Rieper Hansen shows up at their house to confiscate the laptop, stating that the business is concerned that the security codes Jensen was working on have been breached, her suspicions – and her annoyance at being a prime suspect – spike.
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Even when Beatrice and her companion Levi (Kobna Holdbrook-Smith) travel into Copenhagen to interview her, she isn’t willing to let anyone else handle things. As she sees right through Beatrice’s questioning skills, she advises, “Establish a bond, comprehend, but don’t dominate.” “Are you planning on reading the full manual?” – but it doesn’t mean they don’t want to know what’s going on as well.
Beatrice and Katrine are drawn into an increasingly enormous and sophisticated web of dread over the course of the 10 episodes of this pan-European thriller (nearly everyone speaks English, but there are several moments in Danish). At least one bomb goes off, and it’s clear that nobody can truly trust anyone else. There’s a referendum on Scottish independence, an assassination attempt on the UK Prime Minister, Beatrice’s search for the man who killed her boss, Katrine’s search for Torben, a Russian mole in MI5, and at least one bomb goes off.
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Red Election is remarkably up-to-date when it comes to the world of espionage for a series with a Cold War-era hammer and sickle on the logo. When it comes to political smears and keeping governments off-balance, deep false movies are common; just about every piece of electronic equipment you can think of can and is turned into an eavesdropping device. This is the series to watch if you want to feel paranoid in your daily life.
All of this global turmoil is brought down to a human level by the two leads’ good cop–bad policeman double act. Katrine is the tough one, unable to let go of anything (even a lousy cup of coffee). Beatrice is the suave professional who takes things seriously; Beatrice is the hard-edged one who won’t let anything (even a lousy cup of coffee) get the best of her. Her no-holds-barred approach to everything from interrogating criminals to ordering supper makes her the ideal counterpoint for Beatrice while also providing plenty of entertainment in and of itself. She may be a pain to deal with, but she’s a lot of fun to watch – and all the more so if she manages to save Europe from a dark Russian plan along the way.