The Undeclared War (2022) s01e05 Episode Script

Episode 5

Better drop me here.
So, when am I going to meet them?
Soon? When When soon?
See you tomorrow.
YASMIN: And he's so good.
My little kalijar tukra.
AMINA: Let Saara have a go.
She hasn't even held him yet.
No, really. I'd rather watch.
Saara hasn't got a
maternal bone in her body.
Unlike her big sister.
Knock, knock. Are men allowed in here?
Er, excuse me. What, do you
think my son is a eunuch?
Hey, big bro.
What are you doing here?
Come to see my new nephew, haven't I?
Oh, right.
It's got nothing to do
- with the election tomorrow then
- No.
and that you've come home to vote?
YASMIN: Oh, I know.
What have they done with all his stuff?
I don't know.
It's in the loft, probably.
I don't know the rules.
(SNIFFLES) I'll show you.
Didn't Dad ever teach you?
This was your game.
He made it really obvious
you were his favourite.
What? No, he didn't.
We all felt a bit rejected.
By both of you, actually.
I don't even know what to say to that.
He needed help.
I was the only one
who bothered with him.
Anyway, what's all this?
I'm training to be an imam.
- Tell me that's a joke.
- It's not.
But that's insane.
You were always the one
dragging me away from the deen!
I think it's what Dad would have wanted.
I'm sorry, Saj, but it's It's so not.
Mum's the religious one, not Dad.
You know he said it was all bullshit.
- Yeah, but deep down.
- Deep down?
- Really?
- I think so, yeah.
Well, er
if we're doing confessions,
there is something I
probably ought to tell you.
Dad knew, so maybe I don't know.
Who is he? Some white
boy you met in London?
No, not that.
OK, here goes. Don't be cross.
My God, what have you done?
I'm not at uni this year.
I'm doing work experience.
GCHQ? The spy agency?
- Yeah?
- And Dad knew?
That's right.
And he told me not to tell
any of you. Now I see why.
- I knew something was going on.
- Nothing's "going on."
Why? Why would you do such a thing?
I don't understand. Why
is it such a big deal?
It's a big deal because I
can't believe you're even asking.
Because it's working for the enemy.
They're spies, Saar.
Who do think they spy on?
Muslims. People like us.
I'm not doing any of
that surveillance stuff.
I'm working in cyber security.
You know, keeping us all
safe? What's wrong with that?
Right. So because you're not
doing "that surveillance stuff,"
it's OK to work for people who
are criminalising your community?
I can't believe this.
And I'm always bending over
backwards to defend you
It's good experience. God
GCHQ employs more coders
than anywhere else.
It's the cutting edge.
Why shouldn't I work there?
It's only for a year,
then I'm back at uni.
Say what you're thinking.
I'm thinking it's fine if you're
going to bullshit yourself,
but please don't bullshit me.
You love all that James Bond crap.
And you don't give a shit about
the consequences for anyone else
as usual.
What's going on with you and Sajid?
CLERK: Were you sent a postal vote?
YASMIN: No. I don't understand.
CLERK: You're not on the register.
I can't allow you to vote.
YASMIN: But my daughter's just voted
What do you mean I can't vote?
I've been coming here for over
30 years. There must be a mistake.
- CLERK: I'm sorry.
- SAARA: What is it?
She says I'm not on the register.
Are you sure you didn't
have a postal vote?
Of course not. I've always come here.
SAARA: Is there someone
else who can help us?
CLERK: Look, see for yourself.
If you're not on the register,
you can't vote. That's it.
MARINA: We're not supposed
to be telling you this.
The Representation of the People's Act
says we can't report anything political
before the polls close tonight.
But we think this is so important
that people are being
deprived of the right to vote
that we've decided to break that rule.
Pull up here.
Excuse me, what's going on here?
They won't let us vote.
Why not?
They say we're not on
the register, but look.
This came last week but
they still won't let me vote.
So they sent you the card for the
election but you're not allowed to vote?
That's right.
According to social media, this is
happening all over the country right now,
but mostly in areas with high
numbers of ethnic minority voters,
which may mean high
numbers of Labour voters
It looks like someone's
trying to rig this election
in favour of the Tories.
SAARA: This is it!
This is what happened to my mum.
So, er, have you decided?
About going back?
I'm not.
At least not till the end of my tour.
Don't NSA want you back?
Yeah, but it's my decision.
JAMES: What's your decision?
Nothing, just work stuff.
- Tea anyone?
- I'll get it.
DANNY: Thanks.
Hey, sorry.
So ethnic minorities have been removed
from the electoral roll in
a number of constituencies.
Yes, so I've heard.
Could it be another hack?
Could it be? Yes, technically, but
it would be incredibly difficult.
I mean, the electoral roll
isn't a central database.
It's 600 spreadsheets over 600
constituencies all over the country.
How are we protecting them?
Well, we're not, directly.
We thought it was too
fragmented to be a target.
We just, er, gave the local authorities
some basic cyber-security advice
and focussed on the national
picture. Protecting the results.
So it's a possibility.
Yes, but to individually hack
enough of the 600-plus spreadsheets
to be significant in the tiny window
between the polling cards going out
and the electoral roll being printed
It just would be an
almost impossible task.
So we're talking what?
A hostile state?
That level of resources, yes.
But I still think it would be
an incredibly improbable target.
Look, right now, any
time anything goes wrong,
everyone's seeing cyber-attack,
but it's much more likely that
it's some kind of bureaucratic
cockup than it is a conspiracy.
Well, whatever it is,
it'll have to play out,
at least till the polls close.
After that, we're going to need a
full inquiry into what happened
and how.
Ten o'clock and the polls
close and the BBC is predicting,
and bear in mind, this
is just an exit poll
and I'll explain how it's
calculated in a minute,
but the BBC is predicting
a Labour victory.
- A Labour victory with the majority
- Yes, yes!
- of eight seats.
- Yes!
JAMES: Oh, my God!
Oh, my God!
I can't believe it.
- Finally!
- Congratulations.
Oh, wow. Wow! I can't believe it.
So, that's the results
of the BBC exit poll.
Let's go.
Against the trend of public polling
over the last couple of days
SAARA: Sorry?
Into town. To celebrate.
I don't think I can.
What do you mean?
Of course you can. What
are you talking about?
No, you go.
This is a really big moment, Saar.
You could go.
GCHQ staff are allowed
to have political views.
I don't want to.
Why didn't you go back to the
States when you had the chance?
Just going to interrupt to bring
you some extraordinary breaking news
that some of the constituency results
being given on the BBC's
election night programme
are different to what is
actually being declared
by the Returning Officers at the count.
As you know, we have cameras in most
of the counts up and down the country,
so we've been able to
spot that the results
don't tally.
So RGN is reporting the results on
the BBC's election night programme
are different to what is
being declared at the counts
- ANGIE: Finished?
- MARINA: Yes.
the BBC are giving
those seats to the Tories,
when the real result is a Labour win.
So, tonight, RGN is saying that despite
the predictions in their exit poll,
the BBC are actually trying to
fix this election for the Tories.
- ANGIE: And stopping Blacks voting.
- But we found you out.
And let's not forget our earlier
report on ethnic minorities
being excluded from the electoral
roll, mostly in Labour seats,
again favouring the Tories.
Just over there.
OK. Thanks, George.
DANNY: Rich, where are you?
In the ranks of the BBC,
there's definitely a discrepancy
between some of the results
they're announcing on air and
what's going on at the counts,
but I'm fairly sure
they haven't been hacked.
At least not here at Broadcasting House.
How sure is "fairly"?
As sure as you can be
after an hour's quick search
through a system you've
never seen before.
Right, so how's it being done?
(SIGHS) Honestly, no
idea. But listen to this.
The BBC doesn't have cameras
at every count, right?
But these discrepancies are only at
counts where they don't have cameras.
- Right, that's convenient.
- Yeah, (CHUCKLES) isn't it?
But it turns out those
are exactly the counts
where Russia Global
News does have cameras,
all set up nice and ready
to film the discrepancies.
And some of them are
really boring seats.
You know, MPs no one's ever heard of.
So why bother having your
cameras there? Unless
Unless you knew in advance
there was going to be a problem.
- Exactly.
- OK. Thanks, Rich.
And here's Marina Veselova
- with exclusive report
- DIRECTOR: And roll Edit 4!
- from South London.
- Take Edit 4!
Earlier today, we reported from a
protest outside a polling station
where Black and Asian citizens had
been excluded from the electoral roll
and were demanding the right to vote.
But now, as the polls close,
some of those protests
are turning violent.
Here in Streatham, police in riot gear
are outnumbered by angry
people demanding justice.
CROWD: Black Lives
Matter! Black Lives Matter!
It was a shot. And I think
it came from the police lines.
Back! Back on me! Back!
I think someone was shot! What?
They've fucking killed her!
It's unconfirmed, it's unconfirmed!
I'll try and see if I can
find out what's going on.
People are very angry, as you can see.
NEWS ANCHOR: Welcome back to our
coverage of the General Election 2024
Where, with only a few more
results still to declare,
we're projecting the Conservatives
will form the next government,
with an overall majority of 12.
So, in a House Commons of 650
seats, we project the Tories on 331
and the rest: Labour, LibDems,
the Scottish Nationalists,
the rest on 319.
That's down 34 on the
365 Boris Johnson won
but Labour's old "Red Wall" seats
seem, by-and-large, to have stayed.
Now, as we've mentioned, this result,
a Conservative victory is obviously
very different from the one predicted
by our exit poll at the
top of the programme.
We'd like to apologise for that.
As you may have noticed, we've had
a few computer problems tonight,
which have affected a small number
of the results we've reported
and also, it seems, our exit poll.
As you can imagine, we take
pretty elaborate precautions
against this kind of thing,
so we're trying to get to
the bottom of what's happened.
You need to go.
Go where?
The sofa.
James will be back.
You're kidding.
Take your clothes.
MARINA: where
Black and Asian citizens
had been excluded
from the electoral roll
and were demanding the right to vote.
But now, as the polls close,
some of those protests
are turning violent.
It's hard to see at this resolution
but there's a very small fracture here.
So it's a fake?
(SIGHS) We think so, yeah.
But it's really sophisticated. Far
more than anything we've seen so far.
I don't understand. Which part's
a fake? The riot, the shooting?
Er, well, all of it.
Er, most likely they created
the background separately,
ran it on an ultra-high resolution
LED array in a studio somewhere.
They got actors to play out
the basic scene in front of it
and then added the other elements
bit by bit, over several days.
It's easier when it's
done at night like this.
What about the reporter?
Added last, probably.
Choreographed into the action?
But I'm guessing.
Like I said, we haven't seen
anything this sophisticated before.
DANNY: OK, thank you, Millie.
DAVID: Ah, yes, thank you.
Er, would you mind just
stepping out for a moment? Sorry.
Oh, of course.
Annie, what's the MI5 view?
Sure. Thanks, Danny.
So it's true.
People are gathering
at polling stations,
but there's no evidence
it's turned violent.
Not yet, anyway.
Certainly not in London.
So we agree this is almost
certainly a deep fake
being broadcast by Russia
Global News as a provocation.
Which isn't working?
Well, give it a chance.
It's going viral, the video.
And the mood's obviously already tense
between the police and
the Black community.
So, we think there's a good chance
it will end up triggering the
response they're reporting,
as the day goes on.
Afraid so, Danny. It's
a new day out there.
suggest as many as one million people
may already be on the
streets across the UK,
protesting the result of what
they claim is a "stolen election."
Live to Mark Milsome in Bristol. Mark.
Thanks, Nazia.
And here in Bristol,
protestors have been
gathering since before dawn.
Most have been up all night celebrating
what they thought was a Labour victory
but celebrations quickly turned to anger
when news of the actual
result began to circulate.
- We lost.
- I know. I'm sorry.
Come and watch.
There's a million people out
there on the streets, protesting.
Excuse me, sir, would you have
a quick word with ITN News?
May I ask your thoughts,
sir, about the reports
that ethnic minorities were
turned away at Polling Stations?
Yeah, course, I mean, I go into the
Polling Station with my polling card,
I'm not able to vote.
But my neighbour who's
white, he's able to vote.
- Thank you so much for your time.
What's going on between you and Kathy?
What do you mean?
Every time I walk in,
it feels like I'm
interrupting something.
She's under a lot of pressure.
I'm trying to support her.
And we can't talk about
work when you're there, so.
I don't really know what you mean.
DANNY: The picture remains
confused, I'm afraid.
Our current best assessment
is that the organisation
that supplies the BBC's
exit poll was hacked.
ANDREW: Never mind the exit poll.
What about the false results?
Someone's trying to make
it look like an election
that we won legitimately
is a bloody stitch-up.
Yes, the false constituency
results are more difficult.
But we're pretty sure it
wasn't the BBC's computers
that were hacked.
We think it was the Press Association's.
DANNY: PA has stringers at every
count in the UK, as you know.
They enter the results into a
database as they're announced.
Now, BBC can't afford
to do this any more,
so they focus their resources
on the high-profile counts
and use the PA database
for the rest of the results.
We think this was hacked to give
a number of low-profile seats
to the Tories that had
actually been won by Labour.
When the BBC reported the wrong results,
it looked like they were doctoring
them in favour of the Tories.
RICHARD: But what would be the point?
Apart from making the BBC look
even more inept than usual?
They'd know they'd be found
out almost immediately.
I don't think whoever did this
wanted it to look like
a convincing attempt
to tamper with the election.
I think it was just to
create chaos, confusion.
And to make Labour voters think
the election had been stolen.
Get them out on the streets.
All right, well we need to get this
information out as soon as possible.
As a GCHQ press release.
With respect, Prime Minister,
that's exactly what we mustn't do.
Labour's claiming the
election's been rigged.
If GCHQ intervenes to
disagree, if it says that,
despite a few hacks here and
there, the result's correct,
it'll seem as if it's pro-Tory.
GCHQ can't be seen to take sides.
Can't be seen to do
anything, apparently.
I suppose there's no point asking
why you didn't see any of this coming?
Or take even basic steps to prevent it?
It looks as though the Russians
have completely outwitted you.
National Security Advisor.
I'm sorry, Prime Minister,
but this has just come
in from one of our drones.
One of many protests taking place outside
government buildings this morning.
Right. Well, you'd better get back.
DAVID: Yes. Thank you, Prime Minister.
- TEACHER: Hi, James.
- Hi, Nina.
How did the exams go?
Really well. Really well, thank you.
Where is everyone?
Er, gone on the march, sir.
Quietly, please.
Thank you.
Hi. Erm, would you mind looking
after my class for an hour,
er, what's left of them?
Sure. What's wrong?
Some of them have gone on the march.
So I need to find them, make
sure they're safe. (CHUCKLES)
Shouldn't you check with the Head first?
- Probably.
- James.
If they find out, you
could lose your job.
Well not if you don't tell them.
- (CROWD CHANTING) What do we want?
- Tories out!
- When do we want it?
- Now!
- What do we want?
- Tories out!
- When do we want it?
- Now!
- What do we want?
- Tories out!
- When do we want it?
- Now!
- What do we want?
- Tories out!
- When do we want it?
- Now!
- What do we want?
- Tories out!
- When do we want it?
- Now!
- What do we want?
- Tories out!
- When do we want it?
- Now!
Staff! Staff!
Are you OK?
I gotta go.
Shall I see you at lunch?
- What do we want?
- Tories out!
- When do we want it?
- Now!
- What do we want?
- Tories out!
- When do we want it?
- Now!
- What do we want?
- Tories out!
- When do we want it?
- Now!
- What do we want?
- Tories out!
- When do we want it?
- Now!
- What do we want?
- Tories out!
- When do we want it?
- Now!
- What do we want?
- Tories out!
- When do we want it?
- Excuse me.
- What do we want?
- Tories out!
- When do we want it?
- Excuse me.
- Out of the way, guys. Come on move.
- Tories out!
- When do we want it?
- Back!
Back! Come on, give us some space.
You all right?
- Let's go.
- No, sir, we're staying.
Get down, get down, get down!
Get back! Get down.
I want you to cover your faces, OK?
I want you to pull your tops up
and breathe through your tops.
Pull them up over your
Pull them up over your faces.
Don't touch your eyes with your fingers.
Don't touch your eyes!
- Breathe through your top.
Breathe through your top.
Back! Get back!
understand that people
are angry and that
some people feel cheated.
But this situation has not been
brought about by the government
or anyone else in the UK
trying to steal this election.
I can tell you that categorically.
A foreign power is attempting
to subvert our democracy.
Make no mistake. We are
under attack from that power.
And that power is Russia,
we are certain now of that.
Hey. Are you seeing this?
What are the bots saying?
(READING) "Blaming Russia is just
cover for the Tories illegal attempt
"to cling to office despite
having lost the election."
Yeah, it's all just
helpful shit like that.
- OK, thanks, Kathy.
- No problem.
Now, unfortunately, on this occasion,
GCHQ was unable to prevent the attack.
Oh, here we go.
But lessons have been learnt and
we won't make that mistake again.
Meanwhile, don't take your
anger out on the men and women
trying to keep us safe.
The police, the security services.
Direct it where it belongs,
at a foreign power illegally interfering
in the affairs of this country.
You've elected your government
Where's Putin going with this?
No idea.
Just more chaos? Keeping us off balance?
What's the connecting thread?
There isn't one.
And that's to keep the population of
the United Kingdom safe from threat.
From all threats.
The government blamed Russia
for hacking the election
but ask yourself, who has
the most to gain from this?
Russia or the government?
Certainly not Russia.
I even have information that
GCHQ had personnel at the BBC
during the election results programme.
Putting in the fix, no doubt!
So what do you think the
British public should do? Can do?
JACK: What they are doing.
Get out on the streets. Protest. Loudly.
(SCOFFS) Within the law, of course.
Cause trouble. Make a lot of noise.
Show this so-called government
what you think of the
way you're being treated,
your democracy is being treated.
RICHARD: There's no doubt that
there's widespread discontent,
fanned by these fake videos.
There is also, I'm afraid,
no doubt that GCHQ has failed
in its task of keeping
the election secure
and has arguably lost the
confidence of the public
If you're about to suggest some
kind of facile gesture against GCHQ,
let me stop you right there.
Irrespective of whether it's
warranted, which it isn't,
this would be the worst possible
moment to take action against GCHQ
just when we'll be relying on them
to work out what the hell's happened
- and, possibly
- There is no question
of any action being taken
against GCHQ at this stage.
We have more important
matters to deal with.
According to MI5, there
is growing evidence
that some of the organisations promoting
the unrest have taken money from Russia.
It is now clear to me
that our agenda is being
shaped by a foreign power.
That's sedition.
In light of that,
and of a report I've received
from the Police Commissioner
about a possible
breakdown in public order,
I have decided to declare
a State of Emergency.
We should ask the army to restore order.
No. We shouldn't. The last thing
we want is soldiers on the streets.
I won't do anything to reinforce the
idea that we are somehow seizing power
or that we are anything other than
the legitimately elected government.
BUSHRA: The government has taken
special powers, for a short period only,
to prevent further damage to property
and to restore order on the streets.
For the next few days, and only for
as long as is absolutely necessary,
we will be asking you to stay indoors
between the hours of
6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Exceptions will be made for
critical workers and for emergencies,
but I should make it clear,
the police will otherwise be
enforcing the curfew rigorously.
So, I would ask you now,
if you are listening to me
other than from your home,
to start to make your way back there,
in an orderly fashion
- Do we have to go?
No, it's OK. We're
one of the exceptions.
KATHY: Fuck.
Not interested. I am going home
for the first time in a week.
ELIZABETH: This'd better be good news
because I've spent the last two hours
covering your collective arses.
DAVID: There's been a leak.
What kind of leak?
A serious one.
Are we talking catastrophe here?
Tell me.
About two hours ago,
data it seems started to
appear on the Wikileaks website.
Our data. And it's still uploading.
Can you stop it?
Well, it's not coming from here,
but it's definitely our data.
Lots of our data.
- Operational stuff?
- Yeah, everything.
- Christ.
- DAVID: There's more, I'm afraid.
Almost everything being uploaded
seems to be original to NSA,
shared with us under Five Eyes.
It's most of their current exploits.
Do they know?
Probably, but that's my next call.
I wanted to let you know first.
Is there anything you
can do to mitigate,
anything at all?
(SIGHS) I don't think so.
Most of the data has already
been copied to other sites
and, as I say, it's not
being uploaded from here.
I'm going to brief the PM.
Keep me posted. Minute by minute, OK?
Er, yes, it's genuine, no question.
(SIGHS) I mean the sheer volume
of operational material
In some of these areas, I think the
NSA has lost basically everything.
They'll have to start again.
It'll set them back
years, maybe even decades.
MARINA: What about the wider effect?
Well, obviously, it's incredibly
embarrassing for the UK.
Apart from the fact that
we seem to have allowed
a vast amount of extremely sensitive
data belonging to our closest ally
to have been stolen and made public,
there are documents here that
suggest we've been spying on the NSA
and the White House.
Not something GCHQ would've
wanted revealed, I think.
So who do you think
might be responsible?
It must be someone inside GCHQ.
A "UK Edward Snowden" probably.
MAX: Saara. Danny wants to see you.
What, now?
Yes, now. In the EMC.
Sit down, Saara.
It was the FSB coder, Vadim Trusov,
you met in Harrogate, wasn't it?
Have you had any more contact with him?
I understand you were
at college together?
Of course not.
What are you suggesting?
No need to get defensive.
You understand what's happened here
today. I have to ask these questions.
OK, you can go.
- That's it?
- That's it.
KATHY: Yes, sir, I do.
Well, we're doing some
investigation right now
and I'll get you everything
we have as soon as possible.
Yes, sir. I'll do my best.
Are you OK?
Not really, no.
Was that the NSA? What did they want?
What did they want?
Have you got any idea
what's going on here?
This leak is incredibly damaging,
this is far worse than
anything by Snowden.
And the fact that they're our files
and that they were leaked from
GCHQ is really significant.
This is gonna change everything.
Did you tell Danny it was
Vadim I met in Harrogate?
Why? I gave him my word.
I did it to protect you.
You know what? And also
because it's my job.
That guy is not your friend, Saara.
Whatever happened at college.
It was a provocation.
You need to forget about it.
Can I talk to you?
Where are we going with this?
Because I'm confused.
Last night, we were making
love, in case you've forgotten.
Oh, my God, are we
really gonna do this now?
It's a friendship, all right?
A friendship.
What, like a holiday romance?
You're living with James, Saara.
Where do you think it's going?
What if I wasn't?
Living with James?
Come and talk to me when you're not.
VADIM: There's something you
haven't found yet, something hidden.
Listen. It's really dangerous.
It could cause a war.
You can stop it.
Look in the malware. It's
hidden in the malware.
SAARA: Vadim, wait.
You haven't told me anything.
You have to give me more to go on.
I'm really glad it's you, Saara.
SALLY: Thank goodness I caught you.
Danny wants to see you again.
But I just saw him.
Sit down.
You and John Yeabsley
are close, aren't you?
What? What do you mean?
You went to Oakley together.
You visited his home after work.
Oakley? I don't
GCHQ, before it was here.
- Right, right.
- You went there with him?
- Yes.
- And, you visited his home, after work.
- Yeah, but I was just
- What's that about then?
A 73-year-old man and
a 21-year-old woman.
It's nothing like that. No-one
spoke to him. I was just trying
- Did you know he's gone missing?
- Sorry?
He didn't report for work yesterday
or today, and he isn't at home.
Where is he?
You're collaborating
with him, aren't you?
To leak classified
information to a foreign power?
What? No, I'm not.
- How did you access that information?
- I didn't.
I wouldn't, ever.
And why do you think it's John?
He could be in trouble. He's old.
Has anyone tried to look for him?
Why aren't you worried about his
welfare before you start accusing him?
OK, thanks a lot, Saara.
So what made you decide
to leave, come to Moscow?
SAARA: Thank God. Where is he?
JOHN: Because I'm fed up with
In Moscow.
at GCHQ, where I work.
I've done 50 years of
service and I've had enough.
It's time for me to
stand up and say my piece.
And what is that?
That we are no different to what
we're always accusing you lot of.
For instance, we tell everyone
that you took down our Internet.
It's rubbish.
-There was no attack?
- No.
No. We made the whole thing up.
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