Intelligence. Image shows from L to R: Joseph Harries (Nick Mohammed), Jerry Bernstein (David Schwimmer).

Intelligence

Sky One sitcom by Nick Mohammed. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2020. Stars Nick Mohammed, David Schwimmer, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Jane Stanness and others.

Another series is in development.

Intelligence. Image shows from L to R: Christine Clark (Sylvestra Le Touzel), Jerry Bernstein (David Schwimmer).

Series 1, Episode 1

When Jerry - an American NSA agent - joins a team at GCHQ tackling cyber crime, junior analyst Joseph is particularly excited. But Director of Cyber Security Christine is less keen with the shakeup and wants to know the real reason Jerry is over here. Meanwhile, Jerry looks to make his mark by leading a series of team building exercises.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 21st February 2020
Time
2am
Channel
Sky One
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Nick Mohammed Joseph Harries
David Schwimmer Jerry Bernstein
Sylvestra Le Touzel Christine Clark
Jane Stanness Mary Needham
Gana Bayarsaikhan Tuva Olsen
Oliver Birch Quentin O'Higgins
Eliot Salt Evelyn
Guest cast
Lucy Ware Uma
Writing team
Nick Mohammed Writer
Andrew Ellard Senior Story Producer
Sarah Morgan Story Producer
Production team
Matt Lipsey Director
Charlie Leech Producer
Nerys Evans Executive Producer
Morwenna Gordon Executive Producer
Nick Mohammed Executive Producer
David Schwimmer Executive Producer
Gavin Buckley Editor
Richard Drew Production Designer

Press

Interview: Intelligence's Nick Mohammed

'I saw GCHQ at careers fairs -- they would never let me in'.

Emily Baker, i Newspaper, 19th February 2020

TV preview: Intelligence, Sky One

It is not surprise that Sky has already ordered a second series.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 20th February 2020

Nick Mohammed pens and stars in this new comedy set within the secretive confines of the GCHQ cybersecurity team - a close-knit group of misfits whose subdued, biscuit-eating existence is disrupted by the arrival of American NSA agent Jerry (David Schwimmer). In this opening double bill, the culture clash begins as Jerry tries to enlist the group in a spot of team building before Mohammed accidentally deletes all the personnel files, forcing everyone to redo their aptitude tests - with worrying results.

Ammar Kalia, The Guardian, 21st February 2020

Intelligence review - David Schwimmer is so squandered

The former Friends star and comic Nick Mohammed fight cyber-terrorism in Sky's comedy ... but their one-dimensional script and boilerplate plot are totally criminal.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 21st February 2020

Intelligence review, Sky One

David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed are the odd couple in this workplace comedy.

Ed Cumming, The Independent, 21st February 2020

Intelligence is a new dark UK/US comedy about the intelligence services, starring David Schwimmer as a decidedly "Not Ross from Friends" type - brash, pompous, NSA agent Jerry Bernstein. Bernstein (who boasts having predicted 9/11) is transferred to our own cybercrime-tackling GCHQ in Cheltenham, only to find it peopled by a bunch of misfits, led by Chris (Sylvestra Le Touzel) and including over-friendly Joseph (Nick Mohammed, who also wrote the show).

A lot of the comedy in Intelligence comes from supposedly hyper-contrasting US and UK characteristics, which at first made it feel stiff and dated. The funniest moments came from Bernstein lording it over the Brits: "There's still this sense that I've wandered on to an abandoned farm." By the end of the double-episode opener, Intelligence (already commissioned for a second series) had warmed up considerably as a horror show of office dynamics.

Barbara Ellen, The Observer, 23rd February 2020
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