Netflix’s Messiah is a great concept undermined by implausible politics

Plus: Sky’s latest bingewatch Cobra also suffers from trying to advance an unbelievable narrative.

Intense, charismatic and wholly plausible: Mehdi Dehbi as Jesus in Messiah.

Sky’s latest bingewatch potboiler Cobra can’t quite make up its mind whether it wants to be an arch, knowing House of Cards-meets-The Thick Of It satire about parliamentary intrigue. Or a full-on post-apocalyptic thriller in the manner of Survivors or The Walking Dead. It ends up succeeding in neither.

The premise is that a powerful solar flare is heading towards Britain, leaving the government little time to prepare, and subsequently causing all manner of chaos: plane crashes, hotel fires, escaped prisoners, mass blackouts.