Babylon. Image shows from L to R: Liz Garvey (Brit Marling), Chief Constable Richard Miller (James Nesbitt). Image credit: Nightjack.

6-part series to follow this autumn. Jon S. Baird takes over as director

Babylon

6-part series to follow this autumn. Jon S. Baird takes over as director.

Police-based comedy drama directed by Danny Boyle. James Nesbitt stars as Chief Constable Richard Miller

Genre:
Comedy Drama
Broadcast:
2014  (Channel 4)
Episodes:
7 (pilot + 1 series)
Starring:
James Nesbitt, Brit Marling, Paterson Joseph, Jonny Sweet, Bertie Carvel, Ella Smith, Martin Trenaman, Jim Howick, Jill Halfpenny, Adam Deacon, Cavan Clerkin
Writers:
Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong, Danny Boyle, Robert Jones
Production:
Nightjack

Coppers. The Sweeney. Plods. The Old Bill. London's police force - the oldest in the world - is in need of a public image revamp, and Chief Constable Richard Miller has found just the woman to do it.

Introducing Liz Garvey - an American visionary from the world of new media, parachuted in to revolutionise a PR department struggling to keep up in an age of rolling news, smart phones and a news-breaking, information-hungry public.

Also running operations at police HQ are Commissioner Miller's right-hand man Deputy Commissioner Charles Inglis, loyal Staff Officer Tom Oliver and Liz's second-in command, Finn. Out on the streets Territorial Support Group (TSG) officers Davina and Robbie are tasked with upholding the peace - though Robbie would much rather be playing with the big boys of Specialist Firearms Command (SCO19), joining the likes Officer Neil. Meanwhile they're trailed by fly-on-the-wall TV cameraman Matt Coward, desperate to capture some juicy footage at the heart of the action.

Razor-sharp and visually audacious, Babylon takes a wry look at the people and politics in the command rooms and on the frontlines of a modern police force, as it attempts to uphold the peace under constant scrutiny in one of the world's busiest capital cities.