Babylon. Image shows from L to R: Finn (Bertie Carvel), Liz Garvey (Brit Marling). Copyright: Nightjack.


Channel 4 comedy drama. 7 episodes (pilot + 1 series) in 2014. Stars James Nesbitt, Brit Marling, Paterson Joseph, Jonny Sweet, Bertie Carvel, Ella Smith, Martin Trenaman and others.

Series 1, Episode 1

A private security firm calls the police for assistance at a Youth Offenders Institution riot.

Further details

Babylon. Grant Delgado (Ralph Brown). Copyright: Nightjack.

A private security firm calls the police for assistance at a Youth Offenders Institution riot, giving Commissioner Richard Miller an ideal opportunity to highlight the force's opposition to the transfer of essential services from the public to the private sector.

But when Scotland Yard's PR strategy comes under pressure, tensions between the police and City Hall boil over and Miller finds himself under attack from Deputy Mayor Grant Delgado.

As the TSG is despatched to quell the unrest Robbie wonders whether he'll make it out unscathed on his last day before firearms training and documentary cameraman Matt may have spotted a dangerous liaison within the ranks.

Meanwhile, Warwick's nerves are shredded after the police release footage of him shooting an unarmed assailant. Worried colleagues Tony and Banjo think they may have just the thing to straighten him out...

Broadcast details

Thursday 13th November 2014
Channel 4
65 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
James Nesbitt Richard Miller
Brit Marling Liz Garvey
Paterson Joseph Charles Inglis
Jonny Sweet Tom Oliver
Bertie Carvel Finn
Ella Smith Mia
Martin Trenaman Miles
Jim Howick Gerry
Jill Halfpenny Davina
Adam Deacon Robbie
Cavan Clerkin Clarkey
Andrew Brooke Officer Neil
Nick Blood Warwick
Stuart Martin Tony
Nicola Walker Franklin
Daniel Kaluuya Matt Coward
Mark Womack Hopwood
Owain Arthur Nobbo
Ralph Brown Grant Delgado
Guest cast
Sam Coulson Patrick
Pasha Bocarie Questioner
Margaret Clunie Gina
Elizabeth Berrington Vanessa Peters
Osi Okerafor Peters
Liam Ainsworth Shape
Elijah Baker Sam
Barbara Serra News Reporter
Ewan Bailey Leighton
Javone Prince Prison Guard on Radio
Daniel Cook Neighbour
John-Luke Roberts Harry
Ruth Gibson Sonia
Jessica Madsen Nina
Writing team
Jesse Armstrong Writer
Tony Roche Writer (Additional Material)
Kate Leys Script Editor
Production team
Jon S. Baird Director
Derrin Schlesinger Producer
Robert Jones Producer
Robert Jones Executive Producer
Jesse Armstrong Executive Producer
Sam Bain Executive Producer
Danny Boyle Executive Producer
Mark Davies Editor
Morgan Kennedy Production Designer
Rick Smith Composer


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