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First-look pic from Channel 4 drama Babylon

Channel 4 has released the first look picture of its original new comedy-drama Babylon, featuring an ensemble cast including Brit Marling, Jimmy Nesbitt, Jill Halfpenny, Paterson Joseph, Bertie Carvel and Adam Deacon.

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Written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong and directed by Danny Boyle, 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 – London.


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 (Jimmy Nesbitt) has found just the woman to do it


Introducing Liz Garvey (Brit Marling) – 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 (Paterson Joseph), loyal Staff Officer Tom Oliver (Jonny Sweet) and Liz’s second-in command, Finn (Bertie Carvel). Out on the streets Territorial Support Group (TSG) officers Davina (Jill Halfpenny) and Robbie (Adam Deacon) 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 (Andrew Brooke). Meanwhile they’re trailed by fly-on-the-wall TV cameraman Matt Coward (Daniel Kaluuya), desperate to capture some juicy footage at the heart of the action.


The pilot episode of Babylon will TX on Channel 4 in February 2014, with a 6-part series going into production this spring. Babylon is commissioned by Piers Wenger, Channel 4’s Head of Drama, and is created and exec produced by Danny Boyle, Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Dirty Pretty Things), Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, and produced by Jones and Derrin Schlesinger (This Is England ’86, Four Lions, Southcliffe).

From L-R: Paterson Joseph, Bertie Carvel, Brit Marling, James Nesbitt, Ella Smith, Jonny Sweet – for use of expanded picture with full cast please contact cworwood@channel4.co.uk

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