SundanceTV’s “Babylon” a dark satire set in a modern police force

In yet another example of how television is becoming a hot destination for big-name film talents, Oscar winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) has co-created and is executive-producing SundanceTV’s latest scripted series, the six-part comedy-drama Babylon, premiering tonight and starring Brit Marling (Another EarthThe East) and James Nesbitt (The HobbitThe Missing).


“Television has changed so much since I last worked there on ŒInspector Morse,” said Boyle in a release for the show. “The confidence and ambition of writers writing for the medium is palpable and is electrifying audiences around the world.”

Boyle found some of those electrifying writers in Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong and Jon Brown (Bain and Armstrong are also executive producers). They have penned a workplace satire set inside the London police force.

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“London’s police force – the oldest in the world – is in need of a public image revamp. And Chief Constable Richard Miller (Nesbitt) has found just the woman to do it – Liz Garvey (Marling). She’s an American visionary from the world of new media parachuted in to revolutionize the force’s PR department. In an age of rolling news, smart phones and an information-hungry public, Liz preaches transparency and honesty. But controlling the news agenda isn’t easy, particularly when your deputy is the Machiavellian Finn (Bertie Carvel), who’s more used to trading stories with journalists over boozy lunches and is determined to build the fortress walls higher. If that means bringing down the person who got what should have been his job, so be it. And as an outbreak of violence erupts across London, Liz’s vision for the future of the police force faces its greatest test.”

Babylon premieres Jan. 8 at 10pm ET/PT on SundanceTV.