Good news for fans of British comedy because the Sundance Channel has announced today that it will exclusively premiere the original comedy-drama series Babylon, beginning 1st March. The critically acclaimed satire, set inside a modern day police force, was created and Executive Produced by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle. Set to air at 10pm on the March 1, the series begins with a feature-length pilot followed by an additional six one-hour episodes.
Fast-paced and razor-sharp, 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. The series follows characters who are part of the Metropolitan Police Service. The characters can be interpreted as two separate groups: the Police Officers on the ground responding to incidents and the Communications and Public Relations (PR) department which deals with the protocols and backlash of information surrounding such incidents.
In the series, the new Director of Communications Liz Garvey (Brit Marling) has to deal with Police Commissioner Richard Miller (James Nesbitt), and her conflicts with her department and legal bureaucracy. This is inter cut with the happenings of the Territorial Support Group, who deal with containing situations and the public, and the Armed Response Unit, who deal with serious conflicts. Meanwhile Police Documentary Director Matt Coward (Daniel Kaluuya), has plans to expose footage that will stun both the public, and the police force.
Babylon will be airing exclusively on Sundance Channel HD, Channel 438, Astro b.yond.