"Babylon" is a Biting Workplace Satire set inside a Modern Police Force

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01 January 2015
Photo credit: Dean Rogers/SundanceTV
Thursday, January 8 at 10:00 PM ET/PT
on SundanceTV

         SundanceTV will debut its next original scripted series, “Babylon,” on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 10 PM ET/PT.  The six-part comedy-drama is a biting workplace satire set inside a modern police force. 
          Starring indie darling Brit Marling (Another Earth, Sound of My Voice, The East) and James Nesbitt (The Hobbit, The Missing), the story revolves around an earnest PR executive who attempts to modernize London’s law enforcement culture only to discover her certainties shattered and herself undermined in the murky realpolitik of contemporary policing. 
          “Babylon” additionally stars Bertie Carvel (Restless), Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers, Peep Show, Law and Order UK), Nicola Walker (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Beyond the Gates), Adam Deacon (In Deep, Comedown), Jill Halfpenny (How to Stop Being a Loser, Waterloo Road), Johnny Sweet (Chickens, When Boris Met Dave), Ella Smith (Clone, Burke and Hare), Andrew Brooke (Da Vinci’s Demons, Tag), Nick Blood (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Trollied, Stanley Park) and Daniel Kaluuya (Kick-Ass 2, Johnny English Reborn).
          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, 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. Fast-paced and razor-sharp, “Babylon” takes a wry look at the people and politics in the command rooms and on the frontlines as it attempts to uphold the peace under constant scrutiny in one of the world’s busiest capital cities.
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