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.
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.
The cast also includes Bertie Carvel ("Restless"), Paterson Joseph ("The Leftovers," "Peep Show," "Law & 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").
"Babylon" is a co-production with Nightjack Ltd and Channel 4. The series is created and executive produced by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire," "28 Days Later," "Trainspotting"), Robert Jones ("The Usual Suspects," "Dirty Pretty Things"), Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong ("Peep Show," "The Old Guys," "Fresh Meat") and produced by Jones and Derrin Schlesinger ("This Is England," "Southcliffe," "Four Lions"). The series is penned by Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong and Jon Brown. Jon S. Baird, director of the multi-award-winning "Filth," directs the first three episodes of the series, with Sally El Hosaini — awarded Best Newcomer at both BFI London Film Festival and Evening Standard Film Awards for her debut feature "My Brother the Devil" — directing the final three episodes.