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Babylon episode 1 review

14 November 2014 4:34 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Babylon, from the writers of Peep Show and The Thick Of It, promises to be one of the year’s most gripping, entertaining shows…

The feature length Babylon pilot episode shown earlier in the year gained a lot of attention, largely thanks to its provenance. The police comedy drama was co-created by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the scribes behind Peep Show and Fresh Meat, along with one of the most talented directors in the UK, Danny Boyle. Cop dramas are the bread and butter of UK broadcasters and Channel 4 had really pushed the boat out for this one with a top cast including James Nesbitt, Paterson Joseph, Daniel Kaluuya, Adam Deacon and Us star Brit Marling as the Metropolitan police's new Director of Communications.

Despite the talent involved however, the pilot didn’t quite gel. Inconsistent tone, issues of pacing and a lack of focus stopped Babylon from »

- louisamellor

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Babylon: Danny Boyles police comedy returns

9 November 2014 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Filipa Jodelka: Police-procedural comedy-drama thingy Babylon has pluck in spades, though which side of the do not cross tape its on is less clear

Some people dont trust us. They think we have trigger-happy meatheads on the team, says Liz Garvey, master of the Metropolitan police forces public image, to a copper whos shot an unarmed member of the public dead in a kebab shop. Ill give Babylon (Thursday, 10pm, Channel 4) this: its got some pluck. Although were now eight months further from the last Irl high-profile police-influenced death than when its pilot aired in February, to have the innards of an innocent civilian strewn over a central plot is pretty frigging brave.

For those who missed it first time round, Babylon is a Danny Boyle-exec-produced police-procedural drama comedy or popoprocedramedy, to use the correct televisual term which divvies its attention equally between three groups within the Met: the lads-on-tour firearms banter tank, »

- Filipa Jodelka

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Exclusive Video Interview With Jon Cryer, Stephanie Szostak And Will Sasso On Hit By Lightning

1 November 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If you like your romantic comedies with a good dose of black humor, then you should check out Hit by Lightning. It stars Jon Cryer as Ricky Miller, a 40-year old aspiring writer whose survival job is being a manager at Debbie’s Restaurant. He’s also a bit lonely as he’s never had much luck with women.

That all changes though when he creates an online dating profile and soon meets Danita (Stephanie Szostak), whom he is convinced is the love of his life. Things take a sudden turn, however, when Danita reveals to Ricky that she is actually married to a successful crime novelist and asks Ricky to murder him so that they can be together.

Despite Ricky’s skepticism, he agrees. But it isn’t long before he starts to wonder if Danita is telling the truth, or if there’s something else going on that she’s hiding from him. »

- Ben Kenber

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Trailer for Danny Boyle's British Cop Series Babylon

29 October 2014 3:41 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

While we wait to see what Danny Boyle does with his Steve Jobs movie with Christian Bale, here's the trailer to an amazing looking series that he developed, called Babylon. The police dramedy focuses on the London police department, which must deal with some bad public image concerns. To fix their problems, they bring in an outside PR person. The series stars James Nesbitt and Britt Marling, and here's a brief description of the story:

London’s police force is in need of a public image revamp. And Chief Constable Richard Miller, played by James Nesbitt, has found just the woman to do it…

American visionary from the world of new media Liz Garvey, played by Brit Marling, sets out to revolutionise the force’s PR department just as an outbreak of violence erupts.

Babylon was written by Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, and it also stars Jill Halfpenny, »

- Joey Paur

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Brit Marling Heads Up Trailer For First Season Of Police Dramedy Babylon

29 October 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In a similar vein to BBC2’s outstanding serial killer drama, The Fall, Babylon enlists the help of an American for this British-based police series. If you’ve not heard of it before today, that might be due to the fact that the pilot landed on British shores back in February of this year. After its initial airing on Channel 4, things fell silent for a time, until the network commissioned a full-length series.

The positive response which surfaced following the first episode was largely down to its starry cast and crew breathing life into its dramedy premise. Brit Marling leads the show as an American PR advisor who’s hired by the London Metropolitan Police Department to overhaul their image. With James Nesbitt and Paterson Joseph taking on supporting turns, it’s shaping up to be a potential must-see for the fall season.

Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later), who helmed the pilot, »

- Gem Seddon

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‘Babylon’ TV Trailer: Danny Boyle Makes a Cop Show

29 October 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Before Danny Boyle jumps into Jobs, he’s taking a detour into television with Babylon. The British dramedy centers around the London police department, which is suffering from some serous public image issues. So Chief Constable Richard Miller (James Nesbitt) brings in some outside help in the form of Liz Garvey (Brit Marling), an American PR […]

The post ‘Babylon’ TV Trailer: Danny Boyle Makes a Cop Show appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Hit by Lightning Is a Black Comedy Without Blackness or Comedy

28 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Maybe the most interesting thing about Hit by Lightning is that the only two women with speaking roles have separate, faintly unplaceable European accents. Unfortunately, they never share a scene. Through an Internet dating service, Ricky Miller (Jon Cryer), a middle-aged human cringe who manages a chain restaurant, meets Danita (Stephanie Szostak), the embodiment of a moronic, misogynist stereotype — "You're, like, Maxim-hot and you don't even know it," says Ricky. She can actually cite Steve Buscemi films Reservoir Dogs and Fargo, which is supposedly remarkable, making her the dream girlfriend of frat dudes from 1996 and also probably Kevin Smith and definitely Ricky. "Put on Espn and text me when you hear the hockey scores," she tells him, a »

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Babylon – TV review

10 February 2014 4:15 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

For the 90 minutes that Danny Boyle's comedy-drama pilot was on I laughed – and despaired too

Babylon trailer

• First look: Babylon

As a TV genre, the comedy-drama – com-dram, or dramedy, if you're in too much of a rush for all five syllables – has a lot of ground to cover. It needs to be amusing and it needs to have heart; its intentions collapse if you neither laugh nor feel. On the surface Babylon (Sunday, Channel 4) is a successful example of what a comedy-drama should be. It ticks off its primary requirements with astounding certainty. For 90 minutes, I laughed and I despaired.

The concept is tricky to pin down, because it aims to do so much. It's a cop show, but its cops are also participating in the making of a cop show. It's a political satire, but it is warm towards its main targets while still managing to criticise the system that contains them. »

- Rebecca Nicholson

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Babylon – TV review

10 February 2014 4:15 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

For the 90 minutes that Danny Boyle's comedy-drama pilot was on I laughed – and despaired too

Babylon trailer

• First look: Babylon

As a TV genre, the comedy-drama – com-dram, or dramedy, if you're in too much of a rush for all five syllables – has a lot of ground to cover. It needs to be amusing and it needs to have heart; its intentions collapse if you neither laugh nor feel. On the surface Babylon (Sunday, Channel 4) is a successful example of what a comedy-drama should be. It ticks off its primary requirements with astounding certainty. For 90 minutes, I laughed and I despaired.

The concept is tricky to pin down, because it aims to do so much. It's a cop show, but its cops are also participating in the making of a cop show. It's a political satire, but it is warm towards its main targets while still managing to criticise the system that contains them. »

- Rebecca Nicholson

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Babylon: How Brian Paddick helped Danny Boyle put the Met on TV

9 February 2014 6:54 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As C4's controversial police drama airs tonight, a former senior officer at the Met talks about his role as adviser

Brian Paddick, once at the heart of the Metropolitan police during some of the most contentious and high-profile operations of recent years, is now helping to steer a radical new TV treatment of the force, directed by the Oscar-winning Danny Boyle.

Paddick, now a peer, is a key adviser on Babylon, which goes out tonight on Channel 4. The drama, starring James Nesbitt, comes at a time of renewed scrutiny of London's police, following the conviction last week of the officer involved in the Plebgate scandal and continuing investigations into police relations with the tabloid press.

Boyle, the film and theatre director who masterminded the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, has chosen the Met as the subject for his first major venture in TV. Babylon aims to blur the boundaries both »

- Maggie Brown, Vanessa Thorpe

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Babylon: How Brian Paddick helped Danny Boyle put the Met on TV

9 February 2014 6:54 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As C4's controversial police drama airs tonight, a former senior officer at the Met talks about his role as adviser

Brian Paddick, once at the heart of the Metropolitan police during some of the most contentious and high-profile operations of recent years, is now helping to steer a radical new TV treatment of the force, directed by the Oscar-winning Danny Boyle.

Paddick, now a peer, is a key adviser on Babylon, which goes out tonight on Channel 4. The drama, starring James Nesbitt, comes at a time of renewed scrutiny of London's police, following the conviction last week of the officer involved in the Plebgate scandal and continuing investigations into police relations with the tabloid press.

Boyle, the film and theatre director who masterminded the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, has chosen the Met as the subject for his first major venture in TV. Babylon aims to blur the boundaries both »

- Maggie Brown, Vanessa Thorpe

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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

2 February 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Want to make sure you don't miss anything great on the telly in the next seven days? Never fear, because Tube Talk has done all the hard work for you and smushed all of this week's must-see TV into one snappy rundown. Check out what you should be checking out below...

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Tuesday (February 4) at 10pm / NCIS: Wednesday (February 5) at 9pm on Channel 5

Head on over to Channel 5 in the midweek and you'll get a fresh helping of Us procedural goodness, as the insanely popular Law & Order: Svu and NCIS wheel out their bajillionth seasons (okay, 12th and 10th, respectively) to fans without dishes.

Svu opens with Christopher Meloni, Ice-t and the rest of the team investigating the case of a girl who disappeared from her family home as her mother (played by guest star Joan Cusack) relaxed in the bath, while NCIS's opening case is a little more personal, »

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Babylon: Danny Boyle returns to TV to poke fun at the police

31 January 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

What happens when the makers of Trainspotting and Four Lions train their sights on the Met for a Channel 4 comedy drama?

Danny Boyle is up a ladder, looking down on the chaos he's created. Dust settles on what's left of a terrace house's bathroom, its plastic peach suite covered in powdered masonry and plaster from the recently demolished toilet wall. A gunman has just burst through it head-first, leaving a beige fog behind him as he runs away. Boyle's hair has little bits of plaster in it as he peers into the monitor, satisfied. "Ok, got it," he says quietly and the crew start clearing up.

We are not in a terrace house but a curtained-off area in the middle of an open-plan 70s office block next to the Tower of London. Boyle, along with Peep Show writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, is tackling the damaged relationship between the police, »

- Julia Raeside

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Babylon: Danny Boyle returns to TV to poke fun at the police

31 January 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

What happens when the makers of Trainspotting and Four Lions train their sights on the Met for a Channel 4 comedy drama?

Danny Boyle is up a ladder, looking down on the chaos he's created. Dust settles on what's left of a terrace house's bathroom, its plastic peach suite covered in powdered masonry and plaster from the recently demolished toilet wall. A gunman has just burst through it head-first, leaving a beige fog behind him as he runs away. Boyle's hair has little bits of plaster in it as he peers into the monitor, satisfied. "Ok, got it," he says quietly and the crew start clearing up.

We are not in a terrace house but a curtained-off area in the middle of an open-plan 70s office block next to the Tower of London. Boyle, along with Peep Show writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, is tackling the damaged relationship between the police, »

- Julia Raeside

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Danny Boyle's Channel 4 comedy drama Babylon unveils trailer - watch

21 January 2014 7:20 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Danny Boyle's Channel 4 comedy Babylon has unveiled its first trailer.

The pilot episode, which has been penned by Fresh Meat and Peep Show writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, will air on Sunday, February 9.

Babylon follows Brit Marling's Liz Garvey, an American expert in new media who has been drafted in by James Nesbitt's Chief Constable Richard Miller to revolutionise London's police force.

The show also stars Paterson Joseph, Jill Halfpenny, Adam Deacon, Daniel Kaluuya and Jonny Sweet.

Boyle is directing the pilot as well as executive producing with Robert Jones, Armstrong and Bain, and a full series is due to shoot in the autumn.

Piers Wenger, Channel 4's head of drama, previously said of Babylon: "We're massively indebted to the team for the huge flair with which they have cast this series.

"There's talent and originality in every corner of this cast, and »

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Hot TV Trailer: Danny Boyle’s ‘Babylon’

21 January 2014 6:55 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Danny Boyle-directed pilot for comedy-drama series Babylon centers on a London police force in desperate need of a spruced-up public image. Brit Marling stars as Liz Garvey, a new-media savvy American brought in to revolutionize the force’s PR department; James Nesbitt plays Chief Constable Richard Miller. BAFTA winners Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong wrote the pilot and a further six episodes have been ordered by the UK’s Channel 4 for production this year. Boyle is exec producing with Robert Jones, Armstrong and Bain. The director is keeping busy in TV on both sides of the Atlantic; he’s also teamed with FX and his Slumdog Millionaire collaborator Simon Beaufoy on World War II miniseries Telemark. The Babylon pilot airs on Channel 4 on February 9. There’s no word yet on a U.S. deal, but below is a taste of what the show will look like. »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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