A look at the people in charge and on the front lines of a contemporary police force.
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 Warwick (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Banjo (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Finn (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Clarkey (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Robbie / ... (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Davina (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Charles Inglis (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Matt Coward (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Liz Garvey (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Tony (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Mia (7 episodes, 2014)
Jonny Sweet ...
 Tom Oliver (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Police Sergeant 353 / ... (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Sharon (7 episodes, 2014)
Owain Arthur ...
 Nobbo (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Richard Miller (6 episodes, 2014)
Martin Trenaman ...
 Miles (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Jerry / ... (5 episodes, 2014)
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 Grant Delgado (5 episodes, 2014)
Dermot Murnaghan ...
 News Reader (4 episodes, 2014)
Barbara Serra ...
 News Reporter / ... (4 episodes, 2014)
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 Hopwood (4 episodes, 2014)
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 Driver / ... (3 episodes, 2014)
Sam Coulson ...
 Patrick (3 episodes, 2014)
Roxy Dunn ...
 Cathy (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Granger (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Caroline Carey (3 episodes, 2014)
Joanne Adams ...
 Red BMW Woman / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
Layke Anderson ...
 Aide (2 episodes, 2014)
Lee Asquith-Coe ...
 Cross Rail Worker / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Female Reporter / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Adeel (2 episodes, 2014)
Adrian Finighan ...
 Al-Jazeera Reporter / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
John Glynn ...
 Householder (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Marco (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Female IPCC Investigator (2 episodes, 2014)
Nathan Mack ...
 Tyler (2 episodes, 2014)
John-Luke Roberts ...
 Harry (2 episodes, 2014)
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 PCSO's Husband Mr. Lovett (2 episodes, 2014)
Christopher Thorpe ...
 Bomber (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Jennifer Miller (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Carly (2 episodes, 2014)
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American PR consultant Liz Garvey is hired by Metropolitan chief constable Richard Miller to help the police force improve its image. At the same time documentary film maker Matt Coward is shadowing Territorial Support Group officers Davina, Robbie and Clarkey as they arrive at a not very well-organized Kurdish protest march where Robbie has to remember he is being filmed and tone down the abuse. Elsewhere Officer Warwick accidentally apprehends an innocent mother whom he has erroneously suspected of being a drug addict. Liz's introductory speech is interrupted by news that a sniper is randomly shooting people around the capital and her disgruntled assistant Finn, annoyed at being passed over for promotion, deliberately makes her look stupid at a press conference by withholding information - as a result of which he is almost sacked. Liz discovers that the sniper is an embittered divorcee who is posting messages on Twitter, from which she locates where he is hiding. The TSG dump Matt ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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A close-up of the Commissioners flatcap shows the name of the Police force to be 'County Constabulary'. See more »

Quotes

TSG Officer PC Damian Clake (Clarkey): We are the police, we are in charge. That is the message.
TSG Officer Robbie: We are the daddies. We are the sheriffs of this town.
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Energetic Satire of Media's Relationship to Contemporary Policing
15 February 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

With a nod to political satires such as HOUSE OF CARDS (1991) and THE THICK OF IT (2005-8), BABYLON offers an energetic satire of the Metropolitan Police and its relationship to the contemporary media. The connection with THE THICK OF IT is no coincidence; the co-writer of BABYLON, Jesse Armstrong, worked on episodes of the earlier series. In BABYLON there are two plots unfolding simultaneously: Commissioner Miller (James Nesbitt) has to deal with a series of shootings in the Uxbridge area, while finding the best way to present the police's response to the incident in the media with the help of his communications director Liz Garvey (Brit Marling). Meanwhile TSG Officer Robbie (Adam Deacon), together with his colleagues, have been selected as subjects for another television reality series on the workings of the police. Director Danny Boyle shows how both plots are linked by the preference for style over substance; it doesn't matter what you do, so long as it's presented effectively on television or through other media. The officers tend to fall into two stereotypes; they are either thuggish, incompetent or both. Although presenting a co-ordinated image, they appear incapable of making any coherent decisions, let alone formulating any effective policing strategy. Commissioner Miller seems more concerned with maintaining good relationships with Mayor Boris Johnson (whose voice has been effectively impersonated by Jon Culshaw) rather than improving his staff performance. At the level of communications, Liz tries her best to present something approximating to "the truth" about the shooting through the media, but finds herself constrained by her co-workers. Most of these satiric targets are predictable (the Metropolitan Police seems to have a perpetual problem with its operations, as well as its media presentation), but the direction is lively and the performances full-blooded, to say the least. There is definitely potential here for further episodes in serial form.


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