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Babylon 

A look at the people in charge and on the front lines of a contemporary police force.
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Complete series cast summary:
Nick Blood ...  Warwick 7 episodes, 2014
Andrew Brooke ...  Banjo 7 episodes, 2014
Bertie Carvel ...  Finn 7 episodes, 2014
Cavan Clerkin ...  Clarkey 7 episodes, 2014
Adam Deacon ...  Robbie / ... 7 episodes, 2014
Jill Halfpenny ...  Davina 7 episodes, 2014
Paterson Joseph ...  Charles Inglis 7 episodes, 2014
Daniel Kaluuya ...  Matt Coward 7 episodes, 2014
Brit Marling ...  Liz Garvey 7 episodes, 2014
Stuart Martin ...  Tony 7 episodes, 2014
Ella Smith ...  Mia 7 episodes, 2014
Jonny Sweet ...  Tom Oliver 7 episodes, 2014
Vic Waghorn ...  Police Sergeant 353 / ... 7 episodes, 2014
Nicola Walker ...  Sharon 7 episodes, 2014
Owain Arthur ...  Nobbo 6 episodes, 2014
James Nesbitt ...  Richard Miller 6 episodes, 2014
Martin Trenaman ...  Miles 6 episodes, 2014
Jim Howick ...  Jerry / ... 5 episodes, 2014
Ralph Brown ...  Grant Delgado 5 episodes, 2014
Dermot Murnaghan ...  News Reader 4 episodes, 2014
Barbara Serra Barbara Serra ...  News Reporter / ... 4 episodes, 2014
Mark Womack ...  Hopwood 4 episodes, 2014
Lasco Atkins ...  Driver / ... 3 episodes, 2014
Sam Coulson Sam Coulson ...  Patrick 3 episodes, 2014
Roxy Dunn ...  Cathy 3 episodes, 2014
James Lance ...  Granger 3 episodes, 2014
Liza Sadovy ...  Caroline Carey 3 episodes, 2014
Joanne Adams Joanne Adams ...  Red BMW Woman / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Layke Anderson Layke Anderson ...  Aide 2 episodes, 2014
Lee Asquith-Coe Lee Asquith-Coe ...  Cross Rail Worker / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Antonia Bernath ...  Female Reporter / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Navin Chowdhry ...  Adeel 2 episodes, 2014
Adrian Finighan Adrian Finighan ...  Al-Jazeera Reporter / ... 2 episodes, 2014
John Glynn John Glynn ...  Householder 2 episodes, 2014
Aymen Hamdouchi ...  Marco 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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9 February 2014 (UK) See more »

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Babylon See more »

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Trivia

Danny Boyle directed Trainspotting (1996) based on an Irvine Welsh novel. After seeing Filth (2013) (also based on Welsh material) directed by Jon S Baird Boyle hired Baird for this show. 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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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #19.25 (2014) See more »

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Smart satire for smart people
22 April 2014 | by johnklemSee all my reviews

This is not for everyone. But nothing worthwhile ever is. If you have no sense of humour, if you live in Britain and feel threatened by the portrayal of the Metropolitan Police as a bunch of ignorant, prejudiced Neanderthals, if you are American and have no sense of irony then this is not for you. As a Brit who's made Los Angeles his home, I loved it. It rings horribly true. But then, I don't read the Daily Telegraph. Brit Marling is worth her weight in gold. Casting got it right and direction only endorsed it. She plays the perfect foil to the wonderfully stereotypical Brits. The best satire is grounded in the truth. I was heavily involved in the music business in 1984 when This Is Spinal Tap was released and it was frighteningly accurate. I feel the same way about Babylon and that should be cause for concern for every citizen of Britain. How well this will translate into a series remains to be seen but for the moment, I'm glad I can enjoy the joke from a distance.

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Since I wrote my original review of the pilot, the series has come and gone. I've watched the first three episodes and want to change nothing I wrote. It's wonderful satire which will be fully appreciated only by those who have lived in England but its real genius lies in its tone. It's found the perfect balance. Nothing that happens is implausible, the tension is visceral and the emotions utterly grounded. But it's funny. Not laugh out loud funny but smart funny. Put a smile on your face when you remember it funny. Unless you still live in England or you are or were a policeman.


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