SundanceTV is teaming up with U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 for “Babylon,” a new scripted drama described as a biting workplace satire set inside a modern police force. Six episodes are being co-produced to air in 2015, along with an already-completed feature length pilot.
Oscar winner Danny Boyle executive produces the series and directed the pilot. The show is written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong and produced by Robert Jones and Derrin Schlesinger.
“Babylon,” which stars Brit Marling and James Nesbitt, follows Liz Garvey (Marling), a new-media savvy American who’s parachuted in to revolutionize the public relations department of London’s largest police force, but soon finds her certainties shattered and herself undermined in the murky realpolitik of contemporary policing.
“Startlingly frank and at times hilarious, ‘Babylon’ is a highly entertaining satirical drama that entirely fits with SundanceTV’s mission to deliver unique and surprising content,” said Sarah Barnett, President of SundanceTV. “As you’d expect with Danny Boyle’s first foray into television, this project is unrelentingly original, and underneath its stylish surface has true heart.”
SundanceTV’s upcoming slate of scripted originals includes season two of “Rectify,” premiering on June 19; original mini-series “The Honorable Woman,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, which will premiere on July 31st; and recently announced “One Child,” which bows at the end of 2014.