This week, Grantland and The Observer profile BABYLON as a timely antidote to police drama cliche, while The A.V. Club raves about the series’ “decisive”, “interesting” last two episodes in a pair of reviews.
In a market saturated with police dramas, BABYLON stands out. The series’ writers, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, found a fresh angle for the series, and developed complex characters that have been brought to life by a diverse group of talent. Read on to find out what Sam and Jesse have to say about the extensive research that went into this project and to find out how actors Jonny Sweet, Adam Deacon, Jill Halfpenny and Bertie Carvel prepared for their roles.
Police drag Commissioner Miller’s body out of the Thames, while Liz’s voicemail threats to the reporter poised to bring Richard’s affairs to light play in voiceover.
James Nesbitt (Richard Miller), Nicola Walker (Sharon Franklin), Paterson Joseph (Charles Inglis), Bertie Carvel (Finn) discuss what they think the chief strengths of the Babylon writers, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, are.
James Nesbitt (Richard Miller): Clearly, I knew their work before. They have natural quite dark humour, and they’re constantly evolving. They created a very rounded, complex character in Richard Miller. I think their observation of how policing is changing…
On Robbie’s first day at Specialist Firearms Command, the guys haze him by faking a suicide jump and he wets his pants.
A terrorist calls an emergency dispatcher and warns of a bomb planted at the Thameside Exhibition Center. The commissioner meets with Liz and the team to decide how seriously to take the threat.
Miller calls an unidentified woman and warns her to stay away from the possible bomb site.
James Nesbitt (Richard Miller), Paterson Joseph (Charles Inglis), Nicola Walker (Sharon Franklin), Jonny Sweet (Tom Oliver), Adam Deacon (Robbie) and Jill Halfpenny (Davina) discuss the extensive research they did before taking on their roles and how their involvement in the series has affected their opinion of the police.
James Nesbitt: I think publications beforehand, particularly on the right of the political spectrum, might have thought that this was going to be…
This week, The A.V. Club gives BABYLON’s “surefooted” second episode an A-, while The Denver Post hails the series as a “seriously engaging” bastion of current TV satire.
Zionist arms dealer Eli Stein is assassinated in front of his children Nessa and Ephra.
29 years later, Nessa Stein is running her father’s company, having shifted its focus from weapons to communications in pursuit of the peace process. Nessa awards a contract to Palestinian Samir Meshal, who is promptly murdered.
Kasim, the young son of Atika, Ephra’s nanny and mistress, is abducted.
MI6 spy Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle investigates Meshal’s death.
Here’s to Leslie Knope! Before their farewell season kicks off, hang out with the “Parks & Recreation” gang and the writers behind this smash hit series. THE WRITERS’ ROOM attempts to crack the comedy code with the help of Amy Poehler, writer and executive producer Dan Goor and writer Michael Schur.
Take this quiz to find out whether you’re Joan or Peggy or Don.
THE HONORABLE WOMAN’s final episode may have aired in September, but critics haven’t stopped celebrating the “chilling” series and its “universally terrific” performances. Meanwhile, TIME, HuffPo and others report on star Maggie Gyllenhaal taking home the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a TV Movie or Mini-Series.
Call them spooks. Sleuths. Femme fatales. Few figures are as compelling as female spies. They’re unthinkably brave; they do things most of us can’t even imagine. Sometimes they’re world-famous; sometimes they hide in plain sight.
There comes a point in everyone’s life where they feel — and worse yet, LOOK — like the undead. Which begs the question: Are you a zombie? Find out now.
THE RED ROAD’s creator Aaron Guzikowski drew from the myths of many cultures for inspiration for the show. Dig deeper into about those legends, and into the episodes they inspired, below.
A true Breaking Bad fan knows everything from the science to the slapstick.
Maggie Gyllenhaal won a Golden Globe for SundanceTV’s THE HONORABLE WOMAN in the “Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television” category.
The votes are in on SundanceTV’s new comedic drama BABYLON after yesterday’s premiere, and top critics everywhere from the L.A. Times to IndieWire are raving about the “ambitious” new series which “proves to be one of the most timely satires in recent memory.”
Welcome to London’s metropolitan police force. Public perception of the force is at an all-time low and the cops are out of control. The commissioner has hired you, a savvy public relations expert, to clean up this nightmare and restore the forces’ luster. Will you put a spin on these potentially volatile and compromising situations or tell it straight?
What happens when Executive Producer Danny Boyle takes on London’s police force? Find out in SundanceTV’s all new original series BABYLON premiering Thu., Jan. 8 at 10/9c on SundanceTV. Can’t wait? Check out the following:
1. Watch a video interview with BABYLON’s star James Nesbitt (Comissioner Richard Miller).
2. Watch video clips from the episode BEFORE it premieres.
3. Learn how to trash talk like a Brit with the BABYLON Insult Translator.
Liz and her team prepare Commissioner Miller for an upcoming hearing with the deputy mayor, barraging him with tough questions and insults. Miller grows annoyed and storms out.
Liz surprises Mia by accepting her invitation to get drinks after work and complains about Miller’s intractability.
A representative from private penal contractor Securamax reviews time-lapsed footage of an ongoing violent uprising at a nearby youth prison with Met top brass. Assistant Commissioner Inglis agrees to classify the situation as a “disturbance” rather than a full-blown “riot” to avoid calling in police aid and triggering costly contractually-mandated penalties.
Whether you’re part of the undead horde or zombie bait, you should know just how zombified you really are.
James Nesbitt, who plays BABYLON’s Commissioner Richard Miller, talks about what kind of cop he’d be in real life, working with Danny Boyle again and his future as an actor.
Critics are raving about SundanceTV’s new comedic drama BABYLON. We’re days away from the Jan. 8 premiere, but critics are already calling it “thrilling” and praising breakout performances from Brit Marling and James Nesbitt.
Stars of Pretty Little Liars, Sasha Pieterse and Shay Mitchell, join show creator Marlene King and the writing team to discuss their explosive success on Twitter and how the books were brought to life on THE WRITERS’ ROOM. Dive into videos, quizzes and photos below.
Get to know the writers behind Jess, Nick and the gang. From an embarrassing table read to honest real-life stories from creator Elizabeth Meriwether that made it on the show, the writers of New Girl divulge their secrets on THE WRITERS’ ROOM. Dive into videos, quizzes and photos below.