‘Babylon’ Season 1 episode guide

Following Danny Boyle’s pilot episode in February, Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong’s police drama Babylon is back with six new episodes.

Welcome to London’s police force, with accusations of racism, the use of lethal force, and corruption all part of the daily routine. Luckily for the public, the capital city has the charismatic but uncompromising Commissioner Richard Miller (James Nesbitt) at the helm, the man with the impossible job of keeping the capital safe.

 

Pilot

Sunday 9 February 2014, 9pm

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An American visionary sets out to revolutionise the image of London’s police force just as an outbreak of violence erupts.

 

Episode 1

Thursday 13 November 2014, 10pm

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A private security firm calls the police for assistance at a Youth Offenders Institution riot giving Richard Miller (Jimmy Nesbit) the ideal opportunity to highlight the force’s opposition to the transfer of essential services from the public to the private sector. But when Scotland Yard’s PR strategy comes under pressure tensions between the police and pro-privatisation City Hall boil over and Commissioner Miller (James Nesbitt) finds himself under attack by Deputy Mayor Grant Delgado (Ralph Brown).

As the TSG is despatched to quell the unrest Robbie (Adam Deacon) wonders whether he’ll make it out unscathed on his last day before firearms training and documentary cameraman Matt (Daniel Kaluuya) may have spotted a dangerous liaison within the ranks.

Meanwhile, Warwick’s (Nick Blood) nerves are shredded after the police release footage of him shooting an unarmed assailant. Worried colleagues Tony (Stuart Martin) and Banjo (Andrew Brooke) think they may have just the thing to straighten him out…

 

Episode 2

Thursday 20 November 2014, 10pm

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Eager to justify Commissioner Miller’s (James Nesbitt) faith in her, Liz (Brit Marling) presents her vision for Metwork: the force’s very own digital news channel that will rival established outlets and tell it like it is, for better or worse.

It could be a game-changer but to Finn (Bertie Carvel) Metwork is a vanity project and he is determined to kill it. His opportunity comes on the eve of the Mayor’s Conference on Policing.

Warwick’s psychological state reaches crisis point after the high-risk pursuit of a gang of armed robbers and firearms trainee Robbie (Adam Deacon) realises he must sharpen up if he is to make the cut…

 

Episode 3

Thursday 27 November 2014, 10pm

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Robbie’s (Adam Deacon) first day in the Armed Response Unit turns into a baptism of fire as Tony (Stuart Martin) and Banjo (Andrew Brooke) decide to see what he’s made of.

Commissioner Miller (James Nesbitt) decides to give Liz (Brit Marling) and her new ideas his full backing, leaving Finn worrying about his future. But an unexpected invite from the Deputy Mayor Grant Delgado (Ralph Brown) leaves her with serious questions about her boss.

Meanwhile Davina (Jill Halfpenny) and Clarkey (Cavan Clerkin) consider taking their relationship to the next level, which would mean coming clean with their partners. But a bomb threat at the Thameside Exhibition Centre throws all the teams together and leads to an unexpected tragedy.

 

Episode 4

Thursday 4 December 2014, 10pm

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The team are reeling in the wake of recent events.

As Liz (Brit Marling) finds herself under attack for her handling of revelations relating to the Commissioner, Finn (Bertie Carvel) takes full advantage to side-line her and position himself as advisor to Deputy Commissioner Inglis (Paterson Joseph), who is under pressure following the recent bombing.

While Assistant Commissioner Sharon Franklin (Nicola Walker) is tasked with locating the fugitive bomber, Clarkey (Cavan Clerkin) puts pressure on Davina (Jill Halfpenny) to leave her husband Banjo (Andrew Brooke), whose growing suspicions begin to have a devastating effect on his work.

 

Episode 5

Thursday 11 December 2014, 10pm

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With tension in the capital rising in the aftermath of the nightclub shooting, Banjo (Andrew Brooke) reassures a nervous Robbie (Adam Deacon) ahead of the internal police investigation.

At headquarters there’s a vacancy at the top of the force and, to the Mayor’s office, Acting Commissioner Charles Inglis (Paterson Joseph) is the obvious candidate.

With Finn (Bertie Carvel) as his trusted advisor, it spells the end for Liz (Brit Marling). But when a young child goes missing, Liz devises a plan to save her job.

 

Episode 6

Thursday 18 December 2014, 10pm

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With their suspension lifted, the ARV boys return to duty. But when Banjo’s (Andrew Brooke) bin footage goes viral, Sharon Franklin’s (Nicola Walker) response sparks unofficial industrial action among the rank and file.

As civil unrest erupts on London’s barely policed streets, Charles Inglis (Paterson Joseph) and Franklin go head to head in their bid for the Commissioner’s post.

And when explosive revelations emerge around the Jeffries shooting Liz (Brit Marling) must weigh up the likely consequence of her vision of transparency and openness.

 

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