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  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 8.4  (10)

Historical dramas have always been in demand, and Babylon is no exception. It is a British series from 2012 that tells a gripping story of the police department and public relations officers in London. The show gained a lot of fame and critical acclaim among audiences for its gritty portrayal and realistic depiction of the political world.

Babylon focuses on Metropolitan Police's PR department, led by Liz Garvey (Brit Marling), which is facing a difficult time due to the ever-growing number of accusations and allegations against the department. Liz’s team includes various ambitious and talented people who work tirelessly to improve public relations with the department.

Babylon stands out from Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order television shows for its understanding of cultural and social politics. The show is based on real-life situations that the Public Relations department has faced in the past. The political climate of the times proves abrasive and complex. However, the writers handle the subject matter with great finesse, ensuring that each episode delivers a relevant message to the viewers.

Through the show, the public gets an insight into the inner workings of the police department. It is successful at highlighting the fabric of societal issues that plague law enforcement organizations. Babylon positively displays the PR team's efforts to control their public image and the officers' apprehension towards portraying themselves as anything other than competent law enforcers. As the team works on various cases that come under logical scrutiny, it is prioritizing the public's safety while the editors and social media scrutinize their actions.

One of Babylon's most enjoyable traits is the talented cast that brought the show to life. The showrunners assembled a broad and diverse cast of actors who brought unique perspectives to the characters they portrayed. Brit Marling has been lauded for her performance as Liz Garvey, the team leader who is constantly juggling multiple issues daily. Meanwhile, James Nesbitt provides a memorable performance as Richard Miller, the morally ambiguous Commissioner widely assumed to have aspirations beyond the police. Together, they form the central pillars of the show and provide a balance of tension and humor that keeps the show flowing immaculately.

One of the most significant achievements of Babylon is the way it balances sensitive and relevant issues while still delivering excellent entertainment to the audience. With its veracious examination of law enforcement's protracted sketchy history with race relations, sexism, and psychological concerns, viewers will find themselves helplessly engrossed in the deep research presented both dramatically and comically. Babylon manages to delve into the inherent difficulties of a police force without being too preachy or heavy-handed in the portrayal.

In addition to its excellent scriptwriting and acting, Babylon's technical aspects, production values, lighting, and sound design are noteworthy. The show accurately depicts the gritty, dark world of the metropolitan Police Force and offers an engaging, dynamic representation of the UK police. The lighting directors' works provide excellent attention to detail that allows Babylon to look and feel realistic and genuinely alive.

To summarize, Babylon is a remarkable and successful drama series that offers a realistic depiction of law enforcement organizations. It is a well-acted, well-written, directed, and technical masterclass that brilliantly delves into sensitive issues that law enforcement firms continue to face. The show has several accolades to its name for its consistently excellent portrayal of real-life situations and various critical responses to UK law enforcement organizations. All of these aspects make Babylon stand tall among iconic shows such as The Wire, The Killing and Spiral, and at the same time, deeply relevant to contemporary social justice. With only one season comprising six episodes, audiences who love gritty, dark and realistic dramas should consider giving Babylon a chance.

Babylon is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on January 15, 2015.

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The End
12. The End
January 27, 2020
At the suicide summit, Itsuki asks Alex to talk to a girl contemplating suicide. Alex, lost deep in thought in search of the truth behind good and evil, agrees to talk to the girl. On the other hand, Seizaki regards Itsuki's invitation with suspicion and holds tightly on to his gun. Meanwhile, Magase closes in quietly and surely on the two men as the world watches on.
The Curtain Rises
11. The Curtain Rises
January 20, 2020
The beginning of the G7 summit has arrived. The leaders of the seven countries, which now contain cities that have adopted the suicide law, gather together and share their stances on the suicide law. While the leaders debate the issue from the perspective of morality, economics, and rights, Alex poses a single question that cuts to the heart of the debate.
10. Decision
January 13, 2020
Seizaki and Hardy listen to the recording of the telephone call with Flores in a hospice. Meanwhile, Seizaki receives a report saying that Germany and Italy have also adopted the suicide law. In the midst of the confusion, something unbelievable happens right in front of their eyes.
9. Chain
January 6, 2020
The city of Hartford becomes the first city in the U.S. to declare their adoption of the suicide law. The White House holds an emergency meeting over the issue, and Alex calls Flores, the mayor. The suicide law had slowly begun to spread throughout the world ever since it was first announced in Shiniki.
8. Hope
December 30, 2019
After the parliamentary election, Shiniki was preparing to enact the suicide law. After his kidnap attempt on Itsuki, Seizaki is put under house arrest and spends his days overcome with a sense of powerlessness. One day, Seizaki is paid a visit by an important individual.
7. 6.0
February 12, 2015
With their suspension lifted the ARV boys return to duty. But when footage goes viral of Banjo (Andrew Brooke) venting his frustrations on a rubbish bin and Sharon Franklin (Nicola Walker) proposes to reopen the nightclub shooting investigation, it sparks industrial action by TSG and firearms units. As civil unrest erupts on London's barely policed streets, Charles Inglis (Paterson Joseph) and Franklin go head to head to prove themselves the best choice for the job of Commissioner. And when potentially explosive material lands on Liz's (Brit Marling) desk she must decide whether to play king or queen-maker to salvage her vision of transparency and openness...
6. 5.0
February 5, 2015
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, in the eyes of Deputy Mayor Grant Delgado (Ralph Brown), Acting Commissioner Charles Inglis (Paterson Joseph) is already proving a more malleable candidate than his predecessor. With Finn (Bertie Carvel) as his most trusted advisor, Inglis' appointment would mean Liz (Brit Marling) is finished in the organisation. But when the hunt for a missing child proves fruitless Liz is inspired to find help in the unlikeliest of places and in the process may just have found a contender to challenge Inglis' bid for power....
5. 4.0
January 29, 2015
More shocking detail emerges around Commissioner Miller's death and Liz is incriminated over the nature of her relationship with him. Finn concentrates his efforts on positioning himself as Acting Commissioner Inglis'consigliere and sidelining Liz in her own department. While police on the streets can only speculate about the extraordinary events higher up the food chain, the fugitive bomber is located.
4. 3.0
January 22, 2015
It's Robbie's (Adam Deacon) first day on the ARV unit and with Warwick (Nick Blood) clearly not fit for duty he discovers how far Banjo (Andrew Brooke) and Tony (Stuart Martin) will bend the rules to help their brother in arms. Liz (Brit Marling) faces a backlash when the police play down a bomb threat at a conference centre but news goes viral and threatens to cause widespread panic. Deputy Commissioner Charles Inglis (Paterson Joseph) finds that nobody is above the law when his arrest over a minor offence heaps further pressure on Richard Miller (James Nesbitt). And as Liz accompanies Miller to diffuse media tension at the bomb scene he confides in her that a journalist has a story ready to run that is infinitely more explosive for the force and its chief...
3. 2.0
January 15, 2015
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. With another clash with Deputy Mayor Grant Delgado (Ralph Brown) on the cards, a youth arrested for possession of drugs turns out to be Delgado's son. Finn leaks the news to trump Liz's big idea and ruin Delgado in the process. An indignant Liz (Brit Marling) helps Delgado save face unaware that she has rescued Miller's most powerful enemy. 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....
2. 1.0
January 8, 2015
A private security firm calls the police for assistance at a prison riot giving Liz Garvey the ideal opportunity to publicize the force's opposition to the transfer of essential services away from the public sector. But when her PR strategy backfires, tensions between the police and pro-privatisation City Hall boil over and Commissioner Miller finds himself under attack by Deputy Mayor Grant Delgado.
1. Pilot
October 7, 2019
London's police is in need of an image makeover and Commissioner Richard Miller (James Nesbitt) has found just the woman to do it. A star of new media with a TED talk under her belt, ex-Instagram PR exec Liz Garvey (Brit Marling) has the vision and determination to shake things up in the largest and oldest police force in the world.
Where to Watch Babylon
Babylon is available for streaming on the Koch Entertainment Distribution website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Babylon on demand at Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 15, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (10)