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Danny Boyle to direct TV police drama

Danny Boyle, director of Sunshine

Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR-winning director Danny Boyle is to direct a new police-based comedy drama for Channel 4.

Babylon will mark Boyle’s return to television for the first time in 12 years and sees him collaborating with the creators of the successful comedy Peep Show.

No plot details have been announced but Channel 4 boss, Jay Hunt, told the Edinburgh Festival that she was “hugely excited” about the project, while noting Boyle’s long history with the channel.

The broadcaster’s film division, Film4, produced the director’s 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, which won eight Oscars including best director for Boyle, as well as Trainspotting, the sequel to which he is also working on now.

However, with regards to Boyle’s TV background he has previously helmed two films for the BBC.

In 2001, he directed Vacuuming Completely Nude In Paradise with Timothy Spall in the lead role as well as Strumpet, which told the story of a poet named Strayman (Christopher Eccleston) who lived with a pack of stray dogs.

Babylon will be written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the duo behind the university-set Fresh Meat, and production on the pilot is due to commence in 2014.

Boyle’s most recent cinema outing was the film Trance, which marked his first return to screen work since directing the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

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