Danny Boyle's new comedy-drama Babylon will poke fun at London's fictional police force at a time when it is in desperate need of a public image revamp.
Eagle-eyed TV fans who have seen an advert for the show in the past couple of weeks will have spotted a worrying news report about a shooting at Uxbridge station.
Don't worry, the shooting was created as part of the pilot episode in which an American public relations expert is drafted in to give the Met a public image overhaul just as an outbreak of violence across the city erupts.
Written by Peep Show and Four Lions creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, Babylon stars James Nesbitt, Peep Show's Paterson Joseph and Jill Halfpenny.
The comedy is a return to television for British director Danny Boyle, who won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire and created the spectacular Olympics Opening Ceremony in London in 2012.
The pilot episode will be shown at 9pm on Channel 4 on Sunday, February 9. A six-part series is due to start shooting in spring.
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