Channel 4 has announced that Danny Boyle is working with the Peep Show and Fresh Meat team on Babylon, a comedy-drama set in a London police station. The channel has also given the go-ahead to No Offence, an eight-part comedy series about a trio of female cops by Paul Abbott.
Meanwhile, police spoof Scot Squad was recently given a full series order and returns to BBC Scotland next year while the second series of Charlie Brooker’s police parody Touch of Cloth aired in the summer.
So, are comedy cops okay again now? It’s been a long wait since Police Squad and The Boys In Blue. If they really are back, can somebody pull their finger out and consider making the Bryant & May books into a TV series, finally? Every attempt to bring them to the screen has so far failed.
And what’s oddest of all is, every time I let the option out to a TV company, they hire a TV writer and never, ever think to take a chance on hiring the guy who writes the books!
Really, wouldn’t that be the most obvious thing to try first?