Now that we think about it: Miss Trunchbull would have made one heck of a crime solver! Tony nominee Bertie Carvel has joined the cast of the U.K.'s upcoming Channel 4 series Babylon. According to Deadline.com, the pilot for the London-set documentary-style series about "the people and politics in the command rooms and on the frontlines of a modern police force" will be directed by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire).
Written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, Babylon is due to shoot next year and will focus on police from all levels of the force. In need of a public image revamp chief constable Richard Miller (Jimmy Nesbitt) taps Liz Garvey (Brit Marling)—an American visionary from the world of new media—to revolutionize a PR department struggling to keep up in an age of rolling news, smart phones and a news-breaking, information-hungry public. Carvel, along with Paterson Joseph, Jill Halfpenny, Adam Deacon, Jonny Sweet and Andrew Brooke, are likely to play police officers. The show is set to air in the UK early 2014.
Carvel was nominated for a Tony Award and won the 2012 Olivier Award for his portrayal of Miss Trunchbull in Matilda. His West End credits include Parade, Damned By Despair, The Man of Mode, The Life of Galileo and Coram Boy. Carvel's TV and film credits include Les Misérables, Doctor Who and Sherlock.