UPDATE, Oct 14th: I’ve now confirmed that Martin Trenaman has closed a deal to join the cast of Babylon, which was just picked up to series with a six episode order. The cast also includes James Nesbitt (Monroe), Brit Marlin (Community), Paterson Joseph (Law & Order: UK), Andrew Brooke (Da Vinci’s Demons), Jill Halfpenny (Lightfields), Adam Deacon, Daniel Kaluuya, Jonny Sweet and Bertie Carvel. Martin Trenaman is repped by Shepherd Management.
EXCLUSIVE, Sept 17th: As Channel 4 is quietly assembling the cast for its upcoming dramedy pilot Babylon, it seems the company is turning to an actor from one of its more established and popular series. One of my sources is telling me that Martin Trenaman is in talks to take on a leading role in the pilot.
Trenaman is arguably best known for his roles on The Inbetweeners & Phoneshop and just recently finished filming on Sky1’s two-part drama Moonfleet, which is set to air on the channel this Christmas. Production on the Babylon pilot is slated to commence later this year for a 2014 premiere, with Channel 4 eyeing a series order for the project should it prove to be successful. Representatives of both Channel 4 and Trenaman did not immediately respond to our requests for comment.
Initially announced by Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt at the Guardian Edinburgh Internation TV Festival last month, Babylon is a new dramedy pilot written by The Peep Show‘s Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong. Very few details have been released about the project beyond the fact that is set in the world of the police. Acclaimed director Danny Boyle is attached to helm the pilot, marking his first TV project in nearly 12 years. Jonescompany Productions is producing, with Robert Jones serving as the executive producer.