Sky One has handed out a six episode series order to Code 404, a police comedy, starring Daniel Mays (Line Of Duty) and Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire), which is set in the Special Investigation Unit of London’s Metropolitan Police Service.
Code 404 is set in the near future and will revolve around two Detective Inspectors, DI John Major (Mays) and DI Roy Carver (Graham), who are the top crime fighting duo in the Unit. But when an undercover sting goes horribly wrong, Major is gunned down on the job and killed. How will the SIU function without Major?
It doesn’t have to. As an ‘asset’ considered too valuable to lose, Major’s body is fast-tracked into an experimental Artifical Intelligence project to bring him back from the dead. The only problem is, Major 2.0 may look like and sound like the original, but something has been lost in translation – quite a lot actually. His arrogant demeanour and gung-ho approach remain but his crimefighting instincts have completely deserted him. Somehow, Major’s error-strewn hunches and Carver’s scrambling to make good allows them to just about scrape by. But while the experiment might be hailed as a success, on the front line Roy Carver is left dealing with an increasingly deluded partner.
Daniel Peak created the comedy series, which is set up as a co-production between Water & Power Productions and Kudos. The executive producers are Tom Miller and Sam Myer for Water & Power Productions, Phil Temple and Diederick Santer for Kudos and Morwenna Gordon for Sky. Bad Education and Man Down helmer Al Campbell is attached to direct. Production on the six episode order is set to get underway in March, with Sky One eyeing a 2020 premiere. Sky’s international distribution division Sky Vision will handle global sales.
“What a coup, Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays are the dream team – the perfect Carver and Major”, said Sky’s Head of Comedy Jon Mountague, who commissioned the series alongside Zai Bennett, Director of Programming for Sky Entertainment UK & Ireland. “Danny Peak’s scripts are endlessly hilarious and very, very arresting. Can’t wait.”