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Daniel Mays and Stephen Graham to star in new Sky One comedy series Code 404

The new police comedy has been greenlit by Sky.

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Daniel Mays and Stephen Graham will head up new Sky original comedy series Code 404 for Sky One it has been announced.

The 6-part 30-minute comedy is set in the in the Special Investigation Unit at the London Met. It is co-produced by Water & Power Productions and Kudos, part of the Endemol Shine Group.

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.

Jon Mountague, Head of Comedy, Sky Entertainment, said, “What a coup, Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays are the dream team – the perfect Carver and Major. Danny Peak’s scripts are endlessly hilarious and very, very arresting. Can’t wait.”

Tom Miller from Water & Power Productions said, “Danny and Stephen are an electric double-act, and with Daniel Peak’s brilliant scripts we can’t wait to bring this to life for Sky One.”

Code 404 will be directed by Al Campbell and written by Daniel Peak. The show’s executive producers include Tom Miller and Sam Myer for Water & Power Productions, Phil Temple and Diederick Santer for Kudos and Morwenna Gordon for Sky.

Code 404 will air on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV in 2020 and will be internationally distributed by Sky Vision. Filming on the series begins in March 2019.

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