Danny Boyle to direct Channel 4 drama from Peep Show creators

Set "inside the police", the new drama is from Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the duo behind the hit comedy

Oscar-winning British director and Olympic Opening Ceremony hero Danny Boyle is to return to TV to helm a new Channel 4 drama from Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the creators of comedy Peep Show.


Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s chief creative officer, made the announcement this afternoon, telling an audience at the Edinburgh International Television Festival “I can announce today – I’m hugely excited to say this – that Danny Boyle is going to be directing a drama. A Sam and Jesse piece for us set inside the police for next year.” 

Boyle won an Oscar for his 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire and acclaim for movies ranging from 1996 drug-fuelled drama Trainspotting to this year’s psychological thriller Trance.

As a writing partnership, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong are known for comedy, having penned seven series of the cringe-inducing Peep Show, as well as university-set Fresh Meat and BBC1 sitcom Old Guys. But Armstrong also wrote a well-received episode of Charlie Brooker’s dark drama Black Mirror.

Meanwhile, Hunt unveiled “a huge period drama” for Channel 4, the ten-part series Indian Summer directed by Cranford’s Simon Curtis, about the birth of modern India.

“It’s looking at multiculturalism, it’s got a fantastic set of relationships at its heart as well,” said Hunt.