Sky renews Code 404 for Season 2
Staff Reporter | On 18, May 2020
Sky has renewed Code 404 for a second season.
The comedy about a detective duo and an experimental A.I. project stars Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays as a cop and his partner, who is brought back from the dead as a super-charged crime-fighting machine.
With Anna Maxwell Martin also in the case, the show has been a breakout hit, launching on Sky One and streaming service NOW on 29th April with a cumulative seven-day audience of 1.9m viewers for the opening episode – Sky’s biggest comedy launch in eight years. The show is also Sky’s fastest binged original comedy box set ever, with over 360,000 viewers watching the whole six-episode series before Episode 2 aired on linear television.
“Daniel Mays and Stephen Graham are laugh-out-loud funny in this surprising and silly cop comedy,” we wrote in our review of Season 1.
Written by Daniel Peak and directed by Al Campbell, Code 404 is co-produced by Kudos, part of EndemolShine UK and Water & Power Productions and is executive produced by Phil Temple, Tom Miller and Sam Myer. The series was commissioned by Jon Mountague, Director of Comedy at Sky Studios and Zai Bennett, MD of Content at Sky UK & Ireland and was co-funded by Sky Studios.
Code 404 is set to air in a number of countries including the US, where it will premiere on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service. It is the latest in a run of hit original comedies on Sky One launching with 1m+ audiences including Brassic (1.67m), Avenue 5 (1.5m), Bounty Hunters (1.4m), In the Long Run (1.3m), Intelligence (1.2m) and Breeders (1.13m).
Code 404: Season 1 is available on Sky One. Don’t have Sky? You can also stream it live and on-demand legally on NOW, for £9.99 a month, with no contract and a 7-day free trial.
Trailer: Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays star in Sky One’s Code 404
27th April 2020
Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays are heading to Sky One this week for new comedy Code 404 – and a trailer gives us a first look at the pair in action.
Detective Inspectors DI John Major (Mays) and DI Roy Carver (Graham) 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. Full of guilt and regret about Major’s untimely death, Roy turns to the only person who understands him, John’s wife, Kelly (Maxwell Martin). However, John gets a reboot. Chosen by the police as the prototype for a new A.I. driven initiative, John is brought back from the dead – much to the surprise of Roy and Kelly. He’d like to believe he’s better than ever, but something isn’t quite right…
The six-part series is directed by Al Campbell and written by Daniel Peak. All episodes premiere on Sky One and NOW from Wednesday 29th April. Here’s the trailer:
Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays to star in Sky One’s Code 404
14th January 2019
Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays will star in Code 404, a new Sky One series.
Set in the in the Special Investigation Unit at the London Met, the six-part comedy is set in the near future and will revolve around two Detective Inspectors, DI John Major (Daniel Mays) and DI Roy Carver (Stephen 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. 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.
Co-produced by Water & Power Productions and Kudos, part of the Endemol Shine Group, Code 404 is directed by Al Campbell and written by Daniel Peak. Executive producers include Tom Miller and Sam Myer for Water & Power Productions, Phil Temple and Diederick Santer for Kudos and Morwenna Gordon for Sky.
Jon Mountague, Head of Comedy, Sky Entertainment, says: “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.”
Code 404 will air on Sky One and streaming service NOW in 2020. Filming begins in March 2019.