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Code 404 (2020)

Season 1


Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 1, Episode 1]
Shown 29th April 2020

DI John Major (Daniel Mays - Limehouse Golem (2016) ) is gunned down in the line of duty. His partner, DI Roy Carver (Stephen Graham - Season of the Witch (2011) ), grieves for him.

A year later, Major is back from the dead. He has been reanimated with computer chips in his brain, and he is back on duty with Carver. However, Carver has been carrying on an affair with majpor's widow.

This is a comedy, although it is not drop-dead funny.

Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 1, Episode 2]
Shown 29th April 2020

DI John Major (Daniel Mays - Limehouse Golem (2016) ) has a software upgrade, but the language default setting is American English. This means he constantly uses American speech patterns, but it only becomes a problem when he drives on the wrong side of the road.

Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 1, Episode 3]
Shown 29th April 2020

The oversight committee holds a meeting to see if the AI programme should be shut down. DI John Major (Daniel Mays - Limehouse Golem (2016) ) manages to bluff his way through the interview. Helen Chalmers ( Tracey Ann Oberman ), head of the oversight committee, is oddly supportive.

The drug-dealer from the shootout in Episode One is back. He has info on the person behind the setup, but he needs the bumbling cops to protect him.

Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 1, Episode 4]
Shown 29th April 2020

The detectives are called in to act as personal protection detail for Helen Chalmers ( Tracey Ann Oberman ), head of the oversight committee.

Finally, DI John Major (Daniel Mays - Limehouse Golem (2016) ) discovers that he has superpowers.

Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 1, Episode 5]
Shown 29th April 2020

The detective duo get a new case to investigate. A man has been beaten to death, and his wife is the main suspect. Instead of actually investigating, DI John Major (Daniel Mays - Limehouse Golem (2016) ) concentrates on repairing his own damaged marriage.

Major's super-powers include the ability to create balloon sculptures. This may be a reference to Gaff's origami skills in Blade Runner .

Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 1, Episode 6]
Shown 29th April 2020

DI John Major (Daniel Mays - Limehouse Golem (2016) ) has been upgraded, and he says he knows everything. This seems to mean everything in regards to the case - but his partner, DI Roy Carver (Stephen Graham - Season of the Witch (2011) ), is worried that Major might know about more personal things.

This leads up to a climax that ties together all the plot threads. That said, there is a hook for the next Season.

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Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 3 , Episode 1 ]
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Code 404 (2020)

Season 2


Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 2, Episode 1]
Shown 1st September 2021

DI John Major (Daniel Mays - Limehouse Golem (2016) ) is a super-cop, tying up loose ends from the previous Season. However, he has emotional issues brought on by the discovery that his widow slept with his best friend. This leads on to a lot of double entendres.

DI Roy Carver (Stephen Graham - Season of the Witch (2011) ) is assigned to investigate the case of a missing scentist, Dr Rana. She was part of the bio-weapons research department of a major multinational corporation, and she made off with some of their top secret files. This is scary on several levels.

Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 2, Episode 2]
Shown 1st September 2021

DI John Major (Daniel Mays - Limehouse Golem (2016) ) and DI Roy Carver (Stephen Graham - Season of the Witch (2011) ) meet their arch-enemy, now a convict in Her Majesty's Prison Plissken (like in Escape From New York (1981) ). He gives them a lead on a big unsolved case.

The detectives investigate a lawyer, Elizabeth Churchland ( Meera Syal ). They send in Major's estranged wife, posing as a woman who wants to get divorced. This is a bit too close for comfort.

Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 2, Episode 3]
Shown 1st September 2021

DI John Major (Daniel Mays - Limehouse Golem (2016) ) and DI Roy Carver (Stephen Graham - Season of the Witch (2011) ) investigate a MMA club that has apparently been staging fights to the death. The suspicion is that steroids are involved.

The main case is in the hands of the B-team. They have been given an advisor to assisted them - the retired senior officer who investigated the original case two decades previously. He is also Major's estranged father, Clifford Major (Clive Russell - Neverwhere ).

Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 2, Episode 4]
Shown 1st September 2021

The scientist has given up on fixing the AI inside DI John Major (Daniel Mays - Limehouse Golem (2016) ). Instead she has built a new AI, Brian the Box - voiced by Richard Ayoade ( Dean Lerner ). Naturally, it all goes horribly wrong.

Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 2, Episode 5]
Shown 1st September 2021

Liam Cleasby enters witness protection, working at a fast food restuarant with the bent cops from Season One. With Major's attitude to secrecy, it is only a matter of time before Pigtails the hitman kills him.

The scientist quits, leaving DI John Major (Daniel Mays - Limehouse Golem (2016) ) to die when his AI fails.

Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 2, Episode 6]
Shown 1st September 2021

It is pancake day, and DI John Major (Daniel Mays - Limehouse Golem (2016) ) is dying. Before he goes, he tries to entrap Elizabeth Churchland ( Meera Syal ). Meanwhile, DI Roy Carver (Stephen Graham - Season of the Witch (2011) ) tries to save Kelly from Major's father, Clifford Major (Clive Russell - Neverwhere ). Naturally they both make a mess of it.

The climax ties up a few endings, but the subplot leaves things open for the next Season.

Code 404 (2020)

Season 3

  • Professor McCallister ( Vinette Robinson )
  • Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 3, Episode 1]
    Shown 4th August 2022

    A plain-clothed police detective chases a mysterious suspect into an industrial building. It turns out that the building is a prior crime scene, the suspect is a serial killer, and the detective is the next victim.

    DI John Major (Daniel Mays - Limehouse Golem (2016) ) and DI Roy Carver (Stephen Graham - Season of the Witch (2011) ) are on school duty, but now they get put back on detective duty.

    Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 3, Episode 2]
    Shown 4th August 2022

    DI Roy Carver (Stephen Graham - Season of the Witch (2011) ) discovers his biggest problem is DI John Major (Daniel Mays - Limehouse Golem (2016) ). He decides that the easiest way is to make Major someone else's problem. Unfortunately that someone is the scientist. Luckily for her, Judith will not cut Major any slack.

    Carver gets to spend more time with Professor McCallister ( Vinette Robinson ), the criminal profiler - and his new love interest. By incredible coincidence she is also a Black Woman - the third in this episode's cast. Yes, this under-represented minority makes up almost half the cast.

    McCallister has a plan to lure out the killer. It involves using Cleasby as bait.

    Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 3, Episode 3]
    Shown 4th August 2022

    A new victim is discovered, a cow-orker of Professor McCallister ( Vinette Robinson ). DNA from the scene points at an Extinction Rebellion protester.

    A tabloid journalist is interfering in the investigation. Someone in the Police is feeding him tip-ofs.

    DI John Major (Daniel Mays - Limehouse Golem (2016) ) has spyware in his new software upgrade.

    Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 3, Episode 4]
    Shown 4th August 2022

    DI John Major (Daniel Mays - Limehouse Golem (2016) ) is obsessed with the ex-Commissioner. She offers to help him with the investigation, like Hannibal in Silence of the Lambs .

    The scientist insists that Major move out of her lab. After all, he tried to have her kicked out in the previous episode.

    Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 3, Episode 5]
    Shown 4th August 2022

    Code 404 (2020) Code 404 (2020) [Season 3, Episode 6]
    Shown 4th August 2022