Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle is heading back to the small screen for the first time in 12 years to work on a new comedy series.

The 56-year-old Slumdog Millionaire helmer will team up with the creatives behind British film Four Lions for a police-based show called Babylon, according to Radio Times.

The drama will be penned by Sam Bains and Jesse Armstrong, the comedy team behind the long-running, Peep Show.

Boyle was the mastermind behind the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, which was broadcast around the world last July (12).