Line of Duty (TV Series 2012 – )


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The first series of Line of Duty – consisting of five episodes – premiered on 26 June 2012. The series follows DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Superintedent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) as they lead an investigation into the corrupt actions of DCI Tony Gates (Lennie James).

The second series of Line of Duty – consisting of six episodes – premiered on 12 February 2014. The series follows DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Superintedent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) as they lead an investigation into the corrupt actions of DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes). Series two received even better reviews than its predecessor, despite lower viewing figures, and was ranked the best television drama of 2014 by The Observer.

The third series of Line of Duty – consisting of six episodes – premiered on 24 March 2016. The series follows DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Superintedent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) as they lead an investigation into the corrupt actions of Sergeant Danny Waldron (Daniel Mays). The storyline featured in this series is a direct continuation of the second series’ plot.

The fourth series of Line of Duty began broadcasting on 26 March 2017 on BBC One The fourth series consists of six episodes. The series follows DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) as they lead an investigation into the corrupt actions of DCI Roseanne Huntley (Thandie Newton). This series’ storyline is linked thematically to that of series 1.

To date, there are two more episodes at various stages of production.

At this stage I’m halfway through the series and I wouldn’t like to exaggerate saying that it is one of the best crime shows I’ve seen on TV.. What I particularly like of this series is that it treats the audience as adults and it refuses to accept an easy resolution in each episode. It is probably true that the viewer may be left expecting to find out more, although this is something that rarely happens in the real world. Maybe my reading pace is going to slow down a bit, but I’m very much enjoying this show. Great stuff.

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