Line of Duty
*** FIVE STARS - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH ***
*** BBC2'S HIGHEST-RATING DRAMA IN A DECADE - THE GUARDIAN ***
“One of the BBC’s best dramas for years” - THE INDEPENDENT
"Masterfully written” - THE TELEGRAPH
“Series four was always facing an incredibly high bar of expectation. Incredibly, writer and director Jed Mercurio may just have pulled it off” - BT
Set in the fictional police anti-corruption unit AC-12, Line of Duty is a cat-and-mouse thriller that takes a probing look into modern policing and corruption. A multi-stranded investigation over five hour-long episodes, the drama features an all-star cast including Lennie James, Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Neil Morrissey and Gina McKee.
Run by zealous Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), AC-12’s target is the gifted, charismatic Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates (Lennie James), whose unit returns the best crime figures on the force. Gates appears to be an exemplary police officer and hard-working family man. But Hastings is convinced Gates’ results are too good to be true.
Determined to expose Gates as a fraud or worse, Hastings recruits Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) to the unit. Arnott took an ethical stand against colleagues who wanted to conspire in the cover-up of a botched counter-terrorism operation. Ostracised as a result, Arnott is seen by Hastings as the perfect candidate for anti-corruption work. Meanwhile, fascinated by Gates but for apparently different reasons, an ambitious young Detective Constable, Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), inveigles herself onto his unit, teaming up with Gates’ loyal lieutenants, Detective Sergeant Matthew “Dot” Cottan (Craig Parkinson) and Detective Constable Nigel Morton (Neil Morrissey). And, as if being under investigation isn’t enough of a complication for Gates, he’s also trying to hide an affair with an old flame (Gina McKee).
Every time Gates seems cornered, he finds a way to turn the tables. But all the while he’s digging a bigger hole for himself, plunging irrevocably into a moral abyss. And each day the stakes get higher. Soon it isn’t just careers on the line – it’s lives.
In the pursuit of corruption, how far will they go to uncover the truth?
Line of Duty returns for a second series, featuring a new police corruption story told over six one-hour episodes. The series opens explosively with the ambush of a police convoy in which three police officers are killed and a protected witness is seriously injured. The sole surviving police officer is Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes).
Deputy Chief Constable Mike Dryden (Mark Bonnar) takes personal charge, assigning AC-12 to the case. Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), Detective Constable Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) are joined by newly-appointed Detective Constable Georgia Trotman (Jessica Raine) to investigate a complex case rich in unexpected twists and turns.
Initially AC-12’s most valuable witness, the suspicion soon arises that DI Denton could be their prime suspect.
Now the hit police thriller is back with a brand new investigation in this much-anticipated third season of Line of Duty, taking another probing look at modern policing and corruption within the force.
Daniel Mays (Mrs Biggs, Common, Public Enemies) plays Sergeant Danny Waldron, the highly proficient leader of an Armed Response Unit whose unpredictable behaviour is becoming a threat to colleagues and suspects.
When AC-12 are called in to investigate Danny’s conduct, even they could find themselves in the firing line.
The third season of Line of Duty is written by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions for BBC Two.
Mays joins returning cast Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen) as DS Steve Arnott, Vicky McClure (This is England) as DC Kate Fleming and Adrian Dunbar (Ashes to Ashes) as Superintendent Ted Hastings.
Thandie Newton (Westworld, Crash) stars as DCI Roz Huntley, AC-12’s most devious opponent yet, in the new season of Jed Mercurio’s critically-acclaimed police drama from World Productions.
In the thick of a career-defining case, Roz is under intense pressure to prove herself to her superiors. But when she faces conflict with a colleague, it’s not long before AC-12 decide to probe her handling of the investigation.
A mother of two and wife to Nick (Lee Ingleby, The A Word), Roz will do anything to stop her life from unravelling. Starring Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen), Vicky McClure (The Secret Agent) and Adrian Dunbar (Ashes to Ashes).
"It’s as thrilling as a roller coaster ride” - DAILY MAIL
“There’s no one like Jed Mercurio for mixing tension with sudden moments of high drama” - RADIO TIMES
“This series is more than just a bog-standard police procedural. In fact, Line of Duty rips up the detective drama rule book and has completely re-written it and made it better” - THE DAILY EXPRESS
"Police corruption thriller Line of Duty has pipped Wolf Hall to become BBC2’s biggest drama series since modern TV ratings began 14 years ago." - THE GUARDIAN
"Exceptionally brilliant and the best thing on TV" - THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
“Five Stars” - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
“BBC2’s highest-rating drama in a decade” - THE GUARDIAN
“Intelligent, unpredictable, and uncompromising” - DAILY MAIL
“Drama of the year” - THE OBSERVER
“One of the most authentic shows on the box” - EVENING STANDARD
Line of Duty appears in The Telegraph's Top 50 BBC Two Shows of All Time. More here
Content’s Line of Duty tops The Guardian’s Best British TV Dramas of 2014 list. More here
Year of Production: 2012 - 2017
Running Time: Season 1: 5 x one hour; Season 2: 6 x one hour, Season 3: 5 x one hour & 1 x 90-minutes, Season 4: 6 x one hour
Available in HD: Yes
Production Company:World Productions