Line of Duty

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Line of Duty
Series titles against a black background
Genre
Created by Jed Mercurio
Written by Jed Mercurio
Directed by
Starring
Theme music composer Carly Paradis
Ending theme "Line of Duty End Theme"
Composer(s) Carly Paradis
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 23 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Stephen Wright (BBC)
Simon Heath (World Productions)
Jed Mercurio (Series 2–4)
Producer(s) Jed Mercurio (Series 1)
Peter Norris (Series 2–3)
Cait Collins (Series 4)
Location(s) Birmingham (Series 1)
Belfast (Series 2–4)
Cinematography Ruairi O'Brien(Series 1–2)
Peter Robertson(Series 3)
Anna Valdez Hanks(Series 4)
Stephen Murphy(Series 4)
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) World Productions
Distributor Content Media
Release
Original network BBC Two (2012–16)
BBC One (2017–)
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original release 26 June 2012 (2012-06-26) – present
External links
BBC website www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00yzlr0
Production
website
www.world-productions.com

Line of Duty is a British police procedural television series created by Jed Mercurio that premiered on 26 June 2012. It is the most popular drama series broadcast on BBC Two in the multichannel era[1] and is a winner of the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama Series.[2] Line of Duty was included in a list of the Top 50 BBC Two shows of all-time,[3] in a list of the 80 best BBC shows of all time[4] and was the highest ranked current series in a list of the best cop shows of all time.[5]

The first series was BBC Two's best-performing drama series in ten years, with a consolidated audience of 4.1 million viewers.[6] The drama was recommissioned for a second series and the first episode was broadcast on 12 February 2014.[7] The second series achieved widespread public and critical acclaim,[8] and on 8 April 2014, the BBC commissioned two more series.[9]

In an interview on 28 April 2016, creator Jed Mercurio said that a fourth series would begin filming in the autumn of that year.[10] It commenced broadcast on BBC One on 26 March 2017. A fifth series has been confirmed and will air in Spring 2019. A sixth series has also been ordered by the BBC.[11]

In the United States, the first series was aired on Hulu in August 2012 as an exclusive series.[12]

Main cast and characters[edit]

AC-12 personnel[edit]

Arnott is a detective sergeant assigned to AC-12, the anti-corruption unit within Central Police. He initially served as an anti-terrorism officer, but was transferred after he refused to collude with his fellow colleagues following the shooting death of an innocent man. During series three, Arnott is accused of being a gangland informant known as The Caddy, framed for the murder of DI Lindsay Denton, and is later arrested. He is cleared of all charges.
Fleming is originally a detective constable and an undercover specialist. A consummate professional, Kate is willing to investigate officers both within, and outside of, AC-12. In series two, Kate begins investigating DI Lindsay Denton. She is promoted to Sergeant at the end of series three. Kate has a son, though her ex-husband retains custody.
Hastings, a police superintendent, is the Senior Investigating Officer of AC-12. He personally recruited Arnott, Fleming, and Cottan, and has a black-and-white view of the law. In series three, it is revealed that Hastings is a Freemason, which causes both Arnott and Fleming to doubt his commitment to AC-12.
Originally a DS attached to TO-20, Cottan transfers to AC-12 at the close of the Tony Gates investigation. Acting as Fleming and Arnott's supervising officer, Cotton oversees numerous anti-corruption investigations, though he is later revealed to be the notorious "Caddy". In series 3, he shoots and kills Lindsay Denton, and is later shot and killed himself.

AC-12 suspects[edit]

  • Lennie James as Detective Chief Inspector Anthony "Tony" Gates (series 1)
As the head of the serious crime unit TO-20, Tony Gates is renowned for returning the best crime figures of any unit in Central Police. It is this reputation, however, that leads AC-12 to his team. Suspected of corruption, Gates faces an internal affairs investigation that adds further complications to his troubled home-life.
  • Keeley Hawes as Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton (series 2–3)
Denton finds herself at the centre of an AC-12 investigation following the ambush of a convoy that resulted in the deaths of several police officers. As the sole survivor, Denton is arrested and charged shortly thereafter. During series 2, Denton attempts to convince AC-12 of her innocence and regain her reputation. In series 3, Denton is granted an appeal trial, and is acquitted on the basis of an improper sexual relationship with Arnott. After refusing to accept a bribe, she is murdered by "The Caddy", a corrupt officer. Prior to her death, Lindsay discovered crucial evidence pertaining to the Danny Waldron murder investigation and historical child sex abuse.
Danny is an armed police officer who is investigated by AC-12 as a matter of routine following an on-the-job shooting. When Arnott and Fleming discover the shooting may not have been necessary, however, a deeper investigation is required. Danny is shot and killed during series 3, with his death leading to the capture of "The Caddy," as well as the opening of an investigation into historic child sex abuse.
  • Thandie Newton as Detective Chief Inspector Roseanne "Roz" Huntley (series 4)
Acting as Senior Investigating Officer of Operation Trapdoor, Huntley finds herself at the centre of an AC-12 investigation for mishandling evidence. During a short interim in her leadership of the case, she becomes Duty S.I.O. of Major Crimes, and must head the investigation into the death of a Forensics Specialist named Tim Ifield.

Supporting cast and characters[edit]

AC-12 personnel[edit]

  • Jessica Raine as Detective Constable Georgia Trotman (series 2)
Assigned to AC-12 following a stint as a patrol office, Trotman is partnered with Steve Arnott during the initial stages of the Lindsay Denton investigation. She is later pushed from a hospital window and killed.
Following the Lindsay Denton investigation, Biggeloe – a police federation legal counsellor – is assigned to AC-12 in order to ensure its credibility is maintained.

TO-20 personnel[edit]

  • Neil Morrissey as DC Nigel Morton (series 1–3)
  • Claire Keelan as DS Leah Janson (series 1)
  • Nigel Boyle as DI / DCI Ian Buckells (series 1, 4)
  • Faraz Ayub as DC Deepak Kapoor (series 1)

Armed Response personnel[edit]

Operation Trapdoor personnel[edit]

Other police personnel[edit]

Other supporting cast and characters[edit]

Production[edit]

Series one and two were created and written by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions, on behalf of BBC Two. David Caffrey and Douglas Mackinnon directed series one. Mackinnon was retained as Director for series two's first three episodes, whilst Daniel Nettheim directed series two's last three episodes. Mercurio produced series one and acted as executive producer for series two, with Peter Norris taking over as producer for series two.

Inspiration[edit]

The police refused to co-operate with the programme's producers. Consequently, the production team was advised both by retired police officers and anonymously by serving officers; production also made use of anonymous police blogs.[13]

Locations[edit]

Series one was filmed in Birmingham (including pub interiors in the Queens Arms)[14] and series two, three and four in Belfast by BBC Northern Ireland, per the end credits, though the city is not identified in the script in any series – set dressings and props indicate that the unnamed city is Birmingham (maps of Birmingham appear on walls, and telephone numbers use an 0121 area code). A photo gallery of exterior scenes from series two shows the 4th Street Station on Ormeau Avenue in Belfast.[15]

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Series premiere Series finale Region 2
1 5 26 June 2012 24 July 2012 3 February 2014
2 6 12 February 2014 19 March 2014 24 March 2014
3 6 24 March 2016 28 April 2016 2 May 2016
4 6 26 March 2017 30 April 2017 8 May 2017

Episodes[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2012 2012 Royal Television Society Awards Actor (Male) Lennie James Nominated
Drama Series Line of Duty 1 Nominated
Writer – Drama Jed Mercurio Nominated
2012 Royal Television Society Midlands Awards Best Drama/Fictional Programme Line of Duty 1 Won
Best Acting Performance (Male) Lennie James Won
Best Acting Newcomer Gregory Piper Won
2012 Crime Thriller Awards The TV Dagger Line of Duty 1 Nominated
2013 2013 Broadcast Awards Best Drama Series or Serial Line of Duty 1 Nominated
2013 South Bank Sky Arts Awards TV Drama Line of Duty 1 Nominated
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best TV Drama Line of Duty 1 Nominated
2014 2014 Freesat Awards Best TV Drama Line of Duty 2 Won
2014 Crime Thriller Awards The TV Dagger Line of Duty 2 Nominated
Best Actress Dagger Keeley Hawes Won
Best Supporting Actress Dagger Vicky McClure Nominated
BAFTA Scotland Best Actor – Television Mark Bonnar Nominated
2014 Royal Television Society Craft & Design Awards Best Editing – Drama Andrew McClelland Won
2015 Writers' Guild of Great Britain TV Drama – Long Form Jed Mercurio Nominated
2015 Broadcast Awards Best Drama Series or Serial Line of Duty 2 Nominated
International Programme Sales Line of Duty 2 Nominated
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Drama Series Line of Duty 2 Nominated
Best Drama Writer Jed Mercurio Nominated
2015 Royal Television Society Awards Best Drama Series Line of Duty 2 Won
BAFTA Television Craft Awards Drama: Writer Jed Mercurio Nominated
BAFTA Television Awards Leading Actress Keeley Hawes Nominated
Supporting Actress Vicky McClure Nominated
Drama Series Line of Duty 2 Nominated
2015 South Bank Sky Arts Awards TV Drama "Line of Duty 2 Nominated
Royal Television Society Northern Ireland Awards Best Drama Line of Duty 2 Won
2016 TV Choice Awards Best Drama Series Line of Duty 3 Nominated
BAFTA Scotland Best Director – Television Michael Keillor Nominated
Royal Television Society Northern Ireland Best Drama Line of Duty 3 Nominated
2017 Broadcast Awards Best Drama Series or Serial Line of Duty 3 Nominated
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best TV Drama Series Line of Duty 3 Nominated
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Actress Keeley Hawes Won
2017 Royal Television Society Awards Drama Series Line of Duty 3 Nominated
2017 Royal Television Society Awards Writer – Drama Jed Mercurio Nominated
BAFTA Television Awards Supporting Actor Daniel Mays Nominated
Virgin TV's Must-See Moment Urgent Exit Required Nominated
Celtic Media Festival Best Drama Series Line of Duty 3 Won
Diversity in Media Awards TV Programme of the Year Line of Duty 3 Nominated
TV Moment of the Year Urgent Exit Required Nominated
TV Moment of the Year DCI Roz Huntley Interview Nominated
TV Choice Awards Best Drama Line of Duty 4 Nominated

Censure by Ofcom[edit]

Following the complaint of one viewer, the media regulator Ofcom found the BBC had breached Rule 1.28 of the Code in 2012 . Specifically that there was a "serious lapse" in its duty of care for a 13-year-old actor, Gregory Piper, who had appeared in scenes which were "of a particularly violent nature and included sexually explicit language" by breaching broadcasting rules requiring that "due care must be taken over the physical and emotional welfare and the dignity of people under 18".[16] In its full report, Ofcom cited the programme's failure to involve an independent expert, such as a child psychiatrist, to determine the actor's intellectual and emotional capacity to participate in the controversial scenes and that programme makers had not followed the best practice advice of the BBC's Editorial Policy Unit. However, the regulator found that there was no actual harm, distress or anxiety caused to the child actor.[17]

Home media releases[edit]

Online

iTunes releases for Line of Duty

Name Release date Ep # Additional Information
Line of Duty, Series One 30 August 2013[18] 5
Line of Duty, Series Two 12 February 2014[19] 6
  • The complete second series
  • Ability to buy single episode(s) or whole series
  • Rated "Caution" by iTunes
  • High-definition & Standard-definition version
Line of Duty, Series One & Two 26 June 2012[20] 11
  • The complete first and second series
  • Ability to buy single episode(s) or whole series one and two
  • Rated "Caution" by iTunes
  • Standard-definition version

Blinkbox releases for Line of Duty

Name Release date Ep # Additional Information
Line of Duty, Series One 2013[21] 5
  • The complete first series
  • Ability to buy single episode(s) or whole series
  • Certificate 15
  • Standard-definition version
Line of Duty, Series Two 2014[22] 6
  • The complete second series
  • Ability to buy single episode(s) or whole series
  • Certificate 15
  • High-definition & Standard-definition versions

BBC Store releases for Line of Duty

Name Release date
Line of Duty, Series One – Three 2016
Line of Duty, Series Four 2017
DVD

DVD releases for Line of Duty

Name Release dates Ep # Additional Information
Region 2
Line of Duty Series 1
(DVD)
3 February 2014[23] 5 The two-disc box set includes all five episodes from series one, with a classification age of 15.
Running time: 300 minutes.
Line of Duty Series 2
(DVD)
24 March 2014[24] 6 The two-disc box set includes all six episodes from series two, with a classification age of 15.
Running time: 360 minutes.
Line of Duty Series 1&2
(DVD)
24 March 2014[25] 11 The four-disc box set includes all eleven episodes from series one and two, with a classification age of 15.
Running time: 660 minutes.


Bluray

Bluray releases for Line of Duty

Name Release dates Ep # Additional Information
Region B
Line of Duty: Series 1
(Bluray)
10 April 2015[26] 5 The two-disc box set includes all five episodes from series one, with a classification age of 16.
Running time: 300 minutes.
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Line of Duty: Series 2
(Bluray)
25 September 2015[27] 6 The two-disc box set includes all six episodes from series two, with a classification age of 16.
Running time: 369 minutes.
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Line of Duty: Series 3
(Bluray)
20 January 2017[28] 6 The two-disc box set includes all six episodes from series Three, with a classification age of 16.
Running time: 390 minutes.
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Plunkett, John (28 April 2016). "Line of Duty outranks Wolf Hall to take BBC2 ratings crown". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ "RTS Programme Awards 2015". 
  3. ^ Hogan, Michael et all (18 April 2014). "The Top 50 BBC Two shows of all-time". The Telegraph. 
  4. ^ Tate, Gabriel; et al. (2 November 2016). "The 80 Best BBC Shows of All Time". The Telegraph. 
  5. ^ Ross, Graeme (12 November 2016). "The 20 Greatest TV Cop Shows of All Time". The Independent. 
  6. ^ Jed Mercurio: taking aim at target culture | In-depth | Broadcast
  7. ^ Sperling, Daniel (25 July 2012). "'Line of Duty' renewed for second series by BBC". DigitalSpy. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Moir, Jan (17 March 2014). "Is Line of Duty the best cop show ever?". Daily Mail. 
  9. ^ Sweeney, Mark (8 April 2014). "Line of Duty set to return for third and fourth series". Guardian. 
  10. ^ "Express.co.uk". 28 April 2016. 
  11. ^ http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/tv/line-of-duty/49219/line-of-duty-renewed-for-series-6
  12. ^ Thomas, June (24 August 2012), "The Global Network", Slate, retrieved 28 January 2013 
  13. ^ Jed Mercurio (26 June 2012). "Line of Duty – a police drama that swaps reassurance for reality". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Line of Duty". Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  15. ^ BBC censured over violent Line of Duty scene featuring child actor, The Guardian, 17 December 2012. Accessed 27 April 2013.
  16. ^ Ofcom Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 220 (PDF), 17 December 2012, pp. 5–17 
  17. ^ "Line of Duty – Series One (iTunes)". Apple Inc. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Line of Duty – Series Two (iTunes)". Apple Inc. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Line of Duty – Series 1&2 (iTunes)". Apple Inc. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Line of Duty – Series (Blinkbox)". blinkbox Entertainment Limited. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Line of Duty – Series 2 (Blinkbox)". blinkbox Entertainment Limited. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  22. ^ "Line of Duty – Series One [DVD]". BBC Worldwide LTD. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  23. ^ "Line of Duty – Series Two [DVD]". BBC Worldwide LTD. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  24. ^ "Line of Duty – Series 1&2 [DVD]". BBC Worldwide LTD. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  25. ^ "Line of Duty – Series One [Bluray]". BBC Worldwide LTD. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  26. ^ "Line of Duty – Series Two [Bluray]". BBC Worldwide. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  27. ^ "Line of Duty – Series 3 [Bluray]". BBC Worldwide. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 

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