We’ve already had discussions about whether the levels of authenticity matter to crime drama, but here’s another question that was posed during last week’s episode of Line Of Duty: did one particular scene step over the line when it comes to the balance of fiction and reality? Was the inclusion of a particular, disgraced and loathsome public figure, photoshopped as if to appear with characters from the show, one step too far?
Let’s get the person’s name out of the way. Jimmy Savile appeared in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene in episode five, which linked an ex-police chief and a high-ranking councillor to a child abuse scandal at the Sandsview school. The inclusion of Savile was meant to reinforce the idea that this was a case where well-to-do-people had abused their power for predatory means, just like the broadcaster had in real life.
But was this link with real life and a case that is still very raw in the public and survivors’ eyes too much? Was an image of Savile really needed to beef up a storyline that was already hideous enough?
Anyway, what do you think? Let us know!
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