Line Of Duty poised to move to BBC1

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 12/04/2016 - Programme Name: Line of Duty - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 5) - Picture Shows:  Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (MARTIN COMPSTON), Detective Constable Kate Fleming (VICKY McCLURE) - (C) World Productions - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon

(C) World Productions – Photographer: Mark Bourdillon

On a day where I read that one Mirror journalist frothed that Line Of Duty was as good as the Godfather trilogy and was the best TV drama from the past decade (woah there Tonto), and that US viewers can, from today, watch the show via Hulu, there was also news coming out of the BBC itself – the show may switch channels onto the corporation’s flagship channel.

Broadcast reports that Auntie talking internally about the show moving from its BBC2 home to BBC1 when series four hits next year. It’s not surprising news when you consider that Jed Mercurio’s helter-skelter police corruption thriller netted BBC2 4.9million viewers (consolidated) for its finale, beating out Wolf Hall as the channel’s best-rating drama since modern TV ratings began 14 years ago.

We recently saw BBC3 drama Thirteen switch from online to BBC2, but I can’t remember a drama ever switching from BBC2 to BBC1. Great British Bake Off, yes, but a drama?

But you can understand why with Line Of Duty – it really captured the imagination and its high-octane action, fast pace and brilliantly written and choreographed interview scenes lend themselves to a mainstream audience.

More news as we get it…

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