Thandie Newton, Jason Watkins, Lee Ingleby for Line Of Duty season four; plotlines added

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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

I picked a fine day to be away from my laptop yesterday. Getting in late from a day out, I checked my news feeds and emails and, sure enough, there had been LOADS of news items released into the ether. One of the main ones concerned a show that really took off this year – Jed Mercurio’s tense police corruption thriller, Line Of Duty. Already a staple for crime drama fans during its two series, this year’s third series catapulted it into the stratosphere and now, for series four and five, onto BBC1. Now we know who will star in the fourth series, and what they’ll be doing.

BAFTA award-winning actress Thandie Newton will take on the role of new AC-12 antagonist DCI Roz Huntley, following in the footsteps of Lennie James, Keeley Hawes and Daniel Mays.

Series four begins with Roz and her team in the thick of a career-defining case, Operation Trapdoor.

Under intense pressure to catch the culprit and prove herself to her superiors, and facing conflict with her colleague, Forensic Coordinator Tim Ifield (the brilliant Jason Watkins), it’s not long before AC-12 decide to probe her handling of the investigation. A mother of two and wife to husband Nick (Lee Ingleby), Roz will do anything to stop her life unravelling. Anything.

Determined to uncover the truth, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), Detective Sergeant Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) must work together to tackle their most devious opponent yet. They are aided by PC Maneet Bindra (Maya Sondhi) and newcomer Detective Constable Jamie Desford (Royce Pierreson).

Speaking about the role, Thandie Newton says: “I watched the last three seasons of Line of Duty with breathless admiration for its creators, both behind and in front of the camera. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining them now.”

Series four begins filming in Belfast this month.

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