There’s a lot of detritus on the ground after the excellent series four finale of Line Of Duty. It’s like going to a music festival and waking up on the Monday morning after a heavy weekend where not everything made sense, but was brilliant all the same; wading through acres of rubbish and seeing fellow festival-goes stagger around bleary-eyed and in a bit of a daze. Line Of Duty is that kind of series: intense, brilliant in places and utterly addictive. So, now series four is done and dusted, here’s a round-up of Line Of Duty news.
Paul Hawkins needs no real introduction to crime fiction fans. But anyway… Paula is the author of the global phenomenon The Girl on the Train, which sold millions globally and was adapted for a big-screen version starring Emily Blunt. Now Paula returns – it must be extremely difficult to follow up such a huge success – with a new book, called Into the Water, another psychological suspense thriller. Not only is it out there to buy, but you can now listen to it on the radio, thanks to BBC Radio 4’s Book At Bedtime strand.
Normally we wouldn’t bother with such business wheeling and dealing new items – this site is, after all, about the viewer experience and the end product itself – but I felt this was quite significant. Or at least could be. World Productions, the people behind things like In Plain Sight, The Great Train Robbery, The Bletchley Circle and, currently, Channel 4’s Born To Kill and Line Of Duty, has a new owner. That owner is ITV.