Line Of Duty recommissioned for sixth series; BBC announces new crime drama commissions

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Even though it’s almost a week since it has finished, Line Of Duty is still dominating the crime drama headlines. The BBC held its annual BBC Drama launch the other night in London, and, as ever, there were some juicy crime drama tidbits that emerged from the party. Tony Hall, the corporation’s boss of bosses no less, said in his speech when referring to Line Of Duty: “I am very excited to say there’s not one but two more series of Line of Duty. So hooray for AC-12!” That means there will be a fifth and a sixth series. Read on for more…

The Radio Times says that the sixth series will be the final series of the police corruption show. Showrunner Jed Mercurio has been saying in recent days that he wanted a sixth series, and now he has his wish. (To be fair, such was the success of series four, the BBC would have been daft not to add to the already commissioned fifth series.)

Here’s what else was announced at the bash:

The writer of Humans, Joe Barton, is overseeing this one. The eight-part series features Kenzo, a lonely and driven man. His honour, his family’s well-being, and the fragile peace between the warring gangs back home, rest on him finding Yuto and returning him to Tokyo. Yet, despite the pressures of home, a misfit family of lonely Londoners forms around Kenzo. There’s Rodney, a half Japanese rent boy with a wicked sense of humour, and Sarah, a forensic specialist with secrets of her own. Torn between two cities, and an increasingly conflicted sense of self, Kezo wrestles with questions of guilt, duty, love and shame.

From Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, two new writers for television, comes Informer – a sophisticated, contemporary thriller about a young, second-generation Pakistani man from East London who is coerced by a Counter-Terrorism officer to go undercover and inform for him. The officer himself has a past he is unwilling to expose and as he pushes his informant deeper, the stakes for both men get higher and higher. It is a story about identity in a world where lines are increasingly being drawn and sides are being taken. What happens when you, or your friends, family or neighbours fall on the wrong side of that line and the personal becomes political.

Armchair Detectives
This daytime programme combines a murder mystery drama with a gameshow, and will transport three players and viewers at home to the fictional town of Mortcliff where a dastardly crime has been committed. Their task – to discover whodunnit. The show is a play along and immersive investigation that can be enjoyed every step of the way. Like any good quiz, crime is crammed with titillating reveals, but as the drama unfolds, more suspects and clues will come to light. With their critical thinking put to the test will players and viewers be able to identify the killer?


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