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.
Martin Compston is now a household name – certainly with crime drama fans – thanks to his role as Steve Arnott in Line Of Duty. That series has been commissioned for a fourth and fifth series by the BBC and will move to BBC1 in due course, but in the meantime, Compston has signed up to a new series for ITV that sees him take on something a little bit different.
The BBC know a hit when it sees it. Line Of Duty – that breathtakingly high-octane police corruption series – hit record viewing figures for BBC2 for its finale a few weeks ago. We brought you a story last week (here, if you want to read it) bringing you news that the BBC was thinking of switching it over to its flagship entertainment channel, BBC1. Today the news has been confirmed and not only that… a fifth series has also been commissioned.
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.
It’s a testament to Jed Mercurio and his team of actors that Line Of Duty not only dominated my Twitter timeline last night, but it’s also BBC2’s highest rated drama for 15 years. That’s 15 years! It’s also a testament to the writing and the acting that we’re still talking about it today. I thought I’d throw my two-penneth worth into the mix, and show you some of my favourite reactions to last night’s 90-minute series finale as well as discussing the show even more.
It’s the big one; the one we’ve all been waiting for. Line Of Duty has really captured the imagination and tonight it’s the series three finale, where we finally get to see if The Caddy gets his comeuppance or whether he can successfully frame Steve for his wrongdoings. We’re promised a feature-length episode and some sort of resolution. But this is Jed Mercurio we’re talking about here, so who knows what’s going to happen? There’s a clip after the jump…