Review: Line Of Duty (S4 E4/6), Sunday 16th April, BBC1

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Talk about a cliffhanger – Steve’s attack by Balaclava Man and subsequent plunge down a stairwell must count as one of the most shocking moments in modern drama. What’s the betting we’re kept hanging for ages before we discover whether he lives, or dies?

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Review: Line Of Duty (S4 E3/6), Sunday 9th April, BBC1

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Huntley’s digging herself deeper and deeper into dishonesty, with the murder of Tim Ifield layered on her presumed framing of Farmer – but at the moment she’s in complete control of the situation, able to manipulate the evidence and investigations as she pleases. But we reckon that Kate, done down from every side by her own colleagues as well as by Huntley’s, will be the one to crack the case – possibly over a cosy coffee with Huntley’s increasingly dodgy-looking husband Nick.

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Review: Line Of Duty (S2 E2/6), Sunday 2nd April, BBC1

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(C) World Productions – Photographer: Aidan Monaghan

Last week’s episode did rather stray into Inside No 9 territory towards the end, what with forensic officer Tim Ifield’s bargain-basement B&Q-style Chainsaw Massacre tribute on his kitchen floor. Although, had Roz Huntley (Thandie Newton) been torn asunder, it would have been as good a death scene as Messrs. Shearsmith and Pemberton could have dreamt up for their star players. The scene did pehaps err on the side of silly – indeed, had the late, great Graham Chapman’s Colonel from Monty Python popped up to say it was all getting too silly, we wouldn’t have been surprised in the slightest.

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Review: Line Of Duty (S4 E1/6), Sunday 26th March, BBC1

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(C) World Productions – Photographer: Aidan Monaghan

When power meets trajectory, you get a series that can make your head spin; and Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio’s writing has a tendency to make the viewer feel like a low-ranking tennis player being hit full and hard in the face while trying to return a serve by Sam Groth.Worries had been expressed in some quarters that the switch from BBC Two to BBC One might have necessitated some compromises or ‘dumbing down’ for the more mainstream audience. ‘New viewers’ were duly thrust straight into a ferocious and cinematic trademark opening,but the end of this episode left we stalwarts wondering if our favourite cop series – in its effort to up the ante – was in danger of jumping the shark in spectacular fashion.

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Interview: Vicky McClure, Line Of Duty

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As if you didn’t know already, the fourth series of Line Of Duty starts back up on Sunday (Sunday 26th March), and before we leap back onto the rollercoaster again let’s take a pause for breath and see what some of the stars are saying about it. I’m a big fan of Vicky McClure – who came to prominence, of course, in Shane Meadows This Is England series – and she has been one of the constants in the series since day one as undercover expert Kat Fleming. We managed to get hold of an interview with her, which you can read after the jump. Continue reading

Line Of Duty Preview: BBC confirms transmission date; first look

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It’s official: we are all allowed to get ready for what promises another spectacular series of Line Of Duty. Series three was when Jed Mercurio’s anthology series about police corruption really was catapulted into the stratosphere, going from cult hit to mega-hit. So much so, series four will now play out on BBC1 in the UK in a primetime slot (you can see confirmation after the jump). If you need to catch up on things Netflix is currently playing series one to three. The show had its series four launch in London a week or so ago and I was there for it, and so was writer/director Jed Mecurio and star Vicky McClure, as well as this series new guest protagonist, Thandie Newton. Over the jump is a spoiler-free preview. Continue reading

BBC reveals Line Of Duty series four trailer

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thandie_newton_is_under_suspicion_in_the_first_line_of_duty_series_four_trailerLast year, BBC2’s Line Of Duty – that helter-skelter thriller that tells the stories of anti-corruption unit AC-12 – really broke through. So much so, it received a promotion – after record-breaking viewing figures, it got shipped over to BBC1 for its fourth series, which will kick into a gear in the next month or so. And, with the Beeb’s promo machine cranking into gear, it released the first proper trailer last night after the first episode of SS-GB. Have a look-see after the jump… Continue reading