Line Of Duty back for 2020?

It goes with the territory that you have to wait at least two years for the next series of Line Of Duty to come along. But, according to the Radio Times, the hit corruption thriller could be back for its sixth series sooner than we ever thought. Jed Mercurio has revealed he’s aiming to get…

REVIEW: Line Of Duty (S5 E6/6)

Although Line of Duty only sparingly makes jokey references to other TV worlds (EastEnders’ ‘Dot’ Cottan, Arnott as Ironside, Nick Huntley likened to Rob Brydon’s taxi-driving cuckold Keith Barret in Marion & Geoff), we have had the rather pleasing running homage to The Professionals with police call signs 37 and 45 for AC-12 operatives DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and DS…

REVIEW: Line Of Duty (S5 E5/6)

Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here tonight at this grim breaker’s yard to mark the passing of rat John Corbett (Stephen Graham). And – as we commit his bodybag to this pile of scrap metal – why aren’t we cremating it?  It’s an unceremonious end for the undercover cop and AC-12’s one link to…

Line Of Duty: Anna Maxwell Martin to star in final two episodes of series five

The BBC has announced that one of our favourite actors, Anna Maxwell Martin, is to appear in the final two episodes of series five of Line Of Duty, including the whopping 90-minute finale. The Bafta-winning actor will appear as Detective Chief Superintendent Patricia Carmichael, a senior anti-corruption detective brought in from outside of AC-12. On…

REVIEW: Line Of Duty (S5 E4/6)

If anyone out there thought last week’s episode had uncharacteristically hit the snooze button, this week’s is back to its solar plexus-punching, heart-stopping norm. The necessary lull in episode three was the pivot for the fast turn of events now hurtling in – and it also dispatched one of the outside favourites for the police…

REVIEW: Line Of Duty (S5 E3/6)

Has Operation Peartree gone pear-shaped? With undercover officer John Corbett making a success of ringing rings around the cops, corrupt officer ‘H’ may be even further embedded than we thought – clearly it wasn’t the deceased ACC Hilton. Last week’s highly dramatic conclusion, implying that someone in AC-12 may have recruited corrupt officer Cafferty, turns…

REVIEW: Line Of Duty (S5 E2/6)

Remember those Police Memorial Trust plaques the late Michael Winner campaigned for to commemorate officers who died heroically in the line of duty? Well, we’re thinking of starting a crusade for one to honour poor PC Maneet Bindra (Maya Sondhi). Far from being a bad apple, Maneet was a warrior to the end – murdered…

Line Of Duty: Ted Hastings origin series in the pipeline

One of the best crime drama characters this country has produced in the past decade, Superintendent Ted Hastings is beloved by fans across the UK for his steadfastness in his approach to bringing down bent coppers. The Killing Times has learned that Line Of Duty showrunner and creator, Jed Mercurio, is set to make a…

REVIEW: Line Of Duty (S5 E1/6)

Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) is a very worried man. Not only has all hell broken out on his patch with an armed police convoy transporting a £10 million-pound heroin seizure for incineration hijacked, and three firearm officers dead, he also has what 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon would call ‘a home toilet situation’. Aimlessly flicking at the…