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.
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.
Last 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…
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.