REVIEW Line Of Duty (S6 E7/7)

And so it comes to this (I always say that when it comes to series finales). To say this sixth series of Line Of Duty has captured the imagination has been an understatement. The whole nation has been talking about it – on news programmes, on chatshows and in newspapers. Not since Broadchurch has a…

REVIEW Line Of Duty (S6 E6/7)

If it was any other series of Line Of Duty, episode six would signify the end of the series. However, with an extra episode tacked on to season six, and an almighty cliffhanger (another one!) to resolve, it’s just as well there was an episode seven. Last week, we saw Kate Fleming in a stand-off…

REVIEW Line Of Duty (S6 E4/7)

I copped a bit of flak last week for my summation that episode three of Line Of Duty was a bit a lacklustre and edging into too-ridiculous-to-take-seriously territory. I still stand by that, but I’m pleased to say that this week’s instalment was bang on, back-to-form and did what Line Of Duty does best and…

REVIEW Line Of Duty (S6 E3/7)

The more inquisitive viewers of this sixth series of Line Of Duty have been wondering, quite rightly, when AC-12 will actually remember what went on in the past five series. There have been so many callbacks to previous episodes many of you out there – including me – have been shouting, “BUT WHY DON’T YOU…

REVIEW Line Of Duty (S6 E1/7)

One of the most talked-about crime series in British history, and one of the highest-rated most kinetic viewing experiences known to audiences in the UK, Line Of Duty has been – thanks to COVID – on the back-burner for the best part of a year. Which, of course, means that anticipation for this new, sixth…

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…

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…

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…

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

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? NB: Spoilers ahoy!