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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Line Of Duty, The Aftermath: Series four shoots in August; What We Really Thought About Series Three

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Meet_the_cast_of_Line_of_Duty_series_3It’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.

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Review: Line Of Duty (S3 E6/6), Thursday 28th April, BBC2

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Line Of Duty (S3 E5/6), Thursday 21st April, BBC2

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 12/04/2016 - Programme Name: Line of Duty - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 5) - Picture Shows:  Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (MARTIN COMPSTON), Detective Constable Kate Fleming (VICKY McCLURE) - (C) World Productions - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon

 (C) World Productions – Photographer: Mark Bourdillon

We’re now in the position that we don’t know if anyone in this series is totally innocent; with the Masons rearing their conspiratorial heads, even Hastings is under suspicion. As Dot Cottan gets his bravery award at a black tie dinner (surely a uniformed ceremony would be more appropriate?), Steve Arnott’s face is particularly scrunched up; it would be even more so if he knew that Dot was pouring poison into Kate’s ear. That doesn’t explain why he goes armed to Waldron’s lonely funeral – perhaps he thinks the reanimated corpse is going to leap out of the coffin. Continue reading