Adrian Dunbar: Line Of Duty to start filming fifth series in autumn 2018


Never far from our minds, Line Of Duty lost out to Broadchurch at the glamorous NTAs this week. But never fear: because it was nominated in the Crime Drama category, all its stars were in attendance and one of them had something interesting to say about series five. Continue reading


The Killing Times Top 20 Crime Dramas Of The Year: Part two, 15-11


Yesterday, we started our countdown of the Top 20 Crime Dramas Of The Year, and there were some high-profile omissions – Witnesses, Peaky Blinders, The Sinner and a few more. Now we continue with the next five on our list, and there’s another surprise in store today… Continue reading

Line Of Duty recommissioned for sixth series; BBC announces new crime drama commissions


(C) World Productions – Photographer: Mark Bourdillon

Even though it’s almost a week since it has finished, Line Of Duty is still dominating the crime drama headlines. The BBC held its annual BBC Drama launch the other night in London, and, as ever, there were some juicy crime drama tidbits that emerged from the party. Tony Hall, the corporation’s boss of bosses no less, said in his speech when referring to Line Of Duty:¬†“I am very excited to say there’s not one but two more series of Line of Duty. So hooray for AC-12!” That means there will be a fifth and a sixth series. Read on for more… Continue reading

Line Of Duty: No return until 2019? US remake on the cards?


There’s a lot of detritus on the ground after the excellent series four finale of Line Of Duty. It’s like going to a music festival and waking up on the Monday morning after a heavy weekend where not everything made sense, but was brilliant all the same; wading through acres of rubbish and seeing fellow festival-goes stagger around bleary-eyed and in a bit of a daze. Line Of Duty is that kind of series: intense, brilliant in places and utterly addictive. So, now series four is done and dusted, here’s a round-up of Line Of Duty news. Continue reading

ITV buys Line Of Duty production company World Productions


(C) World Productions – Photographer: Des Willie/ Aidan Monaghan

Normally we wouldn’t bother with such business wheeling and dealing new items – this site is, after all, about the viewer experience and the end product itself – but I felt this was quite significant. Or at least could be. World Productions, the people behind things like In Plain Sight, The Great Train Robbery, The Bletchley Circle and, currently, Channel 4’s Born To Kill and Line Of Duty, has a new owner. That owner is ITV. Continue reading

Line Of Duty: Lindsay Denton versus Roz Huntley


I love Line Of Duty. I love Steve Arnott and his chippy little ways; I love Kate Fleming’s calm insouciance; I love Ted Hastings and his paternal, old-fashioned sheriff ways; and, more to the point, I love the fact that writer and director Jed Mercurio¬†has torn up the rule book when it comes to crime drama. He kills people – established characters no less – without too much concern. Big-name actors, too. I love the fact that the characters he allows to stick around are deeply flawed but have so much ambiguity you don’t know whether you’re coming or going with them. Lenny James’ Tony Gates, Keeley Hawes’ Lindsay Denton, Daniel Mays’ Danny Waldron. and not forgetting Craig Parkinson’s Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan. Heck, even the members of AC-12 are hardly heroes in the traditional sense. They all had so much going on with their characters – nuances, depth, emotional entry points. You weren’t sure whether to love them or hate them. So the addition of Thandie Newton – a seriously good actress – and her character DCI Roz Huntley should have been a shoo-in into this esteemed gang of flawed are-they-aren’t-they characters. But with the series finale looming large on the horizon, I’m still waiting for the moment when things click with me with Roz Huntley. As dazzling and as addictive as the show is, I’m not quite there with it this series. Why?

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Review: Line Of Duty (S4 E5/6), Sunday 24th April, BBC1


After last week’s shocking cliffhanger (when isn’t there a shocking cliffhanger in Line Of Duty?) we couldn’t wait to see whether our chippy wee fella Steve Arnott continued his recovery, and whether Roz Huntley and her husband Nick’s relationship – Jeremy Kyle will surely come calling after this series – further dissipated. All bubbling up nicely…

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