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Line of Duty review – an intense, butt-clenchingly brilliant finale

28 April 2016 11:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The last time I was this involved in a case was when I was doing actual jury service

Twenty-three minutes! That’s how long DS Steve Arnott’s interview scene is in this feature-length Line of Duty (BBC2) series finale. Twenty-three minutes in a gloomy conference room with no external windows, three coppers asking questions on one side of the table, another, plus his lawyer, answering them on the other side.

Sounds procedural, a little dry maybe? Hell no. DS Arnott starts off with the confidence of an innocent man but is gradually ground down by the lies and calculated treachery of DS “Dot” Cottan facing him. It’s brutal, mental cage-fighting, and one of them – it looks like Arnott – is going down.

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- Sam Wollaston

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Line of Duty box set review: Jed Mercurio’s explosive cop drama still thrills

3 March 2016 8:12 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This BBC series about an anti-corruption squad is addictively plotted – if you missed it on TV, time to catch up with Gates, Denton and co

At the core of this addictive police series is a theme that marks it out from most other detective dramas: who polices the police? The answer is AC12, an anti-corruption unit, and Jed Mercurio’s BBC2 series follows their nail-bitingly tense and ultimately explosive adventures as they are called in to investigate cases across the UK.

They are a tight crew: Adrian Dunbar’s gruff leader, Superintendent Ted Hastings; Vicky McClure’s no-nonsense DC Kate Fleming (generally used as an undercover cop, winkling information out of whichever department is under investigation); and Martin Compston’s cocky DS Steve Arnott, the eager new recruit who is never quite sure when to stop pushing.

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- Sarah Hughes

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