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The Guardian view on crime shows: drama fit for the Greeks | Editorial

5 May 2017 10:56 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Even in an age of diverse, imaginative and varied TV series, one genre retains a remarkable grip on the public’s imagination

This will be a dreary, joyless, colourless weekend. For on Sunday, there will be no close encounters between Thandie Newton’s Dci Roz Huntley and a chainsaw-wielding forensics coordinator; no mysterious men clad in balaclavas; no body parts buried in the woods. Martin Compston has slipped out of DS Steve Arnott’s drip-dry suit and estuarine accent; Adrian Dunbar has exited Supt Hastings’ rather depressing corner office.

In short, Line of Duty, Jed Mercurio’s immensely entertaining police drama, which in its fourth season has just enjoyed a triumphant run on BBC1, is over for the year. Meantime, ITV’s Broadchurch is receding into a distant memory, and fans of Happy Valley are coming to terms with the awful fact that screenwriter Sally Wainwright is resting the Yorkshire-set »

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Line Of Duty exclusive: “I think it’s probably going to finish at [series] six”

5 May 2017 5:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew May 5, 2017

Exclusive: Adrian Dunbar looks ahead to the next two series of Line Of Duty, and thinks the end might be in sight...

While the nation still recovers from the superb fourth series of Line Of Duty, that resides on BBC iPlayer if you’ve not had the pleasure and on DVD from next week, the news has come in today that the BBC has commissioned a further run of the show. We already knew that series five was happening, although we’re unlikely to see it until 2019. Now, though, a sixth series has been commissioned as well.

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Today, we also had the pleasure of chatting to top fella and diesel-sucker Adrian Dunbar, who has brought to the screen the real superhero of our times, »

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Line Of Duty: renewed for series 6

5 May 2017 12:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor May 5, 2017

Praise be, the BBC has renewed Line Of Duty once again. That's at least two more series we can count on from this terrific show...

It was announced last night by BBC director-general Tony Hall that in addition to last year's series five renewal, the corporation has already ordered a sixth Line Of Duty series.

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They'd be mad not to have done, frankly; it's the best crime drama around and showing precisely no wear and tear or signs of slowing down.

Line Of Duty's success was rewarded with a move from BBC Two weeknights to BBC One's prestigious Sunday night drama slot for series four, a punt that paid off handsomely as ratings rose and word-of-mouth turned it into a national obsession. We're still waiting for the consolidated viewing figures for the finale, »

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Line Of Duty series 4: creator Jed Mercurio interview

4 May 2017 4:01 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor May 5, 2017

Major spoilers ahead as we speak to Line Of Duty creator, writer and director Jed Mercurio about Roz Huntley, Acc Hilton and more…

If I were ever to find myself alone in a room with a dead body I’d created in self-defence and pondering my next move, “plead guilty to manslaughter,” Jed Mercurio tells me. “For the minimum three years sentence. If you take the risk of fighting a murder plea with self-defence and you fail, then you will be convicted of murder and that is a mandatory life sentence.” Getting off with self-defence is really, really hard, says Mercurio, really hard. “I did the research.”

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It’s good advice, if alarming in the context of a DVD release-plugging interview. As a general rule, »

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Line of Duty recap: series four finale – the tentacled conspiracy grows

30 April 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The series reaches its climax and throws everything in the mix, from switched allegiances to unmasked baddies

Warning: contains spoilers

Spoiler alert: this blog is for people watching series four of Line of Duty (it also contains spoilers from earlier series). Don’t read on unless you have watched episode six.

Phew. I don’t know about you but I found that a thoroughly satisfying conclusion. While wonderfully tense at times – most notably in the standoff with Jamie – it was also more downbeat than the shenanigans of last year. The key to Line of Duty is that it exists in a corruption-filled world in which anything can, and frequently does, happen. Does that mean that not everything is entirely realistic, that there are occasionally plot holes and moments where belief has to be suspended? Absolutely, but these gaps don’t matter when the whole package is so entertaining.

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- Sarah Hughes

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Line Of Duty series 4 episode 6 review

30 April 2017 10:39 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Apr 30, 2017

Blimey. The Line Of Duty series 4 finale did not disappoint. Major spoilers ahead in our review…

This review contains spoilers.

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Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio originally trained as a doctor; if he’s still licensed to write prescriptions, he owes us all a month’s worth of anti-anxiety pills and a sedative after that.

And perhaps something for finger cramp. After ten minutes of holding mine to my face, rigid as bicycle spokes, I can barely type. From the second Jamie arrived in the interrogation room to the moment he handed over his gun, I’m not sure I exhaled.

Even after Jamie gave Steve the gun, there was more cheering to be done than respiration. »

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Sunday’s best TV: Line of Duty; The Durrells; Escape to Costa Rica

29 April 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Jed Mercurio’s magnificent corruption drama concludes, The Durrells continues to amuse and environmental journalist Gaia Vince explores the wildlife haven of Costa Rica.

In the first in this new series, environmental journalist Gaia Vince explores Costa Rica, home to more than 500,000 species of animal and currently the most sustainable country in the world. It should be completely carbon neutral by 2021, thanks to its national grid being sustained by natural resources such as rivers and volcanoes. Vince meets the president and also joins scientists who are helping to preserve the country’s forests. Ben Arnold

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The best TV shows this week: Line Of Duty reaches its thrilling climax

28 April 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It’s the finale of Thandie Newton’s gripping police corruption drama on BBC1, while Kayvan Novak’s pranking news reporters return to Channel 4

Over the last few weeks, Thandie Newton’s Dci Roz Huntley has developed into one of the great TV villains of recent times: a woman who would trade her firstborn for an extra stripe on her blazer. But, as season four of Jed Mercurio’s thrilling, bewildering and unique corruption drama concludes, can a hamstrung AC-12 take Huntley, her weaselly husband and his oleaginous lawyer down? A nation holds its breath …

30 April, 9pm, BBC1

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Exclusive: the scene snipped out of Doctor Who: The Pilot

26 April 2017 10:37 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Apr 27, 2017

Doctor Who's opening episode had a bit more Peter Capaldi guitar-playing in its first cut...

One of the key factors I thought that really contributed to the quality of Doctor Who series 10 opener, The Pilot, was the pacing of it. That a lot of information is got across, but without feeling like the show was zooming through it.

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That’s down in good part to the writing and editing amongst other factors, particularly in the first half of the episode. But inevitably, to get that pacing spot on, things had to be sacrificed. In particular, an early scene in the episode, that its director, Lawrence Gough, took us through. »

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Line Of Duty series 4 episode 5 review

23 April 2017 5:25 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Apr 23, 2017

Major spoilers ahead in our look at Line Of Duty series 4’s best, most eventful episode yet…

This review contains spoilers. 

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When you come at Ted Hastings, you’d best not miss, son. 

Just look at the man: the demeanour of a king, the alert, piercing eyes of a hawk. From the polish on his shoes to the side parting on his neatly combed hair, everything about Ted says ‘unimpeachable’. He’s five feet eleven of rock-hard morals who acts to the letter of the law. To the letter.

Hilton doesn’t stand a chance, does he?

I pray to the TV Gods he doesn’t. In Line Of Duty’s storm of moral murk and slippery wrong-doing, Ted Hastings is our rock, a stalwart »

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The Last Kingdom series 2 episode 6 review

20 April 2017 10:06 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Apr 20, 2017

It’s two weddings and no funerals in the latest episode of The Last Kingdom. Spoilers ahead…

This review contains spoilers.

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Episode six may have started out peacefully with our hero and his lady enjoying an early morning skinny dip on their Winchester mini-break, but it ended in terror and violence.

Aethelflaed learned the hard way that not all men were like her father and wound up facing capture by bloodthirsty Danes, doubtless to be used as a bargaining chip in the battle for England. It’s hard to know where she’ll be worse off—as the prisoner of Northmen or in her marriage to a brute.

Before the wedding night, Aethelred seemed like little more than a spoiled pretty boy with tickets on himself. »

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Luke Newberry interview: In The Flesh, Home Front

20 April 2017 7:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Apr 21, 2017

We chatted to actor Luke Newberry about his BBC Radio 4 Home Front role, In The Flesh, getting his start in acting and more…

“I’m still umm-ing, how annoying for you!” he says, but interviewing Luke Newberry isn’t annoying in the least. He’s at pains to give proper answers to questions, literally so judging by some of the noises he makes in our half-hour chat. His frustrated ‘aaghs’ and ‘ooohs’ and ‘umms’ are the sound of someone who doesn’t have a ready-made patter and who doesn’t want to just say any old thing.

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When I ask him who would be his dream director, for instance, Newberry pauses, asks if we can come back to it later, pauses »

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Batman And Harley Quinn animated movie pressing ahead

20 April 2017 5:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kirsten Howard Apr 20, 2017

The animated Batman And Harley Quinn film is taking shape, and now has a director attached...

While we twiddle our thumbs and wait for the double punch of the Dceu's live-action Wonder Woman and Justice League movies, Warner Bros and DC Entertainment continue to skip along in their own little (arguably better) animated universe. 

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They've just announced that they're moving forward with their Batman And Harley Quinn film in earnest by tapping director Sam Lie to take charge of the project. He's previously worked on Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, 2016's unfortunate misstep The Killing Joke, and Justice League Vs Teen Titans under their watchful eye, so it looks like it'll be a fairly smooth process all in all.

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Line Of Duty series 4, and the clues hiding in series 1

18 April 2017 8:22 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Apr 19, 2017

Paul Higgins plays Line Of Duty’s PR-obsessed Acc Hilton, but is there more to him than it seems? Rampant speculation and spoilers...

Warning: contains spoilers for Line Of Duty series one, two, three and four (until episode four). And some wild speculation.

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How do you know when an executive officer is telling lies? His lips move.” So said Si Ted Hastings reporting back after lunching with Acc Hilton in Line Of Duty series four episode one. It was a characteristically wry comment from Hastings, a character who brooks no truck with bent coppers and PR-manipulators like Hilton. Was it, though, more than that? Was Ted calling Hilton a liar a crucial clue as to what’s really »

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Line Of Duty series 4 episode 4 review

14 April 2017 3:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Apr 15, 2017

Spoilers from the start in our review of Line Of Duty’s latest, which has reached the traditional point of maddening complexity...

This review contains spoilers.

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When DS Steve Arnott called himself a blunt instrument last week, he must have been talking about his skull. That man not only has a steely gaze and an enviable collection of steel-grey waistcoats, he also clearly has a cranium made of the same.

Steve lived. Not exactly to tell the tale—the concussion made him too hazy for that—but he lived to catch bent coppers another day. (Incidentally, do you think Mr and Mrs Arnott at the hospital were played by Martin Compston’s real parents? »

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Rory Kinnear interview: Guerrilla, Bond, Penny Dreadful, Count Arthur Strong

12 April 2017 4:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Apr 20, 2017

We chatted to actor Rory Kinnear about his roles in Sky Atlantic's Guerrilla, Bond, Penny Dreadful and more…

In Rory Kinnear’s first answer during our chat about his role in Sky Atlantic drama Guerrilla, he makes a wry joke at his own expense. He’s not a well-known actor, he says, and perhaps not one with “a particularly heroic face!” he laughs when we talk about the moral complexity of his roles. Give him an outright compliment and he deflects the praise elsewhere, onto writers and directors, John Logan for Penny Dreadful, John Ridley for Guerrilla. His role as Bill Tanner in the James Bond franchise is a “very, very small” part of an enormous machine, he stresses.

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Line of Duty recap: series four, episode three – step away from the lift!

9 April 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

How does Jed Mercurio do it? He always manages to pump the plot full of shocking twists to keep us on our toes. But the truth about Balaclava Man can’t be as clear-cut as it seems

Spoiler alert: this blog is for people watching series four of Line of Duty (it also contains spoilers from earlier series). Don’t read on unless you have watched episode three. Catch up on the episode one and two recaps here.

It’s usually at this point every series, midway through the run, when I hold up my hands and admit: Line of Duty makes my head hurt. This series has proved no exception, albeit for slightly different reasons. It can’t be as clear-cut as it seems, can it? Many commenters already pegged Lee Ingleby’s seemingly mild-mannered husband as the real Balaclava Man, and so it apparently transpired – much to DS Steve Arnott’s detriment. »

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Sunday’s best TV: Line of Duty; Vera; Homeland

8 April 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Spectacular developments in Jed Mercurio’s corruption thriller, Vera tracks a murdered teen and Homeland approaches its endgame

If there’s a criticism to be made of Line of Duty it is that it makes the idea of police corruption seem so outrageously far-fetched that the viewer might be lulled into thinking such a thing could not exist. Tonight’s spectacular developments are certainly not near-fetched. Prior to those, Fleming impresses with her interview work, while Arnott leaves no stone unturned in his efforts to prove corruption on Huntley’s part. But is he pushing too hard? David Stubbs

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- David StubbsMark Gibbings-JonesAndrew MuellerJonathan WrightJohn RobinsonAli CatterallJack SealePaul Howlett

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The Secret World to become a free-to-play RPG

30 March 2017 1:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Mar 30, 2017

Funcom's Mmo The Secret World is getting a major revamp, as it becomes a free-to-play RPG...

Launched in 2012, The Secret World had such an intriguing premise that we almost wished it wasn't wrapped up in the trappings of a typical Mmo. Set in an alternate version of the present, it's about a trio of clandestine organisations charged with protecting the planet from supernatural monsters. In other words, it's like Men In Black written by Hp Lovecraft.

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Despite some great ideas and a novel approach to relating its unfolding plot, The Secret World was knocked back a bit by its iffy combat system and Mmorpg trappings that never quite gelled with what could have »

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Marvel's Iron Fist episode 11 viewing notes: Lead Horse Back To Stable

30 March 2017 12:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

James Hunt Mar 30, 2017

Iron Fist's inconsistencies make it difficult to get a firm grip on the plot or character. Spoilers ahead...

These viewing notes contain spoilers.

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Iron Fist, the fourth and final member of the Defenders, has finally made his debut. As with previous Netflix series, we’ll be reviewing an episode a day highlighting the characters, reference points and easter eggs we spotted. Feel free to read along as you watch too, but please don’t spoil future episodes for anyone in the comments!

It looks like episode eleven is the closest we’ll get to an origin episode of Iron Fist, offering us glimpses of K’un L’un’s entrance and a »

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