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Thandie Newton Joins BBC One’s ‘Line of Duty’

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Thandie Newton has booked a lead role in the upcoming 4th season of Jed Mercurio’s hit drama “Line Of Duty,” which airs on BBC One in the UK. The first 3 seasons of the series (Lennie James, who most of you… Continue Reading → »

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Bodies: excellent medical drama not for the faint-hearted

25 May 2016 7:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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We revisit brilliant, unflinching UK medical drama Bodies by Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio. Gory scenes ahead…

Did you know umbilical cords can snap? That if you give one a hard-enough tug it can ping loose of a placenta and spray flecks of high-nutrition gunk all over your face? Or that too firm a yank on a lodged placenta can pull a uterus clean out, starting a flesh avalanche that turns pounds of inside-meat into surprise outside-meat that slumps, glistening, like an exotic off-cut in a butcher’s shop window?

I’d apologise for the graphic imagery but it serves a purpose. To head off at the pass any comments of the ‘why are you writing about a medical drama on a site called Den Of Geek?’ variety. I promise you, there isn’t a landscape more sci-fi than the layers of spongey, mottled purple lurking beneath a tautly pregnant stomach, »

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Line of Duty: Renewed for Season Five; Moves to BBC One for Season Four

10 May 2016 1:08 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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The BBC has renewed the Line of Duty TV show for a fifth season. Previously renewed through season four, the successful BBC Two show is moving to BBC One, for its upcoming fourth season. In other words, Line of Duty is not only not cancelled, it is getting a promotion of sorts. The season three finale of Line of Duty aired April 28, 2016, on BBC Two.

A British police procedural drama starring Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson, and Keeley Hawes, Line of Duty is written and created by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions. In a press release, the BBC cited strong ratings when announcing the channel change, and season five renewal (i.e. recommissioning).

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Line of Duty promoted to BBC1 for two more series

6 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Filming on season four of acclaimed police corruption drama to begin in the autumn after it broke ratings records

Acclaimed BBC2 drama Line of Duty is to switch to BBC1 for two more series after it broke ratings records with more than 5 million viewers.

The fourth and fifth series of the Jed Mercurio police corruption drama, starring Martin Compston and Vicky McClure, will air on BBC1 after three series on BBC2.

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

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Line Of Duty renewed for series 5, moving to BBC One

6 May 2016 5:23 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Top-notch police drama Line Of Duty will be back for a fifth series, and is moving from BBC Two to BBC One...

Testament to its critical acclaim and healthy ratings, police drama Line Of Duty will be, as industry types say, 'doing a Bake-Off'* by moving from BBC Two to BBC One in time for series four.

Moreover, series four won't be the last we see of Jed Mercurio's gripping, galloping thriller. The BBC has done the decent thing by renewing it for a fifth series. When we chatted to Mercurio about series three, he confirmed that a fifth series was on his wish-list, and now that wish has been granted.

Reportedly the highest-rated BBC Two series since records began, Line Of Duty series three attracted a robust consolidated audience of over five million viewers an episode, which translates to approximately thirty million carpet stains around »

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Line Of Duty series 4: Thandie Newton & more join cast

29 April 2016 4:11 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Thandie Newton will play Dci Roz Huntley, AC-12's "most devious opponent yet" in Line Of Duty series 4...

Line Of Duty series 4: Thandie Newton signs up

The BBC has announced that English actress Thandie Newton (Crash, The Slap, Westworld) will be joining central cast Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar in Line Of Duty series 4.

Newton will play Dci Roz Huntley, who begins series 4 "in the thick of a career-defining case, Operation Trapdoor", according to the official BBC blurb.

Huntley's handling of the case attracts the attention of our old anti-corruption pals at AC-12, and she apparently proves "their most devious opponent yet". With Lindsay Denton and The Caddy numbering on that list, that's really saying something.

Line Of Duty series 4: cast 

Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar will all be back for series 4, along with Maya Sondhi as PC Maneet Bindra.

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Line of Duty nicks top spot as 4 million watch finale

29 April 2016 2:36 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC2 police series beats ITV and BBC1 as 20.6% share of audience catches last episode of channel’s biggest ratings drama

BBC2’s explosive Line of Duty finale was watched by more than 4 million viewers – beating BBC1 and ITV on Thursday night.

The 90-minute climax to Jed Mercurio’s acclaimed police corruption thriller had 4.1 million viewers, a 20.6% share of the audience from 9pm last night.

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

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Line of Duty recap: series three finale – urgent exit required!

28 April 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Thank you Jed Mercurio: what an incredibly tense and ludicrously over-the-top finale. Where on earth will you go from here?

Ok everyone, and breathe. This was a super-size series finale with all the best and worst elements of Line of Duty on show. Among the best: the two incredibly tense and brilliantly scripted interrogation scenes. As for the worst: the final 15 minutes, which took a lurch into melodrama that only just paid off.

One of the most interesting things about this show is the way it strives so hard to create an air of realism – the interrogations, the jargon, the integration of real-life events – only to undercut it all in the name of drama. The final minutes, featuring gunshots in HQ and an amusingly out-of-puff Kate chasing Dot all over an industrial wasteland, were ludicrously over-the-top (although admittedly we wouldn’t blink twice if this were the conclusion to »

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Line Of Duty series 3 episode 6 review

28 April 2016 5:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Line Of Duty cements its status as the most thrilling drama on television with a stunning finale to a stunning series…

This review contains spoilers.

Like many a modern idiot, around my wrist is a special watch that monitors my heart-rate. It syncs with my phone and shows me a graph of what my pulse is doing at any given moment. If I were ever to kill someone, I suspect it could be used to incriminate me. Murder must play havoc on the cardiovascular system.

Fifteen minutes before the end of Line Of Duty’s series three finale, you’ll see a significant spike on the graph. My body was sitting lazily on the sofa; my heart was doing laps of the park. This might be the first occasion on which I hand over my TV reviewing responsibilities to a Fitbit.

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Line of Duty outranks Wolf Hall to take BBC2 ratings crown

28 April 2016 4:03 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Police corruption drama has attracted nearly 5 million viewers this series – and could pull in even more with its 90-minute finale

Police corruption thriller Line of Duty has pipped Wolf Hall to become BBC2’s biggest drama series since modern TV ratings began 14 years ago.

The third series of the Jed Mercurio drama, which comes to an end on Thursday, attracted a consolidated audience of 4.9 million viewers, an 18.7% share of the audience, for its first four episodes.

Related: Line of Duty review: stomach-clenchingly tense, visceral and shocking

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Line Of Duty: creator Jed Mercurio interview

28 April 2016 2:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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We spoke to the Line Of Duty creator about series 3, Lindsay Denton, The Caddy, Jimmy Savile, tension, thrillers and more…

Warning: contains spoilers for Line Of Duty series 3, episode 5 (Nb interview took place before the finale aired. Here's a spoiler-filled post-finale chat).

As Line Of Duty viewers might expect from the man who’s turned the police interview into an art-form, Jed Mercurio is a very measured, practiced interviewee. He gives precise, categorical answers unfurred by the usual hesitations and rambling false starts. Bring up the perception that Line Of Duty’s series two finale was hard to follow and he explains, patiently, that the most reliable evidence we have suggests otherwise. He speaks fluently in terms of suppositions, anecdotal evidence, arithmetical means and statistical outliers. When he completes a given response, he simply stops talking.

Mercurio’s voice only became heated twice in the next six thousand words. »

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Thursday’s best TV: Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or List It; Line of Duty finale

27 April 2016 10:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Allsopp and Spencer negotiate with a family who can’t decide whether to stay put or move on, a tense finale to Jed Mercurio’s police procedural, and a candid look at the life of a young father who lost all his limbs

The property show equivalent of El Clásico returns, with Kirstie Allsopp encouraging homeowners to make over their dull domiciles, while Phil Spencer implores them to sell up sharpish and move instead. Tonight’s series opener considers a distended dwelling in Wiltshire, a home that has stubbornly refused to grow at the same rate as its owners’ brood. With half of the family keen to move and the rest determined not to depart, it’s time for Kirstie and Phil to dust off their best sales pitches. Mark Gibbings-Jones

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Line of Duty's Craig Parkinson on playing TV's nastiest man: 'I'm a master at lurking'

26 April 2016 9:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As Line of Duty thunders to a climax, Craig Parkinson talks about playing bent copper ‘Dot’ Cottan – and his own criminal past

‘Espresso.” Craig Parkinson has reluctantly revealed his trick for making perfect chilli, to divert my attention away from the endgame in BBC2’s all-conquering Line of Duty, because he is “shit at keeping secrets”. He throws me another minor indiscretion: the character he plays, Matthew “Dot” Cottan, was called Matthew “Babs” Windsor “for a looooong time” in early drafts of the show. But will Dot be back for the already-commissioned fourth series? Parkinson consults the invisible notes on his hand, then the very visible BBC publicist in the corner of the room. “No comment.”

Well-kept secrets have turned a tightly written, impeccably performed police thriller, which debuted in 2012, into one of 2016’s most talked-about shows. After the premature death of putative third-series star Danny Waldron (played by Daniel Mays »

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Line of Duty recap: series three, episode five – a swift jab at Operation Yewtree

21 April 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In a superbly tense episode with the ultimate standoff, Jed Mercurio takes both Jimmy Savile and celebrity culture in his sights

Things kicked up another level again this week, as Steve found himself suspended, under investigation, covertly watched and (briefly) forced into a partnership with Lindsay Denton. Is it just me who would watch them in a snark-filled spin-off where they stride through bleak landscapes being chippy with each other? Meanwhile, Dot drew Kate ever further into his cosy web of expert lies and poor old Hastings found himself on the wrong end of Gill’s attentions. Along the way, writer Jed Mercurio landed a few swift jabs at both Operation Yewtree (“how much money are we going to spend chasing clapped out DJs?”) and celebrity culture (“we all know showbiz people have very low morals”) and even audaciously evoked that infamous modern-day monster Jimmy Savile in a scene that was queasy but, »

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Line Of Duty series 3 episode 5 review

21 April 2016 1:45 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Line Of Duty series 3’s penultimate episode is a gripping hour of drama that doesn’t fail to shock. Major spoilers...

This review contains spoilers.

Jed Mercurio says he doesn’t write tragedy, but what else could you call tonight’s episode? It unfolded like a Greek play, from the opening commendation ceremony—a scene scarcely more ironic had Mark Antony popped in to present Cottan with the award for most ‘honourable man’—to the death of Lindsay Denton, a conflicted hero whose fatal flaw finally proved such.

Denton’s tragic error was taking a shortcut to what she perceived as justice. You could say her fate was sealed the moment she broke faith with the law to see Tommy Hunter punished. Everything that happened to her since the ambush resulted from that mistake and her subsequent denial. She was Oedipus. With a fringe.

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Line Of Duty series 4 to film later this year

21 April 2016 4:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The fourth series of Jed Mercurio's superlative crime thriller, Line Of Duty, is planned to start filming at the end of 2016...

News that the BBC, showing excellent sense, had simultaneously commissioned a third and fourth series of Jed Mercurio's stunning Line Of Duty arrived just after the conclusion to series two. Now we've a clearer idea of the schedule plan.

World Productions has confirmed that series four is currently being written to film later this year, according to our chums at Cultbox. By our reckoning then, we might expect series four to arrive on our screens in 2017.

The two-year gap between series two and three was down to creator and writer Jed Mercurio's involvement in Sky medical drama Critical, but it looks as though the BBC crime show will have his full attention since it was confirmed that no further episodes of Critical would be made. »

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Line Of Duty series 3 episode 4 review

14 April 2016 6:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Is this the beginning of the end for Steve? Line Of Duty series 3’s queasy twists keep coming…

This review contains spoilers.

The destructive potential of blind workplace loyalty is laid bare in Jed Mercurio’s work, from his terrific hospital drama, Bodies, which showed doctors closing ranks in the face of mistakes and complaints, to Line Of Duty, which exposes the most damaging end result of devotion to a work clique.

Mercurio’s writing in this series shows how understandings forged on the golf course, over matey pints and slices of the wife’s Victoria Sponge all grease the wheels of much darker manoeuvres.

Professional loyalty is a quality prized by coppers and criminals alike. It makes even the most principled of men, as Ted Hastings was cast this week when he refused to break his marriage vows, complicit. Acts presented as harmless favours between colleagues or, »

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Line Of Duty series 3 episode 3 review

7 April 2016 4:44 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The superb Line Of Duty changes your mind utterly about its characters from week to week. Exhausting, but brilliant...

This review contains spoilers.

Line Of Duty series three is proving as tricky to pin down as AC-12’s interviewees. Three episodes in and do we even know who the lead character is? Danny Waldron first looked set to take the role before that rug was pulled away from under us. Then it seemed as though Rod, Jane and Freddie (I think those are their names?) were our focus. Not so.

Episode three has left us with a much more tantalising prospect: this is ‘Dot’ Cottan’s story, the tale of the Caddy.

Craig Parkinson’s furrowed brow was the star of this week’s instalment. It got a close-up each time the investigation moved a step closer to the truth he’s trying to steer his team »

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Line of Duty recap: series three, episode two – what's in the box?

31 March 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The shocks came by the second in this cracking episode with some horribly graphic deaths and a courtroom full of AC12 shame

I’m beginning to wonder if Jed Mercurio has made some sort of bet along the lines of: “So you thought the last series was full of surprises – well, you ain’t seen nothing yet …”

It is certainly one way to look at an episode in which the shocks came thick and fast. Danny Waldron is dead! Lindsay Denton is back! Hari Bains shot Danny! And may have killed Rod! Danny cut Linus Murphy’s head off in some bizarre homage to Se7en! Dot stole Danny’s Little List of Long-Delayed Justice! Then burned it! Still, the main appeal of Line of Duty lies in what’s happening beyond those “Oh my God” moments – and this week’s episode was a cracker, stuffed with intriguing subplots and possible misdirects. »

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Line Of Duty series 3 episode 2 review

31 March 2016 10:06 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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If paranoia were a drug, Line Of Duty would be a top-rung dealer. Series 3’s twists and revelations keep coming…

This review contains spoilers.

“Sincerity is everything. Fake that and you’ve got it made.” That old showbiz joke applies to other arenas than just Hollywood, as this week’s Line Of Duty proved.

By closing on Lindsay Denton practising a courtroom monologue, drilling each line, gesture and glance like a leading lady in her dressing room rather than a prison cell, the episode cemented the thematic importance of performance in this show. These characters may be police officers, but they’re also players in an improvised drama that relies on them never letting their masks slip.

What went on in that bedroom? Either Danny shot himself or was killed, both versions of the truth that were rehearsed by his rapidly shrinking squad this week on stage »

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