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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,