Line of Duty (2012– )

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DS Steve Arnott is transferred to the police anti-corruption unit after the death of a man in a mistaken shooting during a counter-terrorist operation by another cop.

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Series cast summary:
 Steve Arnott / ... (11 episodes, 2012-2014)
 Kate Fleming / ... (11 episodes, 2012-2014)
 Ted Hastings / ... (11 episodes, 2012-2014)
Craig Parkinson ...
 Cottan (9 episodes, 2012-2014)
 DC Nigel Morton / ... (7 episodes, 2012-2014)
 Lindsay Denton (6 episodes, 2014)
 DCC Mike Dryden / ... (6 episodes, 2014)
 DCI Tony Gates (5 episodes, 2012)
Fiona Boylan ...
 WPC Karen Larkin (5 episodes, 2012)
 Jools Gates (5 episodes, 2012)
 DS Leah Janson (5 episodes, 2012)
 CS Hargreaves (5 episodes, 2014)
Saffron Davies ...
 Chloe Tate (5 episodes, 2012)
Jordyn-Eve Davis Greene ...
 Natalie Tate (5 episodes, 2012)
 CS Derek Hilton (5 episodes, 2012)


Following one multi-stranded investigation over five hours, Line Of Duty sees Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) transferred to AC-12, a fictional anti-corruption unit, after a mistaken shooting during a counter-terrorist operation. Alongside Detective Constable Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), they are assigned to lead an investigation into the alleged corruption by a popular and successful officer, Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates (Lennie James). While Gates cleverly manipulates his unit's figures, DS Arnott questions whether Gates is being made a scapegoat for a culture of institutionalised spin, or is guilty of darker corruption? Written by World Productions

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Great idea but poor script and cast.
23 March 2013 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

The basic idea here is quite clever, and the main man (Lennie James) does a good job of playing the flawed hero. In fact the series seemed quite Shakespearean in its conception, except that Shakespeare had ideas, language and a sense of theatre to help him. But who wrote this script? And where did they find the rest of these yo-yos?

To a man (or woman) the police officers and assorted criminals - with the exception of the protagonist - are pathetic. Martin Compston does nothing to inspire sympathy, respect or admiration; he comes across as a lily-livered milksop who has no integrity, courage or any other redeeming value. He is a short man who plays someone short on self-belief.

His female partner (Vicky McClure) has even fewer redeeming features. She appears to have only two facial expressions, which she alternates with total disregard to the script, and a mono tonal delivery of her lines that makes her an ideal person for recorded announcements on a subway.

The rest of the cast are equally bad. They are stereotyped, wooden and, by the last part, it is difficult to separate one from another. Lennie James towers over the rest of this rabble, although even he is forced into some rather silly utterances and action by whoever wrote this.

And he (or she) is the real culprit. What a great idea! Why didn't you just sell it and move on?

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