Line of Duty: Season 1, Episode 1

Episode #1.1 (26 Jun. 2012)

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After a bungled raid which kills an innocent man young DS Steve Arnott faces disgrace. However he is transferred to the anti-corruption squad, whose head, superintendent Ted Hastings, gives... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Darren Morfitt ...
Elizabeth Hill ...
Aaliyah Ali's Solicitor
Neal Foster ...
DCI Tony Gates
Jackie Laverty
Nadzia Wojcik
Martin Buchan ...
Chief Constable
Craig Parkinson ...
CS Derek Hilton
Jordyn-Eve Davis Greene ...
Natalie Tate


After a bungled raid which kills an innocent man young DS Steve Arnott faces disgrace. However he is transferred to the anti-corruption squad, whose head, superintendent Ted Hastings, gives him a "very special case" to investigate - DCI Tony Gates, recently awarded a medal for heroic conduct but with a suspiciously high arrest rate. Hastings tries to get Gates on minor bribery charges, in vain, and is unaware that the married Gates has covered up a fatal hit-and-run by his lover, businesswoman Jackie Laverty. Meanwhile DC Kate Fleming joins Gates's team and tells Steve she is investigating him from the inside following the deaths of two drug dealers. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Not bad - but too fast and too short for true depth.
26 June 2012 | by (Glasgow) – See all my reviews

A young sergeant in counter terrorism reacts to a terrorist threat and orders the shooting of an innocent man. His boss orders everyone to cover up at the inquest but the sergeant refuses to do so and is told by his boss his career is ended.

He doesn't lose his job but moves to a department AC12 which investigates Police corruption.

Switch to a scene of a senior detective who we later find out to be married talking to a girl in a café in a very friendly manner. He spots two muggers attacking a woman with pram and goes to their aid arresting the two suspects.

Turns out he (Lennie James) is copper of the year with a huge crime clear up rate.

Receiving a phone call from the girl in the café (Gina McKee) who is drunk and has hit a dog with her car, he covers it up by faking a break in and theft of the keys.

Turns out his mistress? Hit a man and killed him. He meets her and tells her to come clean but she doesn't.

AC12 uses a minor infraction to start investigating the copper (Lennie James) but quickly expands the remit for 'laddering' or increasing crime clear up figures by adding lots of charges to the cases.

Ds Arnott (Martin Compston) learns of another AC 12 operative inside Gates's team.

Having been really upset about his mistress Jackie not telling the truth and confessing he later turns up at her house and some canuddling takes place.So much for the anger.

Gates's team messes up on surveillance on another case and two men get killed

In a heartbeat we flash to Gates talking to an incredible thick civilian worker explaining they found out who the hit and run victim was, and he is the accountant for Gates's mistress' firm.

He deletes the links on the file whilst DS Arnott is viewing the same case.

It's OK to watch but there are many things wrong with it.

Too many sub-plots Things are skipped over Zero character depth apart from maybe DS Gates (Lennie James). Far too many stereotypes

If the intention is that we root for AC12 then it fails - personally I found DS Gates to be exactly the type of copper you might want, because even if he does 'ladder' as sanctioned by his boss, he seems to get the job done within the law. As a human being he obviously lacks due to the mistress angle, however the first episode portrays his choice to delete the files as difficult.

If he was a totally bent copper he would not have hesitated.

At this stage the only character with any viewer engagement has to be Lennie James as DS Gates


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