LINE OF DUTY
(Acorn) Out Now
The cop conspiracy drama brings back some familiar faces for Series 3.
Jed Mercurio’s drama about the AC-12 unit investigating police corruption stakes its claim for crime TV greatness with its third series. It grabs you by the throat from the opening scenes: an armed response unit tooling up with semi-automatic Glock pistols, followed by Sergeant Danny Waldron’s (Daniel Mays) cold-blooded execution of an unarmed suspect and his bullying of junior officers to back up his version of events.
When he’s quizzed about the shooting, Danny is a coldly officious Robocop who runs rings around the AC-12 officers. As DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) says, the easiest way to get away with murder is to be a police offer. It’s a chilling line, especially as DC Kate Fleming (Vicky Mcclure) is about to go undercover amid the firearms. But your expectations are soon blown apart with a bold and bloody conclusion to the first episode.
As well as touching on disturbing real-life headlines, Series 3 picks up the story arc of the ‘The Caddy’ – a senior officer with criminal connections – and brings back disgraced detective Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes). Everyone involved tackles their character with complete conviction. Expect a stand-off with The Night Manager for Baftas.
Before the line of duty comes the line of bathroom.