LINE OF DUTY

(Acorn) Out Now

Crime Scene - - CONTENTS - By AN­DRE PAINE

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.

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