Thrilling BBC1 drama, Line of Duty is back and better than ever with the fifth series promising more episodes that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats. The series, as always, will follow the police anti-corruption unit AC-12. Jed Mercurio has been hailed for the thriller’s detailed and labyrinthine plotlines that always have audiences shocked and desperate for more.
It started on the 31st of March, 2018 and will be continuing every Sunday at 9pm on BBC1. However, if you’ve missed the previous episodes then you can catch-up on BBC iPlayer. If you’ve never seen Line of Duty then you can find the previous series streaming on BBC iPlayer and Netflix. Alternatively, you can buy them on Amazon, iTunes and Sky Store.
Before we divulge all that you need to know about series five, let’s take a brief look back at series four to catch everyone up. Everything that has happened will still be relevant to the upcoming series so get your notebooks ready and write down the following plotlines which may be beneficial when you return to viewing the latest series:
- The Balaclava Gang – an ominous presence that have been a threat since series one who have been behind almost every crime presented on the show.
- Roz Huntley – a Detective Chief inspector responsible for the murder of Forensic Inspector Tim Ifield. After killing him in self-defence, she attempted to cover her tracks by solving the murder herself. She later confessed and is now serving 10 years in jail.
- Maneet – a member of AC-12 who has been leaking information to Hilton. The trailer for series five suggests that she may be under suspicion.
Now, without further ado, here is everything that you need to know about the latest series.
Who will be starring in Line of Duty series five?
There will be the familiar faces of Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston reprising their roles of Supt. Ted Hastings, DI Kate Fleming and DS Steve Arnott respectively. We will also see the returns of Maya Sondhi (PC Maneet Bindra), Polly Walker (Gill Biggeloe) and Aiysha Hart (DS Sam Railston), Tony Pitts (DCS Les Hargreaves) and finally Andrea Irvine (Roisin Hastings.)
There will also be a range of guest stars, the biggest being Stephen Graham who will play John Corbett and Rochenda Sandall as Lisa McQueen. Both will play large roles in a dangerous organised crime group which will have its collection of corrupt police officers – or ‘bent coppers’ as the show is renowned for coining them. Alongside the pair, Taj Atwal will be another newbie to the cast playing PC Tatleen Sohota, Richard Pepple as PS Kyle Ferringham and others such as Ace Bhatti, Sian Reese-Williams, Elizabeth Rider and Susan Vidler.
Is Ted Hastings ‘H’? If he isn’t, then who is?
The series four finale revealed that the corrupt police officers within Line of Duty stretched further and wider than AC-12 previously believed, showing that there was a deeper and darker secret to police corruption than they could have planned for.
Of course, there is the big question which has been following the series all along: who is ‘H’ and when will we find out? All we know about them so far for certain – despite theories – is that they are on the inside with the police and can command the Balaclava Gang to do whichever crime they desire. However, Adrian Dunbar is unimpressed that there has been hints that Hastings is ‘H’. But could that be a ploy to throw the audience off? Who knows.
In the trailer of series five, there is an unnerving shot of Ted Hastings brooding in a prison cell. The tension builds as we see that the Balaclava Gang is back once again, lead by John Corbett (Stephen Graham) murdering three police officers during a hijacking.
Will this be the last series of Line of Duty? Jed Mercurio states that he hopes that the series will run for another two sessions but can confirm that it has been commissioned for its sixth series. He doesn’t want it to run for longer than its ‘lifespan’ however and will work out when the show should end based upon the audience’s response to it. When series five finishes airing, Mercurio will have conversations with the appropriate authorities at the BBC to see if there was a chance of series seven being commissioned. Either way, we can definitely expect series six to follow this current one.
What is the filming location of Line of Duty?
The location for the drama is in Belfast. The cast relocate themselves there for the entire shooting period in a close knit manner – they rent apartments which are neighbouring each other. Sweet. Adrian Dunbar revealed that the cast eat at his flat where he cooks for them, Vicky McClure’s flat is the place for learning lines and finally, Martin Compston’s flat is for partying. Who said acting was all work and no play?
Need some help with those tricky police acronyms?
In the interest of authenticity, there are moments within Line of Duty where real-life police knowledge is applied to the show including the three-letter abbreviations. But if you’re not a member of the police yourself, they can be hard to understand so we’ve translated them for you:
- AC-12 – Anti-Corruption Unit 12
- DCI – Detective Chief Inspector
- DI – Detective Inspecto
- DS – Detective Sergeant
- DC – Detective Constable
- PC – Police Constable
- FI – Forensic Investigator
- UCO – Undercover Officer
- OCG – Organised Crime Group
- SIO – Senior Investigating Officer
Within the long hiatus for the show, Jed Mercurio took over BBC1’s screens once more with the popular Bodyguard starring Line of Duty’s Keeley Hawes and Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden. The story followed bodyguard David Budd (Madden) who was assigned to protect Home Secretary Julia Montague (Hawes). The series was a massive success, reaching global popularity and earning Richard Madden a Golden Globe for his performance.
However, following the hype that surrounded Bodyguard, Mercurio stated that it was good to be back to his ‘day job’ when he returned to work on Line of Duty. He enjoys the cast and the production crew that he works with and was excited to welcome onto set and screen the newcomers to the show, Stephen Graham and Rochenda Sandall.
We’re sure that he has great things in mind for series five.
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