The BBC's Line of Duty has found an unlikely fan in the shape of best-selling author Stephen King.
Here's our first look at Trainspotting star Kelly Macdonald, set to make her debut in hit BBC police drama Line of Duty.
The TV drama about a fictional police anti-corruption squad averaged nearly 13 million viewers for its fifth series.
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Graham has opened up about his struggle with the condition, which jumbles up letters in words making reading difficult, and he has now explained how his actress wife Hannah Walters reads scripts for him and tells him which ones he should go for.
The 35-year-old will front a BBC documentary, Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure, to raise awareness about a condition close to her heart.
Phew. After another white-knuckle hour of shady dealings and shock deaths, here are all the talking points from an incendiary fourth episode…
Another armed raid, hotel trysts, hostages taken – and did we see the unmasking of corrupt kingpin “H”? Here are all the talking points from a breathlessly eventful third episode…
Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has been planning the “H” conspiracy since day one. The identity of the mysterious character has not been revealed, with the ongoing secret continuing to grip that nation and propelling the series to become the most-watched show of 2019 so far. Speaking at the BFI television festival, Mercurio – who created the show – said that, although there was a plan, he was always open to changing who “H” could eventually be.
A blizzard of acronyms continues to swirl and rage as Line of Duty (BBC1) plunges deeper into Jed Mercurio’s nightmare world of paranoia, betrayal and indecipherable police jargon. The (mostly) upstanding detectives from the AC-12 anti-corruption unit are on the tail of the OCG that liberated the contraband ED905 – and sometimes it’s confusing as all HELL. The latest in a distinguished parade of Line of Duty anti-heroes is confirmed to be UCO John Corbett (Stephen Graham).
Superintendent Ted Hastings, the head of AC-12 and all-round legend, follows the letter of the law sir, THE LETTER. So we're seriously concerned by how much Line of Duty seems to be hinting that he might actually be a corrupt officer after all. Chatting on Lorraine on Thursday, Adrian Dunbar – who plays the fella himself - revealed that Ted "comes under scrutiny" in season five. Although we don't want it to be true, the series has already dropped some serious suggestions that Hastings might not follow the letter of the law after all. Ahead of Sunday night's season five premiere, here are all of the signs that he isn't as he seems... He killed a balaclava manIn the season four finale, a group of the balaclava men come into AC-12 after they realise that their operation has gone sideways and that Ros' lawyer, Jimmy Lakewell, has been arrested. While one of the men grabs an officer and holds him hostage, Hastings doesn't hesitate and shoots him straight away, killing him. While he ended up saving an officer's life by his actions, this can be read another way: he killed a gunman so that he wouldn't be arrested and reveal his secrets.Will Hastings be exposed as corrupt in season 5?Jed Mercurio has since hinted that this action will come back to haunt him, explaining: "It does leave Hastings open to the accusation that he should have done more to preserve life in that situation and preserve a key witness." He was a suspect for the police kingpin 'H'Ted was issued a regulation 15 notice in season four after it was alleged that he was the lead officer in charge of the corrupt police officers, known only as 'H' (his surname is Hastings after all). The only problem is, most senior officers surnames appear to begin with 'H' as well. As such, the suspicion falls to Assistant Chief Constable Derek Hilton - and it is Hastings who declares that Hilton was 'H' all along, and requests that his name be taken from the list of suspects.Adrian revealed his character comes under scrutiny in season 5 Hastings' relationship with Dot CottanAlthough Hastings was imperative to rumbling Dot – it was the corrupt copper who alerted Kate and AC-12 to the ringleader 'H' in the first place, confirming that the network of corruption goes much higher than 'the Caddy'. Since it was Hastings who promoted Dot to AC-12, with Dot telling the Superintendent: "What can I say? I'm your man," after accepting the job officer, it does hint that Hastings might have known the truth about Dot all along.READ: Line of Duty fans have furious reaction to the season five trailerLoading the player... The season four finaleAlthough the showrunner Jed Mercurio is known for messing with the audience (see Bodyguard!), he left season four on an disquieting note after appearing to show Ted Hastings behind bars in his office while ominously watching his team as they work, as the epilogue reads: "[Ted Hastings] remains in command of Anti-Corruption Unit 12."READ: Line of Duty FINALLY announces air date – and it's sooner than you might think!
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The creator of Line of Duty is already plotting the scrap the hit BBC cop show, to avoid the series going over its shelf life.
The BBC has released the first trailer for its forthcoming series of Line of Duty. The crime procedural is set to return this spring, with original stars Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar all reprising their roles. The series, from Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio, follows AC-12, a fictional police squad assigned with uncovering corruption within the police force.
After four seasons of the hugely popular Line of Duty, as an audience we have become fairly accustomed as to what expect from the hit crime procedural drama, with everything from Superintendent Ted Hastings' catchphrases ("My officers conduct themselves to the letter of the law, sir - THE LETTER!"), to that one corrupt officer doing everything possible to avoid being discovered, to DCI Steve Arnott's love of waist coasts.