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LINE OF DUTY, SERIES 1
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“Unmissable” —The Times (U.K.)
“Hugely compelling” —Daily Mail (U.K.)
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates (Lennie James, The Walking Dead) is an exemplary cop. He’s got the best crime stats on the force and a loyal team working under him. But the head of the police anticorruption unit, Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Ashes to Ashes), has his doubts about Gates. Is he really that good? And more importantly, is he really that clean? Hastings decides to find out and calls on a new arrival to his department, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston, Monarch of the Glen), to help him do it. As the net tightens around Gates, reputations are on the line—and lives are at risk.
Critically acclaimed for its taut plotting and remarkable performances, this high-stakes thriller also stars Vicky McClure (Broadchurch), Gina McKee (The Forsyte Saga), Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead), Craig Parkinson (Misfits), and Neil Morrissey (Waterloo Road).
Contains coarse language and disturbing images
Top Customer Reviews
At the beginning of "Line of Duty," we meet Martin Compston as DS Steve Arnott. Working with a counter-terrorism unit, a mission goes horribly awry and he is left to twist in the wind when he won't back an untruthful cover story. This principled, though incredibly unpopular, stand leads to an appointment in the British equivalent of Internal Affairs. His attention is focused on the city's most decorated officer, DCI Tony Gates (played with great swagger by Lennie James).Read more ›
There are several different plots running through these five episodes. There's the investigation into the corrupt officer. There's an ongoing series of drug deals. There's a young boy who seems to be a neighborhood thug and is not at all intimidated by police. There's the issue of the inefficacy of policing in a poor neighborhood. By the end, almost all of these strings have been woven together into a very satisfactory story. (I recently saw "The Fall," another import from across the pond and was less than pleased that the season ended in the middle of the story. No such problems here.)
Though this is a television series, it does have its share of swearing (for those who wish to avoid such language) and somewhat graphic scenes of violence. Extras in the DVD set include interviews with writers, directors, and actors.
The story plays out more like a 5 hour suspense feature rather than an episodal series. Well developed plot, sub-plots, and characters that remain edge-of-the-seat scary for hours. It's hard to tread water in quicksand when it's sucking the life out of you. It's not the typical bad cop-good cop drama.
Fingers bolt-cuttered, neck slashing, drugs, language and other bad boy stuff makes this intense crime suspense and not for the kiddies.
Martin Compston (Monarch of the Glen) leads as DS Arnott, new AC-12 (anti-corruption unit) after a bungled raid. His boss is Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) and Arnott gets lost of double agent style help for his first case, DCI Gates (Lennie James) from DC Fleming (Vicky McClure). Gina McKee plays a business woman, crook, & mistress well enough for an award. The list is endless as 23 characters appear frequently. You meet them all personally. Some could give you nightmares.
SDH SUBTITLES for all:
1 Arnott in disgrace is transferred to AC-12 and given a "very special" case. DCI Gates wins the medal as hero, is exemplarly, an ace in arrests but is it all true? His private life makes him suspect, including his on-the-side lover, Jackie (Gina McKee-Forsyte Saga).
2 Gates prizes his job & kids. Will he lose both? Jackie's cop connection is discovered and a link to crime deepens arriving with deadly potential.
3 After regaining consciousness Gates mishandles evidence. His "old flame" as he claims, disappears. Arnott's queries are "over the line".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked this series and Series 2 for that matter. The lead players are very good and the story lines are complex. Read morePublished 2 months ago by CBack
An excellent series that we thoroughly enjoyed. It compares favorably with The Wire and other favorites.Published 4 months ago by Photog
I loved this series !! Lots of great characters & LennieJames ( TWD) was incredible in this!! The acting was great by everyone in it!! Read morePublished 4 months ago by MtnBrookie