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Line of Duty: Series 1 (2012)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: October 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 305 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D7AM2YW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,395 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

BONUS Interviews with the writer, directors, and cast (47 min.) and behind-the-scenes footage (10 min.).

SDH subtitles.

Editorial Reviews

“Gripping cat-and-mouse thriller” —The Daily Telegraph (U.K.)

“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

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Every once in a while, you discover a series that really surprises you. For me, the five part British police drama "Line of Duty" was one of those experiences. Having seen so many films and TV shows based on a similar premise (cops coloring outside of the lines and those that would pursue them), I didn't have particularly high expectations that this could provide much new to the topic. I just hoped it would be slick and entertaining. From the get-go, though, this high octane procedural came out of the gate swinging and its intensity never relented. Providing as many, if not more, plot twists and big confrontations than a regular season on traditional network TV, these five parts took me on a complete and satisfying journey. Sure, some of the plot points stretched credibility at times. The lead investigators on both sides are each allowed to behave incredibly unprofessionally without repercussions and the criminal plot threads get particularly convoluted. But I didn't care due to sheer entertainment value. In some ways, my brain is telling me that I should value this experience at 4 stars due to these slight reservations. But I'm rounding my 4 1/2 star rating up instead for the simple reason that "Line of Duty" so supremely exceeded my expectations.

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).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch UK police thriller December 22, 2013
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The first season of "Line of Duty" is a five-part series that includes police corruption, terrorism, drug dealing, torture, and more. The series begins with a botched anti-terrorism raid during which an innocent man is killed. When the order comes down for the officers to lie about what happened, one young officer, DS Arnott refuses to do so. For his stand, he is put on what in the states is Internal Affairs and is on the case of a recent officer of the year, who has covered up an apparent hit-and-run accident by his lover.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNSETTLING CRIME SUSPENSE with gritty dark cops September 27, 2013
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I couldn't stop watching, but must admit; I turned by head from several nasty scenes. The action is gritty, and writing layered and well done, and the actors believable. That's why it was a BBC hit with a dark side to final justice.

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.

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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".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Line of Duty is a five part mini-series about a cop who is reassigned after he refused to tow the line on an accidental shooting.

Martin Compson plays Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott. DS Arnott is reassinged from the antiterrorist unit after he refuses to lie about what happened with a botched raid in which an innocent man is killed. He is sent to the anitcoruption unit where he is to investigate the cop of the year, DCI Tony Gates played by Lennie James. Gates squad has the best clearance stats of any group. But they get that by cherry picking high profile cases and cases that appear to be easily solved. Additionally, they charge the criminals with as many crimes as possible to make it look like more crimes were solved (known as Laddering). But this is really just the side story.

The meat of this mini-series is how a basically decent cop and family man gets caught up in a money launderng scam with the town's drug kingpin. While Gates is just an unknowing pawn in the scheme, it is interesting how quickly he slides into the muck to protect himself and his family.

If the show was just about this, it would be a fantastic show but it gets caught up in the precinct politics and often goes off on tangents that never mount up to much.

Overall, it is a good watch but not in the league of Prime Suspect.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very "Missable"
As a fan of the American "The Wire" (greatest of all time {GOAT} series), the French series Spiral (also a GOAT), the Danish "The Killing", and the Swedish series... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Hank's Wife
4.0 out of 5 stars Well executed police procedural
It took me a while to get around to watching this series, but I'm glad I finally did. The plot deals with police corruption, and it's a gritty and violent show. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Alcee Arobin
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality British Cop Drama on Par With Our American Law & Order
Having just watched and reviewed Jack Taylor I was kind of weary on reviewing another UK cop drama as Taylor was boring, derivative, and really hard to follow. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kyle Slayzar
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done UK police series
I seem to enjoy police and detective shows, so I decided to give this one a go.
I enjoyed it, not quite good as Dragnet, The Sweeney or Prime Suspect, but good in its own way.
Published 1 month ago by Jason P. Pumphrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Carve Out A Chunk Of Time To Binge Watch This One!
Because once you get started on this British crime thriller about a DCI under investigation and the team that's determined to winkle out his secrets, you are not going to want to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bucky
5.0 out of 5 stars tangled web
Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) is a young officer in disgrace from a mistake he made that cost an innocent life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Flight Risk (The Gypsy Moth)
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable if a little dark British cop series...
Sometimes you might want something a little in between Castle and Criminal Minds. This is a little darker in tone than some and British so that makes it much better... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Flood
5.0 out of 5 stars A plot that twists and turns
This is an excellent mini-series consisting of 5 one-hour episodes. It has a very well-written and dynamic plot, with twists and turns that will leave you wondering who really are... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. D. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another grim, harrowing British police thriller
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Published 1 month ago by DJ Joe Sixpack
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GREAT SERIES THAT HAS FOUND ME
LINE OF DUTY

This is the second BBC series that Amazon has introduced me to and I am glad that they did. Read more
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