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LINE OF DUTY, SERIES 1

4.4 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews

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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

Special Features

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

SDH subtitles.

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: October 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 305 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D7AM2YW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,090 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on August 23, 2013
Format: DVD
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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K Harris does such a good job giving the reader a sense of the plot here while avoiding spoilers, that I don't feel obliged to repeat that good work. Summarizing while avoiding spoilers is an art, and it's one that I was a little shocked to see eluded two of the other reviewers who appear on the listing page. And that's a shame, because spoilers could easily ruin the pleasure of this taut and VERY suspenseful investigation by "internal affairs" of possible rule-breaking or worse by a highly placed officer who has just won a prestigious award. Lennie James plays the character under investigation to perfection, alternately showing us his charm, his genuine warmth, his charismatic leadership and his arrogance, and more generally making my husband and me, as we watched, alternate between believing that the internal affairs team were the ones in the wrong for focusing much too hard on petty issues that should be overlooked in an officer of such obvious talent, then suddenly fearing for the safety of those the young internal affairs officers, only to somersault around again. Fun to talk about as we forced ourselves to parcel out the episodes. To write such a finely nuanced character study in five episodes would be triumph enough, but for Jed Mercurio to combine that with such a gripping "did-he-or-didn't-he mystery is a real tour de force. Did sensitive viewers have to "avert their eyes"? Really? Okay, well, each to his own, but we didn't and we aren't especially fond of violence. Then again, one of our favorite American shows of the past decade is Hannibal, and because that is so intelligent, with nearly all the violence happening off-screen, we don't avert our eyes from it either, and for the sheer intelligence of a complex show created by a gifted show-runner, this sometimes reminded me of Hannibal.Read more ›
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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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Terrific British police drama with spider and fly-like dilemmas. This is a five part drama that deals with police corruption. Nobody is entirely clean or completely evil in this police department. The pursuit of the central character uncovers disturbing facets of the hunters. The acting is superb and the production values are first-rate. While the plot has convolutions, it is not so complex that it is hard to follow. Subtitles help with the dialog especially when slang is used.
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