Line of Duty gets a third series - but will Lindsay Denton return?

Keeley Hawes' conflicted copper may be behind bars for now, but the BBC cop thriller's return next year could see her vindication at Dot's expense...

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Line of Duty gets a third series - but will Lindsay Denton return?
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Line of Duty's sizzling second series came to a conclusion last night with Lindsay Denton's complicity finally revealed and confirmation of what we all suspected, that dodgy "Dot" Cottan's bent ways are far from far behind him... 

Hailed as the drama of the year so far, the news that BBC bosses have coughed up for a third series of Jed Mercurio's nail-biting cop thriller comes as no surprise. But what will happen?

Well, crucially Denton (played by the masterful Keeley Hawes) was last seen alive, albeit serving a life sentence in prison. It made sense. You'd have been mad to close the door on such a game-changing performance - one that was arguably the crux of the second series' success. 

But the decision to keep her character alive and kicking certainly says something. Last year an equally memorable turn by the superb Lennie James came to a dramatic and very final conclusion when his character, Tony Gates, met his maker in the series finale.

With Dot's transfer to the very heart of AC12 in series two's dying moments, it seems prudent to suggest the show's return next year will see the character's long-awaited comeuppance, leading to Denton's vindication and eventual release. The Beeb surely know they're on to a good thing - and we'd put money on the fact we've not seen the last of DI Denton...