Viewers who were on tenterhooks waiting to see whether Keeley Hawes’ copper Lindsay Denton was guilty on Line of Duty 2 – or are still recovering from the fact that Jessica Raine got chucked out of a window – will be pleased to hear that the third series is meant to be even better.
BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson says writer Jed Mercurio has “outdone himself” after delivering the script for the third series of the police corruption thriller.
Stephenson told the Edinburgh International Television Festival: “I have just read episode one of Line of Duty 3 and I was sitting alone in my flat on Sunday evening reading it. And I literally said to myself ‘Oh my God I can’t believe that’s happening’. And I said ‘Oh my God, Jed is so clever he has outdone himself’.”
Mercurio refused to be drawn on whether he agreed with Stephenson, telling RadioTimes.com : “I don’t know [if it’s the most exciting yet]. It’s a script at the moment, we haven’t made it.”
The new six-part series will focus on a lead police character who is under investigation for corruption, said Mercurio, who refused to reveal casting plans or say whether Hawes’ character Denton – the chief suspect in a fatal police ambush – would be returning.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.