Line of Duty is back on BBC1 for a hotly anticipated fifth series about police anti-corruption unit AC-12. Jed Mercurio’s acclaimed thriller is lauded by viewers for the intricacy of its plot and its nail-biting interview scenes.
Here’s everything you need to know about series five…
When is Line of Duty series five on TV?
Line of Duty series five began airing on Sunday 31st March 2019. New episodes in the six-part series will air every Sunday at 9pm on BBC1.
Tony Pitts made his return as Detective Chief Superintendent Les Hargreaves, while Andrea Irvine re-appears as Ted’s estranged wife Roisin Hastings.
The two big guest stars for series five are Stephen Graham (as John Corbett) and Rochenda Sandall (as Lisa McQueen). Both are pivotal figures in a deadly organised crime group which is known to have links with corrupt police officers.
YES! Here’s the trailer for Line of Duty series five. It includes an ominous shot that appears to show Ted Hastings standing in a prison cell. The pressure is clearly on as we see not just one balaclava man but a whole gang, headed up by Stephen Graham’s John Corbett, with three police officers murdered in a hijacking…
Speaking in September 2018, series creator Mercurio said: “With Line of Duty we’re shooting series five now, and series six has been commissioned which we’re gonna shoot hopefully in the next couple of years.”
But asked how long Line of Duty can go on for, Mercurio told the audience at a screening in London that it had a “lifespan.”
“I don’t know,” he responded. “We all love making the show but I think a lot depends on how people respond to it. I think that it’s great when people get very excited about it and they get to the end of the series and they’re talking about what they want to know, what they want to see next. But I think we recognise that it’s got a lifespan. So I think we’re got to kind of calibrate that against what the audience response is.”
The drama is filmed in Belfast, where the cast relocate for the duration of the shoot – renting flats next door to each other.
“We just do what Vicky tells us,” Adrian Dunbar reported. “We have three flats: my flat is the flat where they come to eat, and I cook. Vicky’s flat is the flat where we go to learn lines, and Martin’s flat is the party flat.”
Line of Duty can sometimes be hard to keep up with, what with all those three-letter abbreviations flying around. Jed Mercurio’s scripts assume a certain level of police knowledge, so here are some translations:
It’s been a long break since the last series of Line of Duty, but writer Jed Mercurio kept himself busy with his BBC1 smash hit Bodyguard starring Line of Duty actress Keeley Hawes alongside Richard Madden. Charting bodyguard David Budd and his protection of Home Secretary Julia Montague, the series made a splash around the world – and earned Madden a Golden Globe.
But as he returned to work on Line of Duty , Mercurio said, “After the hysteria surrounding Bodyguard, it’s a relief to be back in the day job. I’m delighted to be working with the old gang and welcoming our brilliant newcomers led by Stephen Graham and Rochenda Sandall.”
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