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Line of Duty episode 5 first-look images reveal Jo Davidson and Steve Arnott working together

The pair appear to be working alongside each other at a crime scene.

Line Of Duty - Ep 5
Published: Tuesday, 13th April 2021 at 12:01 am

So far in Line of Duty series six, Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Jo Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) have been firm adversaries – but first-look images from episode five suggest they could be working together in the near future.


Various stills released by the BBC show Steve and Jo kitted out in bulletproof jackets, as they appear to be responding to a major incident.

In one of the images, the pair can be seen engaging in dialogue with each other, while another shows them inspecting an unknown target – with Steve wearing a sullen expression and Jo appearing shocked.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 13/04/2021 - Programme Name: Line of Duty S6 - TX: n/a - Episode: Line Of Duty - Ep 5 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 13TH APRIL, 2021* DCI Joanne Davidson (KELLY MACDONALD), DS Chris Lomax (PERRY FITZPATRICK), DI Steve Arnott (MARTIN COMPSTON) - (C) World Productions - Photographer: Steffan Hill

Jo's MIT colleague DS Chris Lomax can also be seen in both images, but no other members of AC-12 appear in the stills, nor does Kate Fleming.

Meanwhile, in a third image, Steve can be seen standing by a door alongside an unknown police officer, with his gun drawn – as he appears to be heading into a presumably dangerous situation.

Line Of Duty - Ep 5

It remains to be seen what has brought Steve and Jo together at this apparent crime scene, but given the dramatic developments of episode four, pretty much nothing is off the table.

At the end of episode four, Macdonald's character appeared to be under even more suspicion than ever from AC-12, after the bombshell discovery of Joanne Davidson's mystery relative.

It will therefore be particularly interesting to watch how things unfold between Jo and Steve, especially given they have already clashed earlier in the season.

That said, the images do appear to show the pair working alongside each other with no obvious signs of friction – perhaps they've been brought together against a common threat?


We'll have to wait until Sunday to find out!

Line of Duty continues on Sundays at 9pm on BBC One. If you’re up to date with the latest season, why not read our Line of Duty episode 4 recap. Take a look at the rest of our Drama coverage, or check out our TV guide to see what’s on TV this week.

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