This one’s a killer. Previously you’ve seen cops hot on the trail of murderers, criminals, drug lords and what not. Here in Line of Duty on Netflix, a British BBC police procedural television series created by Jed Mercurio, you have cops gunning for fellow cops. We are introduced to AC 12, Anti-Corruption Unit 12 with key members DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) led by Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), whose sole mission is to bring corrupt policemen to task. And boy, do they do a brilliant job?
Very very procedural, with exhibits, pieces of evidence and investigation of crime scenes plus interviews with tainted officers, form the crux of this show that is just too good to miss. To keep us on the edge of our seats, are the many twists and turns especially when they work undercover to gather the rotting apples in one basket.
Season 1: Very average. Avoid.
Season 2: This and the seasons after this are excellent. Stellar acting, realistic police procedures, hard-hitting action. This show has got it all and a lot of suspense too.
Watch from Season 2 onwards and get hooked.
That is — if crime, police and procedure are your poison. It is, mine.
Line of Duty, now showing on Netflix, was included in a list of the Top 50 BBC Two shows of all-time and in a list of the 80 best BBC shows of all time. It was the highest-ranked current series in a list of the best cop shows of all time.