Line of Duty is a a hard-hitting new thriller series exploring the world of police corruption which starts this month on BBC Two.
The series follows one multi-stranded investigation over five hours and stars Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Lennie James, Neil Morrissey and Faraz Ayub.
Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Compston) is transferred to AC-12, a fictional anti-corruption unit, after a mistaken shooting during a counter-terrorist operation.
Alongside Detective Constable Kate Fleming (McClure), he is assigned to lead an investigation into the alleged corruption by a popular and successful officer, Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates (James).
While Gates cleverly manipulates his unit’s figures, DS Arnott questions whether Gates’s being made a scapegoat for a culture of institutionalised spin, or is guilty of darker corruption?
Writer/Producer Jed Mercurio says: “Line Of Duty is first and foremost a thriller. But it’s also a revisionist commentary on 21st century policing. I have a lot of respect for our police forces. They are generally honest and effective.
“However, I also think that, as an institution that’s undergone such radical changes in its practices over the last decade, the police shouldn’t be above being examined in a serious, thought-provoking drama.”