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Line of Duty (TV)

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  Line of Duty (TV) Review
Tookey's Rating
10 /10
Average Rating
9.75 /10
Martin Compston , Vicky McClure , Adrian Dunbar
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Directed by: David Caffrey, Douglas Mackinnon, Daniel Nettheim, Michael Keillor, John Strickland, Jed Mercurio
Written by: Jed Mercurio Created by Jed Mercurio

Released: 2012
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: UK
Length: 0

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The first episode (of five) felt weighed down by a certain heaviness of touch. Every time Gates was torn between protecting his girlfriend and doing his duty, the camera seemed to zoom in on his furrowed brow: all that was missing was a flashing sign with the words “inner turmoil”. Likewise, there was a cringe-inducing sequence which flicked between Gates having extra-marital sex, and Arnott clicking through computer files looking for incriminating evidence against him. shouted at the TV: “I get it! His weakness for the posh lady with the shift dress will be his undoing! Please can I look at something else now?” Despite this, I want to see what happens next to DC Gates. Lennie James brilliantly captured the odious ambiguity of his character: a man who is part hero, part the sort of person who looks at a crime scene littered with dismembered body parts and concludes “it’s big, it’s sexy, and that makes it mine”.
(Ceri Radford, Daily Telegraph, 2012)
A few days on and I remain conflicted by the brilliantly unpredictable Line of Duty. Stellar television yes, with writer/director Jed Mercurio bringing the art of drama back to British television with poise. Ten out of ten for entertainment, but with DCI Roz Huntley's career path as a 'returner' (the term coined to describe women who leave their career to start a family before returning to the workplace) playing a central theme within the five-part series, not to mention the fact she is a mixed race woman in a position of power, I can't help but ponder how the two buzz words which have come to sum up our Western quest for equality, diversity and inclusion, landed with the mass British public subconscious. I'm sure every working woman with children, myself included, sat with empathetic gritted teeth, as we heard high flying detective Roz Huntley's boss explain that he stood for her, despite her decision to career break to bring up her children. Wonderful I thought! A very beautifully enacted depiction of the subtle prejudice we often experience as ambitious women who also happen to be mothers. And then in one of many superb plot twists, we see Roz turn the tables, shoving the same prejudicial knife wielded against her, right back at her oppressor. "I'd urge you to use gender neutral language," says Thandie, before making a move which given that we now know she was indeed the accidental killer of Tim Ifield, can only be called out as playing the diversity and inclusion card. "It's gender bias" said Roz (Thandie). Well no, actually, you murdered a bloke and they are on to you... I'm not suggesting for a moment that all entertainment should be subject to political correctness, as art which does not provoke is not art at all, but given the BBC's own diversity challenge, it seems a little ironic.
(Jessica Huie, Huffington Post, 2017)
Line of Duty is a very silly show. Often billed as "realistic" because it employs police jargon and lengthy interrogation scenes, the drama (now on BBC1, imported from BBC2) did start out fairly tame. But ever since writer Jed Mercurio pushed Jessica Raine out of a window – an act committed by a male assailant inexplicably disguised as a female nurse – the series has grown increasingly ludicrous, culminating in last year's wild climax that saw devious "Dot" Cottan gunned down after a 007-esque chase sequence. But – and let's be clear about this – the silliness is not a bad thing. As Line of Duty has grown more unhinged, it's also become more and more addictive. Its fourth series opener may be its most insane episode to date, and also, quite possibly, its most thrilling.
(Morgan Jeffery, Digital Spy, 2017)

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