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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Line Of Duty
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Line Of Duty

No show on TV, whether that’s on this side of the pond or across it, can grip audiences like Line Of Duty.

Created by Jed Mercurio, now also known for huge hit Bodyguard, the series stars Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar as officers in AC-12, the police anti-corruption unit. Each season sees them investigating corruption and skullduggery within the police force, with the stakes getting higher and higher with every passing episode.

Keeley Hawes, Lennie James, Gina McKee, Thandie Newton and Daniel Mays have all played key roles at various times, each of them coming up against AC-12.

For its fifth run, they're up against Stephen Graham's John Corbett and a ruthless gang. Their trust, in the system and in each other, has never been weaker.

As the series’ fifth season arrives on DVD shelves and a sixth series already in the planning, we dug up 10 of the lesser-known facts about Line Of Duty...

 

The police were not keen on the series…

When Mercurio asked for help with fact-checking for the series, the police refused to co-operate. Consequently, the production team were advised both by retired policemen and anonymous serving officers. They also made use of anonymous police blogs.

 

It has never won a BAFTA…

Despite a whopping nine nominations, the series has yet to win a single award. You’d bank on that changing before the series ends.

 

The show is set in an undisclosed location…

There's no setting for this show. Although, as the show began its life in Birmingham and maps of Birmingham appear on walls and telephone numbers use an 0121 area code, it's the closest thing there is to a setting.

 

But production has moved…

The show’s first season was filmed in Birmingham, but production for the second and all the subsequent series have moved to Belfast.

 

Vicky McClure was sure she hadn’t got the part…

McClure, who plays DI Kate Fleming, revealed that she had such an awful audition for the show.

"It was a terrible audition," she told Jonathan Ross. "I remember it because I went to get my water and I missed my mouth and I was like, “If I can’t even take a drink, how are they going to trust me with a massive cop show?"’

 

Those long interview scenes take a lot of work…

The series is famous for those epic interview showdowns as the AC-12 officers grill their prey until they crack. And, on paper, they’re epic too. McClure, Compston and Dunbar are used to learning over 30 pages of script for those occasions. That’s basically a play.

 

Martin Compston took rogue inspiration for his accent…

A Scot, Compston’s Estuary accent took some work to get right. For inspiration, he watched videos of Nick Leeson, the trader who managed to lose over £800 million on the stock market and star of the 1999 thriller Rogue Trader.

 

The show broke BBC records…

The first series was BBC Two’s best performing show for more than a decade, earning over four million viewers. The show got so big, in fact, that in 2017 it earned a transfer to BBC One.

 

Keeley Hawes was not fond of her look in Line Of Duty…

Speaking about her character Lindsey Denton, Hawes told an interviewer that she “looked like a bag of old rubbish!”

 

The cast think it’ll be six and out for the show…

The show is confirmed to return for a sixth run, but star Adrian Dunbar has previously said that he thinks that will be that.

He said: “I think Jed always had it in his mind to do six series", the actor told Den of Geek, "I don’t think any of us at this point are believing that we’ll go any further than that. I think it’s probably going to finish at six.



The fifth series of Line Of Duty is out now and available in hmv stores across the UK. 

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