Line of Duty
Series | In English | 5 seasons (29 episodes). Each episode is between 56 and 58 minutes. | Original Release 2012
Line of Duty is about the fierce detectives running the Anti-Corruption Unit 12 (AC-12) in a grimy unnamed British city (possibly Birmingham). Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott was assigned to this unit when he refused to cover up an unlawful killing while a Firearms Officer. Under the supervision of Ted Hastings, Arnott partners with Detective Inspector Kate Fleming to investigate corruption and crime within the police department. The series follows these detectives as they come across all kinds of disparate corruption cases.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 98%
- Metacritic Score: 85
Royal Television Society Awards: Best Drama Series
Broadcasting Press Guild Award: Best Drama Series
Listed as one of the top BBC shows of all-time
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A primary strength of the series has been its gallery of charismatic, conflicted ‘bent’ cops, played by an exceptionally able roster of actors. The key underplayer is Compston as the combative Steve, the show’s moral center between the more pragmatic Kate and the more blustery, self-righteous Ted. Responding to station-house shootouts and sinister conspiracies with a raised eyebrow and a tight frown, he’s the beacon of sanity who allows us to enjoy the craziness guilt-free.
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