Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Keeley Hawes, Adrian Dunbar
Running Time: 360 Minutes
Number of Episodes: 6
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 24 March 2014
Line of Duty is back for a second series of the British police drama that delves into the murky world of police corruption.
AC-12 (Anti-Corruption 12) are the police who police the police and prosecuting bent coppers.
After the transfer of a protected witness in the witness protection program goes drastically wrong ending up with the convoy being ambushed leading to the death of 3 police officers. There is one sole survivor and lead witness to the ambush, DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes).
DI Lindsay Denton took a late night call to help move a protected witness to a new safe house as there was a threat to his life. She went along with no firearms officers and no backup.
AC-12, led by Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), are called in to investigate the possibly of their prime witness being involved in the assassination attempt on the protected witness and the death of 3 police officers. DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) is joined by a new partner on this investigation, DC Georgia Trotman (Jessica Raine) who has transferred from Armed Robbery.
The investigation leads them to arrest DI Denton and send her to prison, but everything is not all that it seems and leads them down a new enquiry route which sees them looking at their boss, the Deputy Chief Constable. One false move could end all their careers.
Overall, the second series of Line of Duty is outstanding. I thought the first series was an excellent all-round police drama but this series surpasses that. Again the storyline and quality of acting is superb.
I thought the first episode started a little slowly and was thought it would not meet my expectations as the first series was so good, but by the end of episode 1 I was gripped and totally absorbed in the story and couldn’t wait for the next episode. Filled with secrets, lies, office politics, cover-ups and lots of twists and turns (without losing track of what is actually going on). This has to be the best British crime series on TV and DVD. By the end of the second episode I thought I has guessed whodunit but everything changes making me change my mind backwards and forwards.
An extremely well-written, directed and acted crime drama that will keep you hooked right to the very end.
Highly recommended. You will not be disappointed. If you liked series one you will absolutely love series two.
Available to buy from Acorn DVD here.