Here’s the lowdown on what to expect from the return of Line of Duty – TV’s twistiest thriller which will be back on our screens on March 26.
Get ready to perch on the edge of your sofa and bite your nails to the quick once more as super-tense thriller Line of Duty makes its return to our screens. To get you in the mood, here's everything you need to know...
There’s tension in AC-12
It’s business as usual for the stalwart trio of Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and the newly-promoted DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), as they try to sift out more police corruption. PC Maneet Bindra (Maya Sondhi) is also on hand once more to help crack their latest case, while Murdered by My Boyfriend’s Royce Pierreson joins the team as DC Jamie Desford. But there’s friction between Kate and Steve...
“You see how things play out after Kate’s promotion,” says Vicky. “There is competition with Steve. They are supportive of each other but also fiercely ambitious.”
Thandie Newton is under suspicion
After Keeley Hawes, Lennie James and Daniel Mays played AC-12’s adversaries, now Hollywood star Thandie Newton is arousing their suspicions. The Westworld actress plays DCI Roz Huntley, who has been the senior investigating officer in charge of a high-profile case known as Operation Trapdoor. But when doubt is cast over her handling of the case, she comes onto the anti-corruption squad’s radar…
“She is under a lot of pressure but the audience will have to be the judge and jury,” teases Thandie. “My agent told me that if I wanted to work in British TV, Line of Duty was the best thing I could do. So I caught up with the third series and it was phenomenal.”
Jason Watkins (above)
Meet the new boys on the block
Thandie is not the only big guest star this time around. Trollied and W1A star Jason Watkins plays geeky forensic co-ordinator Tim Ifield who clashes with Roz over her case. Meanwhile George Gently and The A Word star Lee Ingleby plays Nick Huntley, the husband of mother-of-two Roz.
The interrogation scenes are just as long and tense
The series has become famous for its nail-biting interrogation scenes as AC-12 questions its prime suspects and witnesses, and this time around there’s still no let up. “I call the show Lines of Duty,” laughs Vicky.
“Those scenes are like theatre,” adds Thandie. “I had one that was 25-pages long! I got my kids’ nanny to test me on my lines. She would dread it – I should have paid her a bit more!”
The series has been promoted to BBC1
After three series on BBC2, in a sign of its ever-growing appeal, the new series will air on BBC1, while writer Jed Mercurio is already writing a fifth run.
“The BBC felt that it had done well on BBC2 and asked if we fancied a transfer and we were very grateful for the opportunity,” says Jed. “We felt we had reached the conclusion of a lot of storylines with the end of series three so we approached this with the view of starting a new chapter.”
Here's a trailer from the new series
Line of Duty returns on Sunday March 26 on BBC1
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Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.
Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.
Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.
In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.