'Line of Duty' 6.01 Review: AC-12 are back with a bang

'Line of Duty' Season 6 has kicked off in style — and now we have more questions than ever before.

Vicky McClure and Kelly Macdonald in Line of Duty Season 6.
(Image: © C) World Productions - Photographer: Steffan Hill)

What to Watch Verdict

Just when you think Line of Duty couldn't get any better, the new series kicks off with a belter of an episode.


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    Line of Duty is cooking on gas once again with a belter of a first episode.

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    Kelly Macdonald has already proved she is set to be a huge hit this series as DCI Joanne Davidson.

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    We're already loving new AC-12 team member DC Chloe Bishop.


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    AC-12 just isn't the same without Kate on the team... we need more scenes with Kate and Steve, let's hope there are plenty to come.

Line of Duty Season 6 is finally here... and what a wait it has been for fans of the show. The last time we saw Ted Hastings and his team on our screens was back in the first half of 2019 when Season 5 hit our screens. 

After an agonising two year wait, which was delayed until later than originally planned due to Covid-19 shutting down production, the sixth season is here at last. And, if episode one is anything to go by, it was well worth the wait.

New additions to the team

While we're already missing Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) on AC-12, we're loving the new face on the team, DC Chloe Bishop, who has joined Line of Duty. She seems to be hard-working, loyal and fits in nicely... but will her determination to prove herself as an indispensable part of the team last the entire series? As first impressions go Chloe has hit the mark — and even Ted (Adrian Dunbar) likes her, which is high praise indeed. 

Another new face is Joanne Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) who has already got us trying to work out what exactly she is hiding. Is she working under cover? Is she corrupt and trying to cover her tracks? Or is her turbulent private life (take a bow Farida Jatri!) causing her to drop the ball at work? And HOW did she know that the armed robbery was going on? Was it all an elaborate set up to get Kate off the team heading to arrest 'Ross Turner'? Something doesn't add up, but what is she hiding? 

Shalom Brune-Franklin in Line of Duty

Shalom Brune-Franklin has joined the cast as DC Chloe Bishop.  (Image credit: C) World Productions - Photographer: Steffan Hill)

What other questions has episode one left us asking? 

Why did DCI Buckells delay them bringing in 'Ross Turner' — the suspect for the Gail Vella murder — at the start of the episode? He then gave the wrong surveillance authority on Beachwood House... was this a genuine mistake, or was he trying to cover something? Could he be H? Or are they leading us up the garden path with this one?

What exactly did Farida Jatri mean when she said "You don't know what she is capable of" during her conversation with Steve Arnott (Martin Compston)? What does she know about Jo that we don't... yet? 

Terry Boyle is back, but what has he been doing since we last saw him in Season 5? All Line of Duty fans know that every clue and every character has their place, woven into the intricate story — and familiar characters can crop up at any time which is exactly what has happened with Terry Boyle. How much does he know about what happened to Gail Vella? Who is he covering for? Something tells us there is a lot more to come from Terry over the course of Season 6.  

And finally, the most important question of all... when will we see Kate and Steve — AKA the Dream Team — working together again? Please don't make us wait too long! 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

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