Line of Duty

Line of Duty

Series 1

DVD - 2013
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Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates is an exemplary cop. He's got the best crime stats on the force and a loyal team working under him. But the head of the police anticorruption unit, Superintendent Ted Hastings, has his doubts about Gates. Is he really that good? And more importantly, is he really that clean? Hastings decides to find out and all on a new arrival to his department, Detective Sergeant Steven Arnott to help him do it. As the net tightens around Gates, reputations are on the line and lives are at risk.

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ownedbydoxies
May 28, 2017

Interesting, engaging, and timely with lots of plot developments along the way. Very well written and acted, and I second the statement of another commentator who said to be careful who you root for!

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tuffduff
Sep 13, 2015

There are enough plot twists to keep the viewer engaged in this 5-hour mini-series about British Police Internal Affairs trying to bring down a rule-bending "Cop of the Year". Be careful who you root for....

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Jsmackenator
Jun 13, 2015

It started out great, then it just got kinda dumb. The BBC produces a lot of good cop dramas, you could probably skip this one.

noir125 Jan 14, 2015

Lennie James is exquisite as the protagonist of Series 1; I'm not so concerned with possible creative faults in the film's making because I was so captivated by the persistent minute detail on the subject of Tony Gates's professional purity or lack of it. Though obviously Jackie Laverty was Gates's personal downfall, I was moved intensely by the examination of objectivity and subjectivity concerning the question of Gates's professional guilt or innocence and how unfounded rumour and subsequent unbridled suspicion could literally crucify what might be an innocent person.

xaipe Dec 31, 2013

The story opens with a terrorist raid that goes tragically wrong at the beginning. I thought this new series was slow-moving and badly in need of script tightening. It had a very slow start, with a bland cast who seemed to me to be going over their lines at a rehearsal run-through. It gathered steam as it progressed, but I never really cared what happened to the characters in the end which is the result of a weak script and direction, and plodding actors. This new series is anything but a "gripping cat-and-mouse thriller." Not up to the BBC standard I expected.

sjmitra Nov 02, 2013

I'm giving this 2 stars only for its promising start and for Neil Morrissey. For a British drama, however, there is hardly any character development. Almost all the characters are stupid or despicable and the protagonist, Tony Gates, goes from smarmy to stupid to stupider. Lennie James is a fine actor but (no) thanks to a weak script is unable to make Gates sympathetic. The actress playing Kate Fleming is just annoying with her relentless single expression "cop face." The actor playing Arnott is just as annoying. One phrase was repeated so often by the gang leader and his child gangster / minion that I will never hear it again without shuddering. I have also never watched a show in which ALL the women were unlikable. The only good things about the series -- Neil Morrissey, the PC Banerjee character and the young actor playing him, and the actor playing the bit drug dealer.

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