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Why You Should Watch Line of Duty

By January 17, 2018 ,

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I've never really been one to binge-watch a TV series, but Line of Duty has changed all that. I'd been wanting to watch it for a while, but had no means to. Then, when I was scrolling for BBC iPlayer looking for The Teletubbies for little one, I spotted that all four series had been uploaded!

I'm very late to the Line of Duty party - the first series was first shown on the BBC in 2012. Googlebox first introduced me to the show a couple of years ago, when series 3 was on TV, but I didn't want to start watching the show mid-series so I left it at that. A couple of times I looked at the box set on Amazon, but it seemed a little pricey for something I wasn't sure I was going to like, but I needn't have worried!

Having an 8 month old daughter, who mostly refuses to sleep in the evening, it can be difficult to make a point of sitting down and watching any series. Yet with Line of Duty we managed to fit all 31 episodes in in the month the BBC had them on iPlayer for.

What's it all about?

Line of Duty is a police drama which follows the anti-corruption team as they crack down on corrupt officers working in the police force. The show follows the guilty parties, the innocent parties and the investigating team's professional and personal lives. Stars include Vicky McClure, Adrian Dumbar, Martin Compston, Craig Parkinson and Keeley Hawes to name just a few.

As of 2017, there have been four series of the show, with a further two series commissioned, the fifth due to be shown in 2019. The ratings for the show have steadily increased since it's launch in 2012, with the series four finale hitting 7.5 million in April 2017.

                                                     

Addicted

Usually, I don't care if I read spoilers whilst scouring the internet, but with Line of Duty I just don't want to find them out. The suspense, the guessing, the being right (hardly ever!), the being wrong (almost always), the tension, it all adds to the enjoyment of the show.

Each one of the four series is completely different from each other and yet there's a nice link connecting them all. I personally found series 3 the least enthralling of them all, probably because there wasn't quite so much suspense or connection with the main characters, Arnott and Fleming, as there had been in the previous two series.

Line of Duty is a show I could happily watch time and time again, which is not something I say often about a TV show. Yes, I'd know the outcome, the plot and the whodunnit, but I find with these kind of shows that there's always something you miss that you only spot the second or third time round.

Have you seen Line of Duty? What do you think of it?

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