Line of Duty

Line of Duty

Series 1

DVD - 2013
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Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott is a London police officer who refused to participate in a bureaucratic cover-up following a botched counterterrorism raid. Made a pariah by his colleagues, Arnott is forced to transfer to the anti-corruption department, where he quickly discovers that a celebrated officer, DCI Gates, has much to hide in both his personal and professional lives.
Publisher: [United States] : RLJ Entertainment, c2013
Branch Call Number: DVD Line v. 1
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 305 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 12, 2018

There's more to the drama series Line of Duty than first meets the eye. Series 1 sets the stage, tactically with a particular case, strategically with the overarching framework that pervades all four series. Key is that the characters fall into three categories. First, the police officers of AC-12, essentially same key recurring individuals in all four series, front and center. Second, the case specific protagonists weaving in and out throughout the investigation. They are transient. When the criminal manifestations are dealt with, they shuffle off. Third, seemingly peripheral, fleeting dramatis personae in various police hierarchy positions. They never really go away, but reappear haphazardly in all four series, often promoted in rank. They are key to understanding how pervasive corruption within the constabulary is. So, viewers need to recognize a character as a one, two or three. In any case, Series 1 an eye opener that provides viewer momentum.

Nov 17, 2017

A better than average police drama about corruption in the force.

Jun 26, 2017

Pretty darn good, although it's hard to find any character here worth your sympathy. Series Two and Three only get better. Can't wait until Series Four. Jed Mercurio is one of the best writers in the UK today, along with Sally Wainwright. It's no wonder that between them they win so many awards.

One quibble is that main character Lennie James is here only paired with white women, which I put down to racism. What, black women are not deemed worthy of love? Because that is what this constant trope is more or less saying. His character has both a wife and mistress here. In real life, a man of his age, career and looks would not have such pulling power. But this is the more "normal" sexism we see all the time, where nearly all male characters in film and TV are shown with women much younger than themselves and totally out of their league. Is it any wonder some men have an entitlement problem when this is all they see in the media?

Feb 22, 2017

Rated 8/10. A series of 5 episodes around one story. Good effort.

Sep 01, 2016

Good series. Violence!

Feb 16, 2016

Another nice find from Britain.
If you have seen the recent American show Shades of Blue then you may be going " hey, that MUST have been after someone saw this series"...and this is waaaay better.

Jan 10, 2016

I really liked the series until the last 10 minutes, (a bit of a cheesy ending) but the acting and story was great overall.

lotuslori_8 Jun 22, 2015

Great series, would highly recommend it if you like police dramas. It's not your usual cops & robbers type of show.

Feb 19, 2015

Overall the acting is excellent. Police drama that suffers immensely from a lack of humor and lack of any normal human interactions. There's a constant tension that begins to grate and once there, doesn't let up. As far as the ending for this part of the series, it reminds me of a fine writer who crafts some pretty good characters and incredible plot twists, only to find himself in the middle of a desert with no place to go, so the main character just lays down and dies.

Nov 14, 2014

Superb drama. Great plot twists.

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