In the first series Lennie James kept us guessing. Series two saw us love and hate Keeley Hawes. In series three we were shocked when Daniel Mays died almost immediately! Now it’s movie star Thandie Newton’s turn to face off against TV’s most intense detectives. Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar reprise their roles as AC12, kicking crooked copper arse once again. This time they’re up against Roz Huntley, a (corrupt?) DCI in the middle of a career-defining case. With the pressure on it won’t be long before her investigative methods are called into question.
Joining the cast this year, alongside Newton, are Lee Ingleby, Royce Pierreson and Jason Watkins; it’s good to know Jed Mercurio’s masterpiece is still attracting some of Britain’s most-impressive acting talent. If you aren’t caught up then look away now (in fact, head to BBC iPlayer where – I believe – the third series is available to view for a just short while longer). If you are caught up then you’ll know that the background baddie since series one – Cottan, a corrupt cop of limitless reach and influence, code-name The Caddy – is no more. Matthew “Dot” Cottan sacrificed himself to save Kate Fleming’s life from his own handler’s bullet, using his dying breath to put a crack in a shadowy establishment paedophile ring. But with The Caddy out of the picture should we assume that the squeaky-clean team at AC12 will be going after the bigger fish of the filthy paedo-pond? If so, I wonder how that will link in to the case Roz will be dealing with.
Time will tell and luckily we don’t have long to wait. Line Of Duty series 4 begins on BBC One at 9pm on March 26th. For my money Line Of Duty is up there with State Of Play as some of the finest television drama ever made. I welcome its return with great enthusiasm and, if I’m honest, a little nervousness. Make sure you watch and we’ll speak again soon.