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,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781621721062
Branch Call Number: DVD TV LIN v. 1
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (305 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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MartineVK
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?

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tenet
Feb 22, 2017

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

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firefly5
Sep 01, 2016

Good series. Violence!

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JackamoJames
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.

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trotter73
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.

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theat
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.

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Fionaenzo
Nov 14, 2014

Superb drama. Great plot twists.

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hecto
Sep 19, 2014

The first two episodes constitute some of the most exciting television I have ever seen. Repetitive scenes then begin to kick in, and the other three episodes don't match the pace of the beginning. But that is a very common pattern in police-drama mini-series, and it is certainly not a justification for the overly harsh comments below -- which, by the way, miss the series' reiterated attacks on form-filling paperwork, manipulated crime metrics, and corporate ladder-climbing as the real essence of 'modern community policing'. This LoD is less of a procedural than 'Prime Suspect', but it is nevertheless a must see.

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Janice21383
Jul 09, 2014

Cat and mouse with Internal Affairs. The script veers from realistic to highly unlikely and back again. Lennie James gives it more than anyone had a right to expect. It's nice to see Adrian Dunbar again, but he doesn't do that much. SPOILERS: a police detective is allowed to go right back to work after he is found unconscious in the apartment of a woman with whom he is having an affair, has pretended he doesn't know, is probably a criminal, and has been kidnapped. Really? Really really?

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