Line of Duty (2012) - Crime, Drama, Mystery

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DS Steve Arnott is transferred to the police anti-corruption unit after the death of a man in a mistaken shooting during a counter-terrorist operation.

IMDB: 8.6
Stars: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure
Length: 60 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 15 out of 173 found boring (8.67%)

One-line Reviews (91)

Twists, turns, surprises, gripping story line and epic action.

An intriguing series .

This series I found late one Sunday and ended up watching all episodes series 1-4 now 5 is on can't wait, suspenseful twists turns and keeps you guessing and even the actors and actresses that don't have main parts all act brilliantly

I didn't know who was deceiving who, which makes it very hard to follow.

Great new angle on crime, every episode is thrilling right till the last second!

Gripping drama with a fantastic cast .

Highly recommend it.

Fast paced original drama focusing on the police anti corruption department.

I was on the edge of my seat for most of it!

In the concluding evidence the story took an unexpected turn which makes one wonder.

As Gates, Lennie James played a difficult part, engaging the viewer's sympathy and anger by turns, before making the ultimate sacrifice at the end.

Gripping from the start, it never really let go and even if the conclusion was slightly unsatisfactory in my eyes, in that pretty much all the bad guys got away with it and justice wasn't seen to be done, but in terms of plotting and character development, it was riveting throughout.

Each series got more and more gripping!!!

Bamboozles all round, very original and worth the watch .

Unwatchable .

Engaging and intriguing, it surprises you continuously.

This show is very gripping.

shaky, wooden, predictable .

Just finished series 3, had me on the edge of my seat, it just gets better and better.

It is a bit formulaic and repetitive, but it does what you want from a gripping crime drama.

The viewer – well, this one, at least, is also left asking an awful lot of questions, and not simply because he is, perhaps, slow on the uptake or just bloodyminded.

Series 1, 2 and 3 have it all: logical but endlessly twisting storylines, believable and deep characters who develop through the episodes, and literally breathtaking action.

For me the biggest issue is the cast who are unconvincing and too weak to make up for the generally slow pace of the series.

Mind blowing .


First of all, the acting was superb, but the story-line was hard to follow at times.

Only the Brits can create such an intelligent thrilling crime series with excellent script and acting, and with no need for the typical american gun fights, explotions, and car chase...

This is a superb and gripping series, the best I have seen all year.

I can understand and appreciate a look into failed policies of the police but this is so bleak and in the end uninteresting that I don't understand the point.

The smartest, most suspenseful, most involving series we've seen in donkey's years .

On the edge of my seat...

Meaty, tough and entertaining.

This is an engaging series, that works well.

Take my word for it 1st season - built the foundations of the series 2nd season - phenomenal 3rd season - shockingly brilliant 4th season - so thrilling i couldn't stop watching 5th season - I'm about to enjoy

In The Line Of DutyI want to address in this review what exactly is the magic ingredients in this crime drama that makes it compelling viewing and raises it above other similar dramas,1, it is very dramatic even melodramatic in every scene it just never lets up, this creates an dynamic impetus rushing forward, this really is quite a trick, as nothing is seemingly ever resolved.

Absolutely stunning.

Mind blowing justice.

It's fast paced, thrilling and every actor is brilliant, please watch it you will love it as much as I do its so well done.

Because the suspects are coppers and know the system and how to play it, it makes for a gripping time.

This is so predicteable and boring and samey.

Great flawed characters, complex protagonists, and great acting add up to a compelling drama.

A brilliant, gripping drama .

It was as much amazing as it was gripping....

Exceedingly good, exciting and enthralling series about state of the art police corruption and how the institution works with equal methods to face them.

Entertaining if over the top .

It's an enjoyable series because it moves along and the action is well scripted, although after the 3d season the investigation interviews seem too familiar in their staccato style.

The direction was excellent throughout, involving and exciting, with the ensemble acting likewise of the highest order.

Interesting at the start it just became bogged down in a muddle and the final titles were a bit unnecessary and pretentious.

Season 3 is tighter, but some scenes still go on waaaaaay too long, and it's still confusing.

This was a gripping drama; right up until the final episode I wasn't certain whether of not Gates was as bad as Arnott believed; this is largely down to the acting of the two leads; Martin Compston (Arnott) played his character as though he really believed Gates was guilty and Lennie James (Gates) acted as though is character was a victim of circumstance rather than a criminal who had planned his actions.


Pathetic and boring .

It is a fast paced and suspenseful series.

The back story for every other character where they are all a little dirty and have secrets is nice and juicy but a little predictable, yet entertaining ..

A really gripping series with some really good twists and turns.

The transformation in the character of Steve Arnott has been intriguing, plaudits for Martin Compston, incredible actor, so diverse.

Only the dullest of law abiding citizens would like this....

, the writer must be a genius Acting 10 out of 10 Thriller , suspenseful , well written series.

Very entertaining series .

Certainly an intriguing and enlightening nosedive into the inner workings of an operational commands unit.

The script seems to have been written using a random British cop show cliché generator.

Making this show fascinating to watch.

Engaging police drama .

i found the whole enterprise a bit boring and predictable, and no salvation from competent acting was forthcoming.

So ridiculously and unnecessarily confusing from start to finish.

The cliche crime show stuff are missing or at least not enough to be bothering you.

Fast paced but very confusing .

He then proves you very wrong and you see that his conviction to the case is what makes him compelling to watch.

It is contrived, unbelievable and quite simply dire rubbish.

Dull It Isn't.

This show had me shouting at the screen multiple times in a good way , literally lived on the edge of my seat.

I've watched series 1, it's very fast paced like Luther so you don't ever really get bored, it's just very confusing.

Very gripping.

**** SPOILER ALERT **** Series 4 - The first 5 episodes were hugely entertaining.

I find British police drama much more intense than the run of the mill American shows.

Every single member of the squad – including the one that was utterly corrupt – was either engaging in illegal relationships with witnesses and /or suspects or was wavering with temptation due to the parlous state of their finances, (which for members of anti- corruption squads was a no-no and should have been declared as such.

fast paced for the most part with great writing and character building.

At times the script appears to explain behaviour, sometimes even to comment on the human condition, however this is a charlatan it says nothing about anything, pure entertainment, it is a gripping dramatic thriller from start to finish.

Fabulous, gripping show .

I found this series tedious, a real labor to watch, and found myself pausing an episode five times, and doing things in between, before I just acknowledged there was nothing enjoyable about the experience of watching.

Jed Mercurio is a stunning talent.

Intelligent thrilling british tv at its best .

i enjoyed it enough to tune in to the second series which as i write this has one episode left to air and i have to say it has been TV at it's very best, from the opening few minutes it had me glued eagerly anticipating each weeks new developments, no spoilers here i only recommend you watch it for yourself to experience the shocks, the thrills and the suspense which it has in abundance, the casting of Keeley Hawes as DI Lindsay Denton was a masterstroke, the character is complex to say the least and she will trigger every emotion you have in your arsenal.

This show is a perfect example of meticulous detective work with a great gripping story.


10, the use of a relatively self contained investigation in each series with an overarching story of police corruption means throughout no policeman can be trusted, this is gripping.

The main AC-12 team were all riveting to watch.

Overall I'd say this is definitely worth watching if you want a fairly gritty police show.

a gripping account of two real ex forces buddies who turned to crime...

I love everything about this show, it's suspenseful, fantastic storylines and very entertaining.

the plots are always ridiculous of course, but if the actors are good to watch and the dialogue snappy i can put up with that.