One of the BBC’s crime drama jewels, Line of Duty returns for a fourth series on 26 March at 9.00pm on BBC One. Written and created by Jed Mercurio, the series begins with DCI Roz Huntley (Thandie Newton) and her team in the thick of a career-defining case, Operation Trapdoor.
When Huntley captures a serial killer, Forensic Coordinator Tim Ifield (Jason Watkins) alerts AC-12 to a possible miscarriage of justice.
Under intense pressure to catch the culprit and prove herself to her superiors, and facing conflict with her colleague, Forensic Coordinator Tim Ifield, it’s not long before AC-12 decide to probe her handling of the investigation. A mother of two and wife to husband Nick (Lee Ingleby), Roz will do anything to stop her life unravelling. Anything.
Determined to uncover the truth, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), Detective Sergeant Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) must work together to tackle their most devious opponent yet. They are aided by PC Maneet Bindra (Maya Sondhi) and newcomer Detective Constable Jamie Desford (Royce Pierreson).
Creator, writer and Executive Producer Jed Mercurio says: “Thanks so much to the fans who’ve made Line of Duty such a success. Thanks to the BBC for all their support in making the series. It’s incredibly flattering we’ve been able to attract such amazing talent as Thandie Newton, Jason Watkins and Lee Ingleby to join our brilliant regular cast of Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar. We’re all looking forward to tormenting the nation with ever more diabolical plot twists!”
Thandie Newton says: “I feel really proud that the show gives women the opportunity to feel represented in that respect. Underpinning everything, there’s a need to be recognised as the multitasking ninja that she is and that every woman has to be. There’s this patriarchal notion that what men do is worthy of respect and what women do isn’t and we see that in equality of pay and what women have to tolerate in the workplace, when it comes to unfair treatment. With a series like this which is so respected and loved, there’s no better place than in Line of Duty to put these issues.
Martin Compston, who plays DS Steve Arnott explains where the players are at when the series opens: A bit of time has passed since the end of series three, we’re all back at the office, and Steve’s back in his waistcoat being his arrogant little self again. He’s really pushing for a promotion and things are just a wee bit frosty between him and Kate. They always have that love/hate relationship, when they really need each other they are there for each other but they really can annoy each other at times. They were probably my favourite scenes, when Vicky and I are getting on each other’s nerves.”