Line of Duty creator likes to send guest stars into ‘deepest dilemmas’


Line of Duty has a rotating roster of guest stars (Picture: BBC/World Productions)

Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has said he enjoys pushing the series’ guest stars to their limits during their time on the show, and that’s probably the understatement of the century.

One of the biggest draws of the BBC police drama is the rotating roster of big-name stars who arrive each year to function as the subject of an AC-12 investigation.

So far, this has included the likes of Lennie James, Keeley Hawes and most recently Thandie Newton and Stephen Graham.

The first-ever series of Line of Duty is currently re-airing for the first time on BBC One (it debuted, back in the day, on BBC Two) and showrunner Jed took to Twitter to fill fans in on why he loved pushing actor Lennie James, who starred as a corrupt detective Tony Gates, to his absolute limit.

In fact, the scribe admitted, the events of the debut series really set the tone for what was to come, and the welcoming of more guest-stars for Vicky McClure and Martin Compston to investigate.

‘The dramatic ambition of Line of Duty has been to push the guest lead character into their deepest dilemmas,’ Jed wrote.

‘Series one set the template. Tony Gates must choose between his honour and his family.’

Lennie James played corrupt detective Tony Gates in the first series of the show (Picture: BBC)

Line of Duty is currently on a paused production break from its sixth season after filming shut down due to the coroanvirus pandemic earlier this year.

The new run of episodes are set to star former Harry Potter actress Kelly MacDonald has the newest bent copper in AC-12s crosshairs.

Actress Vicky McClure, who plays Kate Fleming, previously warned fans that the newer episodes might suffer from a slight continuity error due to the break.

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Elsewhere, Martin Compston has teased fans that they can expect a ‘bombshell’ reveal in the upcoming season.

Well, now that’s gotten us excited…

Line of Duty series 1 concludes tonight on BBC One. All series available now via BBC iPlayer.

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